Brief Exposition of Doctrine #1

Brief Exposition (Stanley translation)

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1. A BRIEF EXPOSITION of the DOCTRINE OF THE NEW CHURCH signified by THE NEW JERUSALEM IN THE APOCALYPSE

As several works and tracts have been published by me during the past few years concerning the NEW JERUSALEM, by which is meant a New Church to be established by the Lord, and as the Apocalypse has now been revealed1, I have decided to bring to light the Doctrine of that Church in its fulness, thus as a whole. This, however, is a work which will take some years to complete wherefore I have thought it advisable to produce some sort of a sketch of it, in order that a general idea of this Church and its Doctrine may first be obtained. For, when general things precede, then each and everything stands out clearly in the light; for particulars enter into generals as things homogeneous into their own receptacles. This brief exposition, however, is not designed for critical examination, but is only offered to the world for information; its contents will be fully proved in the major work itself. Yet the doctrinal tenets of to-day concerning Justification are to be set forth first, on account of what follows concerning the disagreement between the doctrines of the present Church and those of the New Church.

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Footnotes:

1. See the work entitled THE APOCALYPSE REVEALED, published in Amsterdam in 1766.

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(References: Revelation 21:5)


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