Life Most Sweet

The following citations from the Bible and Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures were read during the September 2, 2009  Wednesday Testimony Meeting of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. After the readings, members of the congregation share related experiences of how God helps in times of trouble.

 

The Bible

Ps 34:12
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?  

Matt 12:35 (to :)
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things:

Ezra 6:10 (to 1st ,)
That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven,

Ps 37:23,31
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  

The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.  

Prov 3:1-4 forget
forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.  

Eccl 2:26 (to :)
For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy:

Eph 6:8 whatsoever (to 2nd ,)
whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord,

I Pet 4:8 (to :),9,10

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:

Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  

I Cor 13:1,3-8 (to :)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth:

II Cor 8:7,8
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.  I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.  

Eph 5:2 walk
walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  

Isa 52:7,9 (to 3rd ,)  

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  

Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people,

I John 5:20

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Mark 6:34
And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.  

Matt 19:16-19
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  

John 8:51
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  

John 10:24-30
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  I and my Father are one.  

Acts 5:12 (to ;), 16
And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people;

There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.  

Acts 9:36-41
Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.  And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.  And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.  Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.  But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.  And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.  

Rom 8:35,37-39
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Jude 1:21
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  

John 17:3
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy


17:7 (to love)

  And Love is reflected in love^

294:25-26

Man's genuine selfhood is recognizable only in what is good and true.

270:23-24
Meekness and charity have divine authority.

88:18-20
To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine idea; but this idea can never be seen, felt, nor understood through the physical senses.

518:15-19
The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.

246:20-23
Except for the error of measuring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise.

289:31
Man is not the offspring of flesh, but of Spirit,--of Life, not of matter.  Because Life is God, Life must be eternal, self-existent.  Life is the everlasting I AM, the Being who was and is and shall be, whom nothing can erase.  

258:25
Mortals have a very imperfect sense of the spiritual man and of the infinite range of his thought.  To him belongs eternal Life.  Never born and never dying, it were impossible for man, under the government of God in eternal Science, to fall from his high estate.  

264:15
When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.  

76:22-26
The sinless joy,--the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain,--constitutes the only veritable, indestructible man, whose being is spiritual.

25:13-16
Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death.

324:32-7
Jesus said substantially, "He that believeth in me shall not see death."  That is, he who perceives the true idea of Life loses his belief in death.  He who has the true idea of good loses all sense of evil, and by reason of this is being ushered into the undying realities of Spirit.  Such a one abideth in Life,--life obtained not of the body incapable of supporting life, but of Truth, unfolding its own immortal idea.

209:1-2
Man, being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life.

302:3
The material body and mind are temporal, but the real man is spiritual and eternal.  The identity of the real man is not lost, but found through this explanation; for the conscious infinitude of existence and of all identity is thereby discerned and remains unchanged.  It is impossible that man should lose aught that is real, when God is all and eternally his.  The notion that mind is in matter, and that the so-called pleasures and pains, the birth, sin, sickness, and death of matter, are real, is a mortal belief; and this belief is all that will ever be lost.  

303:28-14
Spiritual man is the image or idea of God, an idea which cannot be lost nor separated from its divine Principle.  When the evidence before the material senses yielded to spiritual sense, the apostle declared that nothing could alienate him from God, from the sweet sense and presence of Life and Truth.   It is ignorance and false belief, based on a material sense of things, which hide spiritual beauty and goodness.  Understanding this, Paul said: "Neither death, nor life, . . . nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God."  This is the doctrine of Christian Science:  that divine Love cannot be deprived of its manifestation, or object; that joy cannot be turned into sorrow, for sorrow is not the master of joy; that good can never produce evil; that matter can never produce mind nor life result in death.

468:26 -29 Life
Life is divine Principle, Mind, Soul, Spirit.  Life is without beginning and without end.  Eternity, not time, expresses the thought of Life, and time is no part of eternity.

469:1
Life is neither in nor of matter.  What is termed matter is unknown to Spirit, which includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal.  Matter is a human concept.  Life is divine Mind.  Life is not limited.  Death and finiteness are unknown to Life.  If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.  

428:3-8
Life is real, and death is the illusion.  A demonstration of the facts of Soul in Jesus' way resolves the dark visions of material sense into harmony and immortality.  Man's privilege at this supreme moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death."

200:9-13
Life is, always has been, and ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.

427:5-7,9-16
Man's individual being can no more die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for both are immortal.

The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained.  
Death is but another phase of the dream that existence can be material.  Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science.

386:16-2
A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend's real death would bring.  You think that your anguish is occasioned by your loss.  Another despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and you learn that your suffering was merely the result of your belief.  Thus it is with all sorrow, sickness, and death.  You will learn at length that there is no cause for grief, and divine wisdom will then be understood.  Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth.  
If a Christian Scientist had said, while you were laboring under the influence of the belief of grief, "Your sorrow is without cause," you would not have understood him, although the correctness of the assertion might afterwards be proved to you.  So, when our friends pass from our sight and we lament, that lamentation is needless and causeless.  We shall perceive this to be true when we grow into the understanding of Life, and know that there is no death.

410:4-9
  "This is life eternal," says Jesus,--^is^, not ^shall be^; and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge of his Father and of himself,--the knowledge of Love, Truth, and Life.  "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent."

246:27-28
 Life is eternal.  We should find this out, and begin the demonstration thereof.

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