Resurrection is a law of doing under the principle of redemption: To redeem our own soul we must resurrect all good from the dead in Spirit. Resurrection is the initiation of the sixth Degree of the Priest.

Resurrection, the Priest's Initiation

The world defines resurrection as "the act of rising from the dead or returning to life, the act of bringing back to practice, notice, or use; a revival." Theology defines resurrection as "the rising again of Jesus on the third day after the Crucifixion, or the rising again of the dead at the Last Judgment."

Resurrection is the Christian doctrine concerning Jesus' rising again on the third day after the Crucifixion, or the rising again of the dead at the Last Judgment. Every change of mind or change in your plan of life comes under the principle of Resurrection, which lifts you up and out of the little self. – Edna Lister, Five Important Questions, October 27, 1968.

Resurrection is a law of doing under the principle of redemption: To redeem your own soul you must resurrect all good from the dead in Spirit. Resurrection is the initiation of the sixth Degree of the Priest.

In Resurrection, you arise into the Light to transform your cross into a ladder of Ascension. Your personal desires and will become one with divine Love and Wisdom as you daily practice the full surrender of self.






































Edna Lister on Resurrection

Use truth as a resurrection from the false and the appearance of things, and for a life of vital living. – Edna Lister, Appropriating the Christ Substance, December 16, 1934.

God gave His only Son to save sinners. The Son reconciled us first through his death by Crucifixion, and exalted us through life by his Resurrection. – Edna Lister, The Saving Power of Christ Consciousness, April 14, 1935.

Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection. Each soul must give up the old things before the new can be established. – Edna Lister, Why We Observe Lent, March 6, 1938.

You must resurrect yourself from all weakness into all strength. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 12, 1938.

Be faithful unto the resurrection of all into the Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 12, 1941.

The Neophyte, Disciple and Adept Degrees deal with self control and resurrection. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 2, 1944.

Communion means sharing or participating in a fellowship. The first communion took place at the Last Supper, the Passover Seder, near the spring equinox, just before Easter. The last supper, also known as the Lord's Supper, commemorates the Passover. In the tenth plague on Egypt, the angel of death passed over the land, slaying the firstborn of every house whose doorposts and lintel were not marked with the blood of a lamb. All these events fall under the law of Resurrection, especially Jesus' serving the bread and wine at the last supper. – Edna Lister, The Holy Communion, October 20, 1946.

Every soul is capable of the Resurrection and Ascension, two great tenets of Christian religion. – Edna Lister, Eternal Life, April 6, 1947.

To comprehend, first you must apprehend that there is a Resurrection from the dead ways of living. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection. – Philippians 3:10. The way of apprehension is hard, but opens the way to the power of the resurrection. You may say, "I am resurrected," when you fully accept the responsibility for living the redeemed life in Christ. – Edna Lister, The Golden Chalice, June 15, 1951.

Apprehension plants your feet on the road to resurrection. You resurrect your past when you turn to good. – Edna Lister, Aspiration and Prayer, September 21, 1952.

Aspiration means to be resurrected from old ways of being into new life. From aspiration, which is a yearning, you move to fulfillment, resurrecting your aspiration, and ascending to joy in prayer. – Edna Lister, The Golden Chalice, May 31, 1953.

Aspiration is a resurrection from the old to the new, born of a burning desire to know that God, as a Father, unlocks the Gates of Light. To open the floodgates, seek and listen for the Master's knock at your "door" at the crown of your head. When you yearn for more truth, you step from resurrecting the old to ascending to the new, and ascension becomes a constant act. – Edna Lister, Prayer: The Soul's Aspiration, June 7, 1953.

To resurrect the buried past, put it on a cloud of consuming fire in your heaven to burn out all dross. Only the fires of love can do this. – Edna Lister, Let Go and Let God, January 8, 1956.

Remission of sins requires that you empty out the old and resurrect all good from your past experience. To do this, you must remember all your valuable experience-lessons and leave the husks behind. – Edna Lister, Go Preach the Gospel, July 22, 1956.

The Priest Degree requires full resurrection of self, drawing whirling life sparks from physical glands and plexus centers to the molecular desire body, to the atomic mental body, and finally, to the electronic fire body. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 13, 1958.

Resurrection means to be brought to life. You dig out the old and lift it into the Light. Ascend in consciousness, resurrect all old self and begin entering your Garden of Eden again. Being "put on a spot" is the only way God can help you resurrect past indifference, idleness and idle words. To live in the Garden of Eden is to be resurrected, transformed, changed from old ways to new. – Edna Lister, Oracles of God, November 16, 1958.

To fulfill the law of resurrection, you must rise into the Light and transform your cross into a ladder of ascension. – Edna Lister, The Pioneering Mystic, May 5, 1959.

To resurrect the body requires coordination between surrender and physical relaxation. – Edna Lister, Transfiguration, Resurrection and Ascension, May 19, 1959.

Resurrection is the law of becoming, which includes transmutation and sublimation. – Edna Lister, Eight Great Powers of Being, June 23, 1959.

The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. – John 5:25. The "dead" of this world have no time left for God because their world revolves around themselves only. – Edna Lister, I Am the Life, October 18, 1959.

Train yourself constantly until you master Resurrection and Ascension, whose keynote is "This is good." All else will follow. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 21, 1960.

To reconstruct your life, you must resurrect it, digging up the old, thinking about the new, knowing the new, which is preparing for action. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 8, 1960.

Resurrection is knowing law, but ascension is becoming it. – Edna Lister, From Gethsemane to Ascension, May 15, 1960.

If the sun burns the grass, it grows again from the same roots, which the earth protects. This principle is important, because it exemplifies resurrection. A man can burn himself out in many ways, alcoholism, for instance, but below the charred remnant is the seed of life that can always grow again to make all things new. This includes the intelligent one who misuses Power and soul substance, yet whom Light can redeem on your spoken Word. – Edna Lister, Consider the Lilies, May 29, 1960.

Were it not for the Resurrection, none of us would be strong enough to return to God. The power of the Resurrection is the soul's desire to work. Resurrect your past, do not drag it along with you. – Edna Lister, Miracles Through Comprehension, July 10, 1960.

The creature unconsciously uses reason, comparison, induction, deduction and synthesis, but the creator uses them consciously on the facts gained through the past and life's experiences. The story of Lazarus' resurrection is a perfect example of this. Mary and the crowd of mourners were using their faculties unconsciously, but Martha and the disciples were conscious. The disciples had already decided to follow Jesus "wherever you go." He was who they wanted to follow. When he cried, "Lazarus, come forth," they knew that Lazarus had successfully reconditioned his life through faith. They marveled at the miracle of faith. – Edna Lister, Wherever You Go, October 22, 1961.

Many teachers teach resurrection, but the world needs more teachers of ascension; anyone who tells you to be good and to lift self, is teaching the lesser degrees of ascension. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 23, 1965.

Resurrection is to change your mind, not leaving the body by dying first. Anyone can be resurrected from weakness, disease and self-pity. When you have reached your spiritual, emotional and physical limits, break through, move out, expand the horizon of your hopes in early life. Begin something new. Now you are resurrected from your old life, and cannot fall back to sleep. – Edna Lister, A New Found Horizon, May 8, 1966.

To lift self is resurrection, but to go higher is ascension. Stay there! – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 31, 1966.

A rebuke resurrects the dead self for you to lift. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 29, 1966.

You cannot resurrect yourself without transformation. The transforming Power of the Almighty, which operates under faith, endurance and holding, can transform an old or sick body into perfection. – Edna Lister, Be Strong to Endure, December 18, 1966.

Resurrection means to be lifted up and out of the old into a new spiritual, mental, emotional and physical condition. The physical blood stream is the source life, which the soul inhabits and controls through the platelets. Rays of Light lifted Jesus' soul from his body on the cross. He called his electronic sparks of life to himself after the tomb was closed. This was the Resurrection. – Edna Lister, Five Important Questions, October 27, 1968.

Resurrection is the simplest thing in the world – a raised vibration of substance that is part of the "greater works," which Jesus said we would do. – Edna Lister, Five Important Questions, October 27, 1968.

Excessive self deadens the body, which is why you must resurrect your self. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 11, 1970.

Resurrection always requires a new application of law on a new level. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 13, 1970.

Healing has three phases: Resurrection, redemption and transformation. These phases of healing are not arbitrary; you need them to explain healing. You must be energized to be alive in God. Every breath you draw comes from the Source of All Life, so breathe from this Source, saying, "Be alive with the Life of God."

Breathe and exhale three times with this statement: "My breath is high enough to take in the whole Life and Light of God." This is resurrection of the physical, which is the first step in healing. You resurrect your self from the dead before you do anything, before you eat dinner or go to bed. Always be certain that your breath is high enough to draw the substance of God from the Emanations, which fill the River of Life. You need more of God's life now. God is everywhere evenly present, even in your body, unless you close out the River of Life.

Why don't people believe in personal resurrection? The first work of faith and healing is to redeem the emotional life. Your emotional life deals with the soul virtues and includes what you feel emotionally and whatever unpleasantness you experience. You must cleanse what you feel. Say, "Please cleanse me, redeem me from all self-pity." No one can run on yesterday's used-up Power. You must recharge by redeeming our emotional life.

When you have lifted your emotional desires into the Light, you transform your mental life of creative desire, thinking, and imagination. Then you may safely imagine that you are one with the Eternal God and walk within His glory. Nothing is impossible with transformed desire, thinking and imagination. You are creator gods, going home, step by step, to immortality.

God is as "here" as He is anywhere, including the Source. The only difference between heaven and earth is that the vibration here is so low and heavy. Your only method for overcoming worldly cross-vibrations is to breathe and to be faith. Believe that your breath brings Source Power to fill your aura. – Edna Lister, When Is Healing Legal? November 22, 1970.

You resurrect your past when you turn to good. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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The Life Practical

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for September 14, 1934. Scripture: John 11:41-44.

Every idea of men points in one of two directions: Disintegration of the old, or construction of the new, from old into new. This keeps you on your toes. The new must include more life, and that life must be good, perfect, and just. It must contain good for each soul, from lowest to highest. It cannot be less, but must be more.

God's invisible shelves are filled with divine supply. Bring your needs in, leave them on the altar, and take away your supply. The secret of abundance is dwelling in the heart of God, together with treating every case of need perfectly.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. – John 11:41-44.

The Master said, "Lazarus, come forth," and a dead man came to life. Jesus had spent years in preparation to raise the dead, yet waited another three days before he told his disciples that Lazarus had died. He knew in advance what he would do, and how he would do it.

As a mystic, you are now dwelling in the heart of God. Eventually, the walls around you will fade out until no walls, no space, no time exist. Then you may present your claim, and God will provide the supply. This is fulfillment through resurrection.

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Life More Abundant

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for January 4, 1935. Scriptures: John 10:10, John 11:41-44 and Matthew 28:20.

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10.

Who was Jesus Christ, the Son of God? He wept in Gethsemane when finished with this life. Yet he is alive today, not weeping, but glorying in joy.

Lo! I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. – Matthew 28:20. Like Christ, we have no time for sorrow, for we are too near the close of an old era. The Christian world is moving from the vibration of Resurrection into Ascension.

God has made man of Christed substance, which is always here, expressing through different soul bodies, but alive as Spirit, living. The life abundant is flowing from the Source of Light. You must stand under it, but how? Where? Surrender to become the servant of all the Power.

The whole race is filled with Light. Entire nations have been prepared for wholeness because they have accepted God and Christ in faith.

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. – John 11:41-44.

Having all faith in God confers immunity to the ills of earth because the vibration is raised above disease. Redouble your declarations and decrees. "Lazarus! Come forth!" It takes a loud tone of voice to resurrect the dead today.

Stand firm on all decrees until Light establishes them in form. You can have abundant life, strength, and health now. Because Solomon asked for intangible wisdom and understanding, God gave him all tangible added things.

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Resurrection

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for February 27, 1935. Scripture: Luke 20:34-38.

The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him. – Luke 20:34-38.

Resurrection is defined as "revival from disuse, inactivity or decay; restoration to vogue or memory." It also means the "rising again of humanity at the last day," thus dealing with the kingdom of heaven.

Superstition and dogma have gone far trying to make a hollow mockery of Jesus and the Gospels. Yet in colleges and schools abroad, some young people are still eager, thirsty and needy for truth.

