Seeing God face to face

Second Church, Berkeley, 4/20/16
Bible citations from NKJV

Ps. 4:6

Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us.

Ex. 33:11 (to 1st .)

So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man
speaks to his friend. 

Ex. 34:1, 2, 29-32

And the Lord said to Moses, “Cut two tablets of
stone like the firstones, and I
will write on these tablets the words that were on the
first tablets which you broke. 2 So be ready in the morning,
and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and
present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain. 29 Now it was so, when Moses came down
from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the
 were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that
Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.
 30 So
when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin
of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him.
 31 Then
Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned
to him; and Moses talked with them.
32 Afterward
all the children of Israel
came near, and he gave them as commandments all that the
 Lord had spoken
with him on Mount Sinai.

Dan. 1:8 Daniel, 9-15

purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the
king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of
the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 9 Now God had brought Daniel into the favor
and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs.
 10 And
the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has
appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse
than the young men who
 are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” 11 So Daniel said to the steward whom the
chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
 12 “Please
test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and
water to drink.
 13 Then let our appearance be examined
before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the
king’s delicacies; and as you see fit,
 so deal with your servants.” 14 So
he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their features
appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion
of the king’s delicacies.

 Matt. 15:21

Jesus went
out from there and departed to the region of Tyre
and Sidon.

Matt. 16:1-3

16 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees
came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.
answered and said to them,
 “When it is evening you say, ‘It
will be
 fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning,
‘It will be
 foul weather today, for the sky is
red and threatening.’ Hypocrites!
 You know how to
discern the face of the sky, but you cannot
 discern the signs of the

Matt. 6:16 when (to 1st .), 17, 18

16 “Moreover, when you fast, do not be
like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces
that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have
their reward.
 17 But you, when you
fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
 18 so that you do not
appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who
 is in the secret place; and your Father who
sees in secret will reward you openly.

Ps. 119:135

Make Your face shine upon Your servant, And teach me Your

Prov. 7:15

So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And
I have found you.


Prov. 27:19

As in water face reflects face, So
a man’s heart
 reveals the man.

II Cor. 3:18 we

we all,
with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being
transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of
the Lord.

I Cor. 13:9, 10, 12

For we know in part and we prophesy
in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that
which is in part will be done away. 12 For now we see in a
mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know
just as I also am known.

SH 509:29-4

Knowing the
Science of creation, in which all is Mind
 and its ideas,
Jesus rebuked the material thought of his
“Ye can discern the face of the
 sky; but can ye
not discern the signs of the times?”
 How much more
should we seek to apprehend the spiritual ideas of God, than to dwell on the
 of sense!

SH 259:32-6

Deducing one’s
conclusions as to man from imperfection instead of perfection, one can no more
arrive at the
 true conception
or understanding of man, and make himself like it, than the sculptor can
perfect his outlines from
 an imperfect
model, or the painter can depict the form
 and face of
Jesus, while holding in thought the character
 of Judas.

SH 407:24

Let the perfect
model be
 present in your thoughts instead of
its demoralized opposite.
spiritualization of thought lets in the light,
 and brings the
divine Mind, Life not death, into your

SH 215:12-21

Whatever is
governed by God, is never for an
deprived of the light and might of intelligence
 and Life.

We are
sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real
 as light; but
Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal
 sense of the
absence of light, at the coming of
 which darkness
loses the appearance of reality.
 So sin and
sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional
 absence of
Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before
 truth and love.

SH 276:12-14

The realization
that all inharmony is unreal brings
 objects and
thoughts into human view in their true light,
 and presents
them as beautiful and immortal.

SH 190:21-31

The Hebrew
bard, swayed by mortal thoughts, thus
 swept his lyre
with saddening strains on human existence:
 As for man, his
days are as grass:As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.For the wind
passeth over it, and it is gone;And the place thereof shall know it no
more.When hope rose higher in the human heart, he sang:
 As for me, I
will behold Thy face in righteousness:I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with
Thy likeness.
. . . . . . . . .For with Thee
is the fountain of life;In Thy light shall we see light.

SH 305:5

A picture in
the camera or a face reflected in the mirror
 is not the
original, though resembling it.
 Man, in the likeness of his
Maker, reflects the central light
 of being, the
invisible God.
 As there is no
corporeality in the mirrored form, which is but a reflection,
 so man, like
all things real, reflects God, his divine Principle, not in a mortal body.

SH 518:5-8, 13-21

Genesis i. 29, 30. And
God said, Behold, I have given
 you every herb
bearing seed, which is upon the face of all
 the earth, and
every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree
 yielding seed;
to you it shall be for meat.

God gives the
lesser idea of Himself for a link to the
 greater, and in
return, the higher always protects the
 lower. The rich in
spirit help the poor in
 one grand
brotherhood, all having the same
 Principle, or
Father; and blessed is that man who seeth
 his brother’s
need and supplieth it, seeking his own in
 another’s good. Love giveth to
the least spiritual idea
immortality, and goodness, which shine through
 all as the
blossom shines through the bud.

SH 558:1-6 (to :), 10-16

St. John writes, in the
tenth chapter of his book of
 Revelation: —

And I saw
another mighty angel come down from heaven,
 clothed with a
cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and
 his face was as
it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of

To mortal sense Science seems
at first obscure, abstract, and
 dark; but a
bright promise crowns its brow.
understood, it is Truth’s prism and praise.
 When you look it
fairly in the face, you can heal by its means,
 and it has for
you a light above the sun, for God “is the
 light thereof.”


SH 503:9-15

The divine Principle and idea constitute
spiritual harmony, — heaven and eternity.
the universe of Truth,
 matter is unknown. No
supposition of error
 enters there. Divine Science, the Word of God,
saith to the darkness upon the face of error, “God
All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines

Ps. 4:6 Lord
Ex. 33:11 (to 1st .)
Ex. 34:1, 2, 29-32
Dan. 1:8 Daniel, 9-15
Matt. 15:21 Jesus
Matt. 16:1-3
Matt. 6:16 when (to 1st .), 17, 18
Ps. 119:135
Prov. 7:15
Prov. 27:19
II Cor. 3:18 we
I Cor. 13:9, 10, 12
SH 509:29-4
SH 259:32-6
SH 407:24
SH 276:12-14
SH 190:21-31
SH 305:5
SH 518:5-8, 13-21
SH 558:1-6 (to :), 10-16
SH 503:9-15Hymns:
108 Here, O Lord, I’d see Thee face to face
138 I praise Thee, Lord, for blessings sent
359 Trust the Eternal when shadows gather

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