First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge

Wednesday Meeting Readings

Real identity
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Bible
  1. Gen. 1:26, 27

    26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

    27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

  2. Gen. 3:9, 10, 22-24

    9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

    10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    22And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

    23Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

    24So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

  3. Jer. 18:1-6

    1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

    2Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

    3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

    4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

    5Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

    6O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

  4. Ps. 8:1, 3-6

    1O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

    ... 3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

    4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

    5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

    6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

  5. Luke 17:11-21 it

    11it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

    12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:

    13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

    14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.

    15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,

    16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

    17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?

    18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.

    19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

    20And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

    21Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

  6. Heb. 2:1 we, 6-8 What (to 2nd .)

    1we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

    6 ... What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

    7Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

    8Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him.

  7. Isa. 42:1 (to :), 4 (to :), 5-8, 16

    1Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him:

    ... 4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth:

    5Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

    6I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

    7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

    8I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

    ... 16And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

  8. Col. 3:1, 2, 3 and, 4, 17 whatsoever

    1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

    2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

    3 ... and your life is hid with Christ in God.

    4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    17 ... whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
  1. SH 70:12-2 (to 1st .)

    12    The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a blade Real and unreal identityof grass to a star, as distinct and eternal. The questions are: What are God’s identities? 15What is Soul? Does life or soul exist in the thing formed?


    71:1    Nothing is real and eternal, — nothing is Spirit, — but God and His idea.

  2. SH 71:7

    Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, 9which forms only reflect.

  3. SH 172:23-24

        What is man? Brain, heart, blood, bones, etc., the 24material structure?

  4. SH 216:28

        When you say, “Man’s body is material,” I say with Paul: Be “willing rather to be absent from the body, 30Personal identityand to be present with the Lord.” Give up your material belief of mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its 217 217:1own likeness. The loss of man’s identity through the understanding which Science confers is impossible; and 3the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of harmony.

  5. SH 173:6-14, 20, 26

    6    When the supposition, that Spirit is within what it Individualizationcreates and the potter is subject to the clay, is individualized, Truth is reduced to the level 9of error, and the sensible is required to be made manifest through the insensible.

        What is termed matter manifests nothing but a material 12mentality. Neither the substance nor the manifestation of Spirit is obtainable through matter. Spirit is positive. Matter is Spirit’s contrary, the absence of Spirit.

    Man is spiritual, individual, and eter-21nal; material structure is mortal.

        Human reason and religion come slowly to the recogni-27tion of spiritual facts, and so continue to call upon matter to remove the error which the human mind alone has created.

  6. SH 287:4, 10-11

    All creations of Spirit are eternal; but creations of matter must return to dust. 6Error supposes man to be both mental and material. Divine Science contradicts this postulate and maintains man’s spiritual identity.

    9In Science, Truth is divine, and the infinite Divine allness God can have no unlikeness.

  7. SH 550:7-10, 12

    God cannot become finite, and be limited within material bounds. 9Spirit cannot become matter, nor can Spirit be developed through its opposite. ... The true sense of being and its eternal perfection should appear now, even as it will hereafter.

  8. SH 261:24-32

    Breaking away from the mutations of time and sense, you will neither lose the solid objects and ends of life nor your own iden-27tity. Fixing your gaze on the realities supernal, you will rise to the spiritual consciousness of being, even as the bird which has burst from the egg and preens its wings for a 30skyward flight.

        We should forget our bodies in remembering good and the human race.

  9. SH 476:32

    Jesus beheld in Science the per-477477:1fect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour 3saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy. 6Man is not a material habitation for Soul; he is himself spiritual. Soul, being Spirit, is seen in nothing imperfect nor material.

  10. SH 281:7-20

        Error presupposes man to be both mind and matter. Divine Science contradicts the corporeal senses, rebukes 9God and His imagemortal belief, and asks: What is the Ego, whence its origin and what its destiny? The Ego-man is the reflection of the Ego-God; the Ego-man 12is the image and likeness of perfect Mind, Spirit, divine Principle.

        The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is 15infinite individuality, which supplies all form and come-liness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.

    18    The mind supposed to exist in matter or beneath a skull bone is a myth, a misconceived sense and false conception as to man and Mind.

  11. SH 302:3-9, 14 let

    3    The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal. The identity of the Identity not lostreal man is not lost, but found through this 6explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and re-mains unchanged. It is impossible that man should lose 9aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his.

    let us remember that 15harmonious and immortal man has existed forever, and Definition of manis always beyond and above the mortal illu-sion of any life, substance, and intelligence 18as existent in matter. This statement is based on fact, not fable. The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, 21of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called 24laws of matter.

  12. SH 331:18-24 God

    18God is individual, incorporeal. He is divine Prin-ciple, Love, the universal cause, the only creator, and The universal causethere is no other self-existence. He is all-21inclusive, and is reflected by all that is real and eternal and by nothing else. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and in-24dividuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind.

  13. SH 317:16-20

        The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of 18matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and en-ables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.

  14. SH 264:32-15

        The universe of Spirit is peopled with spiritual beings, 265 265:1and its government is divine Science. Man is the off-spring, not of the lowest, but of the highest qualities of 3Godward gravitationMind. Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, 6their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality 9may be put off.

        This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity 12 and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man en-larged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent 15peace.

From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 324: “Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee”
Hymn 475: “Forget not who you are, O child of God”
Hymn 329: “The heavens declare the glory Of Him who made all things”