When you are "raised up" in the crucifixion of self, you see life differently, and think and talk differently, being filled with new power and strength. The cross, as a symbol, impresses the world as proof that death does not exist for the soul.

The one sin you are likely to commit is denial of your own Christed potential. You put everyone else in the kingdom, but leave yourself out. The opposite of this is hurting someone, without understanding that it is like nailing Christ to the cross.

We are the "children of the resurrection," all raised up in glory. Jesus did demonstrate the truth of his own words. His is our Savior, our Messiah. Every place, everything and everyone can express his glory.

As a deathless being, you must be bold, not cringe or falter. You must not care about the world's opinion of you. You cannot afford to, because only truth is all-important.

Jesus said, "I came down from the Father of Light." John, the beloved, said, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." – John 1:1. Resurrect the Word, and raise it up again.

James was Jesus' brother, born of the same mother. He did not know Jesus was destined to be the Messiah, yet he understood Jesus' message. Mary, his mother, knew his mission, but never fully understood him until after the Cross, when she realized that he was more than a man.

What happened after his Ascension was even greater. His disciples and apostles went forth boldly, fearless, and filled with zeal. His spirit lifted them up as the cross had exalted him into his full Christing.

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Daring to Do

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for October 18, 1936. Scriptures: Hebrews 11:27-36 and 1 Chronicles 11:22-23.

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians attempting to do so, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. – Hebrews 11:27-36.

These verses from the eleventh chapter of the Book of Hebrews contain a history of what "daring" has accomplished in the Bible. The verse from the first Book of Chronicles illustrates exceptional courage.

Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lion-like men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day. – 1 Chronicles 11:22.

You can build character only on strength, not weakness. Yet strength is not necessarily showy. For example, snow, softly falling is gentle and absolutely irresistible, but it can paralyze traffic.

Water represents emotions. Water, frozen to ice, then breaking up, starts the ice cracking. When ice thaws, it causes trouble. People can lose their lives through accidents. Yet ice must move once it starts thawing.

Grass and leaves grow with a gentle, irresistible pushing force. Virtues, such as courage and valiance, are born of this gentle force, which we may call faith. Jesus the Christ was a man of gentle power, whose death led to a greater resurrection. Thousands had followed him then, but millions now do.

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Daring to Die

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for November 15, 1936. Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:36-56.

Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain – perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam became a living being. The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption; and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. – 1 Corinthians 15:36-56. [New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

Every seed dies to live – it gives up its seed-life for a greater body, which God knows, but not the seed. The seed goes into darkness and death. To know how to die is to know how to be quickened.

A seed and a plant both have life, and both have a body. The plant is within the seed.

Man's physical body is sown in corruption, dishonor, and weakness while bringing the soul to dwell in earth's darkness and limitations. A soul is grafted upon a corruptible body, and may be grafted into a family to receive virtues.

Both a terrestrial and a celestial glory exist, just as do the natural and spiritual bodies.

The first Adam was a living soul. The second Adam is a quickened spirit, clothed in a star dust body. Adam means red earth. The first man is of earth. The second is a man of the Lord, from heaven.

In the twinkling of an eye, the body shall be changed safely. You regain any soul loss of identity and physical substance at the last trumpet.

Paul said, "I die daily," meaning to the body, sin, darkness, sorrow, and lack. You raise the body in incorruption, spiritual substance, glory, and strength.

People pyramid stock market dividends, but you can pyramid happiness and joy. Death is the victory of life triumphant, radiant and glorious.

Dare to give up the past. To let go of death and darkness means life, light, glory.

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Peace, Power and Plenty

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for April 18, 1937. Scriptures: Mark 4:39-40, Luke 7:12-14 and Luke 5:4-10.

[Jesus] arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? – Mark 4:39-40.

Jesus used the declaration, "Peace, be still" to command obedience. He controlled the elements, the wind and waves. Water represents emotions, false vibrations and disobedience, which are destructive.

Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said to her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. – Luke 7:12-14.

The widow of Nain, weeping over her son, awakened the Master's compassion. He declared, "Young man, I say unto thee, arise!" His command, simple and concrete, was to live. The Power in the spoken Word is released through tone, the tone of your voice, unto the resurrection of all life, lifting all good.

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. – Luke 5:4-10.

The disciples were finished. They had quit because fishing was useless. They had worked all night in the darkness, and caught no fish. Nothing was there. Then the Master told them to cast their nets once more.

It takes peace, power, and plenty of persistence to do anything, to resurrect anything, to make ascension possible. A miracle consists of having peace, power and plenty, here and now. Do you believe this? Do you act as if you believe?

You can triumph over the elements and enemies within and without through resurrection of soul into all strength. You must resurrect all your past dreams and wishes for ascension.

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The Second Coming

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for November 28, 1937. Scriptures: Matthew 22:14, Revelation 15:2.

Many are called, but few are chosen. – Matthew 22:14. The chosen few are the Elect, those who have chosen God, and to obey His laws.

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. – Revelation 15:2.

The Elect are the 144,000 standing on the Sea of Glass. The number, 144,000, is symbolic of the embodied soul having conquered the self and having opened the higher creative centers in the head, including the pineal body and pituitary gland.

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. – Revelation 20:1-3.

The Plan of Salvation provided that Satan would be bound a thousand years, while the martyred souls would live, and reign a thousand years with Christ. This represents the first Resurrection.

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. – Revelation 20:14-15.

The second death is of the soul identity, not the body. The "dead" includes all souls who do choose not to live in the Light.

The sign of the Second Coming of the Son of Man perhaps may be a great star exploding, like a nova. If so, it shall be visible from one end of heaven to the other.

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Miracles of Healing

Edna Lister created this Bible study outline for July 8, 1940. Scripture: Luke 8:41-56.

The prefix, "en," of ensample, means "in, upon, giving intensity." The prefix "ex," as in example, means "out." An ensample signifies expression from within one's own character.

An example is an attitude on the outside, which is why people think and ask such questions as, "What will they think? How will this affect me? What will it get me?" An example is also a pose for gain, an attitude assumed to please another. Setting an example is an affectation meant to enhance the veneer of one's reputation.

An ensample is what one really is. If you set an example, you are self-conscious. When you are soul-conscious, you are an ensample.

You can hear intuition speak to you when you are open to the Light above. Intuition told the woman with the issue of blood that she would be healed if she touched the Master. She was ready to crawl to him, since her friends could not take her to him because she was ritually unclean.

How greatly do you want a miracle? Desire dictates the quality and quantity of your effort. Inspiration is breathing the Breath of Life, and when you do, it inspires you.

Before the woman's miracle, Jairus had beseeched the Master on his daughter's behalf. Then Jairus' servant came and told him, "Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master."

Jesus told him, "Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole." When he reached Jairus' house, he sent everyone from the child's room.

You must decide whether you want mountains or molehills in life. When another is likely to interfere with your work for a miracle, evict him from your plan, or better yet, do not tell him what you plan in the first place.

Open a new account with the Source of Life. If you deposit plenty of praise in your heavenly account above, you will receive blessings below, since you can withdraw what you deposit, freely. Stand and know.

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The Great Challenge

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for February 18, 1945. Scriptures: Luke 8:43-50, John 1:1-5.

A woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me. And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. – Luke 8:43-50.

The great challenge in life is life. The life that was in the Word was the light of men. The Light shined in the darkness but the darkness could not comprehend its nature or all-encompassing being.

To meet the great challenge of life, you must take three steps – desire, decision and action. First, you must desire more life. Then you must choose what you have to be and to do to attain that life.

At first, your action is to think about it, talk about it, wonder about it and read about it. Then you begin making increasingly active efforts until you finally do it.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. – John 1:1-4.

The Word was made flesh when God originally said, "Let there be Light." The great challenge then resolves into this question: Am I living life, or am I letting life live me?

Life, as perfect action, must be an exciting adventure. You can have nothing without life and love, which is God's perfect timing.

The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:5. When you can comprehend God, you will have no trouble understanding other people or life itself.

Hold God's face and the Gates of Light to His Kingdom within your mind's eye. Always move forward into life, letting Light absorb any barriers or delays. Desire looks on. Choice moves on. Yet faith in action lives on.

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Jesus, the Giver of Life

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for February 2, 1947. Scriptures: John 4:46-53, John 5:2-9 and John 11:11-15.

Three outstanding miraculous episodes in Jesus' ministry illustrate three types of faith, three phases in the Christed life. First, a child with a fever, who was dying. Second, a paralyzed grown man, who was half dead. Finally, Lazarus, who was dead.

Each of these cases represents too little life. Everyone needs outstanding life, and vital faith. So the main idea must be life through faith.

A blind, unreasoning belief is an emotional faith that waits to see before it believes. The poor and common man, was paralyzed and slow. He had "faith for me," but his faith extended no farther than his self.

The blind man at the Bethesda Pool had blind faith as acceptance. Yet he was determined, and never gave up. He was waiting for the angel, but had to see to believe. He was an acceptable type to God, and so was healed.

The wealthy nobleman represents the intellectual-mental type, who demonstrates faith for someone else. He had hopeful faith in Jesus because of his love for his son. Yet he was the type who must know why, when and how. However, God found his faith acceptable, and so healed his son.

The intellectual type must have proof or a "sign," so when he returned home, he asked the hour of the healing to make certain. This perfectly illustrates having faith for another's healing, based on intellectual-mental acceptance.

You are healed according to your faith and comprehension of law. Living by Christian laws is good, because it means that you are thinking about it. Yet the Christed One is doing more, he is becoming law.

Obedience to these three laws is essential: First, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40. Second, Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19. Third, Abstain from all appearance of evil. – 1 Thessalonians 5:22.

The disciples combined emotional-devotional and mental-intellectual acceptance because of their love for Jesus. Jesus knew Lazarus had been ill and would die. Lazarus did not respond to Jesus from a distance, but was dead.

Jesus had to die on the cross to fulfill his mission. Therefore, his disciples had to know life through faith, because it was part of their training. Their faith was acceptable, but they still needed to see before they would believe. Jesus waited until he knew Lazarus was dead, to provide proof for them.

Here you have three types of healing, which is life, given through faith. First is unconscious faith that says "I believe, but I wait to see the result."

The second is the conscious mental faith of "I know, but I need proof." Third is the unshakable super-conscious "I am faith" where you have become faith. "I am become life through faith."

Life itself is silent, and needs no sign. Faith without works is dead. Life in action is a sign, and the works follow. Let your prayers be loud and your actions silent.

From the lowest to the highest expression, every approach is good. Yet everyone needs more life. When you live life, the "signs" or proof will follow. You will have no reason to ask, for all the life-giving Power shall be added to you.

Declare, "I believe. I know. I am healed by the life-giving Power, because Jesus the Christed of God, as the Source of all life, is the giver of all life."

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The Dead Shall Arise

Edna Lister created this healing outline for April 19, 1950. Scriptures: Mark 5:22-23, Mark 5:35-43, Luke 8:41-42, Luke 8:49-56, Matthew 9:18-19 and Matthew 9:23-26.

And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him... While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat. – Mark 5:22-23, Mark 5:35-43.

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: for he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying... While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. – Luke 8:41-42, Luke 8:49-56.

Behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshiped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples... And when Jesus came into the ruler's house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. – Matthew 9:18-19, Matthew 9:23-26.

Healing, to Jesus, included raising Jairus' young daughter from the dead. Notice the differences in the three Gospel accounts.

Mark says that the Master took only Peter, James and John with him. He chose them because their love was enough to build up the Power. Faith rides forth on love, not indifference, disbelief, scorn, or hatred.

In Luke's version, Jesus says to Jairus, "Fear not, only believe, and she shall be made whole." This is all about the truth of appearances versus the truth of reality. The child's body appeared to be dead, but the soul is immortal.

What do you believe? You must make up your mind. You must choose, then act on that choice.

"They laughed him to scorn." The crowd's ridicule is the single element that remains exactly the same in all three accounts. Jesus' poise in the face of their contempt made a great impression on his disciples.

Mark and Luke record his admonition to tell no one what had happened in the room. Why did Jesus insist on their silence? Describing a miracle gives the doubters a club to use over you. Power works best in the silence, so resist the urge to talk about it; remain silent.

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Prove Me Now 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for October 28, 1951. Scriptures: Luke 8:40-56 and Malachi 3:10.

Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10.

On a crowded street of Capernaum, Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue there, begged Jesus to heal his young daughter, who lay near death. In the midst of the crowd was a woman who had suffered an issue of blood for twelve years. She had spent all her money on physicians, but they had never been able to help her.

She came up behind him, touched his garment and was healed immediately. Jesus said, "Who touched me? I perceive that virtue is gone out of me." She confessed and he said, "Daughter, be of good comfort, your faith hath made you whole."

Then a servant came from Jarius' house, saying, "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Master." Jesus said to him, "Fear not; believe only, and she shall be made whole."

They arrived at Jairus' house, and everyone was mourning. Jesus said, "Weep not; she is not dead, but sleeps." They laughed him to scorn because they knew better. He evicted the scoffers and took her by the hand, saying, "Maid arise!"

What did the woman in the crowd and Jesus have in common? They shared conscious, unconquerable faith. Everyone has unconscious faith, which is the "substance of things hoped for."

The woman in the crowd had faith that she would be healed if she only touched Jesus' robe. She trusted the Power that she knew was flowing through him.

Jarius' faith was different. He knew Jesus could heal his daughter if he came to her bedside. He had faith in Jesus, the man. Jesus must have known the child was dead, but he loitered on the way, as he did with Lazarus. He used this opportunity as a proof of Power's ability to do anything, even to bring the lifeless back from the dead.

It matters not whether you are dealing with one cell or the trillions of cells that compose your body, you can speak the Word and release enough Power to heal them all, instantly. The price for this miraculous ability is standing in unconquerable, conscious faith.

You breathe atomic energy unconsciously. Atomic energy is matter in an unconscious state, static, indifferent, lukewarm matter that does nothing.

You add consciousness to cause divine activity. The "call" for the release of Power is to prove that Spirit is active, able and willing. Atomic energy burns out the dross until no weakness or lack of strength remains. Light as Power remakes each cell, vital and renewed. Yet even this is not enough to heal a static state, it takes something more. For example, a boy went for a morning walk and saw a caterpillar, inching along. He asked, "Don't you get tired of walking so slowly?" "No," replied the caterpillar, "I like to walk." The boy went on, still troubled about the caterpillar's slowness, because the caterpillar was so little.

The boy returned to the caterpillar and asked, "Are you happy?" The caterpillar replied, "Yes." Then the boy asked, "Where are you going?" The caterpillar said, "I am going to my wings." That caterpillar exemplifies steadfast and determined faith.

Another example was a little five-year-old girl was in the house when a visiting doctor told her parents that her baby brother was so ill that only a miracle could save him. They lived in a very poor district and could never afford the surgery. The child emptied her bank, took her few coins to the drug store, and there she put her pennies, nickels and dimes on the counter, saying, "Please, I want to buy a miracle."

The druggist did not understand her request, but a man, who had come in asking for directions, was standing nearby. He leaned down and asked her why she needed a miracle. She told him all about her baby brother and what the doctor had said. This man was a famous surgeon who happened traveling through town. Intrigued, he investigated further, and a day later performed the operation that saved a little boy's life and answered a child's prayer.

The little girl who wanted to buy a miracle was too young to understand that you cannot buy a miracle with small change. The price of a miracle is unconquerable faith, the same kind of faith as woman in the crowd. The little girl is the modern example of love's faith for another, as Jairus had for his daughter.

Love's unconquerable faith evokes such responses as, "Maid, arise! Lazarus, come forth! Be thou healed!" Like the woman in the crowd who touched Jesus' garment, you need only to call on the name of Lord in conscious unconquerable faith. Light as Power, as atomic energy flows through and heals you.

Whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth. – Hebrews 12:6. Joyously accept that the fires of life are heated seven times hotter for your purification until the dross is burned away. Faith is unconquerable and forever all-glorious!

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Prove Me Now 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated October 28, 1951. Scribe: Edna Catherine Bender. Scripture: Luke 8:41-56.

Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10.

Jesus healed the woman as he was on his way to save the dead child. In her faith, the woman touched him and partook of his virtue, and in an instant she was healed while the crowd thronged around him. These two episodes show that it's always the right time to treat, and never too late.

He knew someone had touched him because he felt the in-surging of new Power to replace the virtue that had gone forth at her touch. Jesus stopped long enough to speak to the woman and explain the incident to his disciples.

Of his entire house, only Jairus and his wife believed Jesus could heal their daughter. So Jesus sent the doubters away, keeping only his disciples and the child's parents in the room.

Records the world over are filled with stories of those who have been called back from the gates of death. If you call another back, you become responsible until he can pay his debts and must clothe him in Light morning and night.

Behind the outer appearance of illness and death was the reality of health and life. The woman with an issue of blood had spent all her money on doctors and gotten nowhere. Yet, she had more than enough faith to pay for her healing.

Jairus had enough faith for his daughter, but was ignorant of the laws that would heal her. Jesus comprehended all law and thus could heal.

Most people do not comprehend what they think they know. A great difference lies between knowing something to be true and comprehending that reality.

The stories of Jairus and the woman reveal two different approaches to God, two different methods. If you comprehended the reality of health and healing, you would ascend to unconquerable faith and be a perfect ensample of Christed consciousness.

We all reach a stage where our unconquerable faith, like that of the woman and Jairus, comes to the fore. The child's unconscious unconquerable faith in her parents was a payable on demand draft on her parents and relatives to comply with her wish to be healed. When they were unable to save her, they partook of her faith.

Your unconquerable faith tells those who doubt that they can partake of your faith because it is there. This is the unquestioning devotional approach.

The other method is one of intellectual intelligence, of conscious knowledge of faith. This approach must have an intellectual reason and scientific basis for everything.

Why blame a teacher who fails our expectations? You cannot take a third grade teacher with you and expect her to give you all the answers during your life. God grades teachers just as He does everyone else.

Intellectuals argue between opinions and prejudices. They chain their souls to the mundane, and so cannot spread their wings and soar. Never bind yourself between the covers of a book.

From here you ascend to the stage of unconquerable faith. The true seeker will take the truth, even if it slays him. If your faith cannot reconcile that the truth lies on the right hand on earth but on the left in heaven, you will be drawn and quartered by intellect.

Do not be a worm, crawling in the dark. Be a searcher after illumination. Many cannot reconcile the law of agreeing and adjusting, "agree with God, adjust to man and never argue." You can agree with an adversary without being a doormat. Just say, "You are right. I can see how that works for you." Never say, "I won't do it," because then you must do it. You have spoken a challenge to bring the debt right down on your head.

One day, a child watched a caterpillar slowly inching its way along for hours. He asked the caterpillar, "Where are you going?" He said the caterpillar answered, "I am really a butterfly. I'm walking toward my wings."

The difference between a caterpillar and a son of God is that a caterpillar has only one idea: "I shall make myself walk until I grow and fly." It never stops crawling until it spins a chrysalis to become a butterfly. Once it builds the chrysalis, it dwells in silence until it emerges a butterfly.

You, as a son or daughter of God, may have many ideas about what you desire to become, and these desires may be conflicting, all at war with one another. Since most people like to talk, they are rarely silent long enough to build a chrysalis within which they might gestate even one great desire.

Just remain silent for a time with family and friends. No one will miss your words because they will be quite happy to do all the talking themselves. Restrain yourself from talking about your goal to save yourself the annoyance of others' faultfinding and the effort of lifting their opinions about what you plan.

The secret of all success is to keep on working. Say, "God, move in and possess me" and push up through your formerly puny faith. Stop whining "poor little me."

Don't be one of the thousands of men and women in the business world who have quit at the brink of success because some detractor spoke a harsh word that demoralized them. Even knowledgeable metaphysicians admit "hurt feelings" because the unbelieving have criticized them.

Do not kid yourself by being humble on the outside and hurt or angry inside. Humbleness is not humility, which is the essence of God's love in action. Bite your tongue under trying circumstances. Look on the adversary with true, deep compassion and lift.

What does it mean that Jesus brought Jairus' daughter back to life? Resurrection must occur for every son and daughter of God. You must fill your body with radiant life sparks of Light, for it is subject to the laws of cosmic energy. Life sparks cannot refuse your call.

Breathe atomic energy. They do not tax it yet. Wise ones breathe deeply and fill their bodies at every worldly "explosion." Ninety percent of the world is resting itself to death. Look up. Come up over darkness.

Jesus said, "Greater works than this shall you do." If you use atomic substance in all your work and service, you could be healthy, strong and able to avert cataclysms.

Beyond atomic substance is the white Christ Light. Your body is of this world, but not necessarily subject to the truth of appearances unless you let it be. Ascend into the life of reality where every cell is alight with energy and atomic substance, and the Holy Spirit will go with you.

Multiply your life, and do not divide it. Division separates you from the life of God. Why settle for a 10 percent miracle, or even 50 percent? Be satisfied with nothing short of 100 percent.

You can be the full living soul in our party, alive, alert and alight with the Christ Light. Surely you can have as much intestinal fortitude as the caterpillar that walks until it finds its wings – that takes only unconscious faith. Your faith can be consciously unconquerable. Your body is amenable to eternal law. Power can enter to heal it, to make it strong. The body's atomic substance is your receptor of God's Power.

Until you have unconquerable faith in these absolute facts, you are not applying what you know to what you do. When you accept that faith is the substance of your healing, your wings of faith will lift you to the Source of Light.

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Prove Me Now 3

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for November 18, 1951. Scripture: Luke 8:40-56.

As Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus' daughter, who lay dying, a woman with an issue of blood was healed when she touched the hem of Jesus' garment. What did Jesus and the woman, who was healed by touching him, have in common? They shared conscious unconquerable faith. The woman had faith that touching him would heal her. Jesus used faith to resurrect the dead child.

Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10.

It is always within your ability to "prove Me now" – all you must do is to move from unconscious faith to conscious, active faith. Climb from creature consciousness, using instinctive intelligence as faith, through the son of man's intellectual reasoning to the active, intuitive consciousness of the faith of God.

At every stage of consciousness, you use a degree of faith. Each type of faith is an approach, and God does not care what approach you use to reach Him. The first approach is to grasp, fight, struggle, make demands and protect self at any cost.

Another approach is comparing philosophies, pitting one against another, arguing from opinions or prejudice or both, bound forever between the covers of some book. This type argues about the method of approaching God, rather than making an approach.

The third approach is an upward look of the seeker, the searcher, the overcomer, the knower who takes time to listen and tries to understand. This type reaches knowing and continues into comprehension. To reach God, you must know where you are going, what the reward is for going.

One day, a child watched a caterpillar slowly inching its way along for hours. He asked the caterpillar, "Don't you get tired of walking so slowly?" The caterpillar replied, "No. I like to walk."

The boy continued on his way but turned back to ask, "Are you happy?" The caterpillar answered, "Yes." Intrigued, the child asked, "But where are you going?" He said the caterpillar answered, "I'm walking to my wings. I am really a butterfly."

The difference between unconscious faith weakness, and conscious faith strength lies in learning to give, to surrender, to more life. The Bible is filled with promises to those who learn this difference and work to become unconquerable faith.

A butterfly unconsciously knows its reward is to transform and to grow wings, and crawls toward them. Man can consciously know his reward of soul wings and that he need not crawl but conquer his way to them. He turns his back on the old life to transfigure himself through adding more life.

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Prove Me Now 4

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated November 18, 1951. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Luke 8:40-56.

Prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10.

The combined stories of the woman being healed by touching Jesus' robe and of him raising Jairus' daughter from dead illustrate that it is always the right time to heal and never too late. He healed the woman while he was going to revive the dying girl.

The woman's faith, combined with his, only took an instant to produce a miracle while the crowd thronged around him. His followers said anyone could have touched him, yet Jesus felt virtue go forth from him. He knew someone had touched his garment from the new power surging through him. Then the woman came forth, confessed and he blessed her.

Of his entire house, only Jairus and his wife believed healing could occur for their daughter. So Jesus put out the rest of their family and friends, all those who disbelieved.

The historical records are full of stories about those who have called people back from the gates of death. If you do, you become responsible for their spiritual debts and must clothe them with Light morning and night.

Behind the veil of outer appearance lies reality. The first woman had used up all her money for doctors who did not help her. The widow had faith for herself. Jairus had faith for his daughter.

