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Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
This passage, found in this week’s Bible Lesson, caught my attention. (I’ve been reminded recently that a really important part of being a Christian is continually getting to know more about God’s identity… so any passages that offer clues on what to look for, like this one, have stuck out.)
In preparing for tomorrow’s service—and maybe as a little warm-up for the Christmas season—I thought I’d share a simple idea that expanded my thought about this passage…
So: “every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.”
It seems to me like a literal statement of the words “Jesus Christ is come in the flesh!” is definitely a part of this. But it occurred to me that this concept is broader than a declaration of that phrase alone.
That is: if any spirit (could be a thought, statement, action, expression, or something else) corroborates the act and essence of Christ Jesus’ coming on earth, then it’s from God. If it opposes that experience, then it isn’t.
Which is awesome, as it gives us a whole lot more to be watching for! Anything aligned with Jesus’ essential mission—so, for instance, anything that affirms unending life, permanent health, deep & unconditional love, unhindered expression of Soul, a fixed and replicable law of good—would be “of God.”
In addition, this scriptural passage also makes it vital that we acknowledge, or “confess,” the actuality of Jesus’ mission. That is, that his life and words weren’t just a collection of feel-good ideas, meant to soothe, and nothing more… but that through walking the earth and doing everything that’s written about him (i.e. proving it possible), he gave humanity a taste of eternal life.
To me, this was an exciting new idea. My hope is that that sharing it helps someone else, too.
And tomorrow, you’re welcome to listen to the sermon that contains this 1 John scripture, as well as many others—and correlated passages by Mary Baker Eddy—on the topic “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced.” Everyone’s invited to come enjoy the ideas and the love. You can catch us on the phone, too (details below).
All love to you, and more & more of that spirit that confesses Christ Jesus…
Christa & the C.S. Society of JP
Details about tomorrow’s service:
@ Eastern Bank Community Room. 687 Centre St, Jamaica Plain (map).
(605) 475-4000 x.636128 – for remote attendees
10:35am – 11:35am-ish, EST
-An hour of singing, contemplative prayer, readings from the Bible and Science and Health, and pure Love.