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GEMS of lovingkindness to draw all mankind to God for solutions to world problems!
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper & others for The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Doctrine of Atonement"
for October 18, 2020

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

GEM#1: Be contrite to experience the lovingkindness of both God’s healing AND preventative power! Cobbey Crisler on Ps. 34:19, 20 (between v. 18 & 22 in the Responsive Reading (RR)
Psalm 34:18 (RR) “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.” [like Zacchaeus’ character transformation in last week’s lesson.]

[Cobbey:] “Psalm 34:19 We have the therapeutic and the prophylactic. We have the healing and the preventative arts. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” That’s the therapeutic power of God. But it goes even a step further in Verse 20, “He keepeth all his bones.” That means “He guards or protects all his bones, not one of them is broken” It is the prophylactic, the preventive, power of God’s therapy.”

Psalm 34:22 (RR) “The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants; and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.” [like the mentally-ill Gadarene man was in last week’s lesson before Jesus healed him.]
“Leaves of the Tree: Prescriptions from Psalms”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#2: See lovingkindness drawing all mankind to God for solutions to world problems!
Cobbey Crisler on Jeremiah 31 (and citation B1, Jer. 31:3)

“In Chapter 31, which is Jeremiah’s greatest chapter, he predicts the new covenant will come. He defines it. In Verse 3 he shows that the new covenant is definitely based on the comprehension of God as love. It’s that very “lovingkindness” that will draw all mankind to God for the solution of the world problems.”— [to make “their soul (spiritual sense) as a watered garden.” (Jer. 31:12)
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#3: Reach out to feel God’s presence, even if circumstances seem to have thrown you down to the depths of hell! "Whither Shall I Go from Thy Spirit" from Psalm 139:7, 8 (B2) comforts us with assurance of the uplifting ever-presence of Spirit. We can sing together of this in Hymn 599, "Whither Shall I Go from Thy Spirit", in the 2017 Christian Science Hymnal.

BONUS HYMN 599 CS Camps VERSION of Psalm 139! Thanks to the initiating and copyright coordinating efforts by CedarS Director of Operations, Holly Huff Bruland, all six of the North American camps for Christian Scientists came together to sing “Whither!” This happened when this Psalm was in the Christian Science Bible Lesson and we were all apart and unable (in early summer of 2020) to accept campers in person. Holly arranged for all to sing their segments and send them in to Nathan Wood to edit together so that each camp could have the following Vimeo link to post to its social media and circulate as it saw fit: https://vimeo.com/413393023

P.S. This Hymn is a favorite at several camps and is especially lovely when sung with a guitar as Erin Williams did in this YouTube version of it. (CedarS 50th Anniversary trilogy of CedarS CDs sold out at $25 each going totally to camperships.)

GEM#4: “Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God!” History of Micah 6:8 (B3) and the Sixth Tenet of Christian Science!

FYI: James Luther Mays, in his commentary on Micah, remarks: "…at a profound level the answer [to the question posed in verse 6] does call for sacrifice, but a kind quite different from that proposed by the question. It is not sacrifice of something outside a person which can be objectified as a means to deal with God. It is rather a yielding of life itself to God and his way, 'repentance' of the most radical sort.

“What [God] requires is not the life of something but the living of the man who stands before him." NEB translates: "God has told you what is good; and what is it that the Lord asks of you? Only to act justly, to love loyalty, to walk wisely before your God."

“Because the people tried to please God by offering Him gifts during religious ceremonies, Micah prefaces his counsel with a series of questions—including, “Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?” (verse 7).

“Then he declares that what God requires is their just, merciful, humble lives rather than mere ritual. The prophet’s words echo Moses’ counsel in Deuteronomy: “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul” (10:12).

“One source says of Micah’s words, “In this single sentence the prophet sums up a century of brilliant prophecy.” This verse anticipates the two great commandments Jesus quoted, to love God and one’s neighbor (see Matthew 22:37–39)—and represents a definitive break with the common view of religion as an obligatory performance of rites. Devotion to God was to be a matter of one’s entire heart, character, and life.”

"…solemnly covenant…to deal justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God;…”
1879 Covenants and Tenets #3D**
This portion of the 1879 Church Tenets was taken directly from what Micah 6:8 says that God requires of us in citation B3 of this week’s Bible Lesson. It is adapted and incorporated (as highlighted) into our current “Sixth Tenet” which—with walk humbly added—reads in full:

“6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us (walk humbly?) which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.” Science and Health, 497:24

**Click on Downloads in the upper right of CedarS webpage version of this “GEM” to see the evolution of the Sixth Tenet (SH 497:24) as researched by “The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Mankind.”

