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BELOW THE SURFACE
EVERY SECTION in this week's Bible Lesson, titled "Substance," connects with a synonym for God given in the explanation of substance from the chapter "Recapitulation" in Science and Health (see p. 468, citation 1). That is, substance is the manifestation of God as Truth, Life, Love, Spirit, Mind, and Soul. The Lesson offers wonderful insights on how true substance is observed and made practical through these aspects of the Divine.
The word substance means literally "standing under," and is a direct translation of the Greek word hypostasis, "a setting or placing under," or "a foundation." But it also means "that which has actual existence" (Strong's Concordance, G5287). A dictionary defines substance as "essential nature" and "ultimate reality that underlies all outward manifestations and change" (Webster's 1950). Greek philosophers and early Christians used hypostasis to describe the primary substance, or essence. Hypostasis is used by the author of the book of Hebrews when he wrote, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (11:1, cit. 3).
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Christa Kreutz lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and has a master's degree in theological studies.
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