Romans – Freedom from sin, our spiritual warfare

July 1, 2015

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     I hope you have been able to read along with me as we cover more ground in Romans — this week chapters 5 – 8:18 unabridged. Do you remember how last week I was marveling about being part of this larger body of Christ since Sunday’s scriptural selections were so comforting for the Charleston violence? This week I think the One Mind is connecting us to other Christian Science churches. My topic for today is “Romans – Freedom from sin, our spiritual warfare.” The readings from 17th Church in Chicago for today are “Whose battle is it?” How cool is that!
     In citing Romans, Chapter 8, Mary Baker Eddy wrote:
Because of human misstatement and misconception of God
and man, of the divine Principle and idea of being, there
seems to be a war between the flesh and Spirit, a contest
between Truth and error; but the apostle says, “There
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit.”
    On our subject, St. Paul first reasons upon the basis
of what is seen, the effects of Truth on the material senses;
thence, up to the unseen, the testimony of spiritual sense;
and right there he leaves the subject.
    Just there, in the intermediate line of thought, is where
the present writer found it, when she discovered Christian
Science. And she has not left it, but continues the ex‐
planation of the power of Spirit up to its infinite meaning,
its allness. The recognition of this power came to her
through a spiritual sense of the real, and of the unreal
or mortal sense of things; not that there is, or can
be, an actual change in the realities of being, but
that we can discern more of them.  (Mis. 188)
I had not thought of that before — how Mrs. Eddy recognized that she was picking up where Paul left off.  She also quoted these chapters in Romans several other times in Prose Works which are cited below the Wednesday readings.
Later comment – I had listened to a Madelon Maupin’s talk on Bible Women awhile back, and she mentioned being at the Natural Gallery in London after 9/11. Madelon said that everyone was clustered around Titian’s “Touch me not,”  I think because it showed the process of resurrected thought. This morning I happened to look up the painting on the internet, and then I listened to the art curator explain it which is on the link below:

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/titian-noli-me-tangere

Did you see the two witnesses – the male and the female, the Christ and the Comforter, forming the X?

 

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