GEM#5: Show the resilience of having the kingdom-of-God as your core and your all!
Then, even if thrown down hard, you won’t fall apart like an egg! You’ll bounce back even higher like a golf ball! Jesus tells us clearly “the kingdom of God is within you!” (Luke 17:21) Mary Baker Eddy adds:

  • “God is at once the absolute centre and circumference of being." (S&H 203:32-1, citation S7)
  • “These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being." (S&H 262: 15)

A few decades ago when one of these citations was also in the Christian Science Bible Lesson, I (Warren) decided to dissect a golf ball to explore its circumference and its center to see what made it thrive and bounce back so resiliently in the “hard-knock life” that it led. I clamped one in a vise and hack-sawed it in half. I found it had an inner rubber ball wrapped tightly in a bunch of rubber-bands that snapped as they were cut. (My dissected golf ball is shown as the first Download in the upper right of this GEM online.)

Spiritual sense and resilience are especially valuable in changeable and tough times, because we and the team we’re on can illafford to have us “go all to pieces” like a broken egg—or to have others have to handle us with kidgloves because if they don’t, we might fall apart or “fly off the handle.” The Golf Ball versus Egg analogy relates to the testing and proving of one's spiritual resilience "to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being." (S&H 262: 15) It helps us spiritually perceive that “God is at once the centre and circumference of being.” (S&H 203:32-1, S7)

I have reasoned many times since then with myself and with Sunday School students, campers and counselors (all who got to handle the cut-up ball), that, like rubber bands, we, as spiritual ideas, are made to be stretched. And, I usually remind them (and myself), "whatever stretches you, blesses you."

These “clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man" (you!) to resiliently bounce back from all kinds of hard-knocks and throw-downs. In fact, like a golf ball, you as a spiritual idea knowing that God’s kingdom reigns over and within you and all, will bounce back higher the harder you are thrown down. (The best higher-bounce-back example is Jesus’ hardest throw-down of the crucifixion followed by his highest bounce back of the resurrection and ascension!)

On Easter I usually illustrate the contrast between the resilient characteristics of a bouncy, vinyl-shell golf ball with a fragile, raw egg and its easily broken shell (circumference) and its squishy yoke (centre). The harder an egg is thrown down, the more it splatters! On Easter (egg) Sunday, we always discuss how the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy tell us of our Genesis 1 spiritual origin instead of an egg origin or dust origin. I usually quip that "If you think that you started out as an egg, you're very likely to end up scrambled."

Then, to turn things into thoughts and to "strengthen our shells" so as to not crack easily, we often read together "Taking Offense" where Mary Baker Eddy counsels against having a fragile, easily-ruffled or touchy disposition. (Miscellaneous Writings, page 223:24.)
To live love resiliently, Paul tells us, "Love is not easily provoked"… or splattered (
I Corinthians 13). Whenever you become easily provoked, one might say, "the yoke's on you."

GEM#6: Please God with a deep-cleaning in Christ’s way—from the inside out. Check out Christ’s ultimate “DRY-cleaning” baptism method! Cobbey Crisler on Mark 1:8…42 (B12)

[Cobbey:] Mark 1:8 “I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost”… John the Baptist never healed the sick as part of his theology. Here it’s not baptism with water that is ultimately going to count on earth, but baptism with the Holy Ghost… We find John the Baptist… removing the focus from physical cleanliness as being the means by which we would enter a heavenly state… You know water can’t reach what’s within, what is in consciousness, what is mental and really needs cleaning…

Mark 1, verse 10… “the Spirit like a dove descends upon him” in this baptism. It shows he is coming out of the watery baptism into the higher sense of baptism of the Spirit. The spiritual sense of man is what emerges after the carnal sense is washed from consciousness…

Mark 1:11 The announcement comes, “Thou art my beloved son in whom I am well pleased,” shows that sonship and relationship to God is not in a fleshly context… It is a very emphatic point of our relationship to God.” [Warren: Consider the lifelong, spiritual confidence given to the dear ones in our care when we say this blessing to them each night that they are beloved children, in whom God and we are well-pleased.]

