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Enjoy CC & MBE Library Insights on select citations on “Doctrine of Atonement” (the Christian Science Bible Lesson for Oct. 15, 2017)

Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director
Posted Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Warren Huff’s additions of insights from Cobbey Crisler and The Mary Baker Eddy Library on some citations in the Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Doctrine of Atonement” for October 15, 2017

Warren’s (W’s) PS#1 on Psalm 139 (B1) that’s a great addition to our 2017 Hymnal as Hymn #599!
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W’s PS#2: SIXTH TENET (Historical evolution shared by The Mary Baker Eddy Library) [Featuring Mary Baker Eddy’s incorporation of the essence of God’s requirements (as derived from Micah 6:8, B3) and highlighted below in her Sixth Tenet.]

Current edition

6. And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.

1879 “Tenets and Covenant”

3d. -- And we solemnly covenant to faithfully obey the ten commandments; to walk worthy our high calling, to deal justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God; to abhor a lie, to love truth, to do good to man, to have but one God, and to strive habitually to reach that higher understanding of Christian Science contained in the sermon on the Mount, whereby to cast out error and heal the sick. We give no credence to Spiritualism or Mediumship, and object to mesmerism and medicine, never in any case using any ourself.

(See online Met download in upper right for evolution of all six Tenets.)

CHWIP01: 65884 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 ∙ (617) 450-7218 research@mbelibrary.org ∙ www.mbelibrary.org April 1997, revised June 2007

W’s PS#3 – Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 5: 23, 24 (B7):
(Matthew 5, Verse 23). Jesus says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and remember anything your brother has against you.”

That’s a tough self-examination.

(Verse 24). “Don’t even bother giving your gift at the altar, until you’ve reconciled teh difficulty.” How important, then, is the solving of human relationship problems. Does it have any priority? What priority did Jesus give it here? “Don’t even give your talent at the altar until you have solved your human relationship problem.” Do we see it with the same priority? Not generally.
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report by B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS#4—Cobbey Crisler on space being no obstacle to healing in John 4:46-53 (B10)
In John 4:46 we go "back to Cana, and while he was there a nobleman has a sick son at Capernaum."

John 4:47, Sends Jesus to "come heal his son at the point of death."
John 4:48. What is Jesus doing? Does he say, "Right away." He's working with the Father's thought, isn't he? What does he say? "Unless you see signs and wonders, you won’t believe. " The implication is that we trust before we get the result. Remember that is exactly what Jesus illustrated in the raising of Lazarus. Trust that it was already done, complete and finished.

John 4:49, "The nobleman says, Sir, come down ere my child die." The physical proximity of a physician was considered necessary, then as now, to heal.

John 4:50, “Jesus says” instead, “Go thy way; thy son lives".
John 4:50, "The man trusted sufficiently in what Jesus said and went his way."

It's a fair walk from what has been thought to be the location of Cana to Capernaum. You can imagine what has been going on in the father’s thought, the anticipation of the event, maybe doubt, and whether he was ever convinced of what Jesus said?

John 4:51, "His servants meet him half way, and they say, Your son lives." Those were the same words Jesus said. The last words Jesus had said are repeated here.

John 4:52. He says to his servant, "Tell me, what time exactly did he begin to improve?" Notice, built into the father's thought was that it had to take time or process. What time did he begin to improve? "The servant announcement is, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him, instantly. "

John 4:53. So, the father checked his watch. And he knew it was the same hour that Jesus said, in Verse 50, "Thy son liveth."

What you see there is something that physicists say exists in nature to some degree, namely, action-over-a-distance. Physicists define as part of this action-over-distance what? Light, magnetism, electricity, sound, things like that. Action­over-a-distance. Jesus said humanity better consider another candidate for action­ over-a-distance, a candidate that will eventually replace all. Namely, prayer. Prayer-action-over-a-distance.