Yet Jesus comprehended all law, knowing that nothing limits faith except the individual's beliefs about faith. Most people do not comprehend what they know in their souls, which is a great difference.

The woman and Jairus represent different approaches to God, and different methods of healing. If you truly comprehended, you would ascend to conscious unconquerable faith and be a perfect ensample of Christ.

A stage comes where unconscious faith comes to fore. We see this in these stories about the child and the woman. The child's unconquerable faith in her parents wrote a payable on demand draft on her parents to comply with her desire to be healed.

The woman had spent a decade or more with doctors and found no relief. They had not saved her. Her unconquerable faith in her religion told her she could be healed if she merely touched the Master. She could partake of the healing power because it was there.

So many people have an intelligent conscious knowledge of faith. Yet they must have an intellectual and scientific reason for everything. They will blame the "authority" who fails them.

You cannot drag your third grade teacher with you through life. Teachers are graded like everyone else. Intellectuals argue between opinions and prejudices, remaining chained to both, and so cannot spread their soul wings. Never bind yourself between the covers of a book.

From intellect, you progress to unconquerable faith. This is the faith of the true seeker who will have the truth even if it slays him. If you cannot accept that what is on the right hand on earth is on the left in heaven, you will be drawn and quartered by your opinions. A worm inches along on it belly, never seeing the Light. Be a searcher for real soul illumination instead.

Agree with the person who would be an adversary, but never be a sap. Say, to the would-be adversary, "You are right to think (or do) that, for yourself." Never say, "I won't do it." If you bluntly oppose and resist the adversary, you will have to go against your own word, because you have spoken a challenge and brought spiritual debt down on your head.

One sunny morning, a boy was out walking when he saw a caterpillar. He asked, "Do you like to walk?" The caterpillar said yes. Then the boy asked, "Where are you going?" The caterpillar answered, "I'm walking toward my wings."

The difference between a caterpillar and a son of God seems obvious, but is more than what it appears to be. A caterpillar has only one idea, "I shall make myself work until I grow my wings." It never stops going, crawling until it forms a chrysalis then emerges as a butterfly. The chrysalis is the butterfly's golden silence.

You can just remain silent for a time with family or any group. They will forget to oppose you, and no one will miss your words. They'll be so happy to do all the talking themselves.

The secret of all success is to continue on and on until you reach the goal. Say, "God, please move in and possess me," and you push up and up. Stop whining "poor little me."

Thousands of potentially successful entrepreneurs have quit because someone criticized them harshly. Metaphysicians admit to having been hurt because of criticism.

Do not kid yourself by thinking that you can act humble on the outside while being angry on the inside. Humility is the essence of the love of God. Bite your tongue under trying circumstances. Look at the adversary in deep compassion, and lift.

Jairus' daughter returned to life because every son and daughter of God must eventually learn to resurrect the soul from bondage the self. You can fill your body with radiant atoms of Light. They are subject to the laws of cosmic energy, and cannot say no. Inhale atomic energy; it is not taxed.

Wise ones breathe deeply and fill their body after the explosion of Light that recreates their vitality. The trouble with 90 percent of the world is that it is resting itself to death. Look up, come up over the darkness that occupies your worldly field of view.

Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do." – John 14:12. If you would use atomic substance in all your work and service, you could be healthy, strong and avert cataclysms.

Above atomic substance is the white Light of Christ. The body, as it is, operates on the truth of appearances. Yet you can ascend in consciousness, into the truth of reality, where every cell is alight with energy and atomic substance. With you will go the Holy Spirit, the divine supremacy of God.

Why settle for a 10 percent miracle, or even a 50 percent miracle? Be satisfied only with 100%. Be the whole living soul in your party, alive, alert, alight with the substance of Christ. Have as much fortitude as the caterpillar who walks until he finds his wings, in unconquerable faith.

Your body is amenable to eternal atomic law. Power can move in to possess you. The atomic substance of the body is an instrument to bring through Power. Anything less than being an efficient power converter reveals that you are not applying what you know to what you do.

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The Golden Chalice 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for June 15, 1951. Scripture: Philippians 3:7-17.

What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship f his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. – Philippians 3:7-17.

When St. Paul penned the Letter to Philippians, he was not far from his former beliefs, as Saul, in the false gods of intellectualism and agnosticism. Devoted to the persecution of the early Christians, he traveled from Jerusalem to Damascus with orders to arrest all the Christian disciples he could find.

Saul hated the Christians. Yet, while on the road traveling, he was struck blind by his vision of the Christ, then healed. Later, as Paul, he gave us his formula, a four-bitted key to life eternal and perfect creations, here and now. From his former state of "apprehension," he desired to achieve comprehension and outline ford four steps – apprehension, faith, knowing and comprehension.

I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12. Apprehension is the first step. It is "a grasping with the mind, a direct or immediate perception." To know only partially creates the type of apprehension that holds dread and fear.

You constantly swing on a pendulum between the known and the unknown. To overcome fearful apprehension, you must recognize and admit that you are still learning to see only Light.

Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12. Seeing "through a glass, darkly" is seeing Light and dark, good and evil.

Faith is the second step, but not the faith of beginners, which is a variable, undependable faith. You demonstrate this lesser faith when you live by law, then by doubt. You still have faith in the outer appearance of things.

When you surrender to faith, you place your faith in the truth of reality, in principle, as love for God. Devotion to the truth of reality causes you to see through the darkness and evil to the Light and good.

The third step is knowing. Miracles happen like clockwork when you know law and abide by it invariably. You are gaining steadfastness and may experience many miracles as answers to prayer. Now you are living by the faith and the love of God, which opens Christ consciousness.

The fourth step is comprehension, which is a fullness of understanding, and poise at all times, a broad grasp of facts that includes everything – God as all principle and personality.

Accept God as a state of consciousness and a place. The faith of God and love of God are the one spiritual substance, available everywhere and in all things.

"I AM" consciousness encompasses the duality of the Love and Wisdom principles that you are destined to become as personality. In living by the "I AM," you dwell in a state of consciousness and a place, simultaneously.

How do you achieve this state of the creator's God consciousness? Use Paul's formula, that four-bitted key to eternal life and perfect creations here and now.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14.

The first bitting on the key is, "This one thing I do" now – I will arise and go to my father. – Luke 15:18. The second bitting on the key is, "forgetting those things which are behind," I ascend in consciousness, into my Father's house.

The third bitting on the key is, "reaching forth unto those things which are before," I stand under the Light. The fourth bitting on the key is, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. – Revelation 3:7-8. Jesus Christ is the open door.

To comprehend, first you must apprehend that there is a Resurrection from the dead ways of living. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection. – Philippians 3:10. The way of apprehension is hard, but opens the way to the power of the resurrection. You may say, "I am resurrected," when you fully accept the responsibility for living the redeemed life in Christ.

What you need to know of "little me," the little self, will be revealed to you. Then lift the self up to God until it is all resurrected. Lift until you agree with your Christed soul with no inner conflict. The way to comprehension is then easy. You may comprehend the full power of Ascension to attain the prize, the open door. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. – John 10:9.

At times you must lift so much self that the chunks of self seem too large for soul to handle. Yet you have to resurrect the self of the past until you become the "Christed I AM" of God.

No task is too hard or too long for soul. Do it now. Forget the past. Reach forth. Press toward the mark of the "high calling" of God, which is love, and the pure golden chalice of immortality will overflow with the nectar of eternal life.

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The Golden Chalice 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated September 21, 1952. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: Philippians 3:10-17.

Saul, who became St. Paul, had acted vindictively toward Jesus' followers, but after his conversion on the road to Damascus, he wanted to "know him and the power of his resurrection." As Paul, he then said, "I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth to those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 3:13.

Apprehension is the ability to understand what is approaching, and to recognize it as light or darkness. You are apprehensive or fearful about the future if you live by the truth of appearances, yet you can apprehend that truth if you ascend in prayer to the truth of reality. Paul ascended using comprehension and faith to reach apprehension and resurrection.

Apprehension plants your feet on the road to resurrection. You resurrect your past when you turn to good, yet bury your Godlike qualities under pride, resentment and emotional negatives if you swing on life's pendulum like some victim of fate.

Many people touch their high point briefly, but fall back on the old, worn-out belief that God made law for their use. Finally, you must grasp the pendulum's rod of power to climb to perfect faith.

Gradually, you begin to have miracles without making statements invoking them because you now seek the kingdom of heaven. In seeking the kingdom fervently, you find that all things you need are added.

After demonstrating your faith, showing it off for others to see, you know and just let the miracles happen because you comprehend that law is perfect and God made it to use you.

You must overcome through faith, and live by the love of God, not love for God. Ultimately, you live by the faith of God, not faith in God or unimportant words.

Some people say, "I've done enough for him. Now he can do it on his own. I'm finished," which is a great curse, an intellectual sophistry. Did God ever turn off His Power and Light to you?

Once you put your hand to the plow, keep it there. Love God enough to do the work, and love the person or situation enough to heal it.

You can release so much Light that the other fellow works, or leaves if he cannot stand the Light. You heal persons and situations by wrapping them in a blanket of love, and watching the Light do the work.

God is all Wisdom, Love and Energy. When you call someone good, you are calling him God, because good is His action on earth. Your forgiveness is incomplete if you still bear a heavy cross after forgiving your enemies ten times. Love your enemies until your burden becomes Light.

All your difficulties in life come between your high points of happiness. Self is vulnerable to dark suggestions, even while soul consciousness is high, until you fully cleanse it. So, the tests must come until you lift all remaining darkness.

Lift every self-expression, which is the only way to become a conqueror. Otherwise, you must reincarnate to cremate your dead past. To bury it is not enough, for you could still dig it from the grave to enjoy it. The dead past stinks, and you can choke on what you leave unburned. Yet nothing will remain to wallow in if you call on God's divine fire to cremate the past.

Since you must become pure untouchable, immovable Spirit, exalt the past. Your credits build the rungs of your ladder to Light, so reach to build a new rung, then press on. Look at the Master and tell him, "I love you," instead of reviewing some past ugliness.

Let us, as many as are perfect, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. – Philippians 3:15-16. How do you apply this?

Decree, "I apprehend the power of Resurrection and comprehend the full power of Ascension. This one thing I do now, I see the glory of the kingdom of heaven." God will establish it for you.

Never limit the time ascension takes, for every hour holds an eternity of glory and brings new strength. "Forever" is a flexible term that includes the duration of your current experience, an hour, a day or however long it takes.

Climb the ladder of Light in the fullness of atomic ascension power. Swing your bat of light at the ball of darkness and hit a home run seeking the kingdom. You ascend when you have no further desire to return to the bullpen.

Your soul's goal is to shine the full Light of ascension on all your past. God needs you in the full Light to lift earth, so never waste a minute in the futility of blaming yourself or others. What if you stumble? God never tires of your tardiness or mistakes, but says, "Come to Me."

God is the same yesterday, today and forever, and His Power is yours to express. We could lift the world's chaos if all prayer groups stood on this standpoint of Light for one month.

We are lifting darkness. Exposés plague governments and businesses because we are lifting their foundations, and washing earth's dirty laundry.

Let it come up, ascend it, and burn it in the everlasting fires of divine love. Call it good because this is the way of soul ascension.

The Power of God's Love is pouring through you, overflowing into the world. Look up in consciousness and become a golden chalice full of Light.

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Let Go and Let God

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for January 8, 1956. Scripture: Philippians 3:8-17.

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. – Philippians 3:8-17.

This text holds two outstanding ideas. First, "Be found in [Christ], not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness that is from God." Paul is not seeking to understand through law, but through the faith of God, which expresses high vision in action.

Then Paul says that he wants to "know him and the power of his resurrection." He hastens to add that he has not already attained this knowing, and is not yet perfect.

"Apprehend" is a word poorly understood. To apprehend means "to grasp or to lay hold on," but also means to "know and to understand." Apprehension in this case is the ability to distinguish between what you let Light consume and what you must resurrect.

Paul seeks to apprehend the power of faith and the power of resurrection, not that they exist, but to understand the full Power behind them. He wants to know. To attain this, he says, "One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind."

How do you forget the past? By burying it, or not thinking of it anymore? No. To forget is to forgive, and forgiving is true forgetting. No other way works.

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12. To resurrect the buried past, put it on a cloud of consuming fire in your heaven to burn out all dross. Only the fires of love can do this.

