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(NEW GEMs sent below now to follow 5am Opening GEMS thru Section 3)
GEMs = God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you to sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others as inspired by God and
The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

for Sunday, January 14, 2023

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,
warren@cedarscamps• 314-378-2574

Opening GEMS thru Section 3 below as sent by 5am today

Cobbey on citation B5/Acts 10:38
(+verses before & after)

[Cobbey Crisler with a Bonus Prelude to cit. B5/Acts 10:38]
“Acts 10, verse 34, begins a lecture or sermon to the first group of Gentiles. And the opening statement that Peter makes is one that could be well considered by every denomination of Christianity today… Here Peter expressed his new view of God, that God is no respecter of persons, that
God speaks to receptivity.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

This new view of God, of course, leads to this next question: Should man as well be no respecter of persons?
This is a tradition-shattering concept.

And Acts 10, verse 35, Peter summarizes it by saying “in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” …

Then he begins to explain to Cornelius and the friends and acquaintances of Cornelius, the history of early Christianity. “The beginning of Christianity is traced from Galilee after John’s baptism, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth.” … Of course, that word “anointed” immediately identifies Jesus as the Messiah. This is a point that Peter is obviously going to get across to this Gentile audience that would need some instruction in this. (See below)

(citation B5/Acts 10:38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

And you find in Acts 10, verse 43, he does that by stating that “all the prophets had given witness to the Messiah, namely Jesus.”…

As soon as Peter gets into this “Walk to Emmaus” approach, in other words the comprehension of Jesus’ role in the earlier scripture, we find in Acts 10, verse 44 that “the Holy Ghost falls on all the listeners.” …

It wasn’t Peter’s idea that this should happen; it’s at the Holy Ghost’s initiative. This is disturbing to some of those that came with Peter: Jewish Christians.
And we will find it becomes even more disturbing to other elements in the church later on, for this is a departure. The question underlying this event is “Should the church be parochial or universal?” Is it simply a sect of Judaism or an outcome of Judaism, or is it the fulfillment of God’s will as expressed in prophecy with its ultimate mission to embrace universal humanity?”
“After the Master What? – The Book of Acts,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

DO the ASSIGNMENTS JESUS KNEW WE DISCIPLES were capable of doing when he ASSIGNED THEM TO US!  Cobbey on Matt. 10:8/cit. B9


[Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 10:8/cit. B9:]  “The assignments given to the disciples would not be assignments they were incapable of doing, or Jesus would have been unwise.

(Matt. 10:8/cit. B9).  “He said, “Heal the sick.” What do you expect them to do? He said, “Cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out devils.” Notice the sequence. The things he did. Even putting casting-out-devils at a higher level of what was required of prayer than raising the dead. Then stating, “Freely ye have received, freely give.”

“Did the disciples do that? Even after Jesus was no longer with them personally? They certainly did.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax-Collectors Report,”
B. Cobbey Crisler**

Cobbey Crisler on John 21:11-15/cit. B16) the “love story” that launched the change

[Cobbey:] “John 21, the last chapter of John, is considered by some scholars to be a later addition, but still, very possibly, by the same author.

John 21:1. “We’re told that Jesus appears at the Sea of Tiberias, which is Galilee.

John 21:2, “Already assembled there were seven disciples, all who had left the profession of fishing, — we thought: Peter; Thomas, Nathaniel, the sons of Zebedee, unnamed here, James and John, and two other of his disciples”

John. 21 :3. “They apparently had nothing to do. Discipleship returns to the fishing boat. “Peter,” with his fingers almost audibly drumming against the side of his boat, “says I have an idea. I’m going fishing. Nobody else had any better suggestion. “So, they all go fishing. They spent that entire night fruitlessly. The very fishes avoided them. “Isn’t it interesting that the Anchor Bible makes this comment on the disciples’ profession, “It is notable that never in the gospels do the disciples catch a fish without Jesus help.”

“But notice the contrast between Verse 3 and Verse 4
John 21:3, ”That night they caught nothing.”

John. 21:4 “But, when the morning as now come, Jesus stood on the shore.”  What patience Jesus had with discipleship! Waiting for them to realize the importance of carrying on his work.  But, once again, without that realization, “they did not even recognize Jesus humanly.”

John 21:5. “Jesus asked the man important question. You’ve spent the entire night out there. “Children, do you have any results?  Do you have any meat? No is their answer:

“Now it is obvious when one is fishing – using a net that there’s very little difference between the right side and the left side. The factor then brought out in John 21:6 just be the obedience to Jesus’ word, the concept that he has exhibited throughout in his approach to economics and supply.  “Cast the net” he says, “on the right: side of the ship, and ye shall find. ” They are obedient. They do exactly what Jesus requests of them. Now, instantly, they find their net is filled with fishes. They could have saved themselves that entire night.

