The idea for the Concept of Six came about by the Spiritual Concept Approach (SCA) Instructor’s study of Matt. 17:1-3 where Jesus brought with him the earthly highest concept of l.t.lv. or Peter James and John and presented to them the higher divine sense of LTLv in the radiant exemplification of Moses, Elias and Jesus’ transfiguration or their translations. The translation exhibition was an example and forerunner for Jesus’ ascension after his resurrection. “…until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” Matt 17: 9
This spiritual example proves a life hereafter and that those deemed to have passed on are able to reappear as Jesus did after his supposed death from what appeared to be the crucifixion.
The Christ is the Way—the way to our salvation (or the SCA meaning, our translation). The corporeal senses are always reporting that we are separated from God, Spirit—from LTLv.
The Concept of Six is more about the study of the healing Christ rather than about Christ Jesus. To the human sense, Jesus did things in threes, as follows: Three temptations in the wilderness, three days in the sepulcher, walking on the waters on the third watch, his parable of the three measures of meal, feeding the multitudes after three days, his prophecy: rebuild this “temple” in three days, young Jesus teaching in the temple for three days, the Good Samaritan story of the three neighbors, crucifixion of the three, etc. and many more. But the divinity that animated him, the Omni-action power of LTLv, is the healing Christ.
Guines Wiley-Nieves, CS SCA Instructor/Editor
Of all the concepts discussed so far, this one stands out to the writer as being the most spiritually uplifting and inspiring. As with the previous concepts, one identifies the six words that form a pattern. Six represents a double portion of the Concept of Three, meaning: to go higher mentally with Life, Truth, Love (LTLv).
The Concept of Six can denote:
transitioning, (a changing of belief from a material to a spiritual basis)
all that the Christ does or accomplishes.
It may express:
a need to go higher in thought, or that a healing is about to occur (transformation or transcendence);
a change in appearance (transfiguration); or
the bodily disappearance of someone (translation, transitioning).
It brings out:
the Christ ideal which we are to follow or be, or
the coincidence of the human and divine;
and because the Christ is Omni-action, one can discern this power right in the Bible or Science and Health text.
Those who have been following this blog know that there is a specific number pattern of words imbedded in a verse or sentence from which one identifies the Number Concept. The simple rule is to look for the verbs first. When there are six, the citation is the Concept of Six. Sometimes, the word pattern appears as six nouns, six adjectives, or even six names.
Why go through this process? For the absolute thrill of finding spiritual treasure hidden within a citation. More importantly, because our focus and mental dwelling on them initiates Omni-action for demonstrating and healing. Merely reading through the Bible Lesson doesn’t result in any spiritual elevation like this Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) method does. With the SCA, we pattern and find the divine. “ Human law is right only as it patterns the divine.” (My. 283:26 (only))
The Christ is the power behind Jesus’ healing works. It is “the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (SH 332:9-10) Moses, Elijah, Elisha and many others in the Old Testament relied on the power of the Christ to do what many think are miracles. So did Jesus, of course, and his disciples, including the apostle John who wrote Revelation, as well as Paul. And as we have learned in the SCA, the Christ-power is Omni-action, meaning the Christ-power which comes from God, then flows throughout His creation. (347: 14-17) As we acknowledge this power, the acknowledgement invigorates, heals, as well as initiates it. The Christ light is manifested to the receptive thought and reflected back to God. (This is what is referred to in the SCA as GOING FULL CIRCLE.) As radio waves flow from transmitter to receiver bringing music to a widespread audience, so God is the Transmitter of the Christ presence; we are the receivers, and then reflectors. Thus, the Omni-action of the Christ goes full circle.
As Concept of Six citations are discovered, more likely than not the presence of the Christ will be discovered as well. This discovery often surprises and delights the SCA student. The fun is to determine what Christ activity it signifies: transcendence, transformation, transfiguration, translation—even transitioning and resurrection. It’s amazing what one will find!
Before we examine some Bible verses, it is important to know that the Number Concepts correctly qualified are found ONLY in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) and not in any other Bible translation. It is the KJV that has been the authorized Bible used in our Bible Lessons over the decades—and exclusively used in Science and Health. The fact that the Number Concepts are clearly found in Science and Health as well, is a strong reason why these two books have been inseparably paired as our Pastor.