If you leave the past buried on earth, the subconscious will never be free of it. Put it where you must look up to see it. The fire hides it as it consumes it. You then resurrect the glory of spiritual lessons you have learned.

Evil feeds on un-forgive-ness and un-forget-ness, the "un" in both being soul blindness, and "ness" being a state of consciousness. To think you have forgotten. not enough The forgiving and forgetting are inseparable twins.

You must let go of the past, but how? Are you satisfied with last year's effort and diligence? You cannot discount last year's losses until you take inventory.

Have you already used this year's days, or have they just drifted by? Have you wasted them in indifference or self-indulgence?

Let go of the past. Let God's "cosmic urge" move in and possess you. God planted the same cosmic urge toward all good in every soul – to conquer, to succeed, to love enough, to praise enough to finish cleansing all evil. Are you wasting time giving any thought to your weakest hour, your most self-indulgent day?

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14. Build your pattern from your highest hour of illumination – that's your goal.

Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. – Philippians 3:16-17. An ensample is a pattern. Use your strongest hour as your pattern.

You can do anything. You fashion your tomorrow from today's thinking and planning, your forgetting of yesterday, your pressing on, your comprehension of the Power in faith and the Power using you to resurrect all the good from your past.

When did you last unload the old cargo from your ship of dreams? You'll find much of it is spoiled, useless and unwanted, worn out, moth-eaten, old-fashioned rusty dreams. Give it an annual cleaning, reload, burn the discards – hurts, grief, opinions, prejudices, rebellion, "enemy" ideas – in love's fires.

Resurrect the past good and add more glory. Refit with new streamlined jet-propelled engines, everything you want in the visible – credits, rewards and abundance.

Let God become the divine tempter, an enticing power in your life. Devote one hour a day to resurrecting the old, and invest in the faith of God in all new things. Let go. Let God use you.

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Miracles Along the Way

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for February 26, 1956. Scripture: Luke 8:41-56.

Jesus healing the woman while on his way to heal Jairus' daughter is a story within a story. A miracle is an acceleration of perfect law.

Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." – Matthew 5:17. We cannot set law aside, but we can hasten the fulfillment with no delay. What does it take to accelerate a law? It takes flaming desire and the heat of fervency.

In these verses are two stories. Jesus and his disciples were returning to Galilee when Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, fell at his feet. His only child, a twelve-year-old daughter lay dying, and he asked Jesus to heal her.

Great crowds surrounded them. A woman, ill for twelve years, who had spent all her money on physicians who had never healed her, reached out and touched the hem of his robe and was healed at once. Jesus asked, "Who touched me?"

He astonished his disciples by asking this when such a multitude surrounded them. He explained, "Somebody has touched me, for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me." The woman then confessed that it was she, and he said, "Your faith has made you whole."

So far, two elements stand out: First, the interruption. You know to "do the next thing next," yet sometimes it's hard to stop your occupation, or disrupt your plans. Yet, what gifts have you to offer before God? Not too much. You can handle the interruption graciously and make it a great gift of service.

The second is, "virtue has gone from me," which is your basis of proof that Power, which is virtue, does use you. When you speak the Word, something does happen. Sometimes you pray, and nothing happens. You may doubt that God hears you.

An old idea was that a healer had to give his strength for healing, and was afterward depleted. Yet, you work on the new idea that Power moves through you, and the healing begins within the person at once.

Jairus had waited all this time while the crowds thronged and pushed from every side. Then a servant came and said, "Your daughter has died. Do not trouble the Master." Jesus said, "Fear not. Believe only, and she shall be made whole."

The story does not say that the ruler doubted. Jesus had figuratively held the little girl in his arms of Light from the moment her father had asked him to heal her. Jesus proceeded calmly, doubting nothing, fearing nothing.

When he entered the house, the mourners were wailing and he said, "Weep not. She is not dead, but sleeping," and they laughed and scorned him. Yet he never stopped or even considered them. The mourners and the rest of the disciples all blamed him for not rushing. So, he had everyone leave the room, keeping only the parents, Peter, James and John with him.

He said, "Little girl, arise," and her spirit returned, which is the secret of calling anyone back from death. Anyone who believes can do this. He told the parents to feed her, and to tell no one, for if they did, others would mock the miracle, and God.

What did Jairus, the woman and Jesus all have in common? A conscious faith, not a half-faith or unconscious faith, but a whole faith.

All you need is to call on the Power to do the work. The "call" proves that Spirit is active, willing and able to heal. The woman crawled to Jesus through the crowd, disregarding her pride. You must "sell" self to "buy" a miracle of unconquerable faith. Nothing is impossible to unconquerable faith and love over all.

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Lazarus, Come Forth! 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for September 2, 1956. Scripture: John 11:20-46.

Jesus was well into his ministry before the events described in this text. He had ample time to build up a mighty faith among his followers. Lazarus was beloved of Jesus and his sisters were both dear to him.

When word of Lazarus' illness came, Jesus said that it was not a sickness unto death, but for the glory of God. He loved his friends and would not do anything to hurt them, yet he waited two more days.

You cannot always act as your love would demand of you. For example the parents of a family may not act to please only one member, but must act for the good of everyone in the family as well as the individual members.

Jesus knew from afar when Lazarus had died. He told his disciples that Lazarus slept. They did not understand him, so he spoke plainly, "Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him." – John 11:14-15.

The eye-minded disciples had to see to believe before they could have a miracle. Martha listened to Jesus teaching while she worked at housekeeping and gained greater faith. Mary sat and listened to Jesus' every word, but her lack of faith proves that listening is not enough.

Apply what you know to what you do. As you act on your faith and put it into action, you build the quality and quantity of your faith.

Martha went to meet Jesus while he was still on the road, saying, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee." – John 11:21-22.

Jesus told her that he would rise again, and Martha admitted her faith that her brother would "rise again in the resurrection at the last day." Then Jesus proclaimed,

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. – John 11:25-26.

Martha illustrates that God registers your vows as high as your present ability to practice your faith. Making high vows opens the way for Power to move through you when you pray.

While your vows may register no higher than your ceiling, you are responsible for living by high laws. The credits you receive for the greatness of your vows are always greater than your strength to practice them.

The main idea in this chapter is what Jesus was telling Martha. Life is the resurrection. Enough life is to live in him, in Christed consciousness, to believe in him as the "I AM" super-conscious mind – never to die, never to regress or lose soul consciousness.

Following this climactic passage comes the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept." They must have known the importance of this, because his tears impressed both John and the Jews who were attending Mary in her bereavement.

Why did Jesus weep? Was it because he had to teach them the lesson of faith? Was it because he had delayed for two days? Or like his tears at Jerusalem, was he sorry that they had learned so little?

He had counted on Mary and she had failed him. She lost faith and fell in consciousness. Was it because his love for Lazarus and the others was so great that his heart swelled and burst in overwhelming compassion and joy that he could surprise them with the gift of life?

Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. – John 11:39. With this command, Light restored Lazarus' physical body to be resurrected. He returned to the flesh.

Take away the stone of ignorance, greed, hatred, whining and self-pity from your heart and resurrect the good. Only this will bring the soul back into the body now.

Lazarus represents the physical and emotional dimensions of humanity. Jesus symbolizes the mental and spiritual aspects of humankind.

You must roll away two stones. First, as at Lazarus' tomb, you remove the stone of the emotional life until it is caught up and you achieve Resurrection. Then, as at Jesus' tomb, you roll away and lift your mental blocks to reach Ascension.

Only then can you enter our Oversoul "I AM" consciousness. Your desires, mated with will, become the intuition and illumination of the "I AM." Then you stop asking, "Is God really there? Am I on the right path?"

Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me. – John 11:41-42.

Lazarus had been dead four days, which is the symbolic time it takes to awaken "I AM" consciousness and let the full Light shine in. You need four days of mystical service to step from Resurrection to Ascension. Pay no attention to the whining little self as soul declares the truth.

He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. – John 11:43. Jesus cried out loudly to start the life vibration flowing through Lazarus strongly. He had to pull him back into his body fully by using a loud voice.

Sometimes people drift too far from the Light. This is common after an accident or in the crisis during an illness. They then can hear only a loud voice of complete love.

And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. – John 11:44.

Never try to hold onto a miracle or talk about it. To hold onto one miracle creates a bondage and you cannot then make room for another miracle. Instead, praise the miracle and love it. Love God and let your miracle go free.

You loose everything and everyone as you love God enough. Hold onto nothing, knowing that you are free to use all that the Father has.

When you approach your "I AM" and "let" state of consciousness, all your prayers will be, "Father, I love You!" As you grow stronger in the Light, you will stop being like the little boy, who prayed, "Father, please send me cake and ice cream instead of castor oil and spinach."

You simply must lift your load onto a cloud of Light. When you ascend in ascension of consciousness, you can stand in the midst of any situation and watch it dissolve and disappear.

Nothing can withstand your soul's decree once you loose it and let it go to soar on wings of love. Life is the abundant miracle.

You are God's miracle of creation. Priceless glorious life is yours when you tune in the miracle station of limitless life.

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Lazarus, Come Forth! 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated September 2, 1956. Scribe: Ruth Bender Collord. Scripture: John 11:20-46.

Metaphysicians speak of resurrection, but not about ascension. Jesus was well into his ministry and well known in the orthodox world when the events in this text occurred.

When Jesus heard that Lazarus was ill, he spoke to his disciples directly with these words: This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. – John 11:4.

Jesus was building forward and down through the ages. And he saw who he was and where he was going. He loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus next to James and John. He has talking to his disciples and he told them what was coming.

Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. – John 11:11-14.

Jesus had deliberately waited until Lazarus had died before he went to Bethany. Mary was hurt and disappointed, and remained in the house grieving and sulking when he came. She flopped her test.

Martha heard while she was on the fly, always working, and rush to meet him on the road. She said, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. – John 11:21-22.

Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? – John 11:25-26.

Faithful Martha answered, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. – John 11:27. Martha had applied and used what Jesus taught.

You must build your faith in quality and in quantity. Sitting at the feet of the one you love, gazing with adoring eyes, listening is not enough. Mary came to him, weeping and accusing him, saying, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died."

All her friends were weeping with her, but Jesus "groaned in the spirit, and was troubled." None of them believed. John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible, "Jesus wept."

Have you poured your love on another, then, when you needed their aid, they had not faith enough? We have all had a loved one fail us as Mary failed Jesus. He had poured so much on her – he wept.

Jesus wept in compassion, in anguish, in joy of the glory of the gift he had for them, the gift of life. His heart was overwhelming him as he said, "I am the resurrection and the life." To stand hard and stiff and say, "This is principle," is not enough. Tears must accompany joy and ecstasy.

Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. – John 11:39. Before resurrection, you must roll away the rock of your stone age ignorance and darkness, where comparison enters to cause misunderstanding.

The angel rolled away the stone after Jesus' Resurrection. A mystical phoenix, which recognizes eternal life, resides inside everyone.

Then Jesus commanded, in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" Lazarus had not gone far because Jesus had held him in arms of love.

Love words create a vacuum and protective wall around the "sleeping" soul. A loud voice or a voice of complete love of God can call them forth. They come if the voice of love and compassion ignites a "green light."

Jesus had spoken a prayer that evoked life on the wave of joy. He prayed aloud because all those listening needed to know what he was doing.

Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. – John 11:42.

Then Jesus commanded them to "Loose him, and let him go." Miracles are of the soul. Instantaneous miracles arrive when you are up high in consciousness. If you have a miracle, "Loose it and let it go." All opinions and prejudices must go.

"Father, I know you hear me. This is the high time, now." You think of the future and what must happen, but do not talk about your miracle. Let it build future miracles.

A legend says that the devil called his highest councilors together, saying, "I want you to advise me where to hide man's soul, where he will never find it again." They pondered and recommended hiding it in the deeps of the sea. "No," said the devil. "Man will build undersea ships and find it.

Then they recommended hiding man's soul in the depths of the earth. The devil refused, saying, "Man will dig deep in his greed, and find it." Finally, the devil decided to hide man's soul within man himself. Yet man's soul can never be hidden so far within or behind that he cannot find it.

Every "let" prayer uncovers your soul. Say, "Lazarus, come forth" to the past to bring all remaining good together to lift.

