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The Gist of Swedenborg
"At this day nothing but the self-evidenced reason
of love will re-establish the Church." -- Canons,
God the Lord
"Believe in God: believe also in Me."
John, XIV, 1
"My Lord, and my God!"
John, XX< 28
ONE AND INFINITE
God is One, and Infinite. The true quality
of the Infinite does not appear; for
the human mind, however highly analytical
and exalted, is itself finite, and the finiteness
in it cannot be laid aside. It is not fitted,
therefore, to see the Infinity of God, and
thus God, as He is in Himself, but can see
God from behind in shadow; as it is said of
Moses, when he asked to see God, that he was
placed in a cleft of the rock, and saw His
hinder side. It is enough to acknowledge
God from things finite, that is, created, in
which He is infinitely.
-- True Christian Religion, n. 28
"Into His Marvelous Light "
We read in the Word that Jehovah God
dwells in light inaccessible. Who, then,
could approach Him, unless He had
come to dwell in accessible light, that is, unless
He had descended and assumed a Humanity
and in it had become the Light of the world?
Who cannot see that to approach Jehovah the
Father in His light is as impossible as to take
the wings of the morning and to fly with them
to the sun?
-- True Christian Religion, n. 176
We ought to have faith in God the
Saviour, Jesus Christ, because that is
faith in the visible God in Whom is the
Invisible; and faith in the visible God, Who is
at once Man and God, enters into man. For
while faith is spiritual in essence it is natural
in form, for everything spiritual, in order to
be anything with a man, is received by him
in what is natural.
-- True Christian Religion, n. 339
Man's conjunction with the Lord is not
with His supreme Divine Being itself, but with
His Divine Humanity, and by this with the
supreme Divine Being; for man can have no
idea whatever of the supreme Divine Being of
the Lord, utterly transcending his thought as
it does; but of His Divine Human Being he
can have an idea. Hence the Gospel according
to John says that no one has at any time
seen God except the only-begotten Son, and
that there is no approach to the Father save
by Him. For the same reason He is called
-- Arcana Coelestia, n. 4211
In the Lord, God and Man are not two but
one Person, yea, altogether one, as soul and
body are. This is plain in many of the
Lord's own utterances; as that the Father and
He are one; that all things of the Father are
His, and all His the Father's; that He is in
the Father, and the Father in Him; that all
things are given into His hand; that He has
all power; that whosoever believes in Him
has eternal life; that He is God of heaven
-- Doctrine Concerning the Lord, n. 60
There is one God, and the Lord is He, His
Divinity and Humanity being one Person.
-- Divine Providence, n. 122
They who think of the Lord's Humanity,
and not at the same time of His Divinity, by
no means allow the expression "Divine Humanity";
for they think of the Humanity by
itself and of the Divinity by itself, which is
like thinking of man apart from his soul or
life, which, however, is no conception of man,
still less of the Lord.
-- Apocalypse Explained, n. 26
Why He Came
The Lord from eternity, Who is Jehovah,
came into the world to subdue the hells
and to glorify His Humanity. Without
Him no mortal could have been saved; and
they are saved who believe in Him.
-- True Christian Religion, n. 2
The Lord came into the world to save
the human race which would otherwise have
perished in eternal death. This salvation the
Lord effected by subjugating the hells, which
infested every man coming into the world and
going out of the world, and by glorifying His
Humanity; for so He can hold the hells subdued
to eternity. The subjugation of the hells,
and the glorification at the same time of His
Humanity, were effected by temptations let
into the Humanity He had from the mother,
and by unbroken victories. His passion on
the cross was the last temptation and complete
-- Heavenly Doctrine, n. 293
How He Came
Because, from His essence, God burned
with the love of uniting Himself to man,
it was necessary that He should cover
Himself around with a body adapted to reception
and conjunction. He therefore descended
and assumed a human nature in
pursuance of the order established by Him
from the creation of the world. That is, He
was to be conceived by a power produced from
Himself; He was to be carried in the womb;
He was to be born, and then to grow in wisdom
and in love, and so was to approach to union
with His Divine origin. Thus God became
Man, and Man God.
-- True Christian Religion, n. 838
The Life on Earth
The Lord had at first a human nature
from the mother, of which He gradually
divested Himself while He was in the
world. Accordingly He kept experiencing
two states: a state of humiliation or privation,
as long and as far as He was conscious in the
human nature from the mother; and a state
of glorification or union with the Divine, as
long and as far as He was conscious in the
Humanity received from the Father. In the
state of humiliation He prayed to the Father
as to One other than Himself; but in the state
of glorification He spoke with the Father as
with Himself. In this state He said that the
Father was in Him, and He in the Father, and
that the Father and He were one.
The Lord consecutively put off the human
nature assumed from the mother, and put on
a Humanity from the Divine in Himself,
which is the Divine Humanity and the Son
-- Doctrine Concerning the Lord, nn. 29, 35
The Love of His Life
When the Lord was in the world, His
life was altogether the life of a love for
the whole human race, which He
burned to save forever. That life was of
the intensest love by which He united Himself
to the Divine and the Divine to Himself.
For being itself, or Jehovah, is pure mercy
from love for the whole human race; and that
life was one of sheer love, as it can never be
with any man.
-- Arcana Coelestia, n. 2253
"Come Unto Me"
Do you, my friend, flee evil, and do good,
and believe in the Lord with your
whole heart and with your whole soul,
and the Lord will love you, and give you love
for doing, and faith for believing. Then will
you do good from love, and from a faith which
is confidence will you believe. If you persevere
in this, a reciprocal conjunction will take
place, and one that is perpetual, indeed is salvation
itself, and everlasting life.
-- True, Christian Religion, n. 484
The Trinity; The Fulness of His Being
They who are truly men of the Church,
that is, who are in love to the Lord and in
charity toward the neighbor, know and
acknowledge a Trine. Still, they humble
themselves before the Lord, and adore Him
alone, inasmuch as they know that there is no
approach to the Divine Itself, called the
Father, but by the Son; and that all that is holy,
and of the Holy Spirit, proceeds from Him.
When they are in this idea, they adore no other
than Him, by Whom and from Whom are all
things; consequently they adore One.
-- Arcana Coelestia, n. 2329
God is one in essence and in person. This
God is the Lord. The Divinity itself, which is
called Jehovah "the Father," is the Lord
from eternity. The Divine Humanity is "the
Son" begotten from His Divine from eternity,
and born in the world. The proceeding Divinity
is "the Holy Spirit."
-- Divine Providence, n. 157
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