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GEMs of spiritual sense to let us see all things new as the Revelator did!
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper & others for The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Soul and Body"
for November 16-22, 2020

by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director
warren@cedarscamps.org 314-378-2574

GEM#1: Claim God’s promise to be upheld as God’s “elect” serving to the delight of God’s soul!
Responsive Reading: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect*, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42:1)

Cobbey Crisler on Isa. 42:1 (Responsive Reading, RR), 7
“Chapter 42:1 (RR) is a prophesy of a servant who should come, the “elect of God” who would have “the Spirit of God upon him.” [W: In Verse 6 there’s a shift from God calling this elect servant in the third person, to God calling YOU and holding your hand, and keeping YOU, to give YOU “for a covenant of the people, for a light to the Gentiles.” You will notice in Verse 7 – and in Isaiah 61:1 – what the assignment of this servant (YOU) would be, “To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, [and] them that sit in darkness out of the prison house (W: or out of a need to lockdown, shelter-in-place, quarantine).”

“Isn’t it interesting that the prophet Isaiah foresees this prophesied individual in the terms of “a servant” when the Greek word most often in the New Testament for healing has the classical Greek meaning of “to serve.” You remember how Jesus defined his ministry in those terms, “I came not to be ministered unto but to minister” [Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45]. Healing is serving by definition in Greek. Serving whom? God and man.”
­“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren:] These prophesies in Isaiah foretell the coming of Christ as God’s healing servant. But the verse in our Bible lesson also promises that YOU are this called and healing servant who will be upheld. That is a promise of protection that you can specifically affirm in your prayer walks and watches— not only for yourself, but also for all our brave workers in health care, law enforcement, food supply, election voting and polling, and other essential lines of service. All the dear ones who seek to restore freedom and harmony to our communities, to our country, and to our whole world have been clad in Love’s complete protection as they (you, we) have “pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom” (SH 91:2).

*Another verse and an article about “the elect”:
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” (Colossians 3:12)

* Here also is an article you may find helpful in praying about elections titled “God’s Elect” by Julia M. Johnston, From the July 1933 issue of The Christian Science Journal. (available as audio at https://journal.christianscience.com/audioplayer/view/16318)

And from Isaiah 60:1, 19 (RR): "Arise, Shine” (as with the inner light of God’s kingdom within)— as one who serves to God’s delight! See the message (as embroidered in English as well as in the original Hebrew) on my prayer shawl from Israel. It’s a message that’s meant for YOU too as one of God’s “elect” servants!
[See an online picture of my prayer shawl in the upper right, plus the preceding insight from Cobbey Crisler about Isaiah 42:1, 7.]

The last verse of this week’s Responsive Reading is: No longer will you need the sun or moon to give you light, for the Lord your God will be your everlasting light, and he will be your glory.” (Isaiah 60:19, Responsive Reading, The Living Bible). It connects perfectly with the last section of this Bible Lesson in which the “city” [or kingdom] of God was seen by the Revelator as having “no need of the sun” (Revelation 21:23, citation B17).

GEM#2: Stop being “a tenant in a tomb by being at home in the body!” Instead be at home in the ‘new man’ to “make all things new!” Cobbey on II Cor. 5:1-6 (citation B4), 16-17:
II Cor. 5, verse 1. Where we are now is a tabernacle, which if “dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens…” (We look out of heavenly consciousness—every window has a heavenly view. We worship where we live—Our bodies are our ultimate idols, if we are living there.

Verse 4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:” Jesus said take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”…

Verse 6. It’s not what we see but what we know that matters: “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.” This is one of the most radical statements in the whole Bible that is virtually skated over.

It is foolhardy to adapt ourselves to live in corporeality. You are a tenant in a tomb if at home in the body. Why be so satisfied with data coming to us from the 5 channels of the corporeal senses?
Jesus said “Take no thought for your body.”

Socrates said “The dead body will not be me. Don’t let him talk about burying Socrates. Say only that you are burying the body.”

Ishmael (In Moby Dick said “My body is but the lees of my better being.”

Verse 16. “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:”
The ultimate objective is to know no man (or woman) after the flesh, according to fleshly information. Our divine nature or anyone’s true, divine nature is not conveyed or confined by anything fleshly from “the old man.” As Jesus beheld, we are to behold the “new man” and in so doing make not just some things but ALL things new.

As Verse 17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.*
Transcribed from marginal notes in Warren’s Bible from a talk by Cobbey Crisler**

*[Revelation 21:5 was CedarS 2019 theme: (And he that sat upon the throne said,) “Behold, I make all things new.”]

