"And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His doctrine. For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."
Matthew 7:28, 29
What the Writings Testify
The following extracts from the theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg are mostly selections used by the late Rev. C. Th. Odhner in the pamphlet, "Swedenborg's Testimony concerning His Writings", which was published in 1902 and revised by a committee of three editors in 1920.
The object in the present compilation is to present, simply and clearly, those teachings which most directly describe the nature of the revelations given through Swedenborg, who subscribed himself "the Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ".
The passages quoted in the body of the text are taken from the theological works written by Swedenborg after 1748. Two excerpts from the "Documents" have also been used. Repetition has been avoided when possible, but some statements have been used again under different headings. Headings, foot-notes, and some revisions of the translation have been supplied by the compiler who has also appended some NOTES to define the relation of the internal sense to the sense of the letter of the Word, and to describe certain states by which Swedenborg was prepared for his office.
It is obvious that no selection of extracts can present the complete doctrine. The full meaning of any one passage can be gained only when it is read in its context. And the real testimony to the Divine origin and authority of the Writings is the clarity and power of their doctrinal message. The doctrine of the New Church, "by truths from the sense of the letter of the Word and at the same time by rational things from natural light", will convince even the natural man "if he is willing to be convinced". (AR 544, compare SS 4)
Hugo Lj. Odhner
December 1, 1960