For the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson for Sunday, April 1, 2001

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Section 1

  1. In the Bible we read of "the Lord God," "the Lord Jesus Christ," and often simply "the Lord." When reading the New Testament, such as Bible citation #1, how can you determine who is meant by "the Lord?"
  2. Where do "the Scriptures declare" that God is "Life, Truth, Love," as mentioned in S&H citation #2?

Section 2

  1. To Solomon what was the relevant historical significance of the town of Gibeon, which was mentioned in Bible citation #5?
  2. For what wisdom was Solomon known?
  3. As with many people who rose to greatness, Solomon also had some personal weaknesses that ultimately showed a lack of wisdom. What were some of those weaknesses, and what lessons can we learn from Solomon's experience as a man and as a ruler?
  4. What type of consistent vigilance does genuine "spiritual understanding" (Col 1:9 and mentioned in S&H citation #6) include and require? (For help on this question, see

Section 3

  1. In the original Greek text of the New Testament, what is the significance of the word translated in the KJV as "the Comforter," in the NRSV as "the Advocate," and in the TEV as "the Helper?" (For help on this question, see
  2. The Comforter is also described as "the Holy Ghost" ("the Holy Spirit") and as "the Spirit of truth." What has been the value of this Comforter during the 20 centuries of the Christian church?
  3. Though Solomon was endowed with wisdom, he could have been more spiritually vigilant in the interest of posterity. If we today are genuinely endowed by the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, what spiritual vigilance is required of us?
  4. From where is spiritual understanding derived? (For help on this question, see S&H citation #11.)

Section 4

  1. As mentioned in Bible citation #11, what kind of vigilance is required when it comes "the perfect law of liberty" (NRSV: "the perfect law, the law of liberty", TEV: "the perfect law that sets people free")?
  2. As described in the New Testament, in Christ and in the Holy Spirit, one is "the new man" (Eph 4:24, Col 3:10), the image of God. (See also How is this different from man "in the flesh" (Rom 8:9)? (For help with this question, see S&H citations #17 and #19. See also
  3. How is "the old man" put off? (For help on this question, see S&H citations #17 and #18.)

Section 5

  1. Bible citation #15 tells us that Jesus taught the large crowd "many things." Two major collections of Jesus' teachings are found in the Sermon on the Mount (in Matthew) and the Sermon on the Plain (in Luke). In what chapters in Matthew and Luke are these found? Where are other New Testament collections of Jesus' teachings?
  2. As described in Bible citation #16, Jesus healed the blind beggar named Bartimaeus. How did Jesus regularly prepare for Christian healing and other activities? (See Mar 1:35; Mar 8:6; Luk 6:12.)
  3. How can we prepare ourselves to follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus in Christian healing? (For help with this question, see S&H citations #21 through #25. Additional references can be found at

Section 6

  1. As described by Paul in Bible citation #17, how are "truly good qualities" produced in us?
  2. How can we stay prepared for those "truly good qualities" and the reality of God, which accompany those qualities? (For help with this question, see Bible citations #17 through #19, and S&H citations #26 through #30.)

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