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Created by a Christian Scientist for Christian Scientists, it is also known as metaphysical art. This astonishing art involves the interaction of the art investor with the artist. Following the artist’s simple instructions, the investor develops the primary design from one metaphysical theme, and chooses the colors.
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THE CONCEPT OF SEVEN
The Concept of Seven is an incredibly important one, especially for Christian Scientists. Because we base our teachings in part on the Genesis 1 account of creation rather than the Adam and Eve dream account, we know that God created man and the universe spiritually, and that His work is finished, complete and perfect. This is key to understanding the Concept of Seven. Completeness and Perfection are two of the spiritual meanings of the number seven in Scripture. This is true universally about this symbol. Two more meanings are Allness, and unique to Christian Science, the Seven Synonyms.
In researching citations to include in this blog, it became clear that hidden behind the words/text containing this Number Concept was a truth about God and His creation. But it could only be seen spiritually, through the lens of Christian Science. The Concept of Seven points out the Allness, perfection, completeness of God and His creation, turning our view away from the literal to the spiritual.
It’s important to reiterate that all the number concepts, the Concept of Seven in particular, are symbols with spiritual meanings. Search “seven” in Concord, and up comes page after page of sevens paired with a variety of objects and actions. Taken literally, they don’t mean too much to us and are often puzzling. Taken spiritually, they are often enlightening and uplifting.
~ PART ONE ~
A. EXAMPLES OF SEVEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Some of the listings of seven in the Bible, some of which appear in our Bible Lessons are included below, as well as what Mrs. Eddy has written about them:
A – 1 7 days of creation (Gen 1): perfection, completeness and allness of God’s creation of man and the universe.
The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time. These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus. (SH 520:10)
A – 2 7 days repeated in the story of Noah and the ark (Gen. 8): complete protection
A – 3 7 kine (cows) and ears of corn in Pharoah’s dream (Gen. 41:15-36) interpreted by Joseph as types of years: his spiritual sense saved his life, Egypt, his estranged family, and others!
A – 4 7 priests, 7 trumpets, 7 days in the story of Joshua and Jericho (Josh. 6:1-16): the ever present allness of God delivers and saves.
They went seven times around these walls, the seven times corresponding to the seven days of creation: the six days are to find out the nothingness of matter; the seventh is the day of rest, when it is found that evil is naught and good is all. (Mis. 279:16)
A – 5 Naaman dipping himself 7 times in the river Jordan: complete healing of pride and disease; revelation that God is everywhere, All. (II Kings 5:1-15)
A – 6 Shunamite’s son sneezed 7 times: full restoration to life; complete revelation of ever-present Life. (II Kings 4:35)
B. NEW TESTAMENT – REVELATION
John’s book of Revelation is filled with symbols in sevens, all of which are to be interpreted spiritually. Mrs. Eddy interprets some of these with such terms as: sum total, full diapason, myriad illusions, full compensation, full number of days, complete time or number.
B – 1 Seven churches (Rev. 1:20):
He (the Revelator) goes on to portray seven churches, the full number of days named in the creation, which signifies a complete time or number of whatever is spoken of in the Scriptures. (’00 13:6)
B – 2 Seven seals (Rev. 5:1, 5): of error which Truth opens:
Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death. (SH 572:12-17)
B – 3 Seven thunders (Rev. 10:3,4):
It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the “seven thunders” of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. (SH 559:12-14)
B – 4 Great red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns (Rev. 12:3):
This dragon stands for the sum total of human error. The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken. (SH 563:10)
B – 5 Seven angels, seven vials, seven last plagues (Rev. 21:9):
…sum total of human misery …has full compensation in the law of Love. (SH 574:16-19)
C. SEVEN SYNONYMS
C – 1 As with all the six previous number concepts on this blog, there is a pattern of words, seven this time, embedded in a verse or sentence. This number concept should be very easy for a Christian Scientist to grasp. The Seven Synonyms together represent God’s Allness and completeness and perfection.
C – 2 Mrs. Eddy uses this number concept to clearly define God by the seven divine synonyms.
God: 1 Divine Principle, 2 Life, 3 Truth, 4 Love, 5 Soul, 6 Spirit, 7 Mind. (SH 115:13-14)
C – 3 In their textbook it is clearly stated that God is divine Principle and that His synonyms are 1 Love, 2 Truth, 3 Life, 4 Spirit, 5 Mind, 6 Soul, which combine as one. The divine 7 Principle includes them all. (My. 225:22-30)
C – 4 Part of the fun in applying this concept to a passage is to decide which attribute best applies: Allness, completeness, perfection or the seven synonyms. Of course, with God, the first three apply at the same time. They are identified as Life, Truth, Love − or LTLv – that is God.
