May 21st, 2017 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, May 21st, 2017


Subject — Soul and Body

Golden Text: Psalm 23: 1, 3


“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He restoreth my soul.”


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Responsive Reading: I Corinthians 3: 16; II Corinthians 5: 1-8

16.     Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1.     For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

2.     For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

3.     If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

4.     For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

5.     Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

6.     Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7.     (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8.     We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 118: 14, 17, 19-21, 23

14     The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

17     I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD .

19     Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD :

20     This gate of the LORD , into which the righteous shall enter.

21     I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

23     This is the LORD ’ S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.


2.     Genesis 25: 20 (to 1st ,), 21 (and Rebekah), 22 (to ;), 23-26 (to :)

20     And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife,

21     ...and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22     And the children struggled together within her;

23     And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

24     And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.

25     And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

26     And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob:


3.     Genesis 27: 1 (to 6th ,), 4 (make), 5, 15, 17-19 (to ;), 26, 27 (to 3rd ,), 41 (to :)

1     And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him,

4     ...make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die.

5     And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.

15     And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

17     And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.

18     And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son?

19     And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy firstborn;

26     And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.

27     And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him,

41     And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him:


4.     Genesis 29: 1

1     Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.


5.     Genesis 30: 43

43     And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.


6.     Genesis 31: 17

17     Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels;


7.     Genesis 32: 1-3, 6, 7 (to :), 24-30

1     And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.

2     And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is God’s host: and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.

3     And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.

6     And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.

7     Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed:

24     And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

25     And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

26     And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

27     And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

28     And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

29     And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

30     And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.


8.     Genesis 33: 1 (to 1st .), 4, 8-10

1     And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men.

4     And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

8     And he said, What meanest thou by all this drove which I met? And he said, These are to find grace in the sight of my lord.

9     And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.

10     And Jacob said, Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.


9.     Romans 12: 1, 2

1     I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2     And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


10.     I Corinthians 6: 19 (know), 20

19     ...know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

20     For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     307: 25 (The)-30

The divine Mind is the Soul of man, and gives man dominion over all things. Man was not created from a material basis, nor bidden to obey material laws which Spirit never made; his province is in spiritual statutes, in the higher law of Mind.


2.     335: 16 (God)-18, 22-24

...God and Soul are one, and this one never included in a limited mind or a limited body. Spirit is eternal, divine. ...Only by losing the false sense of Soul can we gain the eternal unfolding of Life as immortality brought to light.


3.     466: 20 only, 23-31

Soul or Spirit signifies Deity and nothing else. ...Heathen mythology and Jewish theology have perpetuated the fallacy that intelligence, soul, and life can be in matter; and idolatry and ritualism are the outcome of all man-made beliefs. The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.


4.     60: 29-3

Soul has infinite resources with which to bless mankind, and happiness would be more readily attained and would be more secure in our keeping, if sought in Soul. Higher enjoyments alone can satisfy the cravings of immortal man. We cannot circumscribe happiness within the limits of personal sense. The senses confer no real enjoyment.


5.     62: 22-1

The divine Mind, which forms the bud and blossom, will care for the human body, even as it clothes the lily; but let no mortal interfere with God's government by thrusting in the laws of erring, human concepts.

The higher nature of man is not governed by the lower; if it were, the order of wisdom would be reversed. Our false views of life hide eternal harmony, and produce the ills of which we complain. Because mortals believe in material laws and reject the Science of Mind, this does not make materiality first and the superior law of Soul last.


6.     589: 4-7

JACOB . A corporeal mortal embracing duplicity, repentance, sensualism. Inspiration; the revelation of Science, in which the so-called material senses yield to the spiritual sense of Life and Love.


7.     308: 14-16 next page

The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man.

Jacob was alone, wrestling with error, — struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains, — when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, appeared to him and smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he saw its unreality; and Truth, being thereby understood, gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science. Then said the spiritual evangel: "Let me go, for the day breaketh;" that is, the light of Truth and Love dawns upon thee. But the patriarch, perceiving his error and his need of help, did not loosen his hold upon this glorious light until his nature was transformed. When Jacob was asked, "What is thy name?" he straightway answered; and then his name was changed to Israel, for "as a prince" had he prevailed and had "power with God and with men." Then Jacob questioned his deliverer, "Tell me, I pray thee, thy name;" but this appellation was withheld, for the messenger was not a corporeal being, but a name-less, incorporeal impartation of divine Love to man, which, to use the word of the Psalmist, restored his Soul, — gave him the spiritual sense of being and rebuked his material sense.

The result of Jacob's struggle thus appeared. He had conquered material error with the understanding of Spirit and of spiritual power. This changed the man. He was no longer called Jacob, but Israel, — a prince of God, or a soldier of God, who had fought a good fight. He was to become the father of those, who through earnest striving followed his demonstration of the power of Spirit over the material senses; and the children of earth who followed his example were to be called the children of Israel, until the Messiah should rename them.


8.     119: 25-6

In viewing the sunrise, one finds that it contradicts the evidence before the senses to believe that the earth is in motion and the sun at rest. As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense. But we shall never understand this while we admit that soul is in body or mind in matter, and that man is included in non-intelligence. Soul, or Spirit, is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God's image.


9.     120: 15-24

Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health. The Science of Mind-healing shows it to be impossible for aught but Mind to testify truly or to exhibit the real status of man. Therefore the divine Principle of Science, reversing the testimony of the physical senses, reveals man as harmoniously existent in Truth, which is the only basis of health; and thus Science denies all disease, heals the sick, overthrows false evidence, and refutes materialistic logic.


10.     76: 6-10, 22-29

When being is understood, Life will be recognized as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, — as God, universal good; and the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will be destroyed.

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.


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