GEM#3: Share your Christianity, like Paul did, in ways that interest your audience!
Cobbey Crisler insights on the context of Paul’s words to the Athenians in Acts 17
(cit. B5): “Well, now Paul is heading for the cultural capital of civilization, Athens. And you can’t even go to modern day Athens without appreciating somewhat of what Paul saw, looking around at the remnants of that great city and “the columned buildings that were dedicated to so many gods. It must have moved Paul.” …

“And so, he opens his mouth and begins right away to talk in Athens. Now this is a tough area in which to introduce Christianity, except at least they were willing to listen because everybody talked about anything. I mean there were a lot of weirdo sects and ideas that they welcomed without question in Athens because everybody liked to dispute these ideas anyway.

“He’s in the market, the agora, as well as in the synagogue. He runs into Epicureans; he runs into Stoics.” Now Tarsus where Paul came from happens to be a Stoic stronghold. So, he must have been certainly aware of that philosophy…

“They bring him to Areopagus, the hill of Mars or Aries, and they asked him to explain what he has to say.” …

Acts 17:22  Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

Paul, standing there, shows how a lecture can be tailor-made to any environment. And, it’s better than uniformity if you want to get the ear of the locals. And in this way, you will find at no point does Paul mention the Old Testament. Why? (Pause) What would that mean to the Athenians? (See below, Acts 17:23, paraphrased)

Instead, he kind of says, “On my way to the forum…you know. In other words, here I was, and I saw something you had back here. And, it says TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.” (See Acts 17:23 …

“Would everybody be listening? It relates. He’s picked up something locally. And, would you also be listening if he said “That monument you put ‘TO THE UNKNOWN GOD’, I want to tell you a little something about him. He’s unknown to you, but here’s some information that might be helpful… “And then, in Acts 17, verse 24, he describes “that God who made all, and therefore, couldn’t dwell in temples made with hands.” …

We’re reminded of whom? Yes, but since Jesus, we heard that from Stephen, remember? As Saul, himself, he had heard that.

“He dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” (repeated paraphrased)

What do you think that comment does when you’re looking at the Parthenon and buildings like it? “God doesn’t dwell in all of this. He made everything. How can you contain Him?” … Very interesting point.

Have we even arrived at that point today in our thinking? … I doubt the Athenians had either.

“The search where God is…” will end up with the conclusion in the last line of Acts 17, verse 27, “that He’s not very far from every one of us.” And then Paul very cleverly introduces lines from local poets: “In him we live, and move, and have our being” and “for we are also his offspring” – parts of poems we have identified, and they even know the authors. (See below, partial)

Acts 17:28 (cit. B5) For in him we live, and move, and have our being**; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,by B. Cobbey Crisler**

**Mary Baker Eddy writes of Paul’s words in Athens (Acts 17:28, cit. B5):
“St. Paul said to the Athenians, “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” This statement is in substance identical with my own: “There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter.” It is quite clear that this great verity has not yet been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true. If Christian Science reiterates Paul’s teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being. Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration.”
Retrospection & Introspection

GEM#4: Apply Divine Equations from our Textbook to Yourself and to All!

One-line, word equations in Science & Health (SH) are “textbook” illustrations of the “Transitive Property of Equality” (www.mathwords.com) (See page 470:23, 481:3, 477:26 and 249:31)

Let’s “do the math” with four simple, word-equation sentences from Science & Health.
On SH p. 470:23, the first word-equation sentence states:
“Man (A) is (=) the expression of God’s being.” (B)

On SH p. 481:23, the second word-equation sentence states:
“God’s being (B) is (=) infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.” (C)

By the Transitive Property of Equality: If A = B and B = C, then A = C

So, “Man (A) or YOU (a) is (=) the expression of infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.” (C)

Extending the Transitive Property of Equality to two more word-equation sentences in this week’s lesson:

On SH p. 477:26 (citation S6 this week), the third word-equation sentence states:
“Man (A) [or YOU (a)] is (=) the expression of Soul.” (D)

On SH p. 249:31 (cit S32), the fourth word-equation & the final sentence for this week’s Bible Lesson states:
“Man (A) [or YOU (a)] is (=) the reflection of Soul.” (E)

So, since A = C and A = D, then C = D [And, C = both D and E as amplified below]

“The expression of infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss” (C) (=) “the expression of Soul.” (D)
“The expression of infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss” (C) (=) “the reflection of Soul.” (E)

