Bible Study from March 20th, 2021
Death is Swallowed Up in Victory
Click here to play the audio as you read:
Bible Study Questions and Readings
The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation, and would enable us to hold the banner of Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal.
— from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 426
Topic: “Death is swallowed up in victory”
Moderator: Betty from CA.
Bible Readings: I Corinthians 15: 50-58
- What does Paul mean when he says, ”We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed” and “the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed”? (I Cor. 15: 51, 52)
- Why/How must “this corruptible put on incorruption and this mortal put on immortality” (I Cor. 15: 53,54) when it cannot be “inherited”? (I Cor. 15: 50)
- What is meant by the saying, “Death is swallowed up in victory”? (I Cor. 15: 54)
- What does “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law,” mean? (I Cor. 15: 56)
Notes from the Discussion
Article — There Is No Death A letter sent to Herbert Eustace from one of his students.
Article — “Gates of Heaven” from Christian Science Journal , February 1916, by Elizabeth Earl Jones
Click here for complete Hymn: — Hymn 91 From The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition
Article — The New Birth by Mary Baker Eddy
Book — Unity of Good by Mary Baker Eddy
….let us not sow to the flesh, of which we can only reap corruption. . . .the body follows the state of the soul. He, therefore, who neglects the life of the soul, casts away his present good; he who refuses to live to God, squanders all he has.
— by Matthew Henry Commentary, I Cor. 15:50
Corruptible: Subject to decay and destruction.
— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary
Article — A Treatment for Every Day by Mary Baker Eddy
Inherit: To take by succession; to take as a possession, by gift or divine appropriation; as, to inherit everlasting life; to inherit the promises.
— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary
Instead of being bound for the grave, we must know we are on the eternal road of Life that has no sense of death.
from Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 74
“In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.” So we read in Ecclesiastes. This text has been transformed into the popular proverb, “As the tree falls, so it must lie.” As man falleth asleep, so shall he awake. As death findeth mortal man, so shall he be after death, until probation and growth shall effect the needed change.
— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 291
From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,
From mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day;
The dawn of all things real is breaking o’er me,
My heart is singing: I have found the way.
Click here to play the Hymn: — Hymn 64 From The Christian Science Hymnal, 1932 edition
Because the phenomenon of death has divided into many the plane of human experience, it has generally been imagined that in some way it is a door to heaven, harmony. Not only that, but it has been generally accepted by the mass that there is nothing better of human experience possible than the degrading earth spectacle of today, only bearable because of the greater part being hidden from individual sight.
This is utterly untrue. The best men and women of humankind have not been yet seen by us, and never will be until we rise above our present mind level, not by death but through the gates of Life.
The highest plane of human consciousness is but ethereal. That which has been called solid substance is now proved to be not in matter, while matter proves to be merely the ultimate concluding phase of every false material conception of eternal realities.
from Essays and Other Footprints (the “Red Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 57