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Apply this lesson: Seize new views of yourself as God made and maintains you! [#1]
Insights from Cobbey Crisler, Ken Cooper and Warren Huff on select citations for
“God the Only Cause and Creator”— the Christian Science Bible Lesson for December 9, 2018

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1"… you are God's building:"(Golden Text, I Cor.3:9) Here are your Specs (specifications) from "Spirit, the great architect" (S&H 68). Click this link to read the full Sunday School Class Care Package that (as a registered architect) I first shared with my SS class of upperclassmen in high school and with CedarS families as an early CedarS Met in September 2002. Edited excerpts follow…

Eagerly seek out all new revelations about your highest identity (I.D.)(S&H 477:19-20) Anticipate and seize new views of the real you more eagerly "than they that watch for the morning." (Ps 130:6) No fake I.D. can gain you access to "the higher joys of Spirit." (S&H 66:13) In fact, only your true childlike identity will allow you to enter. (Mark 10:15)

In a rush to be an adult, a teen may so "buy into" and mentally download the alluring images of beautiful bodies that he gets "sucked into" the adult-ery and the unexpected slavery of body worship and the thief of his own super-valuable, spiritual identity. (See Specs #7 & #8.)

In each Bible lesson spiritual seers give us inspiring insights and powerful principles that heal the body by looking AWAY from it to God instead of looking AT it or TO it, as if it were in control.

Christ Jesus promises that your "whole body shall be full of light" (Matt. 6:22) if "thine eye be single," or if your view of yourself is the same as God's view of you. In the following Ten God's-eye Views of You, discover your Divine Identity Protection Plan established by "Spirit, the great architect." (S&H 68)

Architects use the following ten categories of Specifications to guarantee the quality and longevity of their work. God has done the same for us as our master architect and sole "builder and maker." [Heb. 10:11 as well as S31 (316:20) and B18, (Eph. 2:10)] I hope you enjoy as much as I do finding and applying the fun links between the 10 Specs & 10 Commandments for your own and other's healings.

W’s PS#2 Ken Cooper offerings this week can be accessed under Downloads near the upper right corner of the online version of Warren’s Application Post Scripts. They complement this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson as it relates and refers to the Golden Text and citations B1, B9 and S13. When Ken emailed this week’s contributions to me, he added:

“Please find attached my prose poem "One Cause" for this next week, with its associated You Tube links under the heading "Creation is Reflection". I have also attached a word doc image of the opening You Tube picture. I seem to remember that there is a railway line along the edge of the lake, and a train passed by, its reflection exactly matching its progress! It could do nothing else!! I loved the thought that as God's image we are also a perfect match, at the same time train and tree, gardener and garden, seed and flower, for we reflect the infinity of what God is, and we have all we need to be what we are expressing at any moment. What could be more perfect!

The You Tube link is, while the complete range of videos is on Further comments are available under SHOW MORE.”

W’s PS#3Check out a perfectly correlated hymn for this Bible Lesson based on Isaiah 45 (RR, B2). It was written by CedarS staff member & mom, Desiree Goyette. It is Hymn 499 in the 2017 Christian Science Hymnal (#444 in the 2008 paperback Supplement).

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on Genesis 17-21 (B6, B7) and Moses’ praying to heal barrenness

NEWLY TRANSCRIBED: “Chapter 20, verse 17 of Genesis puts the first specific healing on record. We’re dealing with whom here? (Voice: “Abraham.”) Abraham. Good place to start. Abraham in this verse does what? He prays. Abraham praying unto God, there is the means were given here in the Bible, the outlet of prayer as if prayer were something that when it was entered into would provide certain results. That’s the strong implication, or else why would Abraham be praying? There is some expectation of results. Therefore prayer is not something that is regarded as idle theory in a Scriptural context, but something that promises, hopes for, looks for desires, expects results.

What is Abraham’s problem at the moment? We are almost discussing this in mathematical terms. Prayer is something that expects results, we’ve said. I have asked, “What is Abraham’s problem?” as if prayer was an application of the solution, again a mathematical term….

Abraham does have a problem at the time he is praying to God. What is the problem? The women are barren—but he’s had a problem long before that. His own wife had been unable to bear a child. Biology could provide all sorts of reasons for that. Especially now that Sarah is in her 90s according to the chronology recorded in the story. Is there even any hope or possibility to look toward breaking a biological barrier this immense?

