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Have the Mind that was in Christ Jesus!
Metaphysical Application ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

for February 19-25, 2018

by Kathy Fitzer, CS

[If you're a JSH online subscriber, click here for a Ken Cooper poem from the June 2012 Christian Science Journal. Another email of Cobbey Crisler and other insights will follow soon.]

Jesus never did anything without seeking (and following) the guidance of God, whom he recognized to not only be his Father — his source — but to be the divine wisdom (or Mind) that governs ALL. He understood God, Mind, to be the source of good, and only good! As you read, think about what it takes to “have that Mind which was also in Christ Jesus.” [B19] Consider how such an understanding enables us to demonstrate all that Mind is and does, bringing our experience in line with the harmony that is inherently Mind’s expression.

The Golden Text (GT) is the very last verse of the book of Romans. The Message paraphrases it: “All our praise is focused through Jesus on this incomparably wise God! Yes!” The life, teachings, and demonstrations of Jesus magnified the “glory” (the magnificence, excellence, and grace) of God … the “only wise” — or all-knowing Mind.

The Responsive Reading (RR) urges us to seek the wisdom that is from God and that is freely given to all by God. Notice the description of God’s wisdom as all good!— “… the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (RR, James 1:5, 3:17) How we all need such all-good wisdom and news! Have you ever watched “Breaking News” with the powerful prayer of all-good visualization and affirmation? “Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by beings under the control of supreme wisdom?” (SH 91:2)

Nothing could bless each of us, our loved ones, our country or the whole world more than a moment-by-moment keeping of a “promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus…” (S28, W's PS#11) The solemn, sincere, part of this 6th Tenet pledge to think and act with the Mind of Christ is brought out by Proverbs 8:17 that speaks of seeking wisdom early. The original Hebrew translated here as early has an implication of seeking earnestly or diligently or solemnly. We can do that all the time — throughout the day. We know that Mary Baker Eddy searched the Scriptures to truly discern God’s nature. When we see how many references there are in the Bible to the wisdom of God, it’s easy to see why Mind was chosen as one of the seven synonyms of God.

Section 1: We must seek God (limitless Mind) above all else

We are told here to seek wisdom as we would seek silver. (B1) We most earnestly seek for whatever we most value, right? In this case, we’re encouraged to seek the source of all there is … “for of him, and through him, and to him, are all things.” Or, as the New Living Translation puts it, “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory.” (B2) So, whether we think we’re searching for the right job, right companionship, a right sense of health, a right sense of self-image … whatever it may be that we seem to be lacking … what we really need is a right sense of God and our relationship to Him.

I talk to a lot of people who struggle to define their concept of God. Or they can’t go along with how they were brought up to think about God. I love what Christian Science teaches about God being Mind! A God that constitutes everything that is couldn’t possibly be squeezed into any form resembling corporeality — nothing anything like a human form. But, thinking of God as MIND, we realize the limitless nature of Deity — and the limitless nature of all of creation, including US! We read, speaking of God … “He is all-inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space …” (S4) So, seeking an understanding of God as infinite, limitless Mind, we can be sure that we will find Mind’s limitless expression which includes all that is good — productive employment, fulfilling relationships, enduring health, a sense of completeness, joy, etc. Because God fills all space, there is no room for anything that doesn’t correspond to the goodness of Mind — all-knowing God! Why would we look for good in any other place but in the divine Mind and Mind’s expression?

Section 2: We must be about our Father’s business and respond to the divine Mind

Jesus knew from a very young age that knowing God is more important than anything else we do. To this end, he sat with the teachers in the temple. What are our priorities? It seems that we are constantly bombarded with demands for our time and attention. it’s easy to feel pulled in a thousand different directions and find ourselves wanting to please everyone at the same time. Jesus had to figure that out, too. As a 12-year-old he was still considered a child and expected to stay with his parents. Respect for others and being conscious of how our actions affect them is important. Jesus was respectful of his parents. But, he also understood that there was really only one true demand being made on him (and only one being made on us.) That is to be “about [his and our] Father’s business.” (B6 & S8)

Jesus understood what his priorities needed to be. When we know (as Jesus knew) that “the children of God have but one Mind” we will naturally respond to the clear direction that comes from Mind. (S6) We will be able to identify priorities, as Jesus did, and stick to them. We’ll be able to resist the temptation to wander down the road of distractions. We won’t spend our time trying to please others. We will be confident that as thought and action respond to the divine Mind, everyone will be blessed. If we’re not careful, it’s easy to buy in on the many theories concerning how brain and personality determine our experience and our tendencies. But, we’re not subject to any of that. We respond to Mind’s directing. The final citation in this section tells us “The time has come for a finite conception of the infinite and of a material body as the seat of Mind to give place to a diviner sense of intelligence and its manifestations …..” (S11) Indeed, that time has come!!!

