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[Christie:] “I found two resources that I’d like to share with you to accompany this week’s Met…

1) The article “What you think counts” by Milton Simon, (Christian Science Journal, June 1967) concludes with this statement, relevant to the theme of the Bible Lesson:

“The spiritual truths we live and think do count, for Christian Science treatment is the Word of God. It carries with it the presence, power, and activity of God. It is the practice of the law of life and harmony. It heals quickly and cannot be reversed. All the power that exists is in divine Mind; and by living in accord with the law of God, we reflect that power. Yes, our human ability to reflect the divine power is unlimited. And our goal is so to reflect it that these immortal words of the widow, whose son Elijah raised from the dead, may be said of us: “Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth.”

2) “A new church friend pointed out a section in Miscellaneous Writings that is about Philip and the Eunuch, and that is relevant to the Bible Lesson:

“Did the salvation of the eunuch depend merely on his believing that Jesus Christ was the Son of God?

It did; but this believing was more than faith in the fact that Jesus was the Messiah. Here the verb believe took its original meaning, namely, to be firm, — yea, to understand those great truths asserted of the Messiah: it meant to discern and consent to that infinite demand made upon the eunuch in those few words of the apostle. Philip’s requirement was, that he should not only acknowledge the incarnation, — God made manifest through man, — but even the eternal unity of man and God, as the divine Principle and spiritual idea; which is the indissoluble bond of union, the power and presence, in divine Science, of Life, Truth, and Love, to support their ideal man. This is the Father’s great Love that He hath bestowed upon us, and it holds man in endless Life and one eternal round of harmonious being. It guides him by Truth that knows no error, and with supersensual, impartial, and unquenchable Love. To believe is to be firm. In adopting all this vast idea of Christ Jesus, the eunuch was to know in whom he believed. To believe thus was to enter the spiritual sanctuary of Truth, and there learn, in divine Science, somewhat of the All-Father-Mother God. It was to understand God and man: it was sternly to rebuke the mortal belief that man has fallen away from his first estate; that man, made in God’s own likeness, and reflecting Truth, could fall into mortal error; or, that man is the father of man. It was to enter unshod the Holy of Holies, where the miracle of grace appears, and where the miracles of Jesus had their birth, — healing the sick, casting out evils, and resurrecting the human sense to the belief that Life, God, is not buried in matter. This is the spiritual dawn of the Messiah, and the overture of the angels. This is when God is made manifest in the flesh, and thus it destroys all sense of sin, sickness, and death, — when the brightness of His glory encompasseth all being.”
(Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 77:1–6 (np))

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