New-born of Spirit

Christmas Eve, 12/24/14, readings, 2nd Church, Berkeley
SH Gen. 17:1-5 1st when, 15, 16 (to 1st ;)
1 …when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, 4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. 15 And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 16 And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations;
SH Luke 2:15 2nd the, 16, 17, 32, 52
15 …the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. 16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
SH Luke 4:14, 15
14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
SH John 9:1-4 (to 1st :), 5-7
1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
SH John 3:3 1st Except, 6, 7
3 …Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
SH Isa. 66:9
9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
SH I Pet. 2:2-5
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
SH I Pet. 1:22, 23
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
SH Job 22:21
21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
SH 548:13
Life is spiritually learned. Every agony of mortal error
helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension
of immortal Truth. This is the new birth going on
hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true
ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.
SH 305:22
the illusion of life that is here to-day and
gone to-morrow, man would be wholly mortal, were
it not that Love, the divine Principle that obtains in
divine Science, destroys all error and brings immor-
tality to light. Because man is the reflection of his
Maker, he is not subject to birth, growth, maturity, de-
cay. These mortal dreams are of human origin, not
SH 57:18
Happiness is spiritual,
born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore
it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to
share it.
SH 250:7-11
Spirit is the Ego which
never dreams, but understands all things;
which never errs, and is ever conscious; which
never believes, but knows; which is never born and
never dies.
SH 258:27-30
Never born and
never dying, it were impossible for man, under
the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his
high estate.
SH 16:20, 30
Only as we rise above all material sensuousness and
sin, can we reach the heaven-born aspiration and spir-
itual consciousness, which is indicated in the Lord’s
Prayer and which instantaneously heals the sick.
Here let me give what I understand to be the spir-
itual sense of the Lord’s Prayer:
Thy kingdom come.
_Thy kingdom is come;
SH 296:4-6
Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of
mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for
the immortal.
SH 35:19-25 2nd Our
Our baptism is a purification from all error. Our
church is built on the divine Principle, Love. We can
unite with this church only as we are new-
born of Spirit, as we reach the Life which
is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth
the fruits of Love, – casting out error and healing the
SH 324:7-12
Unless the harmony and immortality of man are be-
coming more apparent, we are not gaining the true idea
of God; and the body will reflect what gov-
erns it, whether it be Truth or error,
understanding or belief, Spirit or matter. Therefore
“acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace.
SH 227:16-18
God made man free.
Paul said, “I was free born.” All men should
be free.
SH 273:29-3
Science shows that material, conflicting mortal opin-
ions and beliefs emit the effects of error at all times, but
this atmosphere of mortal mind cannot be destructive to
morals and health when it is opposed promptly and per-
sistently by Christian Science. Truth and Love antidote
this mental miasma, and thus invigorate and sustain ex-
SH 295:25-28, 31
All that is called mortal thought is made up of error.
The theoretical mind is matter, named brain, or mate-
rial consciousness, the exact opposite of real
Mind, or Spirit.
Thus error the-
orizes that spirit is born of matter and returns to mat-
ter, and that man has a resurrection from dust; whereas
Science unfolds the eternal verity, that man is the spiritual,
eternal reflection of God.
SH 535:15-17
When will man pass through the
open gate of Christian Science into the heaven of Soul,
into the heritage of the first born among men?
SH 552:13-19
Human experience in mortal life, which starts from an
egg, corresponds with that of Job, when he says, “Man
that is born of a woman is of few days, and
full of trouble.” Mortals must emerge from
this notion of material life as all-in-all. They must peck
open their shells with Christian Science, and look outward
and upward.
SH 557:18-21
“In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” Divine
Science rolls back the clouds of error with the light of
Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and as
never dying, but as coexistent with his creator.
SH 482:19-22, 23
Jesus was the highest human
concept of the perfect man. He was inseparable from
Christ, the Messiah, – the divine idea of God outside
the flesh.
Angels announced to the Wisemen of
old this dual appearing, and angels whisper it, through
faith, to the hungering heart in every age.
Gen. 17:1-5 when, 15, 16 (to ;)
Luke 2:15 2nd the, 16, 17, 32, 52
Luke 4:14, 15
John 9:1-4 (to :), 5-7
John 3:3 Except, 6, 7
Isa. 66:9
I Pet. 2:2-5
I Pet. 1:22, 23
Job 22:21
SH 548:13
SH 305:22
SH 57:18
SH 250:7-11
SH 258:27-30
SH 16:20, 30
SH 296:4-6
SH 35:19-25 2nd Our
SH 324:7-12
SH 227:16-18
SH 273:29-3
SH 295:25-28, 31
SH 535:15-17
SH 552:13-19
SH 557:18-21
SH 482:19-22, 23

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