We can daily discover more and more about the nature of God and man’s relationship to Him — and actively respond to the direction of Mind! As we do our best — even if we don’t do as well as we know we can do or want to do — we must refuse to get discouraged or give up. Mind is guiding and loving us and never gives up on us. “A knowledge of the Science of being” does develop “the latent abilities and possibilities of man. …. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity [acuteness or sight; acuteness of discernment or understanding].” (S9) Each one of us can be about our Father’s business — and love it!!!

Section 3: Seeing that everyone has one Mind establishes the foundation of fellowship

Although Jesus spent a lot of time in the temple, listening and sharing, he had no formal religious training. His teachings reflected what God had revealed directly to him. (B7) There were some who questioned his lack of training. So, perhaps as a sort of test, one of the Scribes asked him to identify the most important (translated first in the KJV) commandment. Jesus started of course, from the standpoint of there being only one God and that we must love God completely. And he continued with the importance of loving our neighbor as ourselves. We can’t really love God without also loving our neighbor. (B8) Paul elaborated on this teaching, emphasizing the importance of brotherly love and warning against “divisions.” He encouraged his audience to work “together with one mind and purpose.” He told them … “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (B10, NLT) That’s great advice, but it’s hard (if not impossible) to accomplish unless we think out from the fact that there is only one Mind, instead of thinking that we have to bring a lot of little individual minds together.

As Mary Baker Eddy discovered, “with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.” (S12) Science doesn’t change! So, unity is a fact of God’s universe. Jesus understood that and it enabled him to walk through an angry crowd and to face his accusers fearlessly. But, he also said that we would do even greater things than he did.

Let’s open thought to the possibility that as we have “that Mind which was also in Christ” — as we accept the fact that there is only one Mind as there is only one God — and as we demonstrate that step by step in our own lives — that we will see the facts of being demonstrated in the world. Understanding that all are governed by one Mind, disputing, prejudice, fear, and anger would disappear. (S14) Governing bodies would be able to agree on policy, violence and war would end, harmony would reign in homes and neighborhoods. Impossible? If we resignedly accept the premise of separate minds needing to come together, yes. But, as Christian Scientists, we must hold up the high standard for all mankind — knowing that we can demonstrate peace on earth as we “let this Mind be in [us], which was also in Christ Jesus.” (S13) Start by bringing every thought that comes to you in line with the two commandments Jesus confirmed as the most important — and stay firm in knowing that there really is only one Mind — governing all!

Section 4: The fact that God is the only Mind is the basis of health

We know that Jesus wasn’t the first to identify God as the source of health. Healings are recorded in the Old Testament and the psalmist spoke of God’s “saving health.” (B11) Interestingly, most other Bible translations use the words salvation or deliverance in this verse instead of health. That’s really what health is … the inherent wholeness of man revealed after having been delivered or saved from the false beliefs of the carnal mind.

The story in this section describes some men bringing their paralyzed friend to Jesus, with the expectation that their friend would be healed. (B13) As I tried to read this familiar story with fresh eyes, i was struck by Jesus commenting on the faith of the friends. Is this a clue as to the support we can give our friends who are struggling with something just by mentally giving them over to Christ, Truth, expecting healing? As we know, Jesus didn’t address the physical claim, but immediately told the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (NLT) We have no way of knowing if Jesus perceived something specific in the young man’s thought that needed correcting, or was simply freeing him from the general belief of a sinful Adam man suffering from the belief of separation from good. Either way, he certainly was aware of the fact that this approach would incite the indignation of the scribes who believed that only God could forgive sins.

So, how could Jesus demonstrate his authority over sin? By also demonstrating the control of Truth over the outward appearance — knowing disease as well as sin would yield to Truth. It’s also interesting to realize that right after this healing experience, Jesus called Matthew (a tax collector) to follow him and went and had dinner at Matthew’s house with other tax collectors (who were not highly thought of) and “sinners.” Wasn’t Jesus illustrating his view of the purity of man as perceived in Mind … and demonstrating the power of beholding “the perfect man” right where “sinning mortal man appears to mortals”? (S16)

The key is to understand that God really is the only Mind! (S19) Anything that isn’t good has no basis in Mind and so no power to convince anyone of its reality. Nothing can make us believe that which has no foundation in Mind — in God, Good. When we understand that something is an illusion (like water on the road or a flat earth or train tracks coming together) we’re not impressed, and we move forward fearlessly. We have to approach every suggestion of sin or suffering the same way.

