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Revere (recognize with deep gratitude) the all-power & goodness of Life!

Kerry Jenkins, C.S., House Springs, MO
Posted Monday, January 12th, 2015

[Revere (recognize with deep gratitude) the all-power & goodness of Life!]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

 “Life”

for Sunday, January 18, 2014

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

[Bracketed italics added by CedarS Director, Warren, who’s very grateful for good support already received with more needed at CedarS Giving Tree &  Adopt the Herd Riding Fund.]

Have any of you CedarS friends visited Bennett Springs in [the Ozark Mountains about 11 miles west of] Lebanon, Missouri? It is an astonishing natural spring, (the headwaters of the Niangua River), that pours out over 100 million gallons of water per day. I had never seen a spring quite that voluminous until a couple of years ago when I took my two younger boys to camp there so that we could watch Huck, our oldest son, at the CedarS horse show on Friday and take him home on Saturday. It is an astonishing sight! Springs are a marvel. They continuously pour forth water, largely regardless of drought or just plain dry climate. No wonder the Bible compares springs, or “fountains”, to eternal life. Keeping in mind the climate in the Bible lands, one that is pretty much desert-like, a spring would be a valuable commodity indeed, capable of sustaining quite a bit of life. Our Golden Text this week tells us that one way to define a “fountain of life” is as “reverence for the Lord”. When we look to God for our wisdom, guidance, understanding of reality (which is wholly spiritual), we find that eternal fountain or spring of life. And we know, from previous study of the Bible, that the fountain here referred to, would not be one that sends forth “sweet water and bitter”! This would be a fountain that only produces good, is wholly unmixed—pure Spirit and Spirit's expression.

Learning about God as Life and Christ as Life's highest expression, we learn about man's immortality. “Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth.” Before this material sense of creation, man, as spiritual idea already existed. As such, we are His daily “delight”. These ideas from the Responsive Reading set us on a course to discover what eternal life consists of and where it dwells. Follow those paths and ways of righteousness and judgment, search through the lessons given to us in the Bible, the Commandments and the Beatitudes in particular, for how we must live full and truly spiritual lives.

Section 1: What and where is Life?
“Is not God in the height of heaven?” (B1)  To understand God we have to stretch our consciousness beyond matter, even to the most inspired heights. We cannot understand God/Life, or Her creation by looking deeper into matter. Her creation is full of life, it is animated, it is expressed individually (through Spirit), and with specific identity (reflecting Soul), and it behaves according to divine law, expressing Principle. These other synonyms for Life give color and identity to creation. They make our understanding of man more vivid and truly lively. The color and substance of the true creation become clearer to us as we give up our “misapprehension of existence” as a material one (S3).

Section 2: Understanding eternal Christ helps us glimpse immortality.
It is important not to confuse immortality with endless material existence. Material existence is a false human concept of life. It isn't real or substantial, even though it may seem very real to us. There never has been life within matter. The good thing about knowing this is that we are then free to embrace the fact that there can never be death in matter either. Something that never lived cannot die! That fountain of life doesn't include material life and death. God says in citation B5, “I AM That I AM”. This is a declaration of true existence! And while the law here is contrasted in citation B6 with the grace and truth that came with Jesus Christ, it is also clear through Jesus' teachings, that the law is essential to finding eternal life in God. Jesus used that law, enveloped in deep compassion and love for humanity and for God, to bring to life the young man, the “only son” of the widow in citation B9. This “only”, unique and individual expression of Life was revived by Jesus who understood that God's ideas are eternal spiritual reflections of Life. We learn in citation S14 that “...all the phenomena of existence” are included in Jesus' statement about never seeing death (B8). In other words, gaining a true understanding of Life has a practical application in our present experience. This does not mean that we get to have a continuous material existence, rather does it lead us to the state of consciousness where mortality disappears, where there is no death.

Section 3: Eternity vs. time.
I love this thought about time and eternity: Eternity is not a really long time! Citation S15 tells us “Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity. One ceases in proportion as the other is recognized.” And citation B12 tells us that eternal life comes through Jesus Christ—not through eternal material existence or time. In thinking about citation B13, I have been struck by the thought that perhaps one reason Jesus rebukes the man for calling him “good” here, is that he is claiming his identity, unique though it may be, as being united with Life/God. Our true selfhood springs from Spirit, and can never descend into matter. As such, it must be eternally with God, all good that it possesses coming from God-Life.

