Wednesday Readings: The Second Coming of the Christ

Wednesday Readings: The Second Coming of the Christ

The following citations from The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy were read during the Aug. 4, 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. 

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The Bible

Rev 19:10 the testimony
 for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 

John 16:32 I am, 33
I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 

John 17:1 (to 1st ;),4
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come;

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 

John 14:6,16,26
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 

Zech 4:1-3,11-14
And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 

Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?  And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?  And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.  Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. 

Rev 11:3,4
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 

Matt 13:33-35
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 

Jer 31:22 the Lord
the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man. 

Jer 33:14,16
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 

In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness. 

Isa 54:5 (to 2nd ;),6,7,10
For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name;

For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. 

Hag 2:6,7
For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. 

Mic 4:1,2,8
But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 

And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By Mary Baker Eddy

317:1
 Jesus uttered things which had been "secret from the foundation of the world,"--since material knowledge usurped the throne of the creative divine Principle, insisted on the might of matter, the force of falsity, the insignificance of spirit, and proclaimed an anthropomorphic God. 

117:31-9
His parable of the "leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened," impels the inference that the spiritual leaven signifies the Science of Christ and its spiritual interpretation,--an inference far above the merely ecclesiastical and formal applications of the illustration. 
  Did not this parable point a moral with a prophecy, foretelling the second appearing in the flesh of the Christ, Truth, hidden in sacred secrecy from the visible world?

107:1
 In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science.  God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing. 

147:6,24-29
Late in the nineteenth century I demonstrated the divine rules of Christian Science.  They were submitted to the broadest practical test, and everywhere, when honestly applied under circumstances where demonstration was humanly possible, this Science showed that Truth had lost none of its divine and healing efficacy, even though centuries had passed away since Jesus practised these rules on the hills of Judaea and in the valleys of Galilee. 

Our Master healed the sick, practised Christian healing, and taught the generalities of its divine Principle to his students; but he left no definite rule for demonstrating this Principle of healing and preventing disease.  This rule remained to be discovered in Christian Science.

559:32-21 (to 2nd .)
The twelfth chapter of the Apocalypse, or Revelation of St. John, has a special suggestiveness in connection with the nineteenth century.  In the opening of the sixth seal, typical of six thousand years since Adam, the distinctive feature has reference to the present age. 

 "Revelation" xii. 1.  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. 

Heaven represents harmony, and divine Science interprets the Principle of heavenly harmony.  The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man.  This goal is never reached while we hate our neighbor or entertain a false estimate of anyone whom God has appointed to voice His Word.  Again, without a correct sense of its highest visible idea, we can never understand the divine Principle.  The botanist must know the genus and species of a plant in order to classify it correctly.  As it is with things, so is it with persons.

560:24-28,30
Persecution of all who have spoken something new and better of God has not only obscured the light of the ages, but has been fatal to the persecutors. Why?  Because it has hid from them the true idea which has been presented.

Ignorance of the divine idea betrays at once a greater ignorance of the divine Principle of the idea--ignorance of Truth and Love.  The understanding of Truth and Love, the Principle which works out the ends of eternal good and destroys both faith in evil and the practice of evil, leads to the discernment of the divine idea. 

562:3-7
As Elias presented the idea of the fatherhood of God, which Jesus afterwards manifested, so the Revelator completed this figure with woman, typifying the spiritual idea of God's motherhood.

565:18-22
This immaculate idea, represented first by man and, according to the Revelator, last by woman, will baptize with fire; and the fiery baptism will burn up the chaff of error with the fervent heat of Truth and Love, melting and purifying even the gold of human character.

464:21-23
In founding a pathological system of Christianity, the author has labored to expound divine Principle, and not to exalt personality.

463:32
It has been said to the author, "The world is benefited by you, but it feels your influence without seeing you.  Why do you not make yourself more widely known?"  Could her friends know how little time the author has had, in which to make herself outwardly known except through her laborious publications,--and how much time and toil are still required to establish the stately operations of Christian Science,--they would understand why she is so secluded.  Others could not take her place, even if willing so to do. She therefore remains unseen at her post, seeking no self-aggrandizement but praying, watching, and working for the redemption of mankind. 

99:21-22
I love mankind, and shall continue to labor and to endure.

vii:23-2 (to 1st ;)
It is the task of the sturdy pioneer to hew the tall oak and to cut the rough granite.  Future ages must declare what the pioneer has accomplished.   Since the author's discovery of the might of Truth in the treatment of disease as well as of sin, her system has been fully tested and has not been found wanting;

342:16-18
If Christianity is not scientific, and Science is not of God, then there is no invariable law, and truth becomes an accident.

97:29-7
Christianity is again demonstrating the Life that is Truth, and the Truth that is Life, by the apostolic work of casting out error and healing the sick.  Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a new step in Christianity; but the spiritual recompense of the persecuted is assured in the elevation of existence above mortal discord and in the gift of divine Love. 
  The prophet of to-day beholds in the mental horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of the Christianity which heals the sick and destroys error, and no other sign shall be given.

104:3
  When Christian Science and animal magnetism are both comprehended, as they will be at no distant date, it will be seen why the author of this book has been so unjustly persecuted and belied by wolves in sheep's clothing. 

451:2
Christian Scientists must live under the constant pressure of the apostolic command to come out from the material world and be separate.  They must renounce aggression, oppression and the pride of power.  Christianity, with the crown of Love upon her brow, must be their queen of life. 

380:22-28
  Many years ago the author made a spiritual discovery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to prove that the divine Mind produces in man health, harmony, and immortality.  Gradually this evidence will gather momentum and clearness, until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and proof.

570:22-23
In this age the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood.


Hymns 215, 337, 210

 

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