Allness = Life
Completeness = Truth
Perfection = Love
C – 5 Spirit is similar to Life, Mind aligns with Truth, Soul with Love, and Principle covers them all. This is the All-in-all of God. Mrs. Eddy confirms this line of reasoning when she refers to three qualities as the seven-fold shield. This shield is the seven synonyms collectively:
What holds us to the Christian life is the seven-fold shield of honesty, purity, and unselfed love. (My. 200:17-19)
Honesty = Truth (Mind)
Purity = Life (Spirit)
Love = Love (Soul
Holds = And Principle covers them all. All seven are inseparable!
D. IDENTIFYING THE SYNONYMS
D – 1 Further relating the Concept of Seven to the divine synonyms, also the marginal heading, Mrs. Eddy writes:
All 1 substance, 2 intelligence, 3 wisdom, 4 being, 5 immortality, 6 cause, and 7 effect belong to God. (SH 275:14-15)
D – 2 Each one of these attributes should pair with one of the seven synonyms. A good way to this pairing is by using Concord or a concordance to see how Mrs. Eddy uses these words. Most will be identified easily this way, although one may find that a couple are not so obvious. Sometimes the one that seems to be the hardest to identify becomes the easiest when all the others are matched up.
Substance = Soul SH 468:21; 280: 11-15
Intelligence = Truth SH 282:26; 467:32
Wisdom = Mind SH 205:32; 283:6-7
Being = Spirit SH 63:9; 264:20
Immortality = Life SH 487: 27
Cause = Principle SH 262:30; Mis. 217:2
Effect = Love This one is obvious, being the last one. Also, the SCA shows repeatedly that with the Concept of Two, Cause and Effect, Truth and Love, Love is always the Effect.
D – 3 See how helpful and illuminating the SCA is? The seven attributes may have signaled God to the reader, but now one can discover how they also align with Mrs. Eddy’s usage of them in the textbook. Isn’t this exciting to realize? After doing this exercise with other groups of seven words, one develops a more accurate understanding of each synonym, and is, therefore, able to apply them with precision in one’s own identification and treatment work.
D – 4 Here is another entry of seven qualities under the Marginal Heading of “Perfect models”:
Let 1 unselfishness, 2 goodness, 3 mercy, 4 justice, 5 health, 6 holiness, 7 love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear. (248:29)
This time these seven pertain to the kingdom of heaven and its perfection. The Marginal heading “Perfect models” gives this away! And being seven, they align with the seven synonyms. Where is this heaven? In consciousness, as are these qualities which we reflect from God.
Because of Mrs. Eddy’s precise, orderly, and consistently logical writing, we should be able to match each of these qualities with one of the seven synonyms. Doing so hones one’s discernment of each. Mrs. Eddy chose her words carefully and with great specificity. Again, using Concord or the Concordance to discover how she uses each synonym, helps us refine and apply with exactitude each of the seven in prayer and treatment.
Which synonym does each quality match?
Unselfishness = Soul This is the one that is left.
Goodness = Principle 3:7; 147:29
Mercy = Truth 538:7
Justice = Mind 36:19
Health = Life 428:30
Holiness = Spirit 229:9
Love = Love This one is obvious.
D – 5 While sharpening one’s understanding of the seven synonyms, this type of exercise is like a word game, a useful one because we focus thought on God and things that relate to Him, and grow spiritually while playing! Studying the Bible Lesson this way becomes a daily activity to which one looks forward to.
E. SEVEN STORIES TO ILLUSTRATE
E – 1 Mark 5:33 (Healing of woman with issue of blood)
But the woman 1 fearing and 2 trembling, 3 knowing what 4 was done in her, 5 came and 6 fell down before him, and 7 told him all the truth. M
What needed to be healed is a seeming lack of health, a sense of incompleteness. The woman, however, had complete faith that she would be healed just by touching Jesus’ clothes … touching the complete sense of the Christ idea. And she fully accepted the healing! She did not doubt. In spite of potential legal peril to herself, she fully acknowledges the healing with humility and honesty.
Where is God in this verse? The healing brings newfound completeness and wholeness to the woman! Jesus’ power to heal comes directly from God. She has witnessed this Christ-power, testifying to it publicly. The Omni-action of God through the healing power of the Christ has come full circle.