And Jesus, when he 1 was baptized, 2 went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens 3 were opened unto him, and he 4 saw the Spirit of God 5 descending like a dove, and 6 lighting upon him: (Matt. 3:16)
The six verbs are in bold font and numbered. In this verse, the Concept of Six reflects the transcendence of Jesus when he begins his mission as the Messiah. Mrs. Eddy further explains this title as, “Christ, the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and Love, which heals mentally. (SH 137:20-21)” The Christ is the divinity of the human man, Jesus, “his divine nature, the godliness which animated him. (SH 26:13-14)”
Similarly, verse 11 in the same chapter of Matthew bears the Concept of Six as John the Baptist tells his followers of the Christ that was prophesied by Isaias:
I indeed 1 baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that 2 cometh after me 3 is mightier than I, whose shoes I 4 am not worthy 5 to bear: he 6 shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: (Matt. 3:11)
Another Concept of Six, Example 2 is a prophecy declared by John the Baptist about Jesus whom he knows is the Messiah (SH 561:32-3). One can see that the subject matter of this verse parallels with the Concept of Six. The transformative power of the Christ through the Holy Ghost, divine Science, is fully apparent.
Sometimes the Concept of Six appears as a pattern of six names (or nouns) rather than verbs.
And after six days 1 Jesus taketh 2 Peter, 3 James, and 4 John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them 5 Moses and 6 Elias talking with him (Jesus). (Matt. 17:1-3)
The three disciples are witnessing the Christ power to transcend over the material realm of time and space, and to communicate with Moses and Elias who hadn’t walked the earth for centuries, and transfigure into a more spiritual appearance.
Applying micro-quantum metaphysics to this story by exploring this Concept of Six in depth and detail, one discovers that these spiritually-elevated men can be identified in two groupings of the Three Omnis, or a double portion, of upper and lower case LTLv.
James = life
Peter = truth; He is defined as “rock” in the Glossary.
John = love, Jesus’ loved disciple
Jesus = Love; gave two new commandments of love.
Moses = Life; he lived the longest.
Elias = Truth; he represents Truth or CS (SH 585: 9)
*Numbers are not to be ignored and tossed away as coincidence, incidental, or trivial. (Click on the blue link here to read the SCA Instructor’s article “Mary Baker Eddy on Numbers”) The number six plays a significant part in this experience. It may be literal or it may be figurative, spiritually symbolic, as are the six days of creation in Genesis 1. Throughout, creation is an advancing idea culminating with man as created in God’s likeness, the Christ ideal, good, blessed, and having dominion. Six, in this case, represents the coincidence of God and man, of the human and divine.
Jesus had waited, and “after six days” chose these three disciples to accompany him to witness this spiritual experience. Why? What was going on that there needed to be a waiting period? Possibly for his three disciples to grasp enough of his teaching in Matt. 16:21-28 about the crucifixion and resurrection. More likely, they had to grow in spiritual sense before they could witness Jesus’ transfiguration. That this event occurred on a “high mountain apart” indicates a very high, spiritual elevation of consciousness rather than a low, flat plain of mortal thought. Without this divine sense, they would have seen nothing. See how exciting these observations are applying the Concept of Six?
And he 1 saw them 2 toiling in rowing; for the wind 3 was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he 4 cometh unto them, 5 walking upon the sea, and 6 would have passed by them. (Mark 6:48)
With this verse, one can see how the subject matter coincides with the Number Concept of Six. It shows the disciples’ need to go higher mentally, for the storm was a manifestation of their unsettled thought. They needed to be lifted up to acknowledge the presence of the Christ, which power Jesus illustrated, walking over and above the waves of mental turmoil. Their fearful sense overcame their spiritual sense and kept them from recognizing the Christ power.
Because of the colon, this citation in Example 4 can be seen as two parts of Concept of 3: LTLv. This concept can indicate the Christ presence. Certainly this verse indicates that the Christ is there, unseen to the disciples as they find themselves in a stormy sea − an indication of their agitated thought − and then walking over the choppy waters. LTLv x 2 indicates the Omni-action of the Christ. (137: 19-21; 286: 9-11)
The * fourth watch is significant. It is another type of the *Concept of Four, expressing the love of the Christ manifested by Jesus’ walking out to his disciples. It reminds us to watch for the Christ presence in the time of fear.
*Fourth watch – starts a 3 AM representing LTLV to Six AM representing the Concept of Six.
* Concept of Four – The night watch is broken into FOUR segments of three hours each.
For an interesting comparison, here is a verse from Matthew’s account of Peter, having begun to walk on the water, is overcome by fear and begins to sink. The Concept of Six appears as the need to transcend, to be lifted up by the power of the Christ. And that is exactly what Peter is doing, reaching out for the Christ. Here are two different writers (Mark 6:48 and Matt 14: 30) in the Bible using the Concept of Six in verses which contain meanings that align with it.
