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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #7

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: What is “Life, Truth, Love”?

Answer: You have learned in other lessons about these names for God, and what they tell us about God’s nature. But in our textbook, these three names are often grouped together. And when they are, these three aspects of God form a special relationship, which is called the
Trinity. The Trinity is generally known to the world as “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”

The concept of the Trinity is from the Bible. Jesus told his disciples:

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  (Matt. 28:19)

While other religions have their explanations of the Trinity, Mary Baker Eddy teaches it in this way:

“Life, Truth, and Love constitute the triune Person called God, — that is, the triply divine Principle, Love. They represent a trinity in unity, three in one, — the same in essence, though multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy
Comforter. These three
express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the infinite.
They also
indicate the divine Principle of scientific being, the intelligent relation of God to man
and the universe.” (S&H 331:26)

From now on, when you see “Life, Truth, and Love” in the textbook, you will know them as a “trinity in unity.”

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #6

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: Does man reflect God’s glory?

Answer: All that man reflects finds its source, or cause, in God. Therefore, whatever man seems to achieve that is good or glorious, is made possible because of God. The Bible tells us:

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  (Matt. 5:16)

“Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he
understandeth and knoweth me.” 
(Jer. 9:23, 24)

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31)

We also learn in Christian Science:

“The glory of human life is in overcoming sickness, sin, and death. Jesus suffered for all mortals to bring in this glory.” (No 33:23-25)

“Man and woman as coexistent and eternal with God forever reflect, in glorified quality, the infinite Father-Mother God.” (S&H 516:21)

Man reflects God’s glory, and we should remember this when we are tempted to be overly proud of personal achievements, or sad about so-called failures.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #5

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: What is meant by God’s “glory”?

Answer: Glory has several meanings. When speaking of God, glory is the great praise and honor due to God, as well as being His awesome beauty, splendor, magnificence, and majesty. We could say that glory is the radiant light of God’s attributes, or qualities, which causes man to praise and adore Him.

“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
(Ps. 29:2)

“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” (Isa. 42:8)

When Jesus was born the shepherds saw the angels in the sky glorifying God:

“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 man.” (Luke 2: 13, 14)

Mary Baker Eddy writes of the light of God’s glory:

“In divine Science, God is recognized as the only power, presence, and glory.” (No 20:21)

“I am Spirit . . . The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, imperishable glory, — all are Mine, for I am God.” (S&H 252:32-4)

“The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space. That is enough!” (S&H 520:3-5)

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #4

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: Since God is “all-power,” what does that mean for his image, man?

Answer: There is no power in mortal man, but spiritual man, of course, reflects God’s
omnipotence. For instance, strength is not in muscle or human intellect, but is reflected power from God, expressed in man. Our power to heal, to govern ourselves, to have
dominion over all earthly beliefs, is from God:

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
(II Tim. 1:7)

“The highest earthly representative of God, speaking of human ability to reflect the divine power, prophetically said to his disciples, speaking not for their day only but for all time: ‘He that believeth
on me, the works that I do shall he do also;’ and ‘These signs shall follow them that believe.’”
(S&H 52:23)

In order to utilize God’s power, however, we must live in obedience to Him.

“Obedience to Truth gives man power and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.” (S&H 183:23)

“The good you do and embody gives you the only power obtainable.” (S&H 192:23-24)

“Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.”
(S&H 192:30-31)

The only true power is good!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #3

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: What does it mean that God is “all-power”?

Answer: If you look up the word power in the dictionary, you will find many descriptions of what power is: the ability to rule and govern others; strength; endurance; influence, and so on. These are the qualities that describe God’s power, which the Bible tells us is great!

“Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.” (Ps. 147:5)

“The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual power over material.” (S&H 131:10)

One of the unique teachings of Christian Science is that because God is all-power, or
omnipotent,
evil has no power at all.

“That evil or matter has neither intelligence nor power, is the doctrine of absolute Christian
Science, and this is
the great truth which strips all disguise from error.” (S&H 454:11)

“There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.” (S&H 228:25-27)

“Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth’s opposite, has no might.” (S&H 367:31-32)

We do not need to fear evil or sin of any kind when we really know that God is all-powerful. We can thank God for His almighty protection when we pray.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #2

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: Since God is infinite, is man also infinite?

Answer: There is nothing infinite about mortal man, the false creation of mortal mind.
Mortal mind is unable to even grasp the concept of infinity. Its mortal man is a false belief
in limitation.