E – 2 Matt. 14:19 (Jesus feeds 5000)
And he 1 commanded the multitude 2 to sit down on the grass, and 3 took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and 4 looking up to heaven, he 5 blessed, and 6 brake, and 7 gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. M
There appears to be a total lack of food needed to feed so many people. Jesus has complete reliance on God and gratitude for His plenitude. Notice the initial quantity of food: five loaves, two fishes. 5+2=7! Even the numbers indicate completeness already present! Loaves of bread symbolize Truth. Fish symbolize Love. They represent the spiritual nourishment of Truth and Love, Christ’s message.
Rather than viewing this story literally: consider Jesus feeding the multitude by first acknowledging His Father, God, then giving the understanding of the truth through the substance of love to each of his disciples, and the disciples to the people. Those listeners sitting on the grass gaining as much as they can grasp in one afternoon, but some of Jesus’ teaching wasn’t understood and imbibed. Those leftover fragments figuratively filled the twelve baskets (verse 20). The Omni-action of God’s supply was flowing full circle through the power of the Christ expressed by Jesus, to the disciples, and blessing the multitude abundantly.
E – 3 Mark 2:9-11 (Jesus forgives sins)
Whether 1 is it easier 2 to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins 3 be forgiven thee; or 4 to say, 5 Arise, and 6 take up thy bed, and 7 walk? M
Jesus gave a complete refutation to the objections of the scribes, that it was blasphemous to say one could forgive sins. To them, only God could do that. Jesus knew otherwise, that his authority for healing came directly from God his Father.
E – 4 But that ye 1 may know that the Son of man 2 hath power on earth 3 to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I 4 say unto thee, 5 Arise, and 6 take up thy bed, and 7 go thy way into thine house. M
Fully confident that forgiveness of sins is valid, Jesus proves his God-given power to heal sickness by forgiving sins.
These three verses present a strong refutation to the scribes, or any human or theological suggestion, who consider Jesus’ forgiving the man of his sins as blasphemy, and include a double portion of his Christ-power to heal and forgive completely as God’s Son.
E – 5 Mark 6:48 (Jesus walks on water)
And he 1 saw them 2 toiling in 3 rowing; for the wind 4 was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he 5 cometh unto them, 6 walking upon the sea, and 7 would have passed by them. M
Jesus shepherds his disciples fully and completely, even at sea. The fourth watch would have been 3 a.m. How was Jesus able to see them on a dark and stormy night from the shore? Reflecting the all-seeing Mind, Jesus fully nullified the material laws governing human eyesight and gravity, and overcame the unreliable properties of water. He fully proved his spiritual nature, the coincidence of the human and divine. The laws of God’s Allness and the spiritual universe are unaffected by matter. Two declarations of truth are fulfilled in this event.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. (Ps. 139:11)
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)
E – 6 Mark 10:19 (Jesus’ overview of commandments)
Thou 1 knowest the commandments, 2 Do not commit adultery, 3 Do not kill, 4 Do not steal, 5 Do not bear false witness, 6 Defraud not, 7 Honour thy father and mother. M
This is about fully following God’s law and being Godlike. Complete obedience is required. The five “do not’s” should be reversed. The SCA refers to this as “positive reversal.”
Do not commit adultery → be faithful, loyal, true; pure
Do not kill → preserve, protect, revive, sustain.
Do not steal → bless, give, provide, share.
Do not bear false witness → defend, tell the truth, vindicate.
Defraud not → assist, contribute, support, help, remunerate.
What is odd about this verse? Only the last six commandments are mentioned by Jesus. Why did he omit the first four which are about God? Because the young man wasn’t putting God first in his life, but rather himself and his wealth. Verses 18, 21, 22 point this out.
E – 7 Luke 6:49 (Parable of house built on sand)
But he that 1 heareth, and 2 doeth not, 3 is like a man that without a foundation 4 built an house upon the earth; against which the stream 5 did beat vehemently, and immediately it 6 fell; and the ruin of that house 7 was great. M
House, spiritually, represents one’s consciousness. When based on material beliefs, one’s mental foundation is vulnerable to shifting currents of thought. Failing to follow Jesus’ teachings absolutely leaves one unprotected from the vagaries of mortality. The one who hears, and follows the teachings of Jesus completely, is secure.
E – 8 Luke 15:32 (prodigal son)
It 1 was meet that we 2 should make merry, and 3 be glad: for this thy brother 4 was dead, and 5 is alive again; and 6 was lost, and 7 is found. M
The once-lost youth finds complete restoration to his perfect sonship with his Father-Mother, God − Immanuel. Error is fully annulled: dead becomes alive; lost becomes found. This parable is about God’s forgiveness and man redeemed. Actually, what we perceive as God forgiving is really changing our view to see man the way God always sees him: perfect and whole.
