Wednesday Readings: Christmas Angels

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the Nov. December 22, 2010 Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, OH. After the readings, those attending the meeting are encouraged to share proofs of God's care.  All are lovingly invited to attend the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings at our church.

The Bible


Gal. 4:4 when

when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

Matt. 24:31
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.  

Luke 1:5-13,18-24 (to 1st ,)
There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.  And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.  And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.  And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, According to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.  And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.  And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.  

And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this?  for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.  And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.  And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.  And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.  And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.  And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived,

Luke 1:26-47,56,57,62-64

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.  For with God nothing shall be impossible.  And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.  And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.  

And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.  Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.  

And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called.  And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.  And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God.  

Matt 1:18-22,24

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

Ex. 23:20
Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.  

Luke 2:1,3-15
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.  

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.  

Luke 2:39,40
And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

SH 581:4-7

  ANGELS.  God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality.

SH 298:25-299:1; 299:7
  Angels are not etherealized human beings, evolving animal qualities in their wings; but they are celestial visitants, flying on spiritual, not material, pinions.  Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with Truth and Love, no matter what their individualism may be.  Human conjecture confers upon angels its own forms of thought, marked with superstitious out-lines, making them human creatures with suggestive feathers; but this is only fancy.

  My angels are exalted thoughts, appearing at the door of some sepulchre, in which human belief has buried its fondest earthly hopes.  With white fin-gers they point upward to a new and glorified trust, to higher ideals of life and its joys.  Angels are God's representatives.  These upward-soaring beings never lead towards self, sin, or materiality, but guide to the divine Principle of all good, whither every real individuality, image, or likeness of God, gathers.  By giving earnest heed to these spiritual guides they tarry with us, and we entertain "angels unawares."

SH 286:21-22
  God's thoughts are perfect and eternal, are substance and Life.

506:18
  Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts, even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.  

SH 514:14-19
In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to "the cattle upon a thousand hills."  They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose.  Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit.

SH 512:8
  Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love.  These angels of His presence, which have the holiest charge, abound in the spiritual atmosphere of Mind, and consequently reproduce their own characteristics.  Their individual forms we know not, but we do know that their natures are allied to God's nature; and spiritual blessings, thus typified, are the externalized, yet subjective, states of faith and spiritual understanding.  

SH 88:9-10
  How are veritable ideas to be distinguished from illusions?

SH 337:24-26
Eternal things (verities) are God's thoughts as they exist in the spiritual realm of the real.

SH 513:26
  God creates all forms of reality.  His thoughts are spiritual realities.  So-called mortal mind--being non-existent and consequently not within the range of immortal existence--could not by simulating deific power invert the divine creation, and afterwards recreate persons or things upon its own plane, since nothing exists beyond the range of all-inclusive infinity, in which and of which God is the sole creator.  Mind, joyous in strength, dwells in the realm of Mind.  Mind's infinite ideas run and disport themselves.  In humility they climb the heights of holiness.  

SH 258:21
The human capacities are enlarged and perfected in proportion as humanity gains the true conception of man and God.  

SH 315:24-26
The divine conception of Jesus pointed to this truth and presented an illustration of creation.

SH 30:5-8
  Born of a woman, Jesus' advent in the flesh partook partly of Mary's earthly condition, although he was endowed with the Christ, the divine Spirit, without measure.

SH 85:2-9

It is the illumination of the spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material sense.  This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the divine Mind.  
  Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil.

SH 29:20-26
  The illumination of Mary's spiritual sense put to silence material law and its order of generation, and brought forth her child by the revelation of Truth, demonstrating God as the Father of men.  The Holy Ghost, or divine Spirit, overshadowed the pure sense of the Virgin-mother with the full recognition that being is Spirit.

SH 482:19-22,23
Jesus was the highest human concept of the perfect man.  He was inseparable from Christ, the Messiah,--the divine idea of God outside the flesh.

Angels announced to the Wisemen of old this dual appearing, and angels whisper it, through faith, to the hungering heart in every age.  

SH 95:25
Is the wise man of to-day believed, when he beholds the light which heralds Christ's eternal dawn and describes its effulgence?  

SH 86:13-17
  Mortals evolve images of thought.  These may appear to the ignorant to be apparitions; but they are mysterious only because it is unusual to see thoughts, though we can always feel their influence.

SH 315:11
  The opposite and false views of the people hid from their sense Christ's sonship with God.  They could not discern his spiritual existence.  Their carnal minds were at enmity with it.  Their thoughts were filled with mortal error, instead of with God's spiritual idea as presented by Christ Jesus.  The likeness of God we lose sight of through sin, which beclouds the spiritual sense of Truth; and we realize this likeness only when we subdue sin and prove man's heritage, the liberty of the sons of God.  

SH 260:7
  The conceptions of mortal, erring thought must give way to the ideal of all that is perfect and eternal.  Through many generations human beliefs will be attaining diviner conceptions, and the immortal and perfect model of God's creation will finally be seen as the only true conception of being.  

SH 174:9-14
  The footsteps of thought, rising above material standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence--the spiritual intuitions that tell us when "the night is far spent, the day is at hand"--are our guardians in the gloom.

SH 84:28-30
  All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God, divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science.

547:28
Inspired thought relinquishes a material, sensual, and mortal theory of the universe, and adopts the spiritual and immortal.  

SH 323:10
Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.  

SH 548:15
This is the new birth going on hourly, by which men may entertain angels, the true ideas of God, the spiritual sense of being.  

SH 224:25-27
Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?

SH 571:12 (only)
If so, listen and be wise.

Hymn 414  
 
 
 Hymn 158, 159, 11
 

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