October 23rd, 2016 Full Text |

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016


Subject — Probation After Death

Golden Text: I Corinthians 13: 12


“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”


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Responsive Reading: Revelation 21: 3-7, 27

3.     And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4.     And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5.     And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

6.     And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7.     He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

27.     And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.


Lesson Sermon

The Bible


1.     Revelation 3 : 21

21     To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.


2.     Genesis 5 : 24

24     And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.


3.     Hebrews 11 : 5

5     By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.


4.     John 8 : 42 (to said), 51

42     Jesus said…

51     Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.


5.     Luke 22 : 47, 48, 54 (to 1st .)

47     And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.

48     But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

54     Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house.


6.     Luke 23 : 33 (to 3rd ,), 50, 52, 53

33     And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him,

50     And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counseller; and he was a good man, and a just:

52     This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.

53     And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.


7.     Luke 24 : 1 (to 3rd ,), 2, 3, 13 (to day), 14-17, 19 (2nd And)-21, 23, 25-27, 30-32

1     Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre,

2     And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.

3     And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

13     And, behold, two of them went that same day…

14     And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15     And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16     But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

17     And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

19     …And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

20     And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21     But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

23     And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

25     Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26     Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27     And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

30     And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31     And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32     And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?


8.     Romans 8 : 1-9 (to 1st .)

1     There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

2     For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

3     For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

4     That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5     For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6     For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7     Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8     So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

9     But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.


9.     Hebrews 12 : 1-3, 5-7

1     Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2     Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3     For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

5     And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6     For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7     If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?


10.     II Corinthians 4 : 6, 14, 16

6     For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

14     Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

16     For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.


11.     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.     291 : 12-18

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


2.     46 : 20-29

Jesus' unchanged physical condition after what seemed to be death was followed by his exaltation above all material conditions; and this exaltation explained his ascension, and revealed unmistakably a probationary and progressive state beyond the grave. Jesus was "the way;" that is, he marked the way for all men. In his final demonstration, called the ascension, which closed the earthly record of Jesus, he rose above the physical knowledge of his disciples, and the material senses saw him no more.


3.     34 : 29-2

What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea! His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples' grief into repentance, — hearts chastened and pride rebuked.


4.     34 : 18-23

Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.


5.     547 : 23-32

The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained. The true theory of the universe, including man, is not in material history but in spiritual development. Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.

It is this spiritual perception of Scripture, which lifts humanity out of disease and death and inspires faith.


6.     289 : 14-20

The fact that the Christ, or Truth, overcame and still overcomes death proves the "king of terrors" to be but a mortal belief, or error, which Truth destroys with the spiritual evidences of Life; and this shows that what appears to the senses to be death is but a mortal illusion, for to the real man and the real universe there is no death-process.


7.     203 : 31-2

God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life. God is at once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.


8.     233 : 1-9

Every day makes its demands upon us for higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.

In the midst of imperfection, perfection is seen and acknowledged only by degrees.


9.     291 : 19-25 (to 1st .)

"In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be." So we read in Ecclesiastes. This text has been transformed into the popular proverb, "As the tree falls, so it must lie." As man falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change.


10.     22 : 11-14, 18-22

"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."

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.


11.     324 : 4-5, 15-18

The purification of sense and self is a proof of progress.

It is a warfare with the flesh, in which we must conquer sin, sickness, and death, either here or hereafter, — certainly before we can reach the goal of Spirit, or life in God.


12.     548 : 13-15

Every agony of mortal error helps error to destroy error, and so aids the apprehension of immortal Truth.


13.     201 : 7-12

We cannot build safely on false foundations. 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.


14.     296 : 4-13

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.


15.     426 : 11-28

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.


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