You didn’t have to be physically near someone to have someone healed. What freedom that announces to mankind if there's no physical prerequisite for healing! Healing can occur regardless of time and space (and time and space are no obstacle to healing), it occurs mentally or in thought. Prayer travels faster than a man could walk from Cana to Capernaum. The healing got there before the father. The healing was there just as Jesus indicated in John 3:13, “No man ascendeth up to heaven except he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." This is how Jesus regarded the son of this nobleman, and then proved his vision.

Do we have any evidence of what Jesus said was the summary of his mission? Proof that angels were ascending and descending on the Son of Man (John 1:51)? In the case of the nobleman's son, it is healing. There is a verification. There is a semeion, or an identifying mark, or feature of Jesus' theology. Completely leaving the old definition of religion for the new, a practical form of theology which brings with it results.”
Book of John: A Walk with the Beloved Disciple by B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS#5 – Cobbey Crisler noting Jesus foretold crucifixion in Matthew 20:18-19 (B11):

(Verses 18, 19). Has Jesus forewarned his disciples according to this gospel’s account that the crucifixion was going to happen? Look at the details, “mock, scourge, crucify: and the third day he shall rise again.”
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report by B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS#6–Cobbey Crisler insight on salvation thru inspiration, not perspiration (Matt 26:2, 36-45, B12):

Chapter 26, (Verse 2). Again what is Jesus telling people? He is going to be crucified…
(Verse 36-45) “His Gethsemane hour he faces.” You have to read every gospel account of Gethsemane to appreciate it. The oil press (Greek meaning of “Gethsemane”), that forced out of Jesus, according to Luke, sweat that looked like drops of blood pouring on the ground.
Jesus was fighting the Adam-myth of man’s origin, where the curse on Adam was, that from the sweat of his brow he would survive. Here Jesus was overcoming that claim on man of perspiration and relying on man’s salvation through inspiration.”

Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report by B. Cobbey Crisler

W’s PS#7—Cobbey Crisler on Acts 10:34-44 (B17)

Prequel in Acts 10, verse 34, begins a lecture or sermon to the first group of Gentiles. And the opening statement that Peter makes is one that could be well considered by every denomination of Christianity today… Here Peter expressed his new view of God, that God is no respecter of persons, that God speaks to receptivity.

…This new view of God, of course, leads to this next question: Should man as well be no respecter of persons? This is a tradition-shattering concept.… Then he begins to explain to Cornelius and the friends and acquaintances of Cornelius, the history of early Christianity. “The beginning of Christianity is traced from Galilee after John’s baptism, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth.” … Of course that word “anointed” immediately identifies Jesus as the Messiah. This is a point that Peter is obviously going to get across to this Gentile audience that would need some instruction in this. (See below, paraphrased)

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
After the Master What? – The Book of Actsby B. Cobbey Crisler

**You can buy your own transcripts and audio recordings of most of Cobbey’s 28 talks at a new website: www.crislerlibrary.co.uk Please email your order or inquiry to office@crislerlibrary.co.uk, or directly to Janet Crisler, at janetcrisler7@gmail.com]

W’s PS#8—The evolution of the Fourth Tenet (S20, page 497:13) as researched and shared by The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Mankind:

FOURTH TENET (part a)

(Note: The first part of the fourth tenet first appeared in the 1887 Tenets. The next page of this study charts the development of the second part of the fourth tenet [beginning with “and we acknowledge that man...”].)

Current edition

4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.

1887 “Tenets to be Signed by those Uniting ...”

Second. -- We acknowledge one Father, Son and Holy Ghost, -- one God, the brotherhood of man, and Divine Science. And the forgiveness of sin, which is the destruction of sin. And the atonement of Christ, which is the efficacy of Truth and Life. And the way of salvation marked out by Jesus, which is healing the sick, casting out devils [evils], and raising the dead, -- uplifting a dead faith into Life and Love.