We will be delivered from all sin (anything that would try to separate us from the goodness of God) and disease (anything that causes dis-ease) as we focus on the reality of what Mind reveals! And when something does need correcting, the solution isn’t to wander around in mortal mind (false belief) looking for a problem, but know that the all-knowing Mind will uncover and reveal what needs correcting and make the correction! We just need to respond. (S18)

Section 5: Having the Mind of Christ enables us to trust that “all is under the control of the one Mind.” (S22)

No amount of human effort, budgeting skills, or planning could make 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish stretch sufficiently to feed 5,000 men — not to mention the women and children. (B14) How did Jesus do it? It took more than compassion — which he had and which we must have. Jesus perceived the infinite nature of Mind’s provision. He wasn’t starting with a limited supply, trying to multiply or stretch it into more. He started with infinite good! He understood that if there was a need, there must already be a supply! That is the law of good.

The citations in Science and Health counter all lies of lack with the rule of infinite Mind:
1. “ALL is under the control of the one Mind, even God.” (S22)
2. Because Spirit is the source of supply, rather than matter, there is no limit to good and no partiality. If one is to be blessed (by having food) then all must be blessed. (S23)
3. Matter has no creative principle. It has no intelligence. Mind is the origin of all right ideas. (S24)

Can these same principles be demonstrated today — by us? Absolutely! Love is the Principle that made it all happen in Jesus’ day, and that Principle is the same today as it was then. What’s required? To have “the same ‘Mind … which was also in Christ Jesus.’” (S26)

There is only one Mind, so we reflect it, as Jesus did. But, it takes moment by moment alertness and practice — and claiming good to be true even when it doesn’t appear to be true. We may start small, but we can have large expectations. Let’s celebrate what is! We DO have the Mind of Christ. Accept it and start practicing!!!

Section 6: Give Mind the glory as you claim the Mind of Christ as your only Mind!

At this point of the Lesson, the message of there being only one Mind and the importance of each of us claiming the Mind of Christ as our own has come across loud and clear. So, it seems to make sense to take a moment to really think about what that means and how to accomplish it. I certainly don’t have definitive answers to those questions, but I am certain that God communicates to each of us just what we need to know in order to understand this concept — and in a way that will make sense to each of us individually.

I’ll share what has come to me (at this point). If it’s helpful, great! If not … just listen for YOUR answer. Jesus serves as our example for all things — how to think about and approach everything that comes into our experience. So, thinking about the qualities he expressed is a great starting point. I was interested in this translation of Philipians 2: 5 from the Amplified Bible, “Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility],” (B19)

Humility is so important. As we know, Jesus never took credit for anything. He always acknowledged God, the Father of all, as the source of all good. He said, “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” (John 5: 30) This sentiment of giving God the glory in all things is emphasized in Jude’s epistle: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (B20 – Amplified)

Jesus revealed and demonstrated God’s saving power as he freed mankind from the bondage of every form of limitation — including sin, sickness, and death. And Jesus assured us that the demonstration of God’s healing authority did not belong exclusively to him. He said, “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14: 10-13, NIV)

Wasn’t it Jesus’ understanding of the allness of God that enabled him to heal? As the Scientific Statement of Being specifies, “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” (S29, W's PS#12) An understanding of this, to me, is the basis of having the Mind that was in Christ Jesus. It is accepting the fact that there is only ONE Mind, and eliminating every suggestion that does not have its source in that Mind. And the other part of that is giving God — Mind — “the glory, honor, dominion, and power everlastingly due its holy name.” (S30)

God is the healer … delivering man through Christ (“the divine manifestation, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.” — SH 583) Jesus was the embodiment of the Christ which “expresses God’s spiritual, eternal nature.” (SH 333) If we want to witness God’s healing power as he did, we must watch thought and “pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus” and follow his example, including doing “unto others as we would have them do unto us; and [being] merciful, just, and pure”. (S28)

It’s not a burden. It is, in fact, a joy to accept our nature as the child of God and rejoice in the fact that “the Lord God omnipotent reigneth”! (Rev. 19: 6)

Look for an email coming soon with Warren Huff’s additions of insights and healing application ideas from Cobbey Crisler and others on some citations in the Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Mind” for February 25, 2018. Click here for online version now.

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