You must be "loosed" in soul to lift wherever your feet have trod, to give this gift of enough life to all and to resurrect the dead as you go.

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You: The Miracle

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated December 2, 1956. Scribe: Ruth Johnson. Scripture: John 11:20-46.

The episode of raising Lazarus from the dead, which was well along in Jesus' ministry, was unlike anything he had done before. When you live together as Jesus and his followers did, the constant action is so magnificent that you often may not understand what has happened until well after the event.

Jesus had told them how they would crucify him, but his disciples were used to him escaping danger. He used Lazarus' illness to prepare them for his own Crucifixion and death. He had healed others, but raising Lazarus from the dead was how he built the foundation for his own Resurrection and Ascension.

Lazarus, Martha and Mary were among Jesus' most beloved friends. You do not deliberately hurt those you love, yet Jesus intentionally delayed going to Lazarus, who was so ill.

Two days of delay signify the time you must remain quiet when loved ones want you to do something you know you should not do. In two days' time they will forget what they wanted.

Jesus said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God." Live by the law of love to glorify God. They could not understand why Jesus waited, but two thousand years ago, he showed us that we must wait under law when it means freedom for everyone in the end.

They did not understand when he said, "I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe." He meant to build their firm foundation in faith as part of his long-range plan of sacrifice to bring God's ascension glory to fruition.

Mary was like a loving child, but Martha was the woman of the house. Martha had listened, and put Jesus' every word into action. Mary adored Jesus without really hearing him. Not having listened, she berated and blamed him for not coming sooner.

Martha recognized his Power and accepted his rebuke for being a self-righteous martyr, and he rewarded her, telling her he was the resurrection and the life. Mary loved self more than she loved Jesus. Martha did not blame, but Mary did.

Then Jesus wept. It does not say why he wept. It could have been in compassion for the mourners' lack of understanding. He could have wept about Mary. He may have wept in exultation and the joy of soul knowing that he would raise Lazarus, and his heart burst with the joy of it.

Lazarus was four days in the tomb, the number representing service, illumination, death and resurrection. Jesus wanted them to understand that the soul does not die when you go from earth to heaven at transition.

You die every day that you live by self, which is crucifixion of the soul. When Jesus went to that tomb, he created a vivid memory for everyone to recall when he was gone.

He said, "Take away the stone." You may have a stone of doubt, fear, willfulness, rebellion or self-pity in your heart that you must roll away before you can resurrect self into soul. Soul cannot rule when self drags it to the cellar of rebellion.

"You are gods." Be creators. Act like creators, and make life an adventure instead of a deadly bore. This is the miracle of life from the inside out, the resurrection of self added to the soul qualities.

Exalt the self into holding, move it up where it will do you the most good. Truth is not something you try to obtain, but what you accept and become.

"Take away the stone" means to remove the blocks in your imagination. Resurrection lifts your self-created blocks.

Jesus prayed aloud so they would know how he did it. He was always "prayed up" and ready. He took no credit but gave all the credit to God, the Power that does all the work. "He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth!" It takes a loud, high love-filled tone to change a low earth vibration.

Jesus said, "Loose him and let him go." Loose your loved ones from the faults you find in them. See them perfect on a cloud before God, knowing the inner man is perfect. Perfection finally surfaces to become "flesh and blood" when you coax it.

Substance has the power to become, so free all your miracles. Never put yourself in bondage, even to a miracle. Live each day as if you expect a miracle. You are your own miracle. Your Power tools are imagination, thinking and desires, and your precision instruments are intuition and illumination.

Imagine God's glory pouring through you, and make it bold enough to pay dividends. Declare, "I am a miracle!" Roll away the stony mental block of self.

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Your Contact with Cosmic Power 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for October 8, 1961. Scriptures: Philippians 3:9-14 and 1 John 5:1-8.

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. –1 John 5:1-8.

"Cosmic" derives from "cosmos," which means the greater overall universe as a complete, harmonious system. Therefore, cosmic Power is universal Power. Only the one Power exists, which is stepped down from its absolute potential state to become all subsequent states of kinetic energy, in atoms and molecules. Power includes lightning, electricity, jet fuel and all other physically perceivable forms of energy.

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. – Philippians 3:9-11.

This scripture from Paul's Letter to Philippians speaks of "the power of his resurrection." Resurrection of what, and from what? How can you know this power of resurrection?

"Mine own righteousness, which is of the law," means obedience to principle, which can degenerate into nothing more than rigid dogma. If this is the height of your performance, you cannot contact enough cosmic Power for full Resurrection. How then may you do so? Apply that "righteousness which is of God," given to all, through the faith of Christ, not mere faith in Christ.

Your goal is to attain unto the "resurrection of the dead." Yet what is "the dead?" It is every old, buried picture of imagination, thought and emotion that has crystallized in the body.

The "first death" is not to believe that Jesus the Christ is the only Begotten Son of God. You cannot contact the cosmic Source of all Power without this. To be resurrected from this death is the raising of the lower self vibration to the higher Christed cosmic vibration.

Yet just to believe this is never enough. You must add something else. You must love God, the Father who begot the Son. You must love the Creator, then you must love His creations.

First you have to choose between being a vessel and an instrument. A vessel just goes somewhere to be filled. It can only contain or hold something. An instrument submits itself to be acted on, and gives forth. Just being filled gains you nothing, for it is the giving forth which "overcomes" the world. Again, you may choose what you are giving, as you pass through several stages.

First is the whiny-needy stage. "Do not scold me. Do not tell me I'm wrong. I live only on praise. Tell me I'm wonderful, or I'll know you do not love me." Here, you are a noble martyr accepts being "loved in spite of."

Next is the unconscious imitation stage: You may try being sly, like a fox, or show royal arrogance, like a lion. Some people spend lifetimes doing this. Yet, finally, you must use your thinking faculties to be "born of God" and to "overcome the world."

What do you want to use cosmic Power to do, and how do you use it? The only right answers are to be resurrected from the old ways of living, and to overcome death. This is the victory.

You can gain this cosmic victory only through love. Love is the greatest quality in cosmic Power. What can you do with love? Cover the transgressions of others with Light. Cover what they do until you can see what they really are.

To set a tombstone debt of blame on another's darkness only buries it deeper until he feels ever more perfect where he is. Your darkness of blame, added to his misdeed, hides it until it cannot be seen.

To cover another's darkness with the power of cosmic love absorbs his darkness and his debt stands uncovered. Sometimes you miss the mark because your sacrifice of hurt or blame is only mental, because your righteousness is merely "of the law."

Your only true contact with all cosmic Power comes through repentance, contrition and devotion through love. Then your righteousness is through the faith of the Christ, in God.

Nothing can move you from your place in line at the banker's window of heaven when you stand steadfastly. Yet you must know that Jesus the Christ is the Son of God by the "water" of baptism and the "blood" of crucifixion of self.

Then your witnesses are the "three in heaven," the Father as Light, the Word as energy, and the Holy Spirit as mass or substance. The "Word," in this context, is feminine, for only love can make the contact or speak the Word for miracles (which is why many women are always talking).

On earth, the three witnesses are Spirit, water and blood, or Light, energy and mass. They appear on earth through Oversoul, soul and self. The Spirit moves on the face of the waters.

Then, keeping the commandments is not burdensome, severe, a task, but a joy. At last the "greater you" emerges victorious.

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14.

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Your Contact with Cosmic Power 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated October 8, 1961. Scribes: Ruth Johnson, Irene White and Virginia Whitehead. Scriptures: Philippians 3:9-14 and 1 John 5:1-8.

What is cosmic power? The word "cosmic" comes from the term "cosmos," which which means the greater overall universe as a complete, harmonious system. So this universal Power is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Science is still seeking the ultimate infinitesimal substance. We call it life sparks. Mind acts upon the life sparks, which congregate and sheath themselves with a coating of other life sparks of Shekinah glory. You also bring the life sparks together to form your body vehicles, and sheath yourself with that coating.

You cannot separate any life sparks from God's absolute substance. Even the atomic bomb is just an assembly line of life sparks condensed and combined for one purpose. Life sparks form the substance in fire, electricity, atoms, molecules, cells and inanimate matter everywhere. Mind, Substance and Power are absolute.

God has given man the power of choice, direction and control of Substance, thinking and planning via Mind, and by releasing His Power. As individualized beings, most people have always divided and separated their consciousness, Mind, Power and Substance in their fantastic egotism.

The physically-oriented faction of those who worship God as principle say, "Worship the Christ within," then proceed to worship the self. When opinions and prejudices taint you, you become crystallized and object to new ideas. As we originally descended to earth, we shed soul substance life sparks that formed the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms, from mineral to man. We invested portions of our soul substance to make all these things.

This same soul substance forms your creature-like appetitive soul today, which is why your subconscious memory carries every experience earth could produce from the atom through the animal kingdom. You ushered your own unconscious life sparks into the cells of the vehicle you formed.

Imagine how many improvements it took to climb from the gaseous mass-stage to form this temple within which to dwell. Your body is yours, but you are more than just your body. "Ye are gods!" We, the descended creators, are all one, forever.

God has given soul three phases of expression to live among men: appetitive soul (subconscious mind), rational soul (conscious mind) and Oversoul (super-conscious mind). The appetitive soul forms the body. Your conscious rational soul applies mental faculties such as logic and reasoning to live in the world of men. Oversoul maintains your contact with God.

The little self may misuse the Power. If you persist in human nature or descend to downright evil, you can draw on and waste your own soul substance, but can never touch your Oversoul. Instead, you hit a wall of law that you cannot move or penetrate.

You may not use universal cosmic Power for evil, but people often do use their own soul substance. The little self of appetitive soul cannot touch Oversoul for evil unless you misuse so much soul substance that it destroys your integrity.

Cosmic Power contains Love, Wisdom and all the qualities, attributes and powers of God. Thus, cosmic Power contains Love and Wisdom. The predominant vibration varies in your use of Love, Wisdom and Energy for creating. One at a time, each serves as the uppermost vibration. How can you seek contact with this cosmic Power?

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law. – Philippians 3:9. History proves that a faction can form that obeys only principle, which means that carried too far, opinions and prejudices may crystallize into mere dogma. Emerson said, "Don't hold me accountable for yesterday's truth." Today's truth is always greater than yesterday's because you see more of it, more clearly.

The law of Moses is pure and rigid justice. You do not set aside law. When necessary, invoke it for justice. Yet Jesus says that you cannot contact cosmic Power through the consciousness that is set forth by law alone. He said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." – Matthew 5:17.

Philippians 3:9-14 outlines your personal responsibility, the way to obey law. You are now responsible for obeying higher law, which includes every lesser outer law. You Jesus the Christ filled Mosaic law full of the love of God.

That I may know him and the power of his Resurrection. – Philippians 3:10. You do not, even through worship, truly know Jesus the Christ or comprehend the power that he invoked to resurrect the dead. Paul is not referring merely to resurrection of a dead body and returning a soul, but to resurrect one's less than perfect self from the lost past to live by complete perfection in the love and glory of the Christ.

Any static parts of the body, created by the irritations, resentments, hurts of the emotional life or imagination, are dead. People drag the dead past, and air dead issues. All this needs resurrection. Fear, condemnation and intolerance grow from consorting with the dead past. What good does it do to bring up the same dead issue, dead past, dead fear, or condemnation? People rehash these things like a static recording played repeatedly.

Resurrect every old life spark that came with you through the animal kingdom to purify and ascend the lesson learned. Resurrect the little self, bathe it, clean it up, and ascend its good to make it part of the whole soul again.

The Bible speaks of the first and second deaths. The first death is to deny or blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, or refuse to accept that Jesus is the only Begotten Son of God. Yet only that high Christ Power can resurrect the dead.

Eventually, all souls must accept that Jesus is the firstborn, the only Begotten Son to whom the Father ever gave the full scepter of Power to speak the Word of God as God with Him. The Father sent His Son to earth knowing he would sacrifice, love and speak the Word of God perfectly. Love, mercy and compassion are all-important as you wield a big stick of Power. You must add the Love of God to righteousness.

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. – 1 John 5:1. Who are the begotten? Is it enough to love the original begotten? The Love of God loves everyone.