How much has Abraham wanted a son and heir? Where did he get the idea that he would have one by Sarah? It had been a promise. This is a real test then, isn’t it? Are God’s promises fulfilled? Or, are God’s promises more or less like many of the human promises you when I get from the government, from our families, from whatever, that may or may not come to pass? Is Abraham actually praying here for the solution to his problem? He’s really praying for others here. And it says, “God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maid servants.”

Do you know that together right at this moment on that verse we’re looking at one of the most immense breakthroughs for humanity, far eclipsing what Sir Isaac Newton discovered when an apple conked him on the head? Is this the possibility of every man becoming his own physician? With direct access to God? And also permitting others to exercise the power of prayer for our own behalf?

“Abraham prays unto God and God heals Abimelech and his wife“. There is not too much detail given us there. “And they have children.” What should we expect would happen next? If he could solve the problem for others, wasn’t it already solved for himself? Isn’t it interesting that the first healing recorded in the Bible as one who healed others? That the very motive was to reach out and help others? In that very reaching, his own problem was solved. Because in Verse 1 of the next chapter, Chapter 21, it says, “And the Lord visited Sarah as he had said.”

What were we waiting for? Were we waiting for God to get around to it? That’s often the way man views an unsolved problem, waiting for God to get around to it. Is that the way we have this text expressing the story as we read it? They’re waiting for him, for whom? Abraham to see that it was possible to do something about his problem. But God had given man ability to solve problems and not to be overcome by problems.

Abraham does have a child in Verse 5. Look at the biology that is set aside. “Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him.”
“‘Heal the Sick’: A Scriptural Record,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#5 Cobbey Crisler on John 5: 19-30 (B8, S13)
John 5:19 is Jesus’ famous statement, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do.” Taking this apart, it really gives you what man’s role is. What is it? It’s reflection. It’s image.
Man is not original in what he does. What he does stems from the original which is God. Then it reflects originality. Otherwise there would be competition for the job of Creator. Under monotheism there is no possibility for such competition (“For what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”)
He took the Son of Man through every problem that the world could hurl at him and proved that even the Son of Man can be victorious and not a creature of circumstances when the understanding of his true nature as the Son of God can be applied.
Our understanding of the Son of Man and the Son of God, and the difference, might be heightened by realizing that the Christ comes to the Son of Man. The Christ doesn’t come to the Son of God because the Christ really presents the Son of God.
We’re on the human side of things, who fell the foot of domination on our necks from outside circumstances. Is that where the Son of Man belongs? Notice the argument of Bildad in the book of Job… It uses the very same phrase that Jesus does, elevating him way above the outlines of fleshly domination. So, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do.” Why?
John 5:20, “The Father loves the Son.”
John 5:30. The same point is repeated, “I can of mine own self do nothing.” Is this false humility or is Jesus actually giving us the facts straight out? What is the secret and source of everything he thought or did? What is the obstacle then between us and following Jesus? There’s something in there. Some kind of different concept of our selfhood than what he had. His was so transparent that there was nothing obstructing his at-one-ment with God, even on earth. His summons to us is to follow his example and shows his own expectation that we’re equipped to do it. So, we’re equipped to receive and to act on the instructions given us via communication. All we need to do is tune in.
We’re coming to understand Jesus’ view of himself, and where he thinks this authority originates, “The Son of Man can do nothing of himself.” (John 5:19)
“John, the Beloved Disciple,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#6Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 5:8, 10 and Beatitudes (B14, GT)—Jesus lays out mathematical rules of heavenly happiness.
“The beatitudes, the blessings. The word “blessed” in our sermon on the mount is not really the accurate translation of the Greek. The word is “makarios” which means “happy.”
Just think of the search for happiness among humanity. Here are rules laid down by Jesus simply stating that happiness can be obtained in the following ways…
… we should remember that Jesus never uttered anything that he hadn’t practiced.
The Sermon on the Mount is in essence a description of the life of Jesus…
The Sermon begins with the Beatitudes. (Verse 3). “Happy are the poor in spirit.” Doesn’t sound like they should be does it? But we find out the reason. Because such humility gets what results? And where is the kingdom of heaven? What was Jesus’ first announcement? “Right at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Later he says, “Within” (Luke 17:21).
We’ve talked about mathematics. How would you like to view Jesus as a mathematician par excellence? You can take his beatitudes and make equations out of them. Which shows how much of a mathematical thinker he was. For instance,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Thus, B x PS = KH. When you invest on the left side of the equation, what is the yield on the right side? The “Kingdom of Heaven.” “B” multiplied times “PS” equals “KH,” i.e., B x PS = KH.
You have measurable results. Do you see a difference here in Jesus’ approach to religion? When we stop to examine theology, even in our century, is there that much expectation for results in theological thinking? Yet here is the essence of Jesus’ thinking. And we have results…”
“… As you go down the Beatitude, read them all, scan them as if they are in front of you. See if you can find results in every one of them. See if you can analyze them for those results. That becomes a very practical clue for how to lead one’s life.
The Commandments and Beatitudes have often been placed side by side. Many parallels have been used. Is that justified?
For instance, we are told in the Book of Revelation that those who have overcome the beast will stand on the sea of glass with harps. They’re singing two things representative of what has been given them. The victory over the beast, the animal origin of man. How can we overcome that animal connection?
Those who have overcome are said to be singing two things: the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. That sounds like they’re inseparable. They operate together. Do you know why? Because it’s part of the heavenly mathematics.
Why did the Commandments say, “Thou shalt not,” taking care of the minus aspects in human nature? And the Beatitudes, “happy are they”that do certain things, are plus? What do you do with the minus in thought, the chaff? It is dealt with by fire. You deal with the plus in thought through the Holy Ghost.
They operate together for a single purpose and a unique commitment to the totality of One infinite, God, good. The Beatitudes must be considered in conjunction with the Commandments in your study.
These Beatitudes took the same forty days preparation of Jesus in the wilderness as the Commandments took forty days of preparation in the wilderness for Moses. It may take the same wilderness experience for you and me to really appreciate what really is there behind the Commandments and the Beatitudes. They are really the staff on which we lean. If we try to go very far without that staff it must discipline us. {Discipline is] The same root word as disciple. We must come back and learn how to deal with the plus factors and the minus factors in our own thinking. That’s the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire…
Let me make recommendations for your own research. I have previously assigned my high school students to see on their own, through their own Scriptural research, whether there was any Old Testament precedent for each Beatitude. In other words, is this something that Jesus is saying, “Hey, here is a new idea of humanity, why don’t you consider it?” Or was he pointing out stones already in the foundation that had been neglected?
These are interesting things. I’ll give you one as a lead. Verse 5 of chapter 5, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” You’ll see in Psalms 37, Verse 11, that almost word for word, we find that Beatitude there.
So you see, it’s not always being original, but recalling human attention to something that has been already revealed, already discovered, but essential to our progress and growth.”