Remember the consistency of the Scripture. This is what turns us into students. The consistency of the Scripture would force us to study in depth how we please God. Take “Here is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” How do we please God? Do you remember any particular Scriptural statements on that?… One of the things that Paul says about it in Romans 8:8 is, “They that are in the flesh (they that are earthly minded, who obey the lower nature) cannot please God.”
What Mark Recorded, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W. The preceding verses, Romans 8:5-7, with other translations shed more light on the challenge of earthly-minded body worship that seems so accepted and prevalent today in obsession with fitness, diet, revealing selfies… After the King James in italics is Goodspeed’s translation of Romans 8:5 “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” = “People who are controlled by the physical think of what is physical: and people who are controlled by the spiritual think of—give their attention to—what is spiritual.” Goodspeed]

For a couple of Mary Baker Eddy’s insights that I’ve found helpful to shine a Christ-light light on trending bodily-mindedness, click on my P.S. at the end of a January 2014 Met on “Sacrament,” by Kathy Fitzer, at https://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2014/1/sacrament/
In this 2014 Met —at the upper right under Download— you can also click on a pdf file that outlines Matthew’s version of Jesus’ baptism of “the Holy Ghost and fire.” It – and BETTER YET Cobbey’s full talk transcript available below through his wife, Janet Crisler—give a hands-on way to separate any mixed-up mess of good (facts) and bad (fables) by taking them up to the highest point (God). That allows Spirit, God, the Pneuma or Wind—NOT you with tweezers—to sort out any mixed-up mess and to put an end to the fables. In the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scripture, Mary Baker Eddy defines FAN as “Separator of fable from fact; that which gives action to thought.” SH 586

At CedarS Bible Lands Park where thought is put into action, we take a separating “fan in hand” and climb our miniature Mt. Nebo where an actual fire is built downwind. There—with using the wind of Spirit and a separating “FAN in hand”—we sort-out and burn-up the fables—written on crumbled scraps of papers —to put an end to every mixed-up mess that would attempt to fool us and discourage us.]

[W.] Continuing citation B12 with Mark 1: (32) 34, 40-42 we read how Jesus’ love instantly cleanses every kind of disease, including one who may have been deemed an incurable leper!
[Cobbey:] Mark 1, verse 32: “Then ‘at even,’ What that tells you is that it's now after sunset and other people can come and be healed. It was a Sabbath day we find out from another gospel. They all come and the Sabbath is over and he heals a great multitude. In fact, in Verse 34, "He [even] healed many who were sick of divers diseases." That's not the bends. That's simply "diverse diseases and casts out many devils;"

Verse 40. A leper comes to him. We already know what the early message in the Scriptures is about healing leprosy? Notice what the patient does. Study the patient's role. Then study the healer's role, namely Jesus. The leper comes, "beseeching, kneeling, and saying, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." What does that show is occurring in his thinking? Is he ready? Again, there's your key. Receptivity is the key to healing. You know, a leper was not supposed to approach anyone. He was to remain at least six feet away and ringing a bell. He was supposed, according to the Torah, to shout everywhere he went, "Unclean, unclean." Imagine the label one attached to oneself. No wonder it was incurable. You never got off the subject. Unclean, unclean.

Here, he's breaking through that ritually required barrier and saying, "If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Look at the difference just in thought there. From "Unclean, unclean" [to] "if thou wilt thou canst make me clean." Jesus noticed how the healer here works. [Verse 41,] "Moved with compassion, put forth [his] hand, and touched him.” That's a no-no. You know what the ritual law said he had to do after that? Go home and bathe. And send out all his clothes to the laundromat and stay there for at least seven hours before he could even mingle with humanity again, because touching a leper made you unclean. [Voice:"…took the serpent by the tail."] Took the serpent by the tail, good point. No fear.

Also, if we're studying the healing method of Jesus. If we're saying that this course on Heal the Sick: A Scriptural Record” is the record of how we, too, should heal the sick, if this is what Jesus had in mind, or what God is revealing to humanity through the Bible, then what else happened when Jesus touch that leper?

Just ask yourself. Put yourself in that leper's position. Then stand back and appreciate deeply Jesus' humanity. How long had it been since that leper had felt a human touch? Did Jesus have to touch him humanly to heal him? [Voice: "No, he didn't."] He's proved in other cases he did not have to. [Voice: "I think he wanted to prove that he wasn't afraid of leprosy, and nobody should be."] Alright, that's also a good point. But look at it from the leper's point of view. Did Jesus do everything from his own point of view? In other words, like, "I'm gonna do this because I want to show you all I'm not afraid of this dread disease"? No. That's part of it. [Voice: "Love"] But that great love that saw the man's need. The love that meets the human need Jesus was expressing there. That man must have just responded in such a way that he was healed immediately.

