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The Gabriel of His presence has no contests

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Announcements Forums God the Only Cause and Creator – December 9th, 2018 The Gabriel of His presence has no contests

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    3. Luke 1 : 5-8, 11 (there)-16, 18-22, 24 (to 1st ,), 57-60, 62-64, 67-80
    12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
    13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
    14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
    18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
    19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
    20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.

    This reminded me of Mrs. Eddy’s words about Gabriel on page 567 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures:

    The Gabriel of His presence has no contests.

    Gabriel came to bring good news from God, not to argue, so when Zacharias started listing reasons why it couldn’t happen, Gabriel shut him up in the most definitive and effective manner. There can be no contest between human doubt and God’s will!

    I am very grateful for the Bible Study from Saturday, December 8th, 2018 for bringing such clarity on this to me. Thank you!


    Thank you so much for this post, Jeremy. I remember having read that sentence in Science and Health at one point and not knowing what it meant. This certainly corrects that, much appreciated.

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