November 13th, 2016 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

Sunday, November 13th, 2016


Subject — Mortals And Immortals

Golden Text: Revelation 21: 5


“He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”


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Responsive Reading: Ezekiel 36 : 24-28

24.     I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

25.     Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26.     A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27.     And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28.     And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Isaiah 43 : 1 (thus), 18, 19

1     …thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

18     Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19     Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.


2.     Joel 2 : 25, 26 (to :)

25     And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

26     And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you:


3.     John 3 : 1-7

1     There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

2     The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

3     Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4     Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

5     Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

6     That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

7     Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.


4.     I John 5 : 4

4     For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.


5.     II Corinthians 4 : 1, 16 (though), 17

1     Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

16     …though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17     For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.


6.     Acts 21 : 40 (Paul)

40     …Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,


7.     Acts 22 : 3 (to 2nd ,), 3 (and taught), 4, 6-8, 10, 12-16, 19-21

3     I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, …and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

4     And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

6     And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.

7     And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

8     And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

10     And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do.

12     And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there,

13     Came unto me, and stood, and said unto me, Brother Saul, receive thy sight. And the same hour I looked up upon him.

14     And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.

15     For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

16     And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

19     And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee:

20     And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him.

21     And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.


8.     Philippians 3 : 13, 14

13     Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

14     I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


9.     Ephesians 4 : 21-24

21     If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22     That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23     And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24     And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.


10.     II Corinthians 5 : 17

17     Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.



Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures


1.     263 : 5-6

Immortal spiritual man alone represents the truth of creation.


2.     519 : 14-16

Mortals can never know the infinite, until they throw off the old man and reach the spiritual image and likeness.


3.     409 : 20-26

The real man is spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect so-called "children of men" are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. This mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man and seek the true model.


4.     201 : 7 (Truth)-12

Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.


5.     326 : 23-32

Saul of Tarsus beheld the way — the Christ, or Truth — only when his uncertain sense of right yielded to a spiritual sense, which is always right. Then the man was changed. Thought assumed a nobler outlook, and his life became more spiritual. He learned the wrong that he had done in persecuting Christians, whose religion he had not understood, and in humility he took the new name of Paul. He beheld for the first time the true idea of Love, and learned a lesson in divine Science.


6.     253 : 18-19

If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you can at once change your course and do right.


7.     327 : 1-7

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.


8.     295 : 11-24

Mortals are not like immortals, created in God's own image; but infinite Spirit being all, mortal consciousness will at last yield to the scientific fact and disappear, and the real sense of being, perfect and forever intact, will appear.

The manifestation of God through mortals is as light passing through the window-pane. The light and the glass never mingle, but as matter, the glass is less opaque than the walls. The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality — much error — in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.


9.     262 : 5-8

Christian Science takes naught from the perfection of God, but it ascribes to Him the entire glory. By putting "off the old man with his deeds," mortals "put on immortality."


10.     224 : 4-10

As the crude footprints of the past disappear from the dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand the Science which governs these changes, and shall plant our feet on firmer ground. Every sensuous pleasure or pain is self-destroyed through suffering. There should be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of discord and death.


11.     242 : 1-5

Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality. It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest."


12.     22 : 6-10

Waking to Christ's demand, mortals experience suffering. This causes them, even as drowning men, to make vigorous efforts to save themselves; and through Christ's precious love these efforts are crowned with success.


13.     296 : 4-21

Progress is born of experience. It is the ripening of mortal man, through which the mortal is dropped for the immortal. Either here or hereafter, suffering or Science must destroy all illusions regarding life and mind, and regenerate material sense and self. The old man with his deeds must be put off. Nothing sensual or sinful is immortal. The death of a false material sense and of sin, not the death of organic matter, is what reveals man and Life, harmonious, real, and eternal.

The so-called pleasures and pains of matter perish, and they must go out under the blaze of Truth, spiritual sense, and the actuality of being. Mortal belief must lose all satisfaction in error and sin in order to part with them.

Whether mortals will learn this sooner or later, and how long they will suffer the pangs of destruction, depends upon the tenacity of error.


14.     323 : 28-4

The effects of Christian Science are not so much seen as felt. It is the "still, small voice" of Truth uttering itself. We are either turning away from this utterance, or we are listening to it and going up higher. Willingness to become as a little child and to leave the old for the new, renders thought receptive of the advanced idea. Gladness to leave the false landmarks and joy to see them disappear, — this disposition helps to precipitate the ultimate harmony.


15.     452 : 10-15, 18-20

When outgrowing the old, you should not fear to put on the new. Your advancing course may provoke envy, but it will also attract respect. When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error. Never breathe an immoral atmosphere, unless in the attempt to purify it.

Right is radical. The teacher must know the truth himself. He must live it and love it, or he cannot impart it to others.


16.     21 : 9-14

If the disciple is advancing spiritually, he is striving to enter in. He constantly turns away from material sense, and looks towards the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, he will be in earnest from the start, and gain a little each day in the right direction, till at last he finishes his course with joy.


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