Section 4: True identity resides in Spirit.
Citation B15 turns us to living spiritually, in true spiritual reality. Spiritual living is at hand, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (B16)  The story of Eutychus being raised from the dead here highlights this thought of the kingdom of God within. This could not be a “place” resident in matter! When we are consciously residing in that Kingdom we are subject only to the laws of God, not matter, not gravity, or exhaustion. Mrs. Eddy makes it so clear in citation S19 that we have to master “...the belief that existence is contingent in matter”, and that we have to master this belief through Science, through the Christ, Truth. There is nothing that can “...end the existence of man in Science.”

Section 5: Life unlimited by matter.
Not like we haven't made this point, but God, Life, can never be contained in matter! Eternity and infinity can never be found within the limitation of matter. We cannot judge existence based on material sense, which is necessarily dependent on matter for its evidence. That would be like going to an inveterate liar for all our news (and then accepting it as true!). Our consciousness and our individuality have their source in God, in Life, not in matter (S27). [Mary Baker Eddy categorically states the nothingness of the lie of life in matter in her “Scientific Statement of Being” that she connects to Paul’s statement in Acts 17:28 (citation B-18).  See P.S. #2.] 
It could be interesting to ask ourselves how we materialize/limit God. Do we think of God as a really powerful person that judges our actions and decisions? Do we think of God as a “someone” who can be pleaded with to heal us or change something for the better in our lives? These are material views of God, who knows all need and has supplied it with more than adequacy. She has given us abundance. The infinitude of Her power and presence is most eloquently stated in Ps.139 (B19).

Section 6: Infinitely more than 100 million gallons per day...
We are back to the reverence that we need to experience that fountain of life that is mentioned in the Golden Text. Reverence is a recognition of, and deep gratitude for, the power and goodness of God, of Life itself. Understanding the majesty and glory of God, the infinite and eternal dimension of Life—we declare and rejoice in this glory through living spiritually. Like a fountain, or spring, divine Life is pouring out the infinite truth that man is an eternal, spiritual being. Living reverent lives is living spiritually and eternally. This is living in Life, where, let's face it, we were “...set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.” (Prov. 8:23—RR).


[Warren’s P.S. #1 on citation B9: Click the Download link at the upper right of CedarS web version of this Met to download a pdf copy of Cobbey Crisler’s commentary on Jesus raising the widow’s son at Nain, Luke 7:11-16.]

[Warren's P.S. #2 on citation B-18, Acts 17:28: Mary Baker Eddy challenges us to “struggle” to daily apply and demonstrate Paul’s words to the Athenians in citation B18 while wonderfully connecting them to her “Scientific Statement of Being”.  "St. Paul said to the Athenians, "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being." This statement is in substance identical with my own: "There is no life, truth, substance, nor intelligence in matter." It is quite clear that as yet this grandest verity has not been fully demonstrated, but it is nevertheless true. If Christian Science reiterates St. Paul's teaching, we, as Christian Scientists, should give to the world convincing proof of the validity of this scientific statement of being. Having perceived, in advance of others, this scientific fact, we owe to ourselves and to the world a struggle for its demonstration." (Retrospection and Introspection, Mary Baker Eddy, 93:17-94:3)]


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[Additional Director's Note: You can sign up to have these application ideas emailed to you free – by Monday each week in English; or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION: in German, thanks to Manfred and Jeanette; or in Spanish, thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio, or in Portuguese, thanks to helpers of Orlando Trentini in Brazil. A voluntary French translation by Rodger Glokpor, a Christian Scientist from Togo (West Africa) has been contributed in the past. Thank you, Rodger and all translators! Go to http://www.cedarscamps.org/and click "Newsletters" to sign-up for a free translation into these languages. This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 14-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians. (Ask and look for "Possible Sunday School Topics "and "Possible Younger Class Lessons" in emails to follow.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "Mets "and Sunday School ideas are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way serve as a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly and in a variety of useful formats as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-26) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-32). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist. The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one. We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]

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