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Wear Christ's invisibility-cloak mind-set—find it natural to be divine! [#1, #6]
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper and Ruth and Warren Huff
on select citations from t
he Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced”
for December 2, 2018

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Warren’s (W’s) PS#1— Warren’s (W’s) PS#1—Cobbey Crisler on Colossians 3.2-4 (GT, B13, B24, S32, Hymn 370 & 404.4-below) Wear Christ's invisibility-cloak mind-set of spiritual sense! Find it natural to be divine!
(Colossians 3:2) Have you heard the modern expression mind-set? Verse 2 is almost that literally in Greek. “That our mind-set must be on things above.” Can we have an inner spiritual sense entertained that provides the divine reason for our being, even when we’re living on the earth at a human level if we “set our mind on things above, not on things of the earth”?

(Verse 3) “For ye are dead.” That’s exactly what the body is. If we are to be absent from the body, the body itself is now dead to our thought and our thought no longer responds to it. No longer worships it. The Greek word means to be away from something, to be separated from. “And your life,” we haven’t lost anything then. “Our life is,” or literally, “has been hidden with Christ in God.”

(Verse 4,) “When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear,” what about us? “We also will appear.”

“We are joint heirs with Christ,” Paul says [in Romans 8:17], inheritors of teh divine being. We are sharers, “partakers of the divine nature.” “We will appear with him,” How? “In glory.” In imperishable radiance. That’s not an abstraction. It is supersensible, but it’s concrete being. It’s a sharing of the glorious liberty of the children who find it natural to be divine.”
“Glory: Divine Nature in the Bible,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

Hymn 370

“We are hid with Christ forever In the Father’s holy plan.
In this pure eternal union We behold the perfect man;
And we know that sin can never Overthrow the sacred rod
Of dominion over evil: We are hid with Christ in God.

Hid with Christ in God, O gladness: O the meekness and the might,
When the risen Christ has lifted All our thoughts into the light,
Light of Truth wherein no sadness Dims the radiant peace we find,
As we set our whole affection On the beauteous things of Mind.

Hymn 404, 201

O do not bar your mind Against the light of good;
But open wide, let in the Word, And Truth will be your food.
Truth will from error free Your long enslaved mind,
And bring the light of liberty Where it shall be enshrined.

Hid treasures it reveals To all who know its power;
And all who will may light receive In this most gracious hour.
Then open wide your heart To Truth and Light and Love;
You then shall know your life is hid With Christ in God above.


W’s PS#2Know "Ability & Opportunity are coordinate ideas" & "Rise to the Occasion" Application ideas from citation S10 in the Christian Science Bible Lesson offered by Warren Huff

“What occasions or opportunities are demanding your best these days?
1. Hard assignments, unbelievable work load and killer deadlines?
2. Important tests or essays?
3. A big game, presentation or performance?
4. Group Leadership role(s)?
5. An important date or social event?
6. A sticky situation where taking a moral or ethical stand is needed?
7. A challenging relationship that keeps testing your patience, equanimity and integrity?

“Whatever opportunities you face, you can meet them as their master by obeying this powerful two-word command.
"Know thyself, and God will supply the wisdom and the occasion for a victory over evil."
Science & Health, 571:16 (S10)

“Know yourself as God knows you – as an ever perfect expression of "infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss." (see S&H 481:3) Totally accept and simply express each of these elements of your divine identity to eradicate their illegitimate opposites. Without a body-based sense of self, you will be open for God to eliminate from your experience: all of matter's debilitating drag of limited energy, funds, intelligence, speed, inspiration; all its sapping slavery of restrictions (injuries, red tape tie-ups); all its regular rub of inharmonious relationships and its constant cloud of frustration and unhappiness. All gone! Never part of you or those you love.

In the next couple of days, "your assignment, should you choose to accept it," will be to simply do your part—know yourself spiritually—and watch God do Her part, to supply you with all the wisdom and occasions where victories are wanted. You may also enjoy highlighting in every lesson all of God's jobs in one color and all of yours in another.

A friend shed new light on our focus passage with this one-line insight:
"ABILITY (the wisdom) and OPPORTUNITY (the occasion) are coordinate ideas."

By accepting this divine law and knowing yourself spiritually, you will never have ability without being given opportunity to express it. (no unneeded bench-sitting) And, you'll also never be given opportunities (like the seven listed) without having the God-given abilities to rise to the occasion!”

