Series 1 - Lesson 3 - Annotation 5
Explain the meaning of the Scripture, "Seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33).
5. A kingdom implies a sovereign ruling power, in this case the will, law, of God in authority, having dominion over manifest man's whole being. "His kingdom" is God indwelling, or the realm of divine ideas in man which is within and around manifest man. By these words of Scripture Jesus was directing man's vision God-ward, to divine ideas. He knew that manifest man often looks to the world of appearances as the source of his good. He knew also that supply could not be secured in that way. The kingdom of God or "his kingdom" means the perfect ideas of the entire God-nature. By seeking first these ideas and using them righteously, manifest man becomes poised and balanced, so that he attains the dominion that his soul craves. Then "all these things shall be added" to fulfill his life. Such "seeking" includes an understanding of the law of form and environment. He who comes consciously into "his kingdom" understands the nature of substance and how the Word of God moves in and upon universal substance to produce the visible forms of good or "these things . . . added."
Jesus, as a manifest man, knew how to contact the true source within Himself. He showed man the way to realize ("seek ye first") and bring forth his divine birthright. Through prayer man enters "his kingdom," God within him, and lays hold of its seed-ideas, learns their nature, and makes them a conscious part of his own human consciousness or mind. Man's aim should be to use divine ideas for the highest good. The Father then supplies his every need ("and all these things shall be added unto you").
"In the inmost center of every man the indwelling Christ resides .... In this inner realm you will find the spiritual ethers (light) heavily charged with ideas that turn to spiritual substance. As your consciousness (awareness) expands, you touch the everlasting truths and you find that every blessing is abundantly added" (Keep a True Lent 11).
Preceding Entry: What relation does divine substance bear to man's supply?
Following Entry: What is the truth back of the command, "Lay not up . . . treasures" (Matt. 6:19)?