Jesus makes him do something. It's a rare case where Jesus ever does it all for the patient. He says, "Be thou clean." Whose responsibility? [Voice: "His."] "Be thou clean."

Let's remember now as we see these things occurring in the early moments of Jesus' earthly career, that within them, this is not just something that's springing full blown. There is a continuity, isn't there? We've spend the whole morning with the continuity, the promise, the prophecy, the indications of healing to come up to Jeremiah's [31:33] prediction of the New Covenant and it would be "written within on our hearts."

When Jesus touches this leper and heals him, there comes with it all that authority of God's revelation behind him, nothing new, as old as God and His revelation to man. Yet, don't we hark, in a way, to some of the earlier records? For instance, when Jesus tells this man in Verse 44 to go "to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded." Maybe behind that stands that statement of God to Moses [Exodus 4:8] that if they do not believe "the voice of the first sign that they will believe the voice of the latter sign," or healing? What greater evidence of one's religion or understanding could you have than the evidence of a healed case? Especially of one that could very well have been a form of incurable leprosy.
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record, by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#7: Click on Self-immolation to hear a deep-cleaning Ken Cooper poem. It “takes thought from self-aggrandizement to clearing out all that is based on material thinking to that sense of spiritual baptism which Jesus experienced, and the disciples witnessed: “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. It is the heartfelt, fervent desire witnessed by David and the repentant woman to get rid of the past and be immersed in the new-found love and purity of God. Yet dropping the past may not be easy!” And then, click on Simon the Pharisee to hear a perceptive monologue by Ken that “shows how tough the mental battle can be, and poses the question what direction do we really want to follow?”

[Ken writes:] “The lesson of Atonement is the recognition that there is in truth no duality, and the Allness of God is our guarantee of perfect God and perfect man, in which One Mind is reflected in our inherent purity. See Ken’s poem in this month’s Journal: Stand in Purest Light. When we stand in the light, the darkness of duality is taken away, gone, no more. Darkness cannot touch us when we live in the purity that is God.

“When we seek God our attention and focus is God-ward, not backward, it is progressive, not regressive. Error would try to magnify the attractions of matter, yet compared to the joys and purity of Spirit they are nothing. Our motivation determines the direction we take, and when we listen to the Father in prayer we find that Love gently leads us to the realisation of Life as God’s reflection. Love, Truth, Life are our very being. There are no exceptions.

“The humbling of David required his penitent thought, and led to a stature far greater than he would otherwise attain. Like the sinful woman who came to Jesus, the sensuality was washed away in the recognition of true worship, focused on God and not self. Pure thought brings us at one with God, finds freedom from all improper views, and so gives the true sense of life, joy and peace.

“The poem Self-immolation takes thought from self-aggrandisement to clearing out all that is based on material thinking to that sense of spiritual baptism which Jesus experienced, and the disciples witnessed: “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. It is the heartfelt, fervent desire witnessed by David and the repentant woman to get rid of the past and be immersed in the new found love and purity of God. Yet dropping the past may not be easy!

“The monologue of Simon the Pharisee shows how tough the mental battle can be, and poses the question what direction do we really want to follow?

“The understanding of atonement is the realisation that we have no choice, for what God is, we express, perfectly. Always. There is only One.”

GEM#8: Be willing to break all conventions not upheld by God to reward love with healing, oneness, peace… Cobbey Crisler on Luke 7:36-48 (B16) and Jesus detecting the repentant humility of the sinful woman who washed his feet with her tears.

[Cobbey:] “In Verse 36 of Chapter 7, we have the incident of a woman coming into the Pharisee's house where Jesus had been invited for a meal. We're told in Verse 37), "the woman was a sinner." In no case is this woman Biblically identified with Mary Magdalene. Very early tradition began to call her Mary Magdalene because of thinking that’s what it might have meant when it described Mary Magdalene as one out of whom Jesus had cast seven devils. Who could get worse than seven devils?

It was just simply moved over into this context. There is nothing Biblical that ever identifies Mary Magdalene's name with it, however. It's an early tradition but there is no Biblical authority for it.

Again, if Jesus is interested in a state of mind, let's study it from that angle. In fact, if we studied all the gospels from the state mind that it presented, and that Jesus said we should change to, then, it would be like an entirely different Bible to us.