“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

W’s PS#7—Cobbey Crisler on Acts 5 (B15)
“Acts 5, verse 12, gives us our familiar phrase of unity. It’s what? “They were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.” (See below, Partial)

Acts 5:12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.

You see, they’re still connected with the temple. It’s still effective Judaism really.

Acts 5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

Acts 5:14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)

Now, Acts 5, verse 15, shows that healing is occurring all over. As a matter of fact, the indiscriminant public sense of it was “that even Peter’s shadow passing on people seemed to heal people.” (See below, paraphrased)

It was that easy in those early days.

Acts 5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

“Many came out bringing sick people,” in verse 16. (See below)

Acts 5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

“And this stirs up – it seems like healing stir up Ecclesiastism more than anything else,” because Ecclesiastism isn’t capable of getting to the level (apparently) which permits them to do such healing. (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:17  Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

And, in Acts 5, verse 18, “they high priest gets up and they throw the apostles in a common prison.” (See below, Paraphrased)

Acts 5:18 And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.

Acts 5, verse 19, look at the power of collective prayer — “It can open prison doors. And they go back to the temple, and they start talking.” (See below, Acts 5, verses 19, 20, paraphrased)

Acts 5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

Now, in the meantime, the meeting is going to go on, you see. And they’re still meeting.

Acts 5:20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. (See above, paraphrased)

In early morning, the council is all together (in verse 21). And they’re saying, “What are we going to do with those fellows in prison, but they don’t know that a few yards from them they’re still preaching out in the temple, despite the fact that they’ve been put in prison.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:21 And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought.

