Spiritual authority

Wednesday readings, Second Church, Berkeley
SH Ps. 40:1, 3 (to 1st :), 5 (to 1st :), 8, 10, 11
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: 5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: 8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. 10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. 11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
SH Josh. 24:24 2nd the
24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
SH Prov. 29:2 (to 1st :)
2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:
SH Matt. 4:23
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
SH Matt. 7:29 1st he
29 …he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
SH Luke 9:1
1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
SH Mark 1:21-27
21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
SH Luke 7:11-16
11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. 15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
SH I Tim. 2:1, 2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
SH Josh. 1:9
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
SH 14:25
Entirely separate from the belief and dream of mate-
rial living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual under-
standing and the consciousness of man’s dominion
over the whole earth. This understanding casts out
error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak
“as one having authority.
SH 79:1-2, 5, 12
The act of describing disease – its symptoms, locality,
and fatality – is not scientific.
Thousands of instances could be cited of health restored
by changing the patient’s thoughts regarding death.
Christian Science removes these beliefs and
hypotheses through the higher understanding of God, for
Christian Science, resting on divine Principle, not on ma-
terial personalities, in its revelation of immortality, intro-
duces the harmony of being.
SH 76:18
Suffering, sinning, dying beliefs are unreal. When
divine Science is universally understood, they will have
no power over man, for man is immortal and lives by
divine authority.
SH 168:15-23
Because man-made systems insist that man becomes
sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with
the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are
we to believe an authority which denies God’s
spiritual command relating to perfection, – an authority
which Jesus proved to be false? He did the will of the
Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called
material law, but in accordance with God’s law, the law
of Mind.
SH 390:23-26
You have no
law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sick-
ness, but you have divine authority for denying that neces-
sity and healing the sick.
SH 273:16-18
The so-called laws of matter and of medical science have
never made mortals whole, harmonious, and immortal.
Man is harmonious when governed by Soul.
SH 329:5-12 (to 1st .)
A little leaven leavens the whole lump. A little under-
standing of Christian Science proves the truth of all that
I say of it. Because you cannot walk on the
water and raise the dead, you have no right to
question the great might of divine Science in these direc-
tions. Be thankful that Jesus, who was the true demon-
strator of Science, did these things, and left his example for
SH 422:5-10
If the reader of this book observes a great stir through-
out his whole system, and certain moral and physical
symptoms seem aggravated, these indications
are favorable. Continue to read, and the book
will become the physician, allaying the tremor which
Truth often brings to error when destroying it.
SH 487:27-1
The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens
our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless
reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality.
This faith relies upon an understood Principle. This
Principle makes whole the diseased, and brings out the
enduring and harmonious phases of things.
SH 208:5-16
The Scriptures say, “In Him we live, and move, and
have our being.” What then is this seeming power, in-
dependent of God, which causes disease and
cures it? What is it but an error of belief, –
a law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense,
embracing sin, sickness, and death? It is the very anti-
pode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual law.
It is not in accordance with the goodness of God’s char-
acter that He should make man sick, then leave man to
heal himself; it is absurd to suppose that matter can both
cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces
disease and leaves the remedy to matter.
SH 381:31-4
Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose
penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of
health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed
to the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine au-
thority and having only human approval for
their sanction.
SH 393:10-11 Exercise
Exercise this God-given authority. Take
possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action.
SH 371:27
The necessity for uplifting the race is father to
the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart
purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weak-
ness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an altera-
tive in the entire system, and can make it “every whit

Ps. 40:1, 3 (to :), 5 (to 1st :), 8, 10, 11
Josh. 24:24 2nd the
Prov. 29:2 (to :)
Matt. 4:23
Matt. 7:29 he
Luke 9:1
Mark 1:21-27
Luke 7:11-16
I Tim. 2:1, 2
Josh. 1:9
SH 14:25
SH 79:1-2, 5, 12
SH 76:18
SH 168:15-23
SH 390:23-26
SH 273:16-18
SH 329:5-12 (to 1st .)
SH 422:5-10
SH 487:27-1
SH 208:5-16
SH 381:31-4
SH 393:10-11 Exercise
SH 371:27


17 Be firm, ye sentinels of Truth
292 Put on the whole armor of pure consecration
374 We thank Thee and we bless Thee

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