Here this woman comes right in. In that day and age one would eat at a table on a reclining couch supporting your head with one hand resting on your elbow. Your feet would be away from the table so that your attention would not be there. The woman could very easily have slipped in unnoticed and begun “to wash Jesus' feet with the tears" that were pouring from her eyes, and "wiping his feet with the hair of her head" (Verse 38). If you remember what a dusty land that is, and that shoes were open sandals, one might get a little bit more of an idea what this woman had undertaken without regard for the effect on her hair among other things.

There was a deep feeling motivating this, there’s no question about it. The Pharisee had forgotten some of the elementary hospitalities that have been passed right down to our century.

He hadn't provided water for his guest. Jesus pointed that out later. While the Pharisee was blaming this woman for intruding on his dinner party, this woman had introduced some things that Simon himself had failed to do. We know his name is Simon.

If he happens to be the same Simon who is at a home in Bethany, according to one of the other gospels, he
had been a leper, or perhaps one that Jesus had cured.

And if that's true, imagine someone who should have been filled with gratitude. That's a state of breathing
in a Holy-Ghost-form of thinking, yet having an attitude against this particular woman and her needs.

Simon isn't very good at reading thoughts. In fact, he says, "This man, if he were a prophet, should have known who this woman is" (Verse 29). Indeed Jesus did know. Simon hadn't really read Jesus' thought at all but Jesus certainly had read his. Simon "spoke within himself," it says. He didn't say a thing out loud.
And in Verse 40, "Jesus said, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, “Master, say on." There's sort of poetry to it.

The interesting result of this parable is that the parable doesn't really speak to where the woman is mentally. The woman is beyond the minimal requirements of the parable. In this parable Jesus told Simon that the one who had owed the most, and was forgiven the most, would then love the most. Love after the fact of forgiveness.

This woman is well beyond that and Jesus knows it. This woman has loved even before the concept of forgiveness bas come up, this woman has shown a deep confrontation with herself and where she has been mentally. She is simply expressing it in the presence of someone whom she feels could comfort and meet her needs. Just sensing that the environment in which Jesus moved would help her.

This woman was part of a despised profession. The ceremonial purity and public professions of piety of the Pharisees would necessitate a great show of contrast between those states of mind. The surprising thing is, Jesus is going to find that the state of mind of the woman is more receptive and filled with love, hospitality
and repentance than the Pharisee who seems to fill the category of one of the woes that we'd heard already full, with no room in Simon's thought.

In Verse 48, Jesus speaks to the woman for the first time. Imagine addressing a woman, especially in a Pharisee's house, where this woman clearly didn't belong. (At that time, the most devout rabbis and strict constructionists wouldn't dare to speak, even to their women relatives, if they met them in the street.)
Jesus is breaking all convention.

Apparently, he doesn't think that God is behind that convention. He says, "Your sins are forgiven,” addressing the woman directly. Up to now, she’s just regarded as an object, an object of scorn, derision, repulsion and a sex object. A mere "thing".

Jesus addressed her through his lenses that magnified for him the sense of God's manhood and womanhood, "Your sins are forgiven," he said. Immediately that set a mental buzz around the table. They said in Verse 49, "within themselves,

Who is this that forgiveth sins also? “Jesus unperturbed, still addressed the woman,

"Your faith hath saved thee."

Imagine how she came, with very little peace in thought. She left with her mental state changed, and one is left also with the thought that her entire life must have changed as a result.”Why does Jesus make such a great effort for the woman to comprehend that a change in her mental state has even overcome sin? It can be done because it is implicit in the word "dominion." If we're stuck with our mistakes, there's no way out. If we can solve our problems, then Jesus would have to indicate such as a matter of encouragement to humanity. "Your faith hath saved you." Your mental state filled with something that has come directly from the Holy Ghost. Faith is a state of mind. "Go in peace."

“Luke the Researcher” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

GEM#9: Recognize and welcome inspiration as you “listen” to part of Peter’s 1st public lecture and see how it added 3,000 new members! Cobbey Crisler on Acts 2:13, 22-24, 32-42 (B18)
“It’s a sad commentary on human nature that the human mind finds it difficult either to recognize inspiration or to give it credit as inspiration. And the closest thing that it can grasp for is to suggest that the source of inspiration is intoxication.

And that’s exactly what they suggest in Acts 2:13: “Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.” (They say) that’s it’s impossible to be inspired unless you’re chemically induced to be so; you’re on a “high.”

