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Spirit of Swedenborg
by Emanuel Swedenborg
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Gist of Swedenborg
Warfare of Regeneration
Life of Charity and Faith
Death and the Resurrection
First Three States After Death
Communication With the Spiritual World
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"Lord, what is man that Thou art mindful of him;
And the son of man that Thou visitest him?"
Psalm, VIII, 4
God's Unrelaxed Effort
The object of creation was an angelic
heaven from the human race; in other
words, mankind, in whom God might be
able to dwell as in His residence. For this
reason man was created a form of Divine order.
God is in him, and as far as he lives according
to Divine order, fully so; but if he does not live
according to Divine order, still God is in him,
but in his highest parts, endowing him with the
ability to understand truth and to will what is
good. But as far as man lives contrary to
order, so far he shuts up the lower parts of his
mind or spirit, and prevents God from descending
and filling them with His presence.
Then God is in him, but he is not in God.
-- True Christian Religion, nn. 66, 70
An Instrument of Life
Man is an instrument of life, and God
alone is life. God pours His life into
His instrument and every part of him,
as the sun pours its heat into a tree and every
part of it. God also gives man to feel this life
in himself as his own. God wills that he should
do so, that man may live as of himself according
to the laws of order, which are as many
as there are precepts in the Word, and may
dispose himself to receive the love of God.
But still God perpetually holds with His finger
the perpendicular above the scales, and
regulates, but never violates by compulsion,
man's free decision. Man's free will is from
this: that he feels life in himself as his, and
God leaves him so to feel, that reciprocal conjunction
may take place between Him and man.
-- True Christian Religion, n. 504
"Abide In Me"
Man is so created that he can be more
and more closely united to the Lord.
He is so united not by knowledge
alone, nor by intelligence alone, nor even by
wisdom alone, but by a life in accordance with
these. The more closely he is united to the
Lord, the wiser and happier he becomes, the
more distinctly he seems to himself to be his
own, and the more clearly he perceives that he
is the Lord's.
-- Divine Providence, nn. 32 et al.
Two Minds: Two Worlds
Man is so created as to live simultaneously
in the natural world and in the
spiritual world. Thus he has an internal
and an external nature or mind; by the
former living in the spiritual world, by the
latter in the natural world.
-- Heavenly Doctrine, n. 36
There are in man from the Lord two
capacities by which the human being is
distinguished from the beasts. One capacity
is the ability to understand what is true
and what is good. It is called rationality, and
is a capacity of his understanding. The other
capacity is the ability to do the true and the
good. It is called freedom, and is a power of
the will. By virtue of his rationality, man can
think what he pleases, as well against God
as with Him, and with his neighbor or against
his neighbor. He can also will and do what
he thinks; and when he sees evil and fears
punishment, by virtue of freedom he can refrain
from doing. By these two capacities
man is man and is distinguished from the
beasts. Man has these twin powers from the
Lord, and they are from Him every moment;
nor are they ever taken away, for if they were,
man's humanity would perish. The Lord is in
these two powers with every man, with the evil
as well as the good. They are His abiding-place
in the race. Thence it is that every
human being, evil as well as good, lives
-- Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 240
The Drag of Heredity
Man inclines to the nature he derives
hereditarily, and lapses into it. Thus
he strengthens any evil in it, and also
adds others of himself. These evils are quite
opposed to the spiritual life. They destroy it.
Unless, therefore, a man receives new life from
the Lord, which is spiritual life, he is condemned;
for he wills nothing else and thinks
nothing else than concerns him and the world.
-- Heavenly Doctrine, n. 176
Loves of Self and the World
The reason why the love of self and the
love of the world are infernal loves, and
yet man has been able to come into them,
and thus to ruin will and understanding in
him, is as follows: By creation the love of self
and the love of the world are heavenly loves;
for they are loves of the natural man serving
his spiritual loves, as a foundation does a
house. From the love of self and the world, a
man wishes well by his body, desires food,
clothing and habitation, takes thought for his
household, seeks occupation to be useful,
wishes also for obedience's sake to be honored
according to the dignity of the thing he does,
and to be delighted and recreated by the pleasures
of the world; -- yet all this for the sake
of the end, which must be use. By this a man
is in position to serve the Lord and to serve
the neighbor. But when there is no love of
serving the Lord and the neighbor, but only
a love of serving oneself at the world's hands,
then from being heavenly that love becomes
infernal, for it causes a man to sink mind and
character in his proprium, or what is his own,
which in itself is the whole of evil.
-- Divine Love and Wisdom, n. 396
The Need for Self-Action
No one can cleanse himself of evils by
his own power and abilities; but neither
can this be done without the power and
abilities of the man, used as his own. If this
strength were not to all appearance his own,
no one would be able to fight against the flesh
and its lusts, which, nevertheless, is enjoined
upon all men. He would not think of combat.
Because man is a rational being, he must
resist evils from the power and the abilities
given him by the Lord, which appear to him
as his own; an appearance that is granted for
the sake of regeneration, imputation, conjunction,
-- True Christian Religion, n. 438
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