“Finite man cannot be the image and likeness of the infinite God. A mortal, corporeal, or finite
conception of God
cannot embrace the glories of limitless, incorporeal Life and Love.”
(S&H
257:32-3)

“Material sense defines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the infinite.” (S&H 208:2)

However, spiritual man — man made in God’s image and likeness — does reflect infinity, just as he reflects other qualities of God. Mary Baker Eddy tells us:

“Man is more than a material form with a mind inside, which must escape from its environments
in order to be immortal.
Man reflects infinity, and this reflection is the true idea of God. . . . God
expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.” (S&H 258:9-15)

“Immortal man was and is God’s image or idea, even the infinite expression of infinite Mind, and immortal man is coexistent and coeternal with that Mind. He has been forever in the eternal
Mind, God; but infinite Mind can never be in man, but is reflected by man.”  (S&H 336:9-14) 

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – Q&A #1

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.

Question: What does it mean that God is “infinite”?

Answer: We have learned in other lessons that God’s kingdom is everywhere. Infinite is the term used to indicate that “everywhere” has no limits whatsoever. God is omnipresent — all
presence. We read in our textbook:

“He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind. Hence all is Spirit and spiritual.” (S&H 331:22-25)

God’s presence is infinite. God does not just fill all space; all space is within God! That’s
infinity! Because God is infinite, it is impossible for anything unlike God to occupy the same space, as Mary Baker Eddy explains in the following citations:

“God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power.”  (S&H 473:8-10)

“We can have but one Mind, if that one is infinite. We bury the sense of infinitude, when we admit that, although God is infinite, evil has a place in this infinity, for evil can have no place, where all space is filled with God.” (S&H 469:20)

“God is infinite, therefore ever present, and there is no other power nor presence. Hence the
spirituality of the universe is
the only fact of creation.” (S&H 471:18)

God’s power is, indeed, infinite! We can never be without His help.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“For thine is the kingdom . . . ” – For Young Children

“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.”

Jesus taught that God was all-powerful. That means that God is stronger than any one or any thing. He can do anything He wants to do, and no one can stop Him. That is real power! God
rules the world, and His light shines everywhere. This powerful light is the “glory” of God, that will always be here with us, forever and ever. Nothing can hide the light and power of
God. We end our daily prayer with a reminder of these truths about our Father-Mother God. Thanks to the Lord’s Prayer that Jesus gave us, we know more about God. When we pray,
we become aware of God’s kingdom, and power, and glory. We let God’s light shine through us, so others will see God’s Love in action. See how brightly you can shine right now!

“For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.”

Because God is everywhere, or infinite, “there is no spot where God is not!” God is
all-powerful. He does not share His power with the devil, or evil. Because God is all Life,
none of His ideas, including you, can ever really stop living this Life. Because God is all
Truth, there can never be any lies or mistakes that can hide Truth. Because God is all Love, there is no power in hate. There is nothing that hate can do to harm us. We can be brave in the face of sin, sickness, death, error, and hate. God is with us to keep us safe and happy, no matter what the human picture seems to be. We thank God for all that He is. God is forever All, and all is forever in God, good.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake . . . ” – Q&A #8

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Question: How should we respond to people who are persecuting us?

Answer: Jesus told us how: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5)

As followers of Christ Jesus, and students of Christian Science, we must be ready to love those who persecute us for any reason. It is not easy, but we must learn to do it sooner or later.

“To mete out human justice to those who persecute and despitefully use one, is not leaving all
retribution to God and
returning blessing for cursing. If special opportunity for doing good to
one’s enemies occur not, one can include them in his general effort to benefit the race.” (Mis. 11)

“Be patient towards persecution . . . Persecution is the weakness of tyrants engendered by their fear, and love will cast it out.” (My. 191)

“If you have been badly wronged, forgive and forget: God will recompense this wrong, and punish, more severely than you could, him who has striven to injure you.” (Mis. 12)

“At all times and under all circumstances, overcome evil with good. Know thyself, and God will
supply the wisdom
and the occasion for a victory over evil. Clad in the panoply of Love, human
hatred cannot reach you.” (S&H 571)

Practice: Today, clad yourself in Love!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake . . . ” – Q&A #7

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Question: Why must we suffer persecution; is there anything good about it?

Answer: Those who have gone through experiences of persecution have spoken of the lessons learned, and the gain of a new and higher sense of God’s love. Mary Baker Eddy,
for instance, writes of herself:

“All that I have written, taught, or lived, that is good, flowed through cross-bearing, self-
forgetfulness, and
my faith in the right. Suffering or Science, or both, in the proportion that
their instructions are assimilated, will point the way, shorten the process, and consummate
the joys of acquiescence in
the methods of divine Love.” (Mis. 213)

She also writes on persecution:

“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.” (S&H 97)

“Obey Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, even if you suffer for it in the first instance, — are misjudged and maligned; in the second, you will reign with him.” (Mis. 93)

“The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.” (S&H 374)

We can rejoice that angels are with us during times of persecution. They help to lift us up above the false senses.

Practice: Start watching for angel thoughts today. They are our friends!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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