So, “when the officers come to get them, they’re not there and nothing’s been touched. The keepers are all there. The doors are all shut, but no prisoners.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:22 But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told,

Acts 5:23 Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within.

So, you can understand the last two lines in Acts 5, verse 24: “The council, or Sanhedrin, this is the very group that convicted Jesus, doubted where this was going to grow.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:24 Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow.

So at that point while they were doubting, “someone came in with the news that the ones they were looking for were in the temple, not too far from where they were, still teaching the people. So they bring them without violence because they thought they might be stoned. And, when they bring them before the Sanhedrin, again the power to convict is there as the Sanhedrin convicted Jesus.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:26 Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.

They say, in verse 28, “Didn’t we tell you not to teach in his name? And, look what you’ve done. You’ve filled Jerusalem with you doctrine, and apparently you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

Now, that is an interesting comment because way back in Matthew 24, verse 25 (I think that’s the one) “when Pilot offered to release Jesus and the people rejected that option, the answer of the people was His blood be on us, and on our children.” (See below, paraphrased)

Matt 27:24  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

Matt 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

It was something that was accepted, and you know what that meant? It refers back to Deuteronomy where it was really a curse on people if they betrayed innocent blood – that it was like a curse that settled on them. In the Deuteronomic code, and here they are saying, “Do you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us? And, yet, that’s exactly what they said they were willing to take,” back in Matthew. (See above, paraphrased).

Well, returning to Acts 5, verse 29, “Peter and the other apostles say what? Against, yes, if there’s a choice, we have to obey God.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:29   Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

They review. It’s sort of rubbing it in, I must say, you know. They really review the crucifixion with the same group, many members of which had been responsible for it.

And, Acts 5, verse 33, shows you “how much this inquisition – had little really it accomplished except to make them madder.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

And at that point, in verse 34, we’re introduced to “Gamaliel.” (See below)

Acts 5:34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space;

Gamaliel is probably the second most famous rabbinical teacher in Jewish history, after Phileo the Great. And I think Gamaliel was Phileo’s grandson. Gamaliel is the teacher of Paul, so you can see the kind of and quality of instruction that Paul had as a Pharisee. Gamaliel well deserved his reputation if the following account is correct. It says he had “quite a reputation even then” in Acts 5, verse 34. (See above, partial, paraphrased)

And here is his speech to the group: “He says, “Let’s wait a minute before we touch these men.” (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 5:35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men.

“We have two other instances: Theudas and Judas of Galilee, in our history, who went out to start movements. And they were either killed or captured, and the movement collapsed.” (See below Acts 5, 36, 37, paraphrased)

Acts 5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought.

Acts 5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed.

“So my advice to you, Gamaliel says, (in verse 38) is to let these men alone.” (See below, paraphrased)

And a very beautiful counsel that even his students saw does not follow, later.
“If this counsel be of men, it won’t come to anything, but if it’s of God, nothing we can do can overthrow it unless we want to be found in opposition to God.” (See below Acts 5, 38, 39, paraphrased)

Acts 5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Beautiful statement of the highest quality of Pharisaical thinking, liberality in thought which has been attested to, certainly, by many scholars. The Pharisees did have a higher sense of things than the Sadducees in that respect.

Well they agree with Gamaliel. They beat the apostles; they had to get that out of their system. Again, tell them not to speak in Jesus’ name. And guess what they do? They go back rejoicing, rejoicing, that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. And when you stop to think about that kind of apostolic thinking, do we have it? Would we qualify? Or do we turn tail at the first kind of disappointment, or when somebody doesn’t really appreciate or like what we’re doing in church. You know why? – Part of the reason – they undoubtedly rejoiced? Because they must have remembered it as Matthew records it that Jesus had said this, personal instruction to his disciples.

He said, “Behold I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (See Acts 10:16 below, paraphrased)

Matt 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

But “beware of men for they will deliver you up to the councils.” What had just happened? “And they will scourge you in their synagogues.” (See Matt 10:17)

Matt 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

What had just happened? “And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.” (See below, exact quotes)

Matt 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

Matt 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

Matt 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

And what did Peter wait for before he opened his mouth – to be filled with the Holy Ghost? What if that attitude characterized every church meeting and persecution today?
After the Master What? – The Book of Actsby B. Cobbey Crisler]

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