July 20–26, 2020
3. . . Ascribe greatness to our God.
4He is the Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice,
A God of truth and without injustice;
Righteous and upright is He.
The Golden Text is from the New King James Version®.
5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
3He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
4Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
7Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.Click to open the research content
8Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together
9Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
9All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
10For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
11Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth:
12I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
15. . . thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.Click to open the research content
4One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
5I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
1Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
4For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.
6By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.Click to open the research content
4Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.Click to open the Bibles content
5Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy
To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. All substance, intelligence, wisdom, being, immortality, cause, and effect belong to God.
God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence.
In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite God can have no unlikeness.
All the varied expressions of God reflect health, holiness, immortality — infinite Life, Truth, and Love.
8Good and upright is the Lord:
9The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
10All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
35Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.Click to open the research content
1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
13When Jesus came into the coasts of Cæsarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?Click to open the research content
14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.Click to open the research content
15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.Click to open the research content
17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar–jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.Click to open the Bibles content
18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven:Click to open the research content
6I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.Click to open the research content
Science and Health
The question, What is Truth, is answered by demonstration, — by healing both disease and sin; and this demonstration shows that Christian healing confers the most health and makes the best men.
Christianity as Jesus taught it was not a creed, nor a system of ceremonies, nor a special gift from a ritualistic Jehovah; but it was the demonstration of divine Love casting out error and healing the sick, not merely in the name of Christ, or Truth, but in demonstration of Truth, as must be the case in the cycles of divine light.Click to open the research content
Jesus established his church and maintained his mission on a spiritual foundation of Christ-healing.
The question then as now was, How did Jesus heal the sick? His answer to this question the world rejected. He appealed to his students: “Whom do men say that I, the Son of man, am?” That is: Who or what is it that is thus identified with casting out evils and healing the sick? They replied, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist; some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.”
Yearning to be understood, the Master repeated, “But whom say ye that I am?”
With his usual impetuosity, Simon replied for his brethren, and his reply set forth a great fact: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!” That is: The Messiah is what thou hast declared, — Christ, the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and Love, which heals mentally.Click to open the research content
The true and
Before this the impetuous disciple had been called only by his common names, Simon Bar-jona, or son of Jona; but now the Master gave him a spiritual name in these words: “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter; and upon this rock [the meaning of the Greek word petros, or stone] I will build my church; and the gates of hell [hades, the under-world, or the grave] shall not prevail against it.” In other words, Jesus purposed founding his society, not on the personal Peter as a mortal, but on the God-power which lay behind Peter's confession of the true Messiah.
It was now evident to Peter that divine Life, Truth, and Love, and not a human personality, was the healer of the sick and a rock, a firm foundation in the realm of harmony.
Jesus established in the Christian era the precedent for all Christianity, theology, and healing.
First in the list of Christian duties, he taught his followers the healing power of Truth and Love.
31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;Click to open the Bibles content
32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
3Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;Click to open the Bibles content
31Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
15Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.Click to open the research content
16He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Science and Health
Divine Truth, Life, and Love gave Jesus authority over sin, sickness, and death. His mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being, to prove what God is and what He does for man.
Jesus' teaching and practice of Truth involved such a sacrifice as makes us admit its Principle to be Love.
Sheep. Innocence; inoffensiveness; those who follow their leader.
What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds. To keep the commandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”Click to open the research content
It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.
When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.
Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.
18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.Click to open the research content
6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.Click to open the Bibles content
17and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.Click to open the research content
32as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.Click to open the research content
33And there he found a certain man named Æneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
34And Peter said unto him, Æneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
35And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.
Science and Health
Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner is the Soul-inspired motto, “Slavery is abolished.” The power of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love. What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man free.Click to open the research content
A knowledge of error and of its operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error, until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his Maker.
When we come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing the sick and destroying error.
You should treat sickness mentally just as you would sin, except that you must not tell the patient that he is sick nor give names to diseases, for such a course increases fear, the foundation of disease, and impresses more deeply the wrong mind-picture. A Christian Scientist's medicine is Mind, the divine Truth that makes man free.
The victory will be on the patient's side only as immortal Mind through Christ, Truth, subdues the human belief in disease.
Scientific healing has this advantage over other methods, — that in it Truth controls error. From this fact arise its ethical as well as its physical effects.Click to open the research content
By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.
1O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.Click to open the Bibles content
29The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:Click to open the research content
31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
1There was a certain man in Cæsarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,Click to open the research content
2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.Click to open the research content
3He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
5And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
25And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him.
26But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man.
27And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
28And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
34Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
6it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.Click to open the Bibles content
Science and Health
Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.
You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself.
The first demand of this Science is, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This me is Spirit. Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love.
One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, “Love thy neighbor as thyself;” annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed.Click to open the research content
With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren; and with one Mind and that God, or good, the brotherhood of man would consist of Love and Truth, and have unity of Principle and spiritual power which constitute divine Science.
22thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
29and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
13we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
3Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Science and Health
Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, — the reflection of God, — has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.
Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” [Truth].
© 2020 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Unless otherwise noted, references above are from the Bible (King James Version) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. The design of the Cross and Crown is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Board of Directors and is used by permission. Christian Science Quarterly™ is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Publishing Society.
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