Therefore, You (a), like the “Energizer Bunny,” express the synonyms for Infinity including: inexhaustibility, eternity, limitlessness, immeasurability, perpetuity (See https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/rodule )

Therefore, You (a), like the Statue of Liberty, express the synonyms for freedom including: opportunity, power, ability, exemption, flexibility, immunity, privilege, right, discretion, facility, leeway, liberty, prerogative, range, scope, unrestraint, carte blanche, elbowroom, free rein, full play, full swing, plenty of rope

Therefore, You (a), like a Band, Chorus, Cabin or Family member, express the synonyms for harmony including: cooperation, friendship, consistency, good will, kinship, peace, rapport, tranquility, unanimity, understanding, unity, accord, amicability, compatibility, concord, like-mindedness

Therefore, You (a), like a Happy Camper and Stress-free Reflection, express the synonyms for boundless bliss including: unchangeable blessedness, inexhaustible happiness, unlimited gladness, untold joy…

The reign of “infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss” rules out of you all their opposites (antonyms) of limitation; restraint, restriction, slavery; Inharmony, Strife, disagreement, discord, fighting; depression, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, grief, upset

GEM#5: Been feeling isolated? Vulnerable to attacks from a devilish, divisive virus? (Devil or diabolos means in Spanish to try to throw in two, opposite directions at the same time.) Like Jesus, dismiss dualism to feel a heavenly harmony that heals EVERY PERSON & EVERY ISSUE!
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus “acing” his long isolation tests & healing all, Matt. 4:
1-11, 23 (B9):
[Warren: Before the Matthew 4:23 verse in this week’s lesson is what allowed Jesus to heal everyone.] [Cobbey:] “There is what we might call an identity-crisis test in Chapter 4 (of Matthew). The Anglo-Saxon word “tempt” has almost picked up a theological meaning. It really means “test.” That’s what the word means. It’s a test. (Verse 1) So, “Jesus was led up of the Spirit into the wilderness” to be tested on the fact that had recently been revealed (directly from God in Matthew 3:17 (and Mark 1:11) that Jesus was God’s “Beloved Son”).

Verse 2. “After forty days and nights he’s hungry.”
This reminds me of Moses. He, too, had that testing period (Exodus 24:18) just prior to receiving the Ten Commandments. For forty days and forty nights. This Chapter in Matthew is just prior to the Sermon on the Mount or the Beatitudes. This preparation is the same. And there is a test.
Verse 3. “When the tester comes,” here it is, question Number 1: “If you are the Son of God.” Why would that even have emerged if we had not had Verse 17 in the preceding chapter? “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” The test question is, “If you are,” then what? “Command that these stones be made bread.”

How does Jesus respond to this test question? He quotes Scripture. Notice how Jesus responds to temptation. If this is the way Jesus elects to respond to it, what about you and me? How eloquent might you or I try to get when we respond to temptation? Make up original sermons, choose our words carefully, perhaps?

Jesus decided the best defense was Scripture. This verse is taken from Deuteronomy 8, Verse 3. Deuteronomy is a law book. In fact, the word in Greek deuteros nomos is the second law or the repetition of the law. How did he regard this test by Satan? What was going on in Jesus’ thinking here? Had he isolated it completely?

“First of all, what does Satan mean in Hebrew? Accuser. It is also the term for prosecuting attorney. If he has the prosecuting attorney accusing in thought, Jesus in his defense cites what? The law. He quotes the law book. He doesn’t need to do anything original. The law is the law and it never varies. Therefore, what is being suggested her by Satan, or the prosecuting attorney is illegal. It is illegitimate. He proves it by citing the law. That’s a marvelous technique for us in the middle of temptation.

“Our consciousness is like a law court. And the plusses and minuses that occur there have to be dealt with, as in a law court. Where are the accusations coming from? The prosecuting attorney or Satan. Where do we get the information? The law book or the defense attorney.

“You know that Jesus promised that something would come after he had left. It’s been translated “the comforter” in the gospel of John. The Greek word is parakletos, sometimes transliterated as paraclete. In Greek it can be the technical term for defense attorney.

“Verse 4. So, where did Jesus turn for his protection and defense, the defense of his manhood, the defense of his sonship with God, which is a spiritual fact revealed directly to him by God? How does he defend it? By citing the law book, utilizing the Comforter or defense attorney against the arguments of Satan. If Jesus had to do that, can we do anything less? “Man shall not live by bread alone,” Jesus said, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” That is a great statement for survival in an emergency….