Fourth tenet (part a -- continued)
1892 (from “Church Tenets and Rules”)

2. We acknowledge and adore one Supreme God. We acknowledge His Son, the Holy Ghost, and man in His image and likeness. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin, and His present and future punishment

of “whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” We acknowledge the atonement of Christ, as the efficacy of Truth and Love. And the way of Salvation as demonstrated by Jesus casting out evils, healing the sick, and raising the dead, -- resurrecting a dead faith to seize the great possibilities and living energies of the Divine Life.

1893 (from “Church Tenets and Rules”)

3. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin; and His punishment of “whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” We acknowledge the atonement as the efficacy and evidence of Divine Love, of man’s unity with God, and of the great merits of the Way-shower.

81st edition

(1894)

4. We acknowledge the atonement as the efficacy, and evidence of divine Love, of man’s unity with God, and the great merits of the Way-shower.

251st edition

(1902)

4. We acknowledge Christ’s atonement as the evidence of divine and efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Jesus Christ the Wayshower.

389th edition

(1906)

4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Wayshower, and that man is saved through Christ, Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.

FOURTH TENET (Part b)

(Note: Unlike the first part of this tenet, the second part of the fourth tenet first appeared in 1879. From the 81st edition to the 388th edition of Science and Health, the second part of the fourth tenet beginning with “and we acknowledge that man....,” was part of the fifth tenet.)

Current edition

4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.

Fourth tenet (part b -- continued)
1879 “Tenets and Covenant”

2d. -- We rest our hope and Faith on God, the only Life, Truth and Love, depending for salvation not on the person of God, but on the understanding of the Principle or Spirit that is God, and the demonstration of this Spirit or Principle according to those commands of our Master, “Go

ye into all the world, preach the Gospel, heal the sick, and

these signs shall follow them that believe” (understand).

“They shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.”

1887 “Tenets to be Signed by those Uniting ...”

Second. -- We acknowledge one Father, Son and Holy Ghost, -- one God, the brotherhood of man, and Divine Science. And the forgiveness of sin, which is the destruction of sin. And the atonement of Christ, which is the efficacy of Truth and Life. And the way of salvation marked out by Jesus, which is healing the sick, casting out devils [evils], and raising the dead, -- uplifting a dead faith into Life and Love.

1892 (from “Church Tenets and Rules”)

2. We acknowledge and adore one Supreme God. We acknowledge His Son, the Holy Ghost, and man in His image and likeness. We acknowledge God’s forgiveness of sin, in the destruction of sin, and His present and future punishment of “whatsoever worketh abomination or maketh a lie.” We acknowledge the atonement of Christ, as the efficacy of Truth and Love. And the way of Salvation as demonstrated by Jesus casting out evils, healing the sick, and raising the dead, -- resurrecting a dead faith to seize the great possibilities and living energies of the Divine Life.

1893 (from “Church Tenets and Rules”)

4. We acknowledge the way of Salvation, demonstrated by Jesus, as the power of Truth over error, sin, sickness and death; and the resurrection of human faith to seize the great possibilities and living energies of the Divine Life.

81st edition

(1894)

5. We acknowledge the way of Salvation demonstrated by Jesus, to be the power of Truth over all error, sin, sickness, and death; and the resurrection of human faith to seize the great possibilities and living energies of divine Life.

179th edition

(1900)

5. Universal Salvation as demonstrated by Jesus, the Galilean prophet, in the power of Truth over all error, sin, sickness, and death; and the resurrection of human faith and understanding to seize the great possibilities and living energies of the divine Life.

Fourth tenet (part a -- continued)
251st edition

(1902)

5. We acknowledge that man is saved through Christ

-- through divine Truth, Life, and Love, as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in the healing of the sick and the overcoming of sin and death. Also, that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection were designed to elevate human faith and understanding to the spiritual perception of the eternal existence of the good and the real in man.

389th edition

(1906)

4. We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Wayshower, and that man is saved through Christ, Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet healing the sick and overcoming sin and death.

April 1997, revised June 2007

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