May 1st, 2016 Full Text |

Sunday, May 1st, 2016


Subject — Everlasting Punishment

Golden Text: John 4: 36


“He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”


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Responsive Reading: II Corinthians 9 : 6-11

6.     This I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

7.     Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

8.     And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

9.     (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

10.     Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

11.     Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Psalm 126 : 3-6

3     The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

4     Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

5     They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6     He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.


2.     Isaiah 33 : 10, 13, 15, 16, 20-22, 24

10     Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

13     Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.

15     He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

16     He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.

20     Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

21     But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

22     For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.

24     And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.


3.     Matthew 13 : 1-3 (to 2nd ,), 24 (The)-30, 36-43

1     The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

2     And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3     And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying,

24     …The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25     But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26     But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27     So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28     He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29     But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30     Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

36     Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

37     He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

38     The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

39     The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

40     As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

41     The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

42     And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43     Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


4.     Matthew 12 : 11 (to 1st ,), 43-45

11     And he said unto them,

43     When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

44     Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

45     Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.


5.     Galatians 5 : 16-18

16     This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17     For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

18     But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.


6.     Galatians 6 : 2-5, 7-10, 16

2     Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3     For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

4     But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5     For every man shall bear his own burden.

7     Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8     For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9     And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10     As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

16     And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.


Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     140 : 25-27

The Christian Science God is universal, eternal, divine Love, which changeth not and causeth no evil, disease, nor death.


2.     465 : 14-15

The attributes of God are justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on.


3.     35 : 30-9

The design of Love is to reform the sinner. If the sinner's punishment here has been insufficient to reform him, the good man's heaven would be a hell to the sinner. They, who know not purity and affection by experience, can never find bliss in the blessed company of Truth and Love simply through translation into another sphere. Divine Science reveals the necessity of sufficient suffering, either before or after death, to quench the love of sin. To remit the penalty due for sin, would be for Truth to pardon error. Escape from punishment is not in accordance with God's government, since justice is the handmaid of mercy.


4.     36 : 19-29

A selfish and limited mind may be unjust, but the unlimited and divine Mind is the immortal law of justice as well as of mercy. It is quite as impossible for sinners to receive their full punishment this side of the grave as for this world to bestow on the righteous their full reward. It is useless to suppose that the wicked can gloat over their offences to the last moment and then be suddenly pardoned and pushed into heaven, or that the hand of Love is satisfied with giving us only toil, sacrifice, cross-bearing, multiplied trials, and mockery of our motives in return for our efforts at well doing.


5.     37 : 13-15

Consciousness of right-doing brings its own reward; but not amid the smoke of battle is merit seen and appreciated by lookers-on.


6.     537 : 13-18

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Error excludes itself from harmony. Sin is its own punishment. Truth guards the gateway to harmony. Error tills its own barren soil and buries itself in the ground, since ground and dust stand for nothingness.


7.     404 : 9-16

A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body. Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked motives which produce them. If the evil is over in the repentant mortal mind, while its effects still remain on the individual, you can remove this disorder as God's law is fulfilled and reformation cancels the crime. The healthy sinner is the hardened sinner.


8.     405 : 1-11

The basic error is mortal mind. Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

Christian Science commands man to master the propensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness, to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with charity, and to overcome deceit with hon- esty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you would not cherish an army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.


9.     238 : 15-21

Unimproved opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an experience we have not made our own, try to reap the harvest we have not sown, and wish to enter unlawfully into the labors of others. Truth often remains unsought, until we seek this remedy for human woe because we suffer severely from error.


10.     239 : 11-15, 23-32

The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."

Mortal mind is the acknowledged seat of human motives. It forms material concepts and produces every discordant action of the body. If action proceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmonious. If it comes from erring mortal mind, it is discordant and ends in sin, sickness, death. Those two opposite sources never mingle in fount or stream. The perfect Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imperfect mortal mind sends forth its own resemblances, of which the wise man said, “All is vanity.”


11.     595 : 5-6

TARES. Mortality; error; sin; sickness; disease; death.


12.     300 : 13-22

The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the immutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science separates the wheat from the tares, through the realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.


13.     210 : 28-32

To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense includes no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal sense has no error of sense, it has no sense of error; therefore it is without a destructive element.


14.     304 : 16-21

Harmony is produced by its Principle, is controlled by it and abides with it. Divine Principle is the Life of man. Man's happiness is not, therefore, at the disposal of physical sense. Truth is not contaminated by error. Harmony in man is as beautiful as in music, and discord is unnatural, unreal.


15.     291 : 13-18

Heaven is not a locality, but a divine state of Mind in which all the manifestations of Mind are harmonious and immortal, because sin is not there and man is found having no righteousness of his own, but in possession of "the mind of the Lord," as the Scripture says.


16.     372 : 14-17

When man demonstrates Christian Science absolutely, he will be perfect. He can neither sin, suffer, be subject to matter, nor disobey the law of God. Therefore he will be as the angels in heaven.



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