Life sparks compose everything in the universe. God begot every life spark as a part of Himself, and you must love them, no matter what form they may take. Sometimes loving the form the life sparks take is hard. Love the begotten life sparks in those who walk the earth, and declare the life sparks are the original Substance of God.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. – 1 John 5:2. What if another is guilty? Your darkness of opinion covers his dark treasure and buries it deeper. You could bury his debt so deeply he can never see it until you become perfect and blameless, a mirror in which he may see his debt.

Don't stop to say, "He knows not what he does." Pour love on it. Let Light absorb it until the other fellow sees what he has done. This pays the biggest dividends. If you become so involved in hurt feelings about what grieves you, you descend to the "eye for an eye" stage. You apply repentance and contrition to make it whole and good again.

Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4. What is born of God? Faith, Love, Wisdom and Power – faith is Power, faith as Power, Wisdom as Power, Power as faith, Power as Love, God as clothes, God as money, God as Substance. You have God as your faith, love and wisdom because you have accepted Jesus as the first Begotten Son of God. Those who do not accept him are not yet resurrected from the dead.

Your freedom ends where the other fellow's ribs begin, so if you cherish your freedom, do not step on his toes. The law of the love of God invokes the laws of repulsion and protection. Hate draws evil things to you, but when you love, you stand serenely confident and nothing of evil can touch you.

Overcoming the world means blaming no one else, and never justifying the self. Everyone has dead things to resurrect, to call back from the dead, and the big one is blame. When you blame, you indulge in your smelliest darkness, which carries its own dead vibration. Those who cling to this layer of darkness will say that you are to blame when they first see their fault.

When Jesus said, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do," he invoked their karma but took it with him through the Gates of Light; he did not let it dangle. Yet when you say you forgive ironically or sarcastically, you take on their spiritual debt. If you are prone to let it dangle, you pay.

When you become perfect and blameless, you pour out love and Light absorbs the fault so the other fellow can see. If you can see his faults and blame him, you are taking it on yourself. When you allow things to hurt you, you are living by the old Mosaic revenge law of an eye for an eye, the point where everyone went wrong before. You must add repentance, love and sacrifice.

Stand before heaven's windows shining with the bounty of God's glory until you are "born of blood and water," as Jesus was. His mystic Rebirth was Baptism by Water, and Crucifixion "by blood for death." When John baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended. He resurrected earth by the Spirit.

There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. – 1 John 5:7. They form your contact with cosmic Power and bear witness on the soul record of your own platelets and memory cells in the higher creative center, your higher consciousness. The Father is pure Light, the Mother is energy and the Holy Ghost is the mass. The Light is first energy, then mass.

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. – 1 John 5:8. The Mother is always hidden, so in this context, the Word is the feminine Mother. The Father is pure Spirit above, Mother is Light above, Holy Spirit is energy above. The Father is Light on earth, Mother is energy on earth, and the Son is the blood, the mass, the cells of the body, the temple of the Living God.

Oversoul is pure Spirit. The rational soul walks on water. The appetitive soul is the blood that suffers the tortures of giving up, having resurrected dead emotions. Every idle word separates the three-as-one Mind, Power and Substance. You can lift the dark clouds that remain by reintegrating the force the "hard way" by accidents or stubbed toes, or by transforming force as the righteousness of the Resurrection of the dead.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. – 1 John 5:3. When you keep God's commandments, they are not burdensome. You no longer suffer, but obey in joy, standing before God, resurrected. You have added the lower self to rational soul and Oversoul, which rules with Wisdom. I AM is the complete Christed name of the original creator god that you are.

Then you understand This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14. "Before" is your cosmic beginning. The "prize" is yours for living in complete righteousness under the Christed Laws, not just believing in but standing with Christ.

When you cover others' transgressions so completely in Light, you no longer see what he does. You see him as he is and nothing limits the cosmic Power that you can release. You stand in Light, walk on the water of your emotions and resurrect all the dead parts. Declare healing for all those who are in need. "As I free everyone else, I free the path to my door, so miracles may enter."

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Life: Your Glory and Splendor 1

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for April 26, 1964. Scriptures: John 11:20-44 and Psalm 24:7-10.

Glory means to praise and to honor. Splendor means a magnificent brilliant, a brilliant light. Jesus had received word that Lazarus was ill and said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. – John 11:5-6. Instead of going to Lazarus, Jesus remained where he was for two more days, then announced that he was going to Judea. Then he said, "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." – John 11:11.

The disciples questioned the decision because the temple leadership had so recently tried to stone him. He told them to walk in the Light. They did not understand that he spoke figuratively of Lazarus sleeping, so he said, "Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him." – John 11:14-15.

Mary and Martha were distinctly different types. Mary used expensive lamp oil to light the evenings for conversation. She sat at Jesus' feet and listened, absorbing all he said. Martha listened on the fly, and gained a smattering through the bits she heard while working.

Yet when Jesus arrived at their home in Bethany, Mary was a mess of tears and weakness, while Martha was the strong and reliable one. Mary sat to be comforted by the neighbors and friends because she had lost her brother. Martha was strong and saw to the details of caring for the many visitors.

Martha represented the higher rational soul, the Mother principle of protection for the weak. She was always the worker, offering a brisk selfless love while doing what must be done. Mary represented the little self's type of love, personal and possessive, for me and mine. Martha spoke secretly to Mary saying, "Jesus calls you." The higher Oversoul and ways call the self up in consciousness.

Both sisters said, "Lord, if thou hadst been here my brother had not died." But Martha declared him the Christ in full faith, knowing he could do anything right now. Mary blamed Jesus, saying he was too late. Yet it is never too late, only too soon.

When Mary knelt at his feet and wept, he "groaned in the spirit" and was troubled. He asked, "Where have ye laid him?" Jesus wept. – John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. He wept because he was groaning in spirit again. To be the Messiah, Jesus had to suffer, personally, every experience that a man could have.

Imagine the full picture. So many people were gathered near Lazarus' tomb, all the mourners, friends, neighbors, the curious and Jesus' followers with the disciples.

Jesus was responsible for all these people. They, too, had to pass their initiations or they would forget the laws he had given them. His compassion for their suffering was boundless. He groaned in spirit because he had deliberately delayed to prove great laws to them, to impress them.

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? – John 11:33-34. He put his beloved ones, especially Mary, through one of the hardest initiations and they were not coming through. Through these events, Jesus proved that he did not snoop. He knew that Lazarus was dead. He did not ask where the tomb was, but where they had put Lazarus to rest.

Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard me. And I knew that Thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent me. – John 11:41-42.

Knowing that he had put his beloved ones in a tight place, he thanked God and prayed aloud so that all could hear. He prayed that the Father would let him cover all the debts the people involved had created.

He cried, "Lazarus, come forth" in a loud voice, and he came forth. "Loose him, and let him go." Would it have been better just to have healed Lazarus' illness instead of this spectacular "Come forth"? He heard the crowd's comments. Had he done right to put their faith through such a test?

If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God. – John 11:40. "Lazarus, come forth" is still your glory. It has lasted and shall last for centuries to come.

Metaphysically, to resurrect the old is not enough. You must "Loose him, and let him go." You must be loosed from past bondage to the subconscious mind. For example, when you perform an exorcism, you must follow it with the declaration, "Let go," to the little self.

Once resurrected from self, you can permit the self no more blame or weakness, no more bondage. Once you are called forth, even your curses are cleared away. Everyone has a past filled with swearing and curses, which are anything that is now a blessing.

Anyone who curses God or our Lord Jesus names them more often than you do. No harm comes to the world or God on the misuse of these names. The names of God and Jesus the Christ can do no evil. Their names lift, no matter who uses them.

Each who curses creates a debt to pay, but the greater debt accrues to the intolerant one who blames and curses the one misusing the name. He who curses falls at the Master's feet immediately on passing to the other side. The intolerant one is too heavy to ascend, and needs the treatment to "Come forth."

What are splendor and glory? Splendor is glory, brilliant Light and illumination. Glory is honor and praise. Hear me! Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. who is this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, he is the King of glory. – Psalm 24:7-10.

Glory is an ecstasy, a magnificent rapture of soul. When engulfed with glory, you are too full to hold it without rejoicing.

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Life: Your Glory and Splendor 2

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated April 26, 1964. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Margaret Pratt Doan, Ruth Johnson and Irene White. Scriptures: John 11:20-44 and Psalm 24:7-10.

In Bible study, you can never segregate just a few verses and hope to understand the whole. You need to understand what occurred in the passages preceding and following the portion you are currently studying.

The preceding chapter, John 10, is one of the greatest descriptions in the Gospels of Jesus' mission on earth. His enemies had again tried to stone him for blasphemy. He had healed a blind man on the Sabbath and said, "I and my Father are one." This was just too much for them. Caiaphas the high priest and others of the Sanhedrin were seeking to destroy him.

When Jesus first heard of Lazarus' illness, he said, "This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." This unites all Jesus' miracles and shows that he was preparing himself for the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension.

Jesus had to live through and suffer all that a man could, the full gamut of human emotion and experience, so that the world might truly believe. He had to prove that resurrection and ascension are possible.

Jesus deliberately delayed for two days in going to his beloved three, Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Just as Jesus had felt a little reluctance in changing the water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana, so did he hesitate in raising Lazarus. His disciples thought it was because of the threats of violence made against him in Judea.

Jesus stood in the Light during those two days of delay. He knew the cross would be the next step and this is how he prepared himself. You can do anything when you stand in the Light twenty-four hours a day.

Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus was asleep and that he was going to awaken him. The disciples thought this meant "rest in sleep." It clearly states that Jesus already knew Lazarus was dead and he told them so plainly. Then Jesus said, "I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe."

Thomas, the disciple known through history as the one who doubted, said, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." They had no idea of Jesus' true intent to raise Lazarus from the dead. He said all this to build his followers and disciples' faith and to set the stage for the miracle. To this day, the raising of Lazarus builds your faith.

Martha, Mary and Lazarus were sisters and a brother. Jesus was very close to this family during his ministry. They were good friends as well as his followers and he spent much time with them. Mary was converted first and loved Jesus greatly but she was never sure of herself. She always needed special attention.

Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. – John 11:20. Most verses mention Mary before Martha but Martha is mentioned first here. She went to meet Jesus as soon as she heard he was coming.

Martha, the strong one, usually did all the work while Mary sat at Jesus' feet and listened. Martha got her truth "on the fly" while she worked and took care of the details. Mary, when it came down to brass tacks, listened and did little.

John 11:2 says that Mary once anointed Jesus with oil and wiped his feet with her hair, a courtesy Jesus' host had ignored. Mary paid attention to detail in this instance but Martha applied truth through attention to detail constantly, so she courteously went to greet Jesus when she heard he was coming. Mary remained inside and sat and wept with the Jews, being comforted and perhaps enjoying it. It also could be that Mary was keeping the Jews occupied because of the danger to Jesus.

Then said Martha to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. – John 11:21-27. Martha had complete faith when she declared him the Christ.

And when she had so said, she went her way and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.– John 11:28-31.

Martha called Mary aside "secretly" and told her that Jesus had called for her, knowing this would rouse Mary from her depression. The Jews all followed her to Jesus.

Then when Mary was come where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying, unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto; him, Lord, come and see. – John 11:32-34.

Mary then knelt at Jesus' feet, weeping and said, "If you had been here, he had not died." Where Martha had faith, Mary pouted and blamed, thinking, "If Jesus loved me, why did he let this happen?" God pays no attention when you pout. The only thing you get from pouting is a debt for the time you spend doing it. Martha's calling to Mary symbolizes the Oversoul calling to the little self to come up.

Jesus "groaned in the spirit" and was troubled. He asked, "Where have ye laid him?" This is proof that Jesus minded his own business; he never snooped.

He did not call on his great soul vision to see where they had laid him. You do not ask God to do those things you can do for yourself. Never in his ministry did Jesus lower his high vision or divert the Power to cover mundane things.

Jesus said to Martha and Mary, "Thy brother shall rise again. I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" At their reaction, Jesus "groaned in the spirit" and wept.

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible: "Jesus wept." Jesus wept that the doubts and blame of the subconscious had taken over in his loved ones. He loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus personally. His friends asked why he had let this happen. Mary was hurt and thought he did not love them. Had he come before Lazarus' death he would have pleased them but Jesus chose to do the thing that would glorify God and always be remembered.