~ PART TWO ~
A. MIND IDENTIFIED BY COMPLETENESSAND SPIRIT BY ALLNESS
A – 1 Completeness of Mind
The divine completeness
Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is 1 God, 2 omnipotence, 3 omnipresence, 4 omniscience, — that is 5 all power, 6 all presence, 7 all Science. (275: 20)
A – 2 What is the difference between the three “omni” words and the “all” words? Using Concord, one makes an incredible discovery: that Mrs. Eddy uses the “omni” words with Spirit, Soul, Mind, and the “all” words with Life, Truth, Love. Such specificity!
A – 2 Why does this differentiation matter? For accuracy. We need to be accurate in our application of Science.
Omnipotence = Soul Ret. 56:5
All-power = Love 466:3-4
Omnipresence = Spirit 109:32; Ret. 56:5
All-presence = Life 466:3-4
Omniscience = Mind 275:20; Ret. 56:5
All-science = Truth 466:3-4
B. HOW TO APPLY THE CONCEPT OF SEVEN
B – 1 Gen 1:28 is a good illustration of God’s work as it relates to man who is made in His image and likeness. The seven days are a symbol of the Omni-action of Spirit, a constant unfolding of completeness and perfection rather than a one-time occurrence.
And God 1 blessed them, and God said unto them, 2 Be fruitful, and 3 multiply, and 4 replenish the earth, and 5 subdue it: and 6 have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that 7 moveth upon the earth.
B – 2 Counting the verbs first, we find seven. “Said” has been crossed out because what was said is already included in the count and would be redundant if counted again.
B – 3 Once the count is verified, one needs to find out why. Check what the verse says with one of the meanings for this Concept. Does it align with Allness, the synonyms, completeness, or perfection? This verse follows God’s creation of man in His image and likeness in verses 26 and 27 in which man and his role of dominion is complete and perfect. Nothing can be added, changed, eliminated. This is God’s law for eternity. This is why the verse contains the Concept of Seven.
B – 4 Every number concept within a verse or sentence of our Pastor is ALWAYS in sync with the text! It is part of our metaphysical work to discover why. This work is not a chore, but part of our spiritual study which invigorates the student, enhances one’s understanding of this verse and declares the truth about man: ourselves and everyone else! See how wonderful the SCA application is?
C – 1 The following passage from Science and Health relates to reversing and replacing in treatment:
“When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, “I am hurt!” Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.”
C -2 Now reverse the process. 1 Declare that you 2 are not hurt and 3 understand the reason why, and you 4 will find the ensuing good effects 5 to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures 6 declare Him 7 to be. (397:17)
“Reverse the process” is metaphysical, instructional, positive reversal and a directive for us to follow.
C – 3 What is the summary here? This is a complete treatment, and declares God’s Allness. When obeyed, it maintains our perfection! Following its guideline for healing, the law of reversal is activated, exchanging and replacing error confidently, trusting God’s law of perfection. The lesson is to never leave error in its erroneous form, but reverse, replace, and move it off – completely out of thought.
C- 4 (The phrase in this citation “in…proportion” is another important term to keep in thought! It is about the application of the Law of Dwelling which means: “That which one dwells on, grows.” This law always works and we are reminded that our duty in this citation is to apply metaphysically what works and gives us the intended results, collaborating with the Law of Omni-action going Full Circle. This circle should not be broken but followed through each time. Obedience to the Christ brings results.)
C – 5 Self-treatment: Spiritual man cannot be hurt and man understands the reason why: God, Good, is All, omnipotent, omnipresent and the only cause; His law displaces any suggestion of physical law. The spiritual idea man does not believe in physics; he has confidence in divine metaphysics. Man knows God to be All. The only effects of his clear understanding of this truth, and confidence in God as All, as the Scriptures declare Him to be, are good. Therefore, no accident has occurred and man remains perfect and whole.
This treatment can be personalized so long as one knows that “I” is spiritual man. We pray out from, not up to, perfection.
C – 6 I cannot be hurt and I understand the reason why: God, Good, is All, omnipotent, omnipresent and the only cause; His law displaces any suggestion of physical law. I do not believe in physics; I have confidence in divine metaphysics. I know God to be All. The only effects of my clear understanding of this truth, and my confidence in God as All, as the Scriptures declare Him to be, are good. Therefore, no accident has occurred and I am perfect and whole.