But when he 1 saw the wind boisterous, he 2 was afraid; and 3 beginning 4 to sink, he 5 cried, saying, Lord, 6 save me. (Matt. 14:30)
In this verse, “saying” is crossed out because what is said is included in the count. To count “saying” as well would be redundant.
These citations with Concept of Six are always very exciting to find. They come at the key moment in stories and show what otherwise would remain hidden in the text, that the Christ is there to help, resurrect, lift up, heal. Here, Peter reaches out to this Christ-power. These are grand lessons for all of us.
When one understands that Christ is also Omni-action, and that Omni-Action is ever active, making its constant, healing, full-circle rounds throughout God’s Allness, one can actually feel the power and excitement that is generated within these Concept of Six citations. Isa. 55:10, 11 is a good description of Omni-action and what it does. For a fuller explanation of Omni-action, please read the blog “Omni-action and the Four Omnis.”
In Science and Health, there are 246 specific mentions of the word Christ. With the many passages containing the Concept of Six, those including the Christ concept are woven throughout the textbook, but are often unseen unless one knows how to recognize them. This is what is so wonderful about applying this concept, it reveals hidden gems!
God. The great I AM; the 1 all-knowing, 2 all-seeing, 3 all-acting, 4 all-wise, 5 all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; 6 all substance; intelligence. (SH 587:5)
The semi-colons after “I AM” and “eternal” separates the pattern of six descriptive names for God from the seven synonyms, that pattern being six “all”-words. The basic six-word pattern can be further divided into LTLv, the three Omnis.
All-knowing, all-wise = Truth
All-loving, all substance, = Love
All-seeing, all-acting = Life
The Daily Prayer in our Church Manual has been used in previous blogs to illustrate other Number Concepts (The Holy City – Foursquare and Omni-action and the Four Omnis). A prayer of brevity that is power packed! Within it is a double portion of the Christ, hidden until decoded using the method of the SCA.
Daily Prayer. Sect. 4. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom 1 come;” 2 let the reign of divine 1 Truth, 2 Life, and 3 Love 3 be established in me, and 4 rule out of me all sin; and 5 may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and 6 govern them! (Man. 41:19)
The first appearance of the Christ is with the pattern of the six verbs. The second appearance, marked by the three green numbers and underlined synonyms, is not so obvious. With the revelation through the SCA of these two observations, this prayer seems transformed as being mighty potent and highly significant, most worthy of our daily attention. Now notice how its inspiration flows whenever it is thoughtfully prayed!
To understand why 1 Truth, 2 Life, and 3 Love indicates the Christ, one needs to refer to Jesus’ own explanation of himself in response to Thomas’ question:
“Jesus saith unto him, I am 1 the way, 2 the truth, and 3 the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
Jesus is speaking of his Christ power, not his human self. Applying the SCA method to identify the three descriptions of his Christ nature,
the way becomes Love (266:18-19),
the truth becomes Truth,
the life becomes Life.
In addition, the little word “and” is included among the three.
Thus Life, Truth, and Love, a Concept of Three = the Christ.
Jesus not only did things in threes, but also embodied LTLv.
Here are several more references that show Christ to be Life, Truth and Love: 49:21; 98:18; 137: 19-21; 325: 16-19; 497:13; My. 149:5-6 The
Looking at the Daily Prayer again, what is it that is both established and rules out all sin? It is the Christ!
With the ever-presence of God, the Christ-consciousness fills us with Life, Truth, and Love, countering and eliminating any evidence of sin or error. This golden-rule Daily Prayer embraces everyone included in consciousness, and encourages us to behold them as Love-filled and Truth-governed.
While we are referring to the Church Manual, the previous page includes another one of our Dailies, “A Rule for Motives and Acts.” The last sentence pertains to our discussion.
The members of this Church should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from 1 prophesying, 2 judging, 3 condemning, 4 counseling, 5 influencing or 6 being influenced erroneously. (Man. 40:11)
Within this sentence, there is the distinct pattern of six words (gerunds) ending in “ing.” We are to be Christlike! Incidentally, “erroneously” modifies each of the six gerunds. It is the erroneous types of these actions that we are to avoid. We prophesy or expect good when we pray (see the definition of “prophet” in the Glossary); we judge or discern the good from the bad every day; and when we see it, condemn or blame evil while condoning the good (414: 28-31); we counsel our children to walk on the right path; we strive to be a good influence to them, while we astutely avoid being influenced by error ourselves.
The following two sentences from the chapter on Prayer illustrate the connection of prayer to the Concept of Six. The bold, numbered nouns can be divided into two groups, each group being identified as three Omnis – a double portion of three Omnis.