“Then, John 21:7 refers once again to ”the disciple whom Jesus loved. He recognizes Jesus. “It is the Lord, he says.” He must have recognized. that sign of dominion. over all, that mastery that he introduced even into the profession of fishing but was attempting to elevate them from profession to practice of Christianity. What had happened to his invitation to them, and expectation of them, to become fishers of men?

“Edgar Lee Masters (1869-1950), U.S. poet and novelist, says this about it the impetuous Peter, “O Peter, gnarled. branch of the vine.” Peter throws his fisher’s coat around him and plunges into the sea. We must remember that the sea of Galilee has a shoreline that drops off quickly. So, he probably had to swim part of the way. Traditionally, sailors and fishermen. aren’t the best swimmers.  But, ignoring that, just as Peter had burst into the tomb to be there first, he casts himself into the sea

John. 21:8, ”While the other disciples bring the ship ashore, it says they were not far from land. but as it were two hundred cubits, that’s about a hundred yards. dragging the net with fishes.”

John. 21:9. “Here’s all that time they could have spared by giving priority to the lessons Jesus had already taught them. Jesus hadn’t toiled all night. He didn’t even have to use the fish that they brought in. “For when they arrived there “was a charcoal fire there.”  In fact, the Greek word is anthrakian which is the root of our word anthracite. “And fish. already there; laid thereon. and bread.”  Toast and fish all ready.

John. 21: 10. “But Jesus wanted them to participate in this, and said, “Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.”

John.  21:11, “Simon Peter, who was already on shore, goes to the net personally. and pulls it to shore.  Who but a fisherman would remember this detail? ”There were one hundred fifty-three fishes in that net. Someone counted. It might be just the sign of the authenticity of authorship here by an eye witness. “And still. the net was not broken.” Remember, back in Luke 5:6, at another incident, the net broke.

John. 21: 12, “Jesus invitation is Come and dine. Now they know who he is.


John. 21:13. “Jesus,” in his characteristic gesture, “took bread, and gave them, and fish likewise.” This was indeed a breakfast, but how different from that last supper! This breakfast was celebrating his victory over death. Not looking forward to tragedy, death, and lack of comprehension by the disciples, the dawn was in the disciples thought as well as over the Sea of Galilee on that special morning.

“Now we engage in a dialogue between Jesus and Peter. The dialogue as printed in the King James Version, seems rather dull and repetitive indeed.  In the original Greek however, there is a depth of meaning.

John. 21:15, “Jesus says to Peter, do you love me more than these?” It’s obvious that Peter is being tested. We may ask, tested for what? That becomes clearer later in the story.

… “Another word which we find repeated in the Greek New Testament, is philia, a word that conveys brotherly love. It still has a sense of class consciousness about it. It has the compassion and the sympathy, such as organizations like the Peace Corps show. But there is sometimes a condescending quality in the thinking of those who are expressing love at the philia level. Almost like patting the head of the one you are helping. As if implicitly we were saying, you’re down there and l’m up here, and I’m going to try to help you.

“The Greeks had a higher sense of love than that. And of course, taken out of classical Greek, it has a renewed and fuller meaning in concept in the New Testament. That word is agape. Agape, according to one commentator and lexicographer, conveys the following, “To desire good for the one you esteem. The concept of divine love.”

“If I should to choose to love you at the level of agape, look what is required of me. First, I must esteem you. That’s not patting you on the head. That’s eye-to-eye respect and esteem. Can one really have love anywhere without that quality of respect? I must esteem you. But that, too, could be a passive sense of love, without that other part of the definition which this one commentator had provided.

To desire good for one you esteem. I must be actively employed in desiring for you good or I am not operating at the level of agape.

“What word do you think Jesus uses when he says to Peter, “Do you love me?” ”Agapao?” he says. But Peter responds in the original text, “Yes, Lord you know that I love thee.” But he uses the word “phileo.” Maybe that explains Jesus’ repetition.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler


 [Christie Hanzlik, CS, from her June 14, 2020 Met on “God the Preserver of Man” Section 2:]
… Mary Baker Eddy even offers a nutritional guide…our right nutrition is “peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.”  (citation S24 this week, 365:31)  I could eat a whole buffet of that meal every day of the year!”
[Warren proposed memory aid: note that’s 365 days a year from page 365]

DEMONSTRATE THE HEALING EFFECTS OF COLLECTIVE PRAYER AND OF “BEING OF ONE ACCORD!” Cobbey Crisler on Acts 5:12, 16, 42+/cit. B22+ Acts 2:47/cit. B21 & PS Cobbey’s insights on church from Stephen’s talk to the Sanhedrin in Acts 7)

[Cobbey:] “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)

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 effectively 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.)