Jesus knew his textbook had to be strong enough to fortify his disciples and followers and great enough to last two thousand years. Everything he said and did has meaning at many levels. Years later, Jesus engineered and supervised the writing of the Gospels from above.

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. – John 11:36-40.

Jesus put his loved ones through a great initiation and they came out limping. This is why he "groaned in spirit," wondering if all those who watched would really see. He knew it was essential that they all truly comprehend the significance what he was doing.

He had raised others from the dead but never before had there been such a crowd of witnesses. He heard the doubts of the crowd and their criticism as he went to the grave. Even Martha said, "Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days."

Jesus knew this miracle would bring the wrath of the Sanhedrin on his head and that his crucifixion was close. This was the beginning of his travail, which lasted through Gethsemane and ended on Calvary. Jesus knew the Power he released must be great enough to hold his disciples and followers in faith through all that would come.

Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. – John 11:41-42.

With this prayer, Jesus wiped out their doubts, curses and blame. You can wipe out curses and debts of blame through high prayer. Anyone who curses in the name of Jesus Christ or uses his name in vain creates an anchor to God that will eventually bring him home.

When a man uses the name of God or Jesus in vain, he is caught up in spirit before a Council at death of the body. The curse is wiped out when he kneels at Jesus' feet. Yet, though he did not know, he must still pay the debt on earth for all who heard his curses.

Never judge or blame another for his idle words. The intolerant one who judges and says, "You are doing it wrong," pays the greatest debt. It is impossible for the name of God to do wrong, no matter who speaks it.

When he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. – John 11:43. Jesus called upon the Power, breathed deeply and cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" The Power did the work under the principles of Light, color, tone, number and name.

You can speak the Word to breathe a soul back into the body. The declaration inflates the mental body the atoms, and a shaft of life sparks draws the soul back to the physical body. History is filled with accounts of persons being revived after being declared dead.

He that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him and let him go. – John 11:44. Martha had said that her brother's body would stink because he had been dead four days, but there was no decay or stench when the tomb was opened. Lazarus was dead by the world's standards.

He had left his body and was escorted to a temple on the inner where his body was held on the fifth breath for four days. Jesus knew that Lazarus was awaiting the call to return. Though Lazarus was bound hand and foot, yet his grave clothes were white and unstained.

Lift up your heads, oh ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, oh ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. – Psalm 24:7-10.

Jesus is the king of glory come to do the "greater works" and to teach us how to also. The greater works are under the principle of expansion encompassed in glory, the Shekinah glory and the splendor of the Light. Glory means honor and praise. Splendor is joy, Wisdom, Love, illumination, comprehension and brilliant Light. You must express this joy.

Do you know how to Praise God? Read Psalm 24. Reach for the stars so Power can move through, possess and cleanse you. Let the king of glory enter, the Lord, mighty in battle.

Be a militant Christian, strong in holding your high place so you cannot be pushed off by the self or the other fellow. Possess every foot of ground on which you stand that your little self is lifted, eradicated by your Oversoul.

When the door of the crown of the head opens, the gates swing wide. These are the gates to the ten cities that man must rule within himself.

The Oversoul says, "Lazarus, come forth!" to the little self. Joy opens the gates of your eyes and ears to let Power move in and possess you. The glory of the Supreme gives you Power to stand.

Be zealous! All the Power you need comes through from the Source, from thrones, from the River of Life. Let Love move in to fill you that you may fulfill the law.

The joy of love, the splendor and glory of God possesses you as beauty, and is yours for the simple step of accepting it. The whole of the glory of the Lord moves through when you open your gates. Then, through you, His glory fills the earth as splendor.

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Judgment and Love

Edna Lister created this sermon outline for May 14, 1967. Scriptures: Matthew 9:18-26 and Mark 5:22-43.

I chose these two versions of the same story, in Matthew and Mark, for two reasons. First, they are a perfect example of how two minds treat the same idea. Matthew's recounting is terse and short; he was not too impressed with the details, just the facts. He was not surprised by the resurrection, for he expected it.

Secondly, the stories provide a perfect example for us. The ruler's daughter was dying. The man's need was great, so Jesus went immediately. However, while on his way, the woman interrupted him. What did Jesus do? How did he handle her? He could have said, "Go away! I'm busy! Don't bother me now!" Instead, he calmly did the next thing next. The task of dealing with her was his because it came to him.

Jesus was ready and able to handle the situation because he was constantly releasing Power from the Source. What happens when you become frustrated, or resentful of interruptions? Can you hold a high vibration?

In both accounts, the mourners "laughed him to scorn." They laughed at the idea of "believing to see" a miracle. Unless you present them with facts, most people repudiate everything but what they can see on the outer. They need to see it to believe it.

In Matthew's account, his disciples started with him. In Mark's account, he must have left most of them behind, for he took only the three with him, who were faithfully invariable, unchangeable, with no "shadow of turning." The background of how Jesus constantly released Power explains why some ministers have groups, the faithful few who travel with their leader regularly.

This entire episode is a perfect outline for how healing works. I'm sure the three, Peter, James and John, breathed in rhythm with Jesus, as he said, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Damsel, I say unto thee, arise." Breathing deeply in rhythm and harmony with the one who is speaking the Word is the only way to release and hold the vibration of Power needed to call one who has passed over back from the dead.

It can be done! First, you must "believe to see" the miracle when you are asked to speak the Word for healing. The person's guards stand outside holding the soul, and they exhale as the healer speaks the Word for healing, and the vibration of life in their exhaled breath gently aids the soul to reenter its body.

When a declaration such as, "John come back. John, move into your body," results in someone returning to his body, it is not supernatural. God's work is 75 percent invisible to physical eyes, ears and senses.

So, ascend. Be not afraid! Become the Light. Wait for the green light before you speak. Don't speak unless the sign you see is perfectly stable and unwavering. Then stand in the Light and speak the Word. If necessary, repeat the declaration three times. This is waiting upon the Lord for a miracle.

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Resurrection from All Darkness

This Edna Lister sermon transcript is dated May 9, 1971. Scribes: Elizabeth Barnes, Ruth Johnson, Linda Mihalic, Irene White. Scripture: John 11:1-45.

Many people, from all walks of life, followed Jesus. Earlier in the Gospel of John, he had announced that he was the Son of God, offending some, thrilling others, and confusing many. Some called him a blasphemer and regularly sought to stone him. He made himself invisible and escaped those who wanted to kill him.

Becoming invisible when necessary is one of the eight great powers of being. Jesus could walk unnoticed through the crowds because his righteousness cloaked him from their view. They could not see him because his vibration varied so greatly from theirs.

In this episode, Jesus sacrificed his personal safety and returned to where those whom he had offended had tried to stone him. A messenger brought him news of his friend Lazarus' illness unto death.

He told the disciples that Lazarus was not dead but merely asleep. Further, he declared that Lazarus's illness was for the glory of God, so that the Son of God might be glorified. Then he tarried for two more days.

Jesus knew that the story of Lazarus' miracle would live down through the ages. He declared everything good before he said, "I go to awaken Lazarus."

The Master wept when Mary failed to understand that love could conquer even death. To weep in sympathy is not disobedient to law, but betrays an emotional weakness. He also groaned in spirit, yet he was closer to God than ever when he commanded Lazarus to "Come forth!"

You must face and make every new sacrifice in the sure knowing that the time of this sacrifice will end, and the condition will be lifted. To conquer self, you must know that Power is moving through you as Light, absorbing darkness, and every problem.

If you desire to conquer fear and remain conscious of the Light, you must walk in the Light twelve hours a day, without any doubt. Then God will take care of the night hours for you.

Under sacrifice, you grow closer to God through your devotion to Him. Light then absorbs all darkness near you, but first you must become an ambassador of Light.

Declare, "Father, please fill my aura and my body with Light." Then you are ready to look every problem in the face, and make it pay great dividends as you pray for Light to penetrate, fill and lift the lines to evil. Do not lift the evil itself.

Declare Light is moving into the situation. Let Light take over, then stand ready to declare that whatever comes is good. Know that the Light does the work.

Whatever it is, declare it good and know that God will take care of you and all those who are on your lines of Light. Say, "Father, please take of me and those for whom I am responsible. Absorb me into Thy Light."

Declare that darkness cannot take over the government. "Light shall take over, for Light always wins." Lift and declare good for whatever comes. You can say in a loud voice, "Good, come forth," and good does come forth.

After returning to Lazarus' house and speaking to Martha, Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life." When you leave the physical, you leave your old worn out shell and return to a spiritual body that is whole and complete. Life just goes on after the death of the physical vehicle.

What is the temperature of your zeal about the Resurrection and the Life of God? Send your line of faith to the Source of God, and Light comes forth to conquer evil. Everything is made of Light.

Say, "Let there be Light." Then stand, saying, "Come forth," knowing that Light is Power, which can resurrect anything, if you believe.

Since Easter, until Pentecost, the Father has poured out a new robe of soul on you. You are an heir to the kingdom, and an ambassador of Light, which moves through this outer sheath you wear.

Declare, "Let God come forth for the world as in the beginning. God, as Light, is going forth, conquering now. With every breath I draw, let me declare that God is sending forth Light that is conquering darkness."

Say, "Let there be Light," then stand. Declare, "Come forth," and meet whatever is there. Let the Light do the work. Know that your declarations are good.

You are returning home to God. Live, move, have your being in Light, which is the Resurrection.

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Gospel References to Resurrection

Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, and said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. – Matthew 14:1-2.

King Herod heard of [Jesus]; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead. – Mark 6:14-16.

Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by [Jesus]: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; and of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him. – Luke 9:7-9.

And he charged them that they should tell no man of him [that he was the Messiah]. And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he spake that saying openly. – Mark 8:30-32.

As they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen [the Transfiguration], till the Son of man were risen from the dead. And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. – Mark 9:9-10.

As they came down from the mountain, he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen [the Transfiguration], till the Son of man were risen from the dead. And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. – Matthew 17:9.

He taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him. – Mark 9:31-32.

And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him, saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. – Mark 10:32-34.

Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again. – Matthew 20:17-19.

Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee. – Mark 14:27-28.

Then [Jesus] took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. – Luke 18:31-34.

And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. – John 2:13-22.

Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. – Matthew 27:62-66.

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Stories That Illustrate Resurrection

Jesus' Resurrection

Matthew's Account: In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshiped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. – Matthew 28:1-15.

Mark's Account: And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulcher? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you. And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulcher; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid. Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. – Mark 16:1-14.

Luke's Account: Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulcher; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass. And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. – Luke 24:1-16.

John's Account: The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the LORD out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. – John 20:1-18.

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The Resurrection Miracles

Jesus Resurrects the Poor Widow's Son: And it came to pass the day after, that [Jesus] went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. – Luke 7:11-15.

Jesus Resurrects Jairus' Daughter: behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshiped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples ... And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, he said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose. – Matthew 9:18-19, 23-25.

Behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him ... While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat. – Mark 5:22-24, 35-43.

And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying ... While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden. And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead. And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat. And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done. – Luke 8:41-42,49-56.

Jesus Resurrects Lazarus: Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby ... When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was ... He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him ... Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. – John 11:1-4,6,11-15,17-44.

Elijah Resurrects the Widow of Zarephath's Son: And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee. So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth. And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah. And it came to pass after these things, that the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, fell sick; and his sickness was so sore, that there was no breath left in him. And she said unto Elijah, What have I to do with thee, O thou man of God? art thou come unto me to call my sin to remembrance, and to slay my son? And he said unto her, Give me thy son. And he took him out of her bosom, and carried him up into a loft, where he abode, and laid him upon his own bed. And he cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, hast thou also brought evil upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son? And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in thy mouth is truth. – 1 Kings 17:8-24.

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New Testament on Resurrection

I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. – John 11:25-26. [Christ is the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Christ, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Christ shall never die.]

Then come unto him the Sadducees, which say there is no resurrection; and they asked him, saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If a man's brother die, and leave his wife behind him, and leave no children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother. Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err. – Mark 12:18-27.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. – John 5:25-29.

And [Jesus] said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:59-60. [Those who are dead to the Word need resurrection.]

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. – Luke 16:20-31.

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Revelation 20:1-8.

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Etymology of resurrect: Latin resurrectus, past participle of resurgere, "to rise again."


Resurrection is a law of doing.

Resurrection is an initiation.


References

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 3rd ed. Springfield, Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Co., 1929.


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