Faith and works

Wed., June 18, readings, 2nd Church, Berkeley
SH Hab. 2:4 1st the
4 …the just shall live by his faith.
SH Heb. 11:1-3, 8-11, 13, 20, 23-27, 29 (to 1st :), 30, 32-34
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. 24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. 32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
SH Heb. 12:1, 2 (to 1st ;)
1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
SH Luke 18:35-43
35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. 38 And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. 40 And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him, 41 Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. 42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.
SH Matt. 6:30 if
30 if God so clothe the grass
of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven,
 shall he not
much more
 clothe you,
O ye of little faith?
SH 20:24
Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the
spiritual fact implies. The truth is the centre of all
religion. It commands sure entrance into
the realm of Love. St. Paul wrote, “Let us
lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so
easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that
is set before us;” that is, let us put aside material self
and sense, and seek the divine Principle and Science of
all healing.
SH 425:15-17, 23-26
Mortal man will be less mortal, when he
learns that matter never sustained existence
and can never destroy God, who is man’s Life.
Consciousness constructs a better body when
faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material
belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form
you anew.
SH vii:13-21

    The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent
of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the
portal of humanity. Contentment with
the past and

the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling
away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-
stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a
right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is
Life eternal. Though empires fall, “the Lord shall
reign forever.”

SH xi:1-8
Many imagine that the phenomena of physical heal-
ing in Christian Science present only a phase of the
action of the human mind, which action in some unex-
plained way results in the cure of disease. On the con-
trary, Christian Science rationally explains that all
other pathological methods are the fruits of human
faith in matter, faith in the workings, not of Spirit,
but of the fleshly mind which must yield to Science.

SH 93:15-17
Good does not create a mind susceptible of causing
evil, for evil is the opposing error and not the truth of
SH 107:10
Christian Science, religion and medicine are
inspired with a diviner nature and essence; fresh pinions
are given to faith and understanding, and thoughts ac-
quaint themselves intelligently with God.
SH 125:12-16
As human thought changes from one stage to an-
other of conscious pain and painlessness, sorrow and
joy, – from fear to hope and from faith to understand-
ing, – the visible manifestation will at last be man gov-
erned by Soul, not by material sense.
SH 145:31-2 (to 1st .), 5-6, 7
theology of Christian Science includes healing

the sick. Our Master’s first article of faith propounded
to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by
his works.The first idol
atry was faith in matter. By
trusting matter to destroy its own discord, health and
harmony have been sacrificed. Such systems are

of the vitality of spiritual power, by which material

is made the servant of Science and religion becomes
SH 209:31
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to un-
derstand God. It shows the superiority of faith by works
over faith in words. Its ideas are expressed only in “new
tongues;” and these are interpreted by the translation of
the spiritual original into the language which human
thought can comprehend.
SH 487:25-29
The Apostle James said, “Show me thy faith without
thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works.”
The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens
our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless
reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
SH 561:1
The understanding of Truth
and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal
good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of
evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea.
SH 45:16-21
Glory be to God, and peace to the struggling hearts!
Christ hath rolled away the stone from the door of hu-
man hope and faith, and through the reve-
lation and demonstration of life in God, hath
elevated them to possible at-one-ment with the spiritual
idea of man and his divine Principle, Love.
Hab. 2:4 the
Heb. 11:1-3, 8-11, 13, 20, 23-27, 29 (to :), 30, 32-34
Heb. 12:1, 2 (to ;)
Luke 18:35-43
Matt. 6:30 if
SH 20:24
SH 425:15-17, 23-26
SH vii:13-21
SH xi:1-8
SH 9:5-16
SH 93:15-17
SH 107:10
SH 125:12-16
SH 145:31-2 (to 1st .), 5-6, 7
SH 209:31
SH 487:25-29
SH 561:1
SH 45:16-21

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