And “Peter has to open his first public lecture telling everybody he isn’t drunk.” Too sad, but that’s where thought was. … He explains the reason why they can’t be drunk is that it’s only nine o’clock in the morning, for one thing “seeing it is but the third hour of the day.” –Acts 2:15

But what is Peter’s method? He goes where? To the scripture. You see, it goes back to “the prophet Joel.” (Acts 2:16) Here is again a use of scripture as fulfillment! Here is prophesy, and here is fulfillment, dovetailing – all, subordinate to the Holy Spirit. And, the prophecy we read about is about “pouring out the Spirit of God on all flesh… (not only sons, but daughters) …and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Acts 2:17

And this free, uninhibited, and still disciplined, access to the one Spirit by all nations, peoples, sexes, social levels, economic status, characterizes Christianity from the very beginning – not necessarily in the member’s thought, but that’s what the Holy Ghost is communicating, whether the members believe it or hear it, even today. The separation into denominationalism was not the Holy Spirit’s idea. The embracing of universal humanity was. And here, we find even the ability to prophecy, both sexes, and not necessarily limited to nationality.

Now, in Acts 2, verse 22, Peter begins his lecture in earnest, and his sermon includes a definite documentation that “Jesus is the Messiah of scripture” and not just the Messiah who is the king and political leader but “the one who would be forced to meet every obstacle the world put in his path and overcome every one of them, certainly a way-shower to whom all humanity could relate.” (See below, Paraphrased)

Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Here he says in Acts 2, Verse 23 that “Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.” Now, that’s just another way of saying what? Where do you find the “determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”? (Acts 2:23) In the scriptures, specifically – prophecy. …

Acts 2:32 “This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.” …

In Acts 2:38 And Peter says the very first words Jesus said in his public ministry, according to at least one gospel, and that is the word “repent.” And that word “repent” which turns off most of us in this room, and turns off probably most of the world, in its original is an exciting concept and absolute a pre-requisite before we can even unite with the church that the Book of Acts is talking about.

“Repent” in Greek, coming from the – well the noun is “metanoia” m-e-t-a-n-o-i-a, metanoia, meaning to change your concept about things. Change your mind about things. Change you concept about things.

Now, that is the call of the church; it was the call of Jesus to his first listeners. Change your concept; that’s all that’s needed to get totally different results. The Christ summons humanity to change its concept it’s been adhering to all along – the atrophy. Because the Holy Ghost is moving through these changed concepts, and separating the old out from the new.

And when this happens, all this scriptural exegesis, the walk to Emmaus and the changing of concept, verse 41 shows that “three thousand new members joined the church.”

Now we talk about what is needed to get members in our church. The ingredients better be there; it’s the Holy Ghost pattern. Peter didn’t invent all that, and it was the result of the church praying “with one accord” to come out with the Holy Ghost. There’s no obstacle to the Holy Ghost.

Getting our church up to the highest possible platform with nothing standing between it and the Holy Ghost – and that’s moving – both in thought and action.

Look what occurs as a result of it. In Acts 2, verse 43: “Many wonders and signs are now done by all of the apostles.” … They’re healing everywhere! Not just understanding the Bible, but healing, but it looks like our comprehension of the Bible is essential to it, and both come from the Holy Ghost – both prophecy and understanding the scriptures, the key to the scriptures comes from the Holy Ghost, and no lesser source.”
“After the Master, What? – The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler

GEM#10: Take active steps to feel at-one with God starting by acknowledging Christ Jesus’ essential role in your at-one-ment with God by saving you from sin, sickness and death. Check out the evolution of the Fourth Tenet of Christian Science (below and as citation SH24) as researched by The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity in the upper right Download section of the webpage.

(Tenet) “4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.” (SH 497:13)

GEM#11: Find oneness with God “as a humble ray of sunlight that is one with the sun” from citation S27, p. 361:16 as sung in “I and My Father” an inspiring, YouTube Music Video by a CedarS mom and award-winning Country Music artist, Cherie Brennan. It emphasizes the humble mindset of Christ Jesus and builds upon this week’s Bible Lesson citations, especially S27, p. 361:16. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMNlpZavkA

You can learn more about Cherie and buy her CD “You are Loved” (where “I and My Father” is the 4th song) on her website through Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/album/3Ii5CBrdNs6f8Y3t4l5XHl

Or, on Watchfire Music by CedarS friend, Peter Link, —LISTEN TO A SAMPLE of “I and my Father are one” SUNG by Mindy Jostyn and BUY IT and the SHEET MUSIC for SOLOISTS at: https://watchfiremusic.com/shop/recordings/songs/i-and-my-father-are-one-2/

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