John 1:13

English: King James Version

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13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


Christ washing the feet of the apostles.

Commentary on this verse

John 1:12 talks about people receiving the Lord and being reborn with pure hearts and living as angels. This verse shows where such acceptance and life must come from – first by showing where they do not come from.

"Blood" here means a desire to deny and resist what the Lord teaches, in the Bible and in earlier forms of His Word. "The will of the flesh" means a craving for selfishness and evil. "The will of man" means the false reasoning that erupts from selfishness and justifies it. If we allow our eternal selves to be born of those things – denying the Lord’s leadership, serving ourselves and justifying it in our own minds – we will end up in hell. But if our eternal selves are born "of God," under His leadership and serving His will, then we will be the sons of God described in the previous verse, living in peace and joy in heaven.

(References: Apocalypse Explained 151 [5]; Apocalypse Explained 745 [4]; Arcana Coelestia 9241, 9454; Arcana Coelestia 1608 [2]; Arcana Coelestia 2531 [4]; Arcana Coelestia 8409 [3]; Doctrine of the Lord 18 [5])




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Explanation(s) or references from Swedenborg's works:

Apocalypse Revealed 20, 200, 379, 748

Arcana Coelestia 51, 1608, 2343, 2531, 2666, 3813, 4180, 4730, 4783, 5826, 8409, 9241, 9336, 9410, 9454, 10083, 10283, 10829

Conjugial Love 129

Doctrine of Life 17, 51

Doctrine of the Lord 18

Apocalypse Explained 151, 293, 295, 329, 724, 745, 802, 1082, 1085

Canons of the New Church 16

Coronis 25

De Verbo 20

Justification 0

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 14

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