D. TREATMENT FOLLOW-UP
D – 1 The next passage in Isaiah 55 has been discussed before in the blog Omni-action and the Four Omnis. Verse 10 is a reflection of verse 11, − nature metaphorically reflecting the Word of God.
(Each verse is a Concept of Seven. Are they about Allness, completeness, or perfection? That is for the C S student to discover.)
Verse 10: For as the rain 1 cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and 2 returneth not thither, but 3 watereth the earth, and 4 maketh it 5 bring forth and 6 bud, that it 7 may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
D – 2 In nature, the activity of God is seen as the rain and snow fulfilling or completing their purpose to bless the earth and feed its inhabitants. Taken spiritually, the Omni-action of God’s Word is ever flowing in a continuous round of benefits and blessings for all. This is according to God’s law and is evidenced in every verse of Genesis 1. God’s Omni-action of Good can be found throughout the Bible. It is present and active with each of us today. The Omni-action of Good is unstoppable and constant. The Omni-action of Spirit’s ever-operative law takes us all the way to fruition.
D – 3 Verse 11: So 1 shall my word be that 2 goeth forth out of my mouth: it 3 shall not return unto me void, but it 4 shall accomplish that which I 5 please, and it 6 shall prosper in the thing whereto I 7 sent it.
Seven verbs = Concept of Seven. Getting the count becomes easy with practice. But we never want to stop there. Determining why the count fits is equally important because one needs to apply spiritual reasoning to find the answer.
D – 4 Reasoning spiritually and spiritualizing thought is the whole point of the Bible Lesson. Reviewing the blog on Omni-action, one knows that Word is Omni-action. It comes from God, blesses everyone everywhere, thereby illustrating God’s Law of Allness. The Word returns by reflection AFTER it accomplishes, completes and prospers – a perfect mission.
D – 5 These two verses above from Isaiah are a strong and powerful conclusion to any treatment, affirming and acknowledging with gratitude God’s Allness, completeness, and perfection. They are in the form of a promise and carry the omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, and Omni-action of Good.
E. SEVEN STEPS UPWARD FOR CHURCH
E – 1 The second paragraph in the definition of Church in the Glossary illustrates the purpose of church.
The Church 1 is that institution, which 2 affords proof of its utility and 3 is found 4 elevating the race, 5 rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby 6 casting out devils, or error, and 7 healing the sick. (583:14)
E – 2 In this steps diagram, one clearly sees the various aspects of church activity that comprise a thriving, growing, healing church. These steps provide an exciting new way to view Church. Our Leader’s words are motivating, giving us the precise actions to take along with the knowledge that they are demonstrable and achievable.
7 Heals the sick
6 Casts out devils or error
5 to demonstration of divine Science
4 to apprehend spiritual ideas
3 Rouses the dormant understanding
2 Elevates the race
1 Affords proof of its utility
Church is that institution which ↑
F – 1 Studying Christian Science with the SCA method is like the difference between scuba diving versus snorkeling. The deeper one dives, the more spiritual treasure is revealed that cannot be seen near the surface. There are gems yet to be discovered within the vastness of divine Science. Deep diving into the text, pondering a sentence or verse at a time and examining its details, sharpens one’s spiritual perception and enables one to uncover even more riches. Spiritual sense is awakened and fine-tuned so that one easily exchanges the literal for the spiritual meaning of a citation. Material sense cannot comprehend the things of Spirit, so the ongoing development of spiritual sense is vital.
F – 2 Every verse and sentence in our Pastor includes at least one spiritual number concept. Often there are several. These number concepts are symbols representing spiritual truths. The Concept of Seven can represent allness, completeness, perfection, or the seven synonyms. Each Concept of Seven citation relates in some way to one or more of its inherent attributes. Discovering exactly which attribute best fits, aids in understanding the specific text. The words become illumined with spiritual light: a new world is being revealed.
F – 3 Once the Concept of Seven is identified, one then searches the text to determine exactly how the allness, completeness, perfection, or the seven synonyms relates to it. Ultimately, not only are the words in the passage illumined, thought is as well. As we apply each concept to the text, we imbibe and learn unawares its truths through the Law of Dwelling.
Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
Mrs. Eddy wrote, Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it. (SH 559:20-21)
This is what the students of the SCA do every day. Come join us!
F – 4 All the Concepts discovered through the SCA have been from unfathomable revelations. It takes an average verse or citation and opens up what the eye cannot see but spiritual sense uncovers and recognizes. There are so many avenues one can now apply to gain more than what is on the surface. This Blog surely and wonderfully brings most ways out to the open for our benefit. Without these revealed tools, look what would be missed!
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