April 23rd, 2017 Full Text |

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017


Subject — Probation After Death

Golden Text: Lamentations 3 : 26


“It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”


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Responsive Reading: Lamentations 3: 22-25; Psalm 26: 2, 3

22.     It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23.     They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24.     The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25.     The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

2.     Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

3.     For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Philippians 2 : 12 (work)-16 (to ;)

12     …work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13     For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14     Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15     That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16     Holding forth the word of life;


2.     Proverbs 8 : 32-35

32     Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

33     Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

34     Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

35     For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.


3.     Ezekiel 37 : 1-4, 7, 10, 12, 14

1     The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2     And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3     And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4     Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

7     So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

10     So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

12     Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

14     And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.


4.     Psalm 16 : 1, 5, 7, 9-11

1     Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

5     The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

7     I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

9     Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10     For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11     Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.


5.     Luke 3 : 2 (the word)-6, 21, 22

2     …the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3     And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;

4     As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.

5     Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

6     And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

21     Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,

22     And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.


6.     Luke 15 : 1-7

1     Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2     And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

3     And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4     What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5     And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6     And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7     I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.


7.     John 5 : 24

24     Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.


8.     I Peter 1 : 3-9

3     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4     To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

5     Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6     Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

7     That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8     Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

9     Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     76 : 6-8 (to ;), 22-6

When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, — as God, universal good;

The sinless joy, — the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain, — constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact, — a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.

The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes not suddenly here or hereafter. The pious Polycarp said: "I cannot turn at once from good to evil." Neither do other mortals accomplish the change from error to truth at a single bound.

Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the Science of being is reached.


2.     291 : 9-13

Mortals need not fancy that belief in the experience of death will awaken them to glorified being.

Universal salvation rests on progression and probation, and is unattainable without them.


3.     593 : 20-22

SALVATION. Life, Truth, and Love understood and demonstrated as supreme over all; sin, sickness, and death destroyed.


4.     22 : 11-22, 30-31

"Work out your own salvation," is the demand of Life and Love, for to this end God worketh with you. "Occupy till I come!" Wait for your reward, and "be not weary in well doing." If your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race.

When the smoke of battle clears away, you will discern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving. Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified.

Justice requires reformation of the sinner. Mercy cancels the debt only when justice approves.


5.     327 : 1-7, 17-21

Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an affection for good according to Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful appetites of the human mind.

To the physical senses, the strict demands of Christian Science seem peremptory; but mortals are hastening to learn that Life is God, good, and that evil has in reality neither place nor power in the human or the divine economy.


6.     426 : 5-29

The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less difficult when she has the high goal always before her thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one. If the belief in death were obliterated, and the understanding obtained that there is no death, this would be a "tree of life," known by its fruits. Man should renew his energies and endeavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy, while also learning the necessity of working out his own salvation. When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.

The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear with the disappearance of sin.


7.     253 : 9-21, 25-31

I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the understanding of your divine rights, your heaven- bestowed harmony, — that, as you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are conquering this false sense. Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense, you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, disease, or death.

If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.

Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.


8.     323 : 19-27

When the sick or the sinning awake to realize their need of what they have not, they will be receptive of divine Science, which gravitates towards Soul and away from material sense, removes thought from the body, and elevates even mortal mind to the contemplation of something better than disease or sin. The true idea of God gives the true understanding of Life and Love, robs the grave of victory, takes away all sin and the delusion that there are other minds, and destroys mortality.


9.     99 : 23-29

The calm, strong currents of true spirituality, the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.


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