Warren Huff originally posted this on CedarS website on December 5, 2002


W’s PS#3—Mary Baker Eddy, Ruth Huff & Warren insights on citation S15 (578):
“Psalm 23 and ME”

Claim these divinely REAL definitions of YOUR heritage in the TWENTY-THIRD PSALM!
They negate the supposed “23 and me” genetic domination of 23 pairs of ancestral
X-Y chromosomes and can prove that they Do Not Apply (D.N.A.) to the real you!

[Bracketed substitutions from Mary Baker Eddy to show "the light which

Christian Science throws on the Scriptures" with an "incorporeal

or spiritual sense" of Love. (Science & Health 578)]

"[Divine Love] is my shepherd;" That’s MY RELATIONSHIP

"I shall not want." That’s MY SUPPLY!

"[Love] maketh me to lie down in green pastures:" That’s MY REST!

"[Love] leadeth me beside still waters." That’s MY REFRESHMENT!

"[Love] restoreth my soul [spiritual sense]:" That’s God’s way of HEALING & MINE!

"[Love] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness" That’s God’s GUIDANCE & MINE!

"For His name's sake." That’s MY PURPOSE!

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death," That’s MY TESTING!

"I will fear no evil:" That’s MY PROTECTION!

"For [Love] is with me;" That’s God’s FAITHFULNESS and MINE!

"[Love's] rod and [Love's] staff they comfort me." That’s God’s DISCIPLINE and MINE!

"[Love] prepareth a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:" That’s MY HOPE!

"[Love] anointeth my head with oil;" That’s God’s CONSECRATION and MINE!

"My cup runneth over." That’s God’s ABUNDANCE and MINE!

"Surely goodness & mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:" That’s God’s BLESSING & Mine!

"And I will dwell in the house [the consciousness] of [Love]" That’s MY SECURITY!

"forever." That’s God’s ETERNAL HERITAGE and MINE!

(partly penned by CedarS Founder, Ruth Huff, partly by her son, Warren Huff)


W’s PS#4 Ken Cooper has two offerings that complement this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson. They spring from citation B14 about “Rahab the Harlot” and citation B15 about “The Fall of Jericho.”

When he emailed this week’s contributions to me, Ken added: “I hadn't realised what a fundamental part Rahab played in Bible history, so the monologue reveals her closeness to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, as well as her experience of the destruction of Jericho. While I have written the main text my wife Sue has helped with improvements and given the narration.

The Ken G Cooper Poetry You Tube link for Rahab is https://youtu.be/EJiEbm05xAE

There may also be an interest in re-visiting the poem "The Fall of Jericho" in the context of this monologue, so I have attached the poem again, while the You Tube link can be found on

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5qow3WNeFI

Further comment on the videos and other references can be found by clicking on "SHOW MORE".


W’s PS#5Cobbey Crisler on Psalm 121:3, 8 (B16) No off-hours
“Psalm 121, Verses 3 and 4. Let’s remember that the Bible tells us that the Great Physician has no off-hours; “He that keepeth thee will not slumber.” There are no busy circuits, no vacations, no fully booked calendars. You can get right to God, and there is a security system built in Verse 8*, “The Lord shall preserve thy going out* and thy coming in* from this time forth, and for ever.”
Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms by B. Cobbey Crisler

*[W: Psalm 121:8 is annually a key metaphysical citation for CedarS Express. We all apply it to help affirm divinely-safe arrivals and departures when hundreds are travelling to and from CedarS from all over the world.]
**[ Here’s a semi-humorous Warren’s wordplay offering: “Psalm 121.8 establishes a helpful divine basis for those seeking right relationships and supply. “You can rest easy that it’s God who cares for your “going out” (your dating) and who provides for your “coming in”(or your in-come) forever!”]


W’s PS#6Cobbey Crisler on John 8:32-58 (B21)

John 8:32. Here is the recipe for freedom, “It's the truth itself that makes you free." It is the fact that makes you free. In John 8:44, the devil is defined as a liar and also a murderer from the beginning. If you analyze that again, the devil has one of two purposes when it enters into the thoughts and lives of man. It is either to murder or to kill ourselves or others. That's the motive prompting the thought, critical or otherwise. Remember, judging righteous judgment eliminates most criticisms, and not judging according to appearance. It either murders or kills our neighbor or ourselves, or its purpose is to deceive, one or the other.

In John 8:51 Jesus said, "If a man keeps my saying, he will never see death."

An unusual statement because certainly his disciples went on and saw the death process happening all around them. So once again, what does Jesus mean? What is the intent? What is the meaning? Dodd says it's such a strong statement that it really excludes the possibility of ceasing to live. That there is an eternality to it. How would you feel that was intended? "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."

