Divine purpose

Readings, Wed., 5/6/15, Second Church, Berkeley
SH Ps. 40:8
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
SH Ps. 17:3
3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
SH Eccl. 3:1
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
SH Acts 9:1 1st Saul, 2-5
1 …Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
SH Acts 26:16
16 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
SH Acts 9:8-15
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth, 12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
SH John 8:12 1st I
12 …I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
SH Matt. 5:14 (to 1st .)
14 Ye are the light of the world.
SH Rom. 8:28
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
SH II Tim. 1:7, 9
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
SH Matt. 5:14 (to 1st .)
14 Ye are the light of the world.
SH 326:16-20, 23-30
The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained
now. This point won, you have started as you should.
You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian
Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your
Saul of Tarsus beheld the way – the Christ, or Truth
– only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a
spiritual sense, which is always right. Then
the man was changed. Thought assumed a
nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual. He
learned the wrong that he had done in persecuting Chris-
tians, whose religion he had not understood, and in hu-
mility he took the new name of Paul.
SH 8:28-30
We should examine ourselves and learn what is the
affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way
only can we learn what we honestly are.
SH 451:26
All mental
malpractice arises from ignorance or malice aforethought.
It is the injurious action of one mortal mind controlling
another from wrong motives, and it is practised either
with a mistaken or a wicked purpose.
SH 491:7
Material man is made up of involuntary and voluntary
error, of a negative right and a positive wrong, the latter
calling itself right. Man’s spiritual individual-
ity is never wrong. It is the likeness of man’s
Maker. Matter cannot connect mortals with the true
origin and facts of being, in which all must end. It is only
by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls
the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and
find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man
forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator.
SH 138:14
The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which
Jesus built. His sublime summary points to the religion
of Love.
SH 48:25-27
Pale in the presence of his own momentous question,
“What is Truth,” Pilate was drawn into acquiescence
with the demands of Jesus’ enemies.
SH 49:14-16
The meek demonstrator of good, the highest instruc-
tor and friend of man, met his earthly fate alone with
SH 50:19-31
If his full recognition of eternal Life had for a mo-
ment given way before the evidence of the bodily senses,
what would his accusers have said? Even
what they did say, – that Jesus’ teachings
were false, and that all evidence of their cor-
rectness was destroyed by his death. But this saying
could not make it so.
The burden of that hour was terrible beyond human
conception. The distrust of mortal minds, disbelieving
the purpose of his mission, was a million
times sharper than the thorns which pierced
his flesh. The real cross, which Jesus bore up the hill
of grief, was the world’s hatred of Truth and Love.
SH 51:6-15, 21-23
Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies.
He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his
spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine;
but he allowed men to attempt the destruc-
tion of the mortal body in order that he might furnish
the proof of immortal life. Nothing could kill this Life
of man. Jesus could give his temporal life into his
enemies’ hands; but when his earth-mission was accom-
plished, his spiritual life, indestructible and eternal,
was found forever the same.
His purpose in healing
was not alone to restore health, but to demon-
strate his divine Principle.
SH 328:30-1
The purpose of his great life-work
extends through time and includes universal humanity.
Its Principle is infinite, reaching beyond the pale of a
single period or of a limited following.
SH 116:11-19
A correct view of Christian Science and of its adapta-
tion to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen.
Works on metaphysics leave the grand point
untouched. They never crown the power of
Mind as the Messiah, nor do they carry the day against
physical enemies, – even to the extinction of all belief in
matter, evil, disease, and death, – nor insist upon the fact
that God is all, therefore that matter is nothing beyond an
image in mortal mind.
SH 514:6-7, 14-18
Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the
realm of Mind.
In the figurative transmission from the
divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and
perseverance are likened to “the cattle upon a thousand
hills.” They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and
keep pace with highest purpose.
SH 340:4-12 (to 1st .)
This text in the book of Ecclesiastes conveys the
Christian Science thought, especially when the word
duty, which is not in the original, is omitted: “Let
us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God,
and keep His commandments: for this is the whole
duty of man.” In other words: Let us hear the con-
clusion of the whole matter: love God and keep His
commandments: for this is the whole of man in His
image and likeness.
SH 506:18-21
Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their
proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts,
even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose
in order that the purpose may appear.
Ps. 40:8
Ps. 17:3
Eccl. 3:1
Acts 9:1 Saul, 2-5
Acts 26:16
Acts 9:8-15
John 8:12 I
Matt. 5:14 (to 1st .)
Rom. 8:28
II Tim. 1:7, 9
Matt. 5:14 (to 1st .)
SH 326:16-20, 23-30
SH 8:28-30
SH 451:26
SH 491:7
SH 138:14
SH 48:25-27
SH 49:14-16
SH 50:19-31
SH 51:6-15, 21-23
SH 328:30-1
SH 116:11-19
SH 514:6-7, 14-18
SH 340:4-12 (to 1st .)
SH 506:18-21

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