Verse 5. But Satan isn’t through yet, is he? Next thing, take Jesus out of the wilderness, and move him into an entirely different environment. The sophistication of organized religion, ecclesiasticism. “Take him to the very pinnacle of the Temple.”

Verse 6. Show him everything that could belong to him ecclesiastically if he would only go via the world’s route by following devilish suggestions. “If thou be the son of God,” the same test question again. “Cast thyself down.” Notice the suggestion is that Jesus do it himself. Apparently Satan knew that it would not succeed trying to cast Jesus down. If Satan couldn’t do it, the only way that it could be done would be for Jesus to do it to himself.”

In verse 6 we find that Satan is quoting Scripture, “It is written, He will give his angels charge concerning thee.” In fact, that is a very key attempt by Satan. Why? Satan discovered what Jesus’ defense was, namely Scripture. O.K., if that’s the way you want it, the devil can use Scripture for its purposes. But the devil doesn’t know much beyond the 91st Psalm and everybody knows that. So, Satan quotes, “It is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear you up.” You see, there is nothing to worry about, Jesus, even Scripture now backs you, so leap down.

Verse 7. Jesus doesn’t react. It’s reaction in Judo that is taken advantage of by your opponent. Jesus doesn’t react. Simply quotes once again the law book. This come from Deuteronomy 6, verse 16. “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” You cannot test God and His revealed Word. The high quality of Jesus’ discernment and his thought is not sufficient to dismiss Satan after one temptation, or even a second one. How valuable is the quality of persistence! Supposed Jesus had given up after the second time, “I already covered this ground.” Or listened to Satan, but he doesn’t.

Verse 8. The third charge or accusation occurs, “the devil takes him into an exceeding high mountain, and shows him all the kingdoms of the world.”

“All these things being offered to Jesus are to a degree a kind of power. He was offered personal power by changing stones to bread. Then he was offered priestly power if he’d go for the argument to be the head of ecclesiasticism. And he was offered political power by being shown all the kingdoms of the world.

“All those temptations that hit human nature… We are in the wilderness at some point along with Jesus having the exact same tests applied to us. How are our responses to those exam questions? Do we pass with flying colors?…

Verse 10. We find that Jesus answers and that the only thing he says that’s original, “Get thee behind me Satan.” He dismisses the prosecution in thought, “for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shall thou serve.” That’s kind of a combination of Deuteronomy 6, verse 13 and Deuteronomy 10, verse 20.

Verse 11. Look at what happens. “The devil leaveth him.” No longer is there dualism in thought. “Angels came and ministered unto him.” True communication completely governed his thought, no longer a divided kingdom. The false communication is dismissed.”

Verse 23. And “healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.” Here are human problems that had defied solution, and Jesus solved them all based on his concept of theology, namely the kingdom. Remember a kingdom is not chaos. It’s an ordered government of heaven and harmony at hand.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax Collector’s Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#6: See and Be Your Perfect Self! — An imperative “divine command” (SH 253:32) from Matthew 5:48 (citation B10)
[Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 5, Verse 48]

Jesus’ final summary … "We should be perfect," he said. According to what measurement? How does he regard when he got the revelation from God that Jesus was the Son of God? Did that mean for Jesus that he was the only Son of God? Notice the same relationship goes beyond, to us. Because he said it's a mandate, "Be ye therefore perfect." Why? "Even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." If the original is perfect, the image must be.

Again, we can compare how Moses viewed this. He had somewhat the same to say. But he didn't say it in the strength of the present tense that Jesus did. In fact, in Deuteronomy 18, (Verse 13), Moses is recorded as saying, "Thou shalt be perfect before the Lord thy God." Same point but different tense. Jesus said, "Be ye therefore perfect."
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,” B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#7: When a person (or country) seems to be possessed by a devilish division, first bind the resistance; and then heal the inharmony. Cobbey Crisler on Matt 12:22-28 (B12)

“Matthew 12: (Verse 22, cit. B12). “Now we have someone brought possessed with a devil and healed."

(Verse 25). Jesus talks about "a kingdom divided against itself " which we have already discussed.

(Verse 26). "How could he use Satan to cast out Satan?"

(Verse 29). He makes a very interesting parallel in referring to a strong man's house. "To enter into a house, and spoil the goods, you have to really render the strong man powerless."