1 Prayer, 2 watching, and 3 working, combined with 4 self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the 5 Christianization and 6 health of mankind. (SH 1:6)
Prayer = Love, the motivation
Watching = Truth, a mental activity
Working = Life, constant and ever-active
Self-immolation = Truth purifies
Christianization = Life, a continual effect
Health = Love, healing for all
The first three Omnis are Cause (C); the second three are Effect (E). Together, they represent the (C & E) Omni-action of the Christ consciousness.
Prayer and its essential ingredients come from God through the Omni-action of the Christ, not mortal thought or human will. Without God and Christ, prayer would have no Cause, and would have no Effect. That Cause has an Effect is another way of describing Omni-action. The Good of God (Cause), flows out to His creation, man the universe (Effect), and then is reflected back. Prayer, based on Life, Truth, and Life, is propelled by the impetus of Omni-action and heals.
“Divine Mind, (Truth) is the only cause or Principle of existence.” (SH 262:30-31)
Desire 1 is prayer; and no loss 2 can occur from 3 trusting God with our desires, that they 4 may be moulded and 5 exalted before they 6 take form in words and in deeds. (1:11)
Is = Love, desire being the motivation
Can occur = Life, constant gain
Trusting = Truth, a decision
May be moulded = Truth, mental work
Exalted = Life, actively being lifted up
Take form= Love, to form lovingly
Mrs. Eddy instructed her readers to take this book, SH, and eat it up – digest it, arrange and organize it to see its parts and components. We are to look carefully and thoughtfully at its text, as a scientist would in his lab when examining a specimen under a microscope.
The SCA is a type of micro-quantum metaphysics whereby we look deep into a citation to see it components as Mrs. Eddy instructed. (SH 559:16) At first, it may take some dedication and motivation, but the more one does this, the easier it becomes. With the spiritual discoveries that are made, one will be eager to do more. This illustrates the truth and beauty of the Law of Dwelling: That which one (mentally) dwells on most, grows!
“Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit.” (SH 495:27-28)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim 2:15)
“We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.” (SH 129:22-24)
The Concept of Six impels one to go higher; indeed, lifts one spiritually upward as does the Christ. So it would seem completely natural and unsurprising that this concept includes Six Steps passages. One can see the results of understanding the Science of being, our oneness with God, or Immanuel.
Acquaintance with the Science of being 1 enables us 2 to commune more largely with the divine Mind, 3 to foresee and 4 foretell events which concern the universal welfare, 5 to be divinely inspired, — yea, 6 to reach the range of fetterless Mind. (SH 84:14)
6 to reach the range of fetterless Mind
5 to be inspired divinely
4 to foretell universal events
3 to foresee and
2 to commune with divine Mind
1 enables us
Acquaintance with the Science of being ↑
The steps in the Concept of Six are to spiritualize and elevate consciousness. One can see in this visual stairway the steps progressing upward towards the all-hearing, all-knowing, infinite, limitless, “fetterless Mind.” What an extraordinary promise! It is also a statement of what is already true for the ideal man, Christ.
“Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others, but any student, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success.” (SH 462:1)
Mrs. Eddy’s use of STEPS, six here, five previously, show the precision and order of the principles of Christian Science which she demonstrated in her own life. This order is evidenced throughout her writings, especially the metaphysical instructions she gives for demonstrating God’s law of healing.
“Let there be light,” is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres. (SH 255:3-6)
To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God. (SH 275:10-14)
In order to heal by Science, you must not be ignorant of the moral and spiritual demands of Science nor disobey them. (SH 483:8-10)
The good cannot lose their God, their help in times of trouble. If they mistake the divine command, they will recover it, countermand their order, retrace their steps, and reinstate His orders, more assured to press on safely. (Mis. 10:12-16)
Now that this Concept of Six has been presented, the readers will have the joy and delight of discovering it for themselves in the Bible Lesson, and experience the power of the truth it reveals of the Christ. When a Concept of Six is discovered in a passage, don’t be surprised if the Omni-action of the Christ is felt! This Concept of Six is guaranteed to have a special place in one’s heart because its essence is the Christ. As we search and consider the Concept of Six, we are entertaining the Christ idea! Just think of that statement for a moment and let it sink in. The idea of Christ will gain more meaning and the student will begin to see it in places where, until now, it has remained concealed. This growth of spiritual discernment is the guarantee resulting from the Law of Dwelling!
The longer one studies CS with the SCA, the more one comprehends the various features in each number concept, and the relationship between them (such as the Concept of Three and the Concept of Six). The spiritual enrichment, learning and unfoldment are constant, continuous and exhilarating.
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