The New Christian
Bible Study

Read the Bible, and explore the New Christian perspective on its inner meaning.

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Mary, By Henry Ossawa Tanner

The Betrothal

"A virgin, betrothed to a man..." In this short phrase, there is a very important set of truths. We hope you'll enjoy this Christmas doctrinal class by Rev. Andrew M.T. Dibb.


The Annunciation, 1898. By Henry Ossawa Tanner. Public Domain, Located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

You Shall Bear a Son

In this wonderful Bible story, the Lord sends an angel, Gabriel, to tell Mary that she will be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah.


The Annunciation to the Shepherds, By Henry Ossawa Tanner

Shepherds in the Fields

One of the most significant events in human history is the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of humanity. It is notable that besides Mary and Joseph, shepherds were the only people invited to visit Jesus on the night of his birth. Why only shepherds? What is the spiritual significance of the shepherds?


Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus. A painting by Richard J. Cook, whose work may be seen at

The Birth of Jesus

In the Bible story of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, His birth on earth represents His birth in our hearts. His birth in us is the creation of unselfish love in our hearts.


Abraham Lincoln Photo

Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving

Abraham Lincoln's spiritual faith was deep and thoughtful. His proclamation of a national day of Thanksgiving, during the Civil War, was very moving. He seems to have been a reader of Swedenborg's theological works, and was close friends with Swedenborgians in Illinois.


A loaf of homemade bread.

Three Feasts

The Children of Israel were commanded to hold three feasts each year, including two for harvests. Why? Should we still do that?


A nice mother-daughter hug.


In general, mothers in the Bible represent the Lord's church on earth, or the church among those who know and follow the Lord. In some cases "mother" more specifically means the truth of the church, the true teachings the church has about the Lord and about life.


Pray hard.

Worrying About the Future

Consider the simple faith expressed in this psalm to the Lord. A confidence that evil will be punished and that good will always prevail. The future is bright. There is no need to worry.


Moses and the Burning Bush

The Burning Bush

'Take off your shoes from upon your feet' means that the powers of the senses, which form the external levels of the natural, should be removed. 'For the place which you are standing on is holy ground' means that otherwise the Divine cannot come in. '


Three layers of meaning; A single light soap bubble photograph by Pashminu, from Wikimedia Commons.

Correspondence between Spiritual and Natural Levels

There's a correspondence between things that exist at different levels of being. The Word was written based on these correspondences.


Meaning of the Four Horsemen

The Meaning of the Book of Revelation: the Four Horsemen

What do these horses, and their riders, represent? What do they have to do with us, today? Watch as Curtis Childs and Jonathan Rose explore the hidden Bible meaning of the Four Horsemen in the Book of Revelation, in this video from the Swedenborg and Life Series, from the Swedenborg Foundation.


A day in the life of an angel


In the Bible, there are quite a few stories about angels. Angels visit Abraham and Lot. An angel blocks Balaam's path. The angel Gabriel visits Mary and Joseph. There are other stories, too. So, what about angels? What does the New Christian Church teach about them?