To do this means giving priority to the strong man before you begin to mess around in his house. Then the strong man would resist the healing. Was it mentality arrayed against the possibility, both in the environment and in that man? Did Jesus bind that mental resistance first, and then heal the case?”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM #8: Radiate your undying identity that’s forever loved and blessed by your heavenly Daddy (Abba)!
Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 17.1-9 (cit. B14) and
Jesus, Moses & Elias on the Mount of Transfiguration
“Chapter 17: There is a renewed opportunity for the disciples, three of them at least, to witness who Jesus was.

(Verse 1). "Peter, James, and John come to a high mountain apart,"
(Verse 2). "He was transfigured: his face did shine,"

(Verse 3). And there is a breakthrough here because "we find Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus." What is special about that is Moses really is the prime figure in the law, isn't he? Elias is the prime figure in the prophets. So, in a way, it represents the three major sections of the Bible, long before it was sewn together in the backbone of a book.

We know what they were talking about, at least. The gospel of Luke (9:31) is the only one which tells us what the subject of conversation was on the Mount of Transfiguration. Luke tells us that they were discussing his "decease" which was forthcoming in Jerusalem. When J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-67, U.S. nuclear physicist) wanted to talk with someone on his level, he probably wouldn't give us a call. He'd go to look for Einstein.

If Jesus were approaching his meeting with the last enemy known as death, just look at Moses and Elias. What had Elias or Elijah accomplished? He had ascended, according to the Old Testament report 2 Kings 2:11. What about Moses? It doesn't say exactly, but they never could find his body. They sent out expedition after expedition that came up empty handed. In fact, there is the intertestamental (the period between the close of the OLD TESTAMENT and the beginning of the NEW TESTAMENT) literature written called "The Assumption of Moses" where it has long been held in Jewish tradition that Moses had ascended. There is this common point of unity among those three men on that mountain.

Verse 9 (of Matthew 17). Our translation says, "Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead." I can't find a Greek version that supports the word "again." But if it is genuine, it implies that, in effect, Jesus had to rise from the dead to communicate to these men. He had to have overcome the death barrier.

The three disciples didn't communicate with them, but they knew who they were. Isn't that interesting? That says something about identity, our identity. The identity of Moses and Elias was apparently communicable. But there was no discussion back and forth between Peter, James, and John and those on the mountain. It's sort of like television, isn't it? You can tune in at a distance. You can see people on the screen who are thousands of miles from you. Maybe even bouncing off satellites. But you can't communicate with them. Distance and time have been overcome and we can see but not communicate.

(Verse 4). They were bored there, Peter, James, and John. Peter tries to interrupt. Peter liked to feel busy. On the top of the mountain Jesus, Moses, and Elias had their thing going. So, he said, "It's good for us to be here." Really, the transfiguration didn't need Peter's endorsement. But he gave it. He said, 'It's good for us to be here. While you're up there, why don't we do something down here, instead of just sitting. We can build three tabernacles, one for thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias."

Verse 5 is when the announcement comes once again very much like the baptism (Matthew 3:17) which is rooted in prophecy. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#9: Enjoy on YouTube Ken Cooper’s insights on citations shared in this week’s Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson. To help make these familiar passages and their stories easier to visualize and relate to, Ken freely offers a custom poem called “In the Atmosphere of Love” and a moving monologue called “The Transfiguration Now Shared”.
[Ken writes:] “The infinity of God is our guarantee of a safe place to live, wherever we are, and what neighbors and companions are ours! — Pure Life, Absolute Truth, constant Love, energetic Soul, all-knowing Mind, the inspiration of Spirt, all law-abiding in Principle, each day sharing different facets. “All one body we”, — there is no strife, ill-will, disease, for the light that is the glory of God shines throughout infinity, and knows no darkness, no fear, nothing unlike itself. Where else can we dwell?

Our starting place is always God, and beginning with God we have to also end with God. Soul can be seen as the divine and so-beautiful music in between, the here and now, and we reflect that music in the infinity of sound that Mind orchestrates. We are each part of an infinite and perfect musical composition, and it needs each of us to be complete. And it is complete, every moment. God is our wonderful conductor!

The poem “In the Atmosphere of Love” confirms where we live and have our being. We are not waiting for good, but experiencing at every moment all the goodness that God is. There is no waiting for more or concern there may be less. There is no more or less, for God is All-in-all, our perfect dwelling place.