 [Warren’s insertion: this echoes the prior citation in this week’s Bible Lesson (cit. B21/Acts 2/cit. B21): “The Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”

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

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.

[“Postlude” beyond parts in the Lesson:] “And this stirs up – it seems like healing stirs 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)

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)

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 5:19)

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

“After the Master, What? The Book of Acts,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

P.S. Here are insights on parts of “CHURCH” — as HIGHLIGHTED throughout this whole week’s Bible Lesson on un-ritualized “Sacrament” and especially in Section 6 with the definition of CHURCH (cit. S29/583:12-19) and how to unite with it in a “new-born of Spirit”  way to bring forth “the fruits of Love” (cit. S30/35:20-25):]

[Cobbey Crisler insights on Acts 7 and
Stephen’s farewell defence speech to the ritualistic rulers of the Sanhedrin:]
“Stephen was drawing God’s design as he saw it, that silver, if not golden, thread through the scriptures.  ..“Stephen is actually taking the Sanhedrin on what? Yes, the trip through the scriptures, or the walk to Emmaus, isn’t he?  A comprehension of the Old Testament as it points to Jesus.  Here we’re going Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and Joseph, and Moses.  Where is he building up to in showing the plan of God through the Scriptures?

“Well, Acts 7, verse 38, the word “Church” appears.  Now Stephen’s concept of church may be higher than anyone has given him credit for.

“He looks back in the history of Israel; he sees “the church in the wilderness….”  (See below, Partial)

Acts 7:38   This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

Now, let’s stop to think of that: “the church, the assembly, of one accord, under one God.”

“Wasn’t the movement away from bondage in Egypt, the forging together of a nation in the wilderness, an attempt to express the concept of church – getting together, working together, and progressing as a result of such work?

“Church in the wilderness” – maybe he then, in this entire, so called, apology of Stephen, in the Greek sense of it, his defense is tracing the history of church, of man working together with man, the second commandment in the history of his own nation.  (See above, Acts 7:38, partial)

“Well, Acts 7, verse 44, he refers again a concept of church:  “the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness….”  (See below, partial)

Acts 7:44   Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.

“This is an extreme amount of courage because Stephen, in a sense, is taking the concept of church out of the wilderness.  He’s taking it away from the temporary, which was the tabernacle, in Acts 7, verse 44.

“And in Acts 7, verse 47, even away from the “permanent temple which Solomon built” and moved it into verse 48, (see below, paraphrased).

Acts 4:47   But Solomon built him an house.

“A concept that we ran into initially in the Gospel of Mark where Jesus is quoted, referring to this concept of “temples not made with hands” as being the ultimate sense of church.  (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 4:48   Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

“The Holy Spirit must be using Stephen to give even us in this room this beautiful, connecting link throughout all time, connecting receptive thought from generation to generation.  And does the link snap at the twentieth century?  “The temple not made with hands, as saith the prophet” in Acts 4, verse 48, (See below, repeated, partial)

Acts 4:48   Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

“He even finds that in prophecy which we find in Isaiah.  Now, the quote from Isaiah is verse 49, which comes from the 66th Chapter of Isaiah, verse 1 and 2.

“In other words, right from the beginning are we told church is a physical or material structure?  Did Stephen invent that idea of church?  Where does he find it?  It’s revealed to Isaiah back to the prophets.  We find Jesus quoted as referring to it; we see Stephen here talking about the “temple made without hands.”  (See above, paraphrased)  And guess who is standing there listening to Stephen say this?  Right.  Saul.

“And who is the next one in history to make this same point?  Paul (from audience).  In his talk in Athens, he looks around at all the physical structures to as many Gods as you can think of, and any they couldn’t think of, they had an alter to them, “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD,” just to be safe.    (See below)

Acts 17:23   For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

“What resulted?  Paul suddenly talked about “the temples made without hands, eternal in the heavens.”  (See below, paraphrased.)  He heard that for the first time, as far as we can tell from Stephen.

II Cor 5:1   For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

“Was Stephen’s martyrdom in vain? (“No.” From member of audience) It was probably always in the memory of Paul…”
After the Master What? – The Book of Acts, by B. Cobbey Crisler**




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