Heb. 11:1, 3, 8-10
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. ...Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. ... By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Rev. 21:16 (to :), 22, 23
And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: ... And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Rev. 21:6, 7
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Gen. 1:26 God, 27
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. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
To himself, mortal and material man seems to be substance, but his sense of substance involves error and therefore is material, temporal.
On the other hand, the immortal, spiritual man is really substantial, and reflects the eternal substance, or Spirit, which mortals hope for. He reflects the divine, which constitutes the only real and eternal entity. This reflection seems to mortal sense transcendental, because the spiritual man’s substantiality transcends mortal vision and is revealed only through divine Science.
As God is substance and man is the divine image and likeness, man should wish for, and in reality has, only the substance of good, the substance of Spirit, not matter.The belief that man has any other substance, or mind, is not spiritual and breaks the First Commandment, Thou shalt have one God, one Mind.
Christian Science separates error from truth, and breathes through the sacred pages the spiritual sense of life, substance, and intelligence. In this Science, we discover man in the image and likeness of God. We see that man has never lost his spiritual estate and his eternal harmony.
The supposition that life, substance, and intelligence are in matter, or of it, is an error.
O Lord, I would delight in Thee,And on Thy care depend;To Thee in every trouble flee,My best, my ever Friend.When all material streams are dried,Thy fullness is the same;May I with this be satisfied,And glory in Thy name.
All good, where’er it may be found,Its source doth find in Thee;I must have all things and abound,While God is God to me.O that I had a stronger faith,To look within the veil,To credit what my Saviour saith,Whose word can never fail.
He that has made my heaven secure,Will here all good provide;While Christ is rich, can I be poor?What can I want beside?O God, I cast my care on Thee;I triumph and adore;Henceforth my great concern shall beTo love and praise Thee more.
Hymn 66, 421
R. Vaughan Williams
SINE NOMINE by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) from the English Hymnal. Licensed by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
From these Thy children gathered in Thy name,From hearts made whole, from lips redeemed from woe,Thy praise, O Father, shall forever flow.Alleluia! Alleluia!
O perfect Life, in Thy completeness held,None can beyond Thy omnipresence stray;Safe in Thy Love, we live and sing alwayAlleluia! Alleluia!
O perfect Mind, reveal Thy likeness true,That higher selfhood which we all must prove,Joy and dominion, love reflecting Love.Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou, Soul, inspiring—give us vision clear,Break earth-bound fetters, sweep away the veil,Show the new heaven and earth that shall prevail.Alleluia! Alleluia!
Hymn 438, 58
Elizabeth C. Adams
Joy Tessman and Scott Martin, arr.
Words Copyright 1932 The Christian Science Board of Directors Music Copyright 1987 The Christian Science Publishing Society.
Father, we Thy loving childrenLift our hearts in joy today,Knowing well that Thou wilt keep usEver in Thy blessed way.Thou art Love and Thou art wisdom,Thou art Life and Thou art All;In Thy Spirit living, moving,We shall neither faint nor fall.
Come we daily then, dear Father,Open hearts and willing hands,Eager ears, expectant, joyful,Ready for Thy right commands.We would hear no other voices,We would heed no other call;Thou alone art good and gracious,Thou our Mind and Thou our All.
In Thy house securely dwelling,Where Thy children live to bless,Seeing only Thy creation,We can share Thy happiness,Share Thy joy and spend it freely.Loyal hearts can feel no fear;We Thy children know Thee, Father,Love and Life forever near.
Father, we Thy loving childrenLift our hearts in joy today,Knowing well that Thou wilt keep usEver in Thy blessed way.
The citations on this page are from The King James Version of The Holy Bible (unless otherwise noted) and from Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The citations are compiled using Concord Online, A Christian Science Study Resource (concordworks.com), copyrighted by The Christian Science Board of Directors.