The experiences of Peter have featured last week, and this week we have his involvement in the transfiguration of Jesus. In the imagined monologue “The Transfiguration Now Shared” Peter is at last sharing the transfiguration with the other disciples, and the rallying cry is not just to “Come forth” but to “Go forth”! It ends “Jesus shone. So, must we.” In absolute terms, this is what we all do, — the Christ shines through us all as light shines from the sun. The rays of light have no independence, but do what they are. So, we shine. When Peter, James and John saw the glory of the transfiguration the light of the Christ may well be the light that Jesus saw when he beheld the perfect man, and shared those beautiful words “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” Matthew 5:48. Beholding our true being as the reflection of Soul is mirrored in how we see everything in the kingdom of heaven, the habitation and experience of everything and everyone.

What we see has to be what God, Soul, sees, there is nothing else, nowhere else. God and His reflection is the All-in-all.

PDF copies of the poem “In the Atmosphere of Love” and the monologue, “The Transfiguration Now Shared”— in color and B&W— are available on the top right of this week's ONLINE metaphysical article for CedarS Camps

GEM#10: Let spiritual sense make all things new, as for the Revelator. Then, you too can see & know, here & now, that All is fully spiritual as Mary Baker Eddy records in “the scientific statement of being.”

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” (Rev. 21:1, citation B17)

As Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health page 573, in citation S26, “Because St. John’s corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of reality.”

Kainos, the Greek word for “new,” means “unknown.” what was “new” to John in Rev. 21:1, was the new heaven and earth that had been present from the beginning of creation, but that had not before been known or seen. This connects in a new way for me with “it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” This is from I John 3:2 and is what Christian Scientists call “the correlative Scripture” because it relates to Mary Baker Eddy’s “Scientific Statement of Being.” These passages are read aloud together each week by Readers just prior to the closing benediction in Christian Science Sunday services across the globe.

The full “correlative Scripture” in the King James Version reads: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.(I John 3:2, 3)

I LOVE how this tells us that we and our clear vision of incorporeal reality are purified by our heartfelt hope to be like God — by “our longing to be good and true” (Hymn 51.1, 467). As Jesus’ Beatitude promises us: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8). In the Science and Health chapter “Fruitage,” several testifiers realized the most important outcome of their healing was their seeing God in the new heaven and new earth. I long for the spiritual sense outcome of seeing the new heaven and new earth as described by a first-time reader of Science and Health:

“… I felt a severe attack of suffering. I opened the book for the first time and found a paragraph near the middle which attracted my attention. I read the same paragraph over and over for nearly two hours. When the tea bell rang I closed the book and I shall never forget my perception of the new heaven and the new earth, — everything in nature that I could see seemed to have been washed and made clean. The flowers … now spoke to me of the All-in-all, the hearts of my friends seemed kinder, — I had touched the hem of the garment of healing.” (SH 651:26)

Many times, I have used the “Scientific Statement of Being” (SH 468:8) to wash me clean (or cleaner anyway) of seeing a strife-filled view of the world and of a body-based view myself and others. It gives us line-by-line support to reverse each lie and state the spiritual counter-fact.

While the declaration of the first line of the scientific statement of being – “There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter” –causes the old heaven and earth to pass away, the declaration of the second line causes the new heaven and earth to appear: “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” (SH 468:9)

The remaining sentences of Mary Baker Eddy’s remarkable “scientific statement of being” alternate between denying the reality of the old heaven and earth, thus causing it to pass away, and affirming the reality of the new heaven and earth, thus allowing it to appear more clearly. Finally, the “scientific statement of being” declares, “Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual.” That is, the scientific truth that emits the radiant health and total well-being of the “new heaven and new earth.

Citation S13 captures the reversal of lies needed relative to our “Soul and Body” Bible Lesson. Here, Mary Baker Eddy states: “The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter, and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, — all because of their blindness, their false sense concerning God and man.” (SH 204:30, cit. S13)

I love how that word "unsay" hits hard the three lies that error must “unsay”:

  1. “That Soul is in body.
  2. “That Mind is in matter.
  3. “That good is in evil.” (SH 204:30, cit. S13)

Using the “scientific statement of being” (SH 468) gives us ample insights “on this “plane of existence” (SH 573:3) into spiritual reality with which to reverse each of these lies of the old Genesis 2 creation. This spiritual sense enables us to hold fast to the spiritual counter-facts of the “new heaven and earth” (SH 573:22) and of man as the blessed child of God— His very “image and likeness” as stated in Genesis 1. In this “heaven, supreme harmony,” (SH 573:14) of thought, at-one with God—here and now, error must “unsay” all lies of man being “a miserable sinner” (SH 573:17, citation S26)

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