Take the raising of Tabitha or Dorcas. Peter went in there. Everyone else around there saw death. Was it helping the situation? Did it solve the problem called death? Peter must have gone in there with a radically different point of view. And did it have a radically different result?

The statement in John 8:58 really started a popular commotion [W: so that they took up stones to stone him…But Jesus was “hid with Christ in God” –“going through the midst of them”(verse 59] as if with a spiritual invisibility cloak. Jesus walked through another angry mob that wanted to kill him in Luke 4:28-30.] Jesus says, "Before Abraham was, I am.” Does that fit into his statement about, "no man ascendeth up to heaven save he that has come down from heaven, even the son of man that is in heaven "? Is there a beginning for man, divinely speaking? Does it hold within it the key of eliminating the last enemy called death?”
“John, the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


W’s PS#7—Cobbey Crisler on Acts 10:34-44 (B17)

“Acts 10, verse 34, begins a lecture or sermon to the first group of Gentiles…

And Acts 10, verse 35, Peter summarizes it by saying “in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” …

Then he begins to explain to Cornelius and the friends and acquaintances of Cornelius, the history of early Christianity. “The beginning of Christianity is traced from Galilee after John’s baptism, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth.” … Of course that word “anointed” immediately identifies Jesus as the Messiah. This is a point that Peter is obviously going to get across to this Gentile audience that would need some instruction in this. (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

And you find in Acts 10, verse 43, he does that by stating that “all the prophets had given witness to the Messiah, namely Jesus.”…

As soon as Peter gets into this “Walked to Emmaus” approach, in other words the comprehension of Jesus’ role in the earlier scripture, we find in Acts 10, verse 44 that “the Holy Ghost falls on all the listeners.” …

It wasn’t Peter’s idea that this should happen; it’s at the Holy Ghost’s initiative. This is disturbing to some of those that came with Peter: Jewish Christians.
And we will find it becomes even more disturbing to other elements in the church later on, for this is a departure. The question underlying this event is “Should the church be parochial or universal?” Is it simply a sect of Judaism or an outcome of Judaism, or is it the fulfillment of God’s will as expressed in prophecy with its ultimate mission to embrace universal humanity?”

After the Master What? – The Book of Actsby B. Cobbey Crisler]


W’s PS#8Cobbey Crisler on Mark 16 (B22): Risen Jesus upbraids and commissions us to bring results
In Chapter 16, Verse 1, it's almost as if the world were being prepared for the gracious receptivity of womanhood which it has so long ignored. We encounter "Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome," who is probably the wife of Zebedee, and therefore the mother of John (the beloved disciple), and James. What are they doing at a tomb where the stone would be beyond their capability of rolling away? Womanhood came with an expectation of possibility, despite the obstacles.

We know from other gospel accounts that Peter and John raced to the tomb, looked, searched every inch of it, went all through it, saw all the linen clothes folded neatly, and then went back home to their supper (John 20:3-10). The women however, with greater humility and expectation saw that it is possible for one state of mind to look in the very place already searched by another state of mind, and find something there that the other had failed to bear witness to.

We discover that women had the spiritual right to be witnesses in an age when it was said that women were not legal personalities, and could not even bear witness in court.

Most of the early copies, if not all the early copies of Mark, end with Verse 8. It ends on a rather uncertain note, “They were afraid."

A longer ending from Verses 9 to 20 is included in other copies. Also there are excerpts appended here or there as if early editors didn't know where these belonged, but they were handed down as part of the Markan tradition.

After Verse 8 is an example. You can see this in the Revised Standard Version in a footnote. It reads, "But they reported briefly to Peter and those with him, all that they had been told. After then, Jesus himself sent out by means of them east to west the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation."

One codex has this placed after Verse 14, "But they excused themselves, saying, this age of lawlessness and unbelief lies under the sway of Satan who will not allow what lies under the unclean spirits to understand the truth and power of God. Therefore, they said to Christ, Reveal your righteousness now. Christ answered them, The term of years for Satan's power has now expired. But other terrors are now at hand. I was delivered to death on behalf of sinners that they might return to the truth, and sin no more. That they might inherit that glory of righteousness which is spiritual and imperishable in heaven."

“That translation is by Moffett. It is an early one. It is one manuscript.

Verse 17. The gospel of Mark ends with deeds, not words. "These signs shall follow them that believe.” There's one of our foundational points again (Mark 1:15). Those who believe will have signs that follow. Otherwise we’re not believers.

“We can say all we want, "We're believers m Jesus Christ," but we're not unless signs are following. That is Jesus' own definition of a believer.”
“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


**You can buy your own transcripts of most of Cobbey Crisler’s 28 talks at a new website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com

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