Explaining the Inner Meaning of Mark 6
Verses 1-3. THAT doubt is excited in the church respecting the origin of the LORD'S wisdom and power.
Verses 4, 5. The reason of which is shown to be this, that the LORD, and the Divine Truth which is from Him, is less in heart received and loved within the church than out of it, so that the Divine Omnipotence is limited in its operation.
Verses 6, 7. Nevertheless it is necessary that Divine Truth should be made known in the church, for which purpose all who are principled in goods and truths are gifted with power from the LORD'S Divine Human principle over all opposing evils and falsities.
Verses 8, 9. And are instructed that all goods and truths are not from themselves, but from the LORD alone; and since Divine Truth is only one, namely, what is from the Divine Good, therefore they are to procure from that source both interior and exterior truth, and not to ascribe it partly to the LORD and partly to themselves.
Verses 10, 11. And if the truths which they teach be not received in the will-principle, the loss of eternal life must be announced as the necessary consequence, since they who are in evil of life, and at the same time in ignorance of truth, are more excusable than those who know the truth, and yet cherish evil.
Verses 12, 13. For the essential life of truth consists in renouncing evil love, and thus in rejecting infernal influence, and admitting the good of heavenly love in the place of that which is disorderly.
Verses 14, 15, 16. That they who are principled in what is evil and false, are instructed concerning the LORD, and externally confess Him to be the Word, and to be endowed with Omnipotence.
Verses 17, 18, 19. When yet they had before done violence to the Word, because it reproved their evil cravings.
Verse 20. Nevertheless in their understandings they acknowledged the sanctity of the Word, and had an external delight in its precepts.
Verses 21-29. Until the affection of what is false, operating on natural delights, leads them astray, and thus tempts them to deny the Word, and thereby destroy it.
Verses 29, 30. But they, on the contrary, who are principled in what is good and true, apply the Word to the regeneration of their hearts and lives, and thus have approach to and communication with the LORD.
Verses 31, 32. Yet these are instructed that the heavenly good of love and charity cannot be appropriated but by the apparent desolation of truth.
Verses 33, 34. On which occasion the affection of truth is excited anew, and with it the Divine mercy towards all who are in that affection.
Verses 35, 36, and part of 37. So that in states of spiritual obscurity and desolation the LORD provides for their support by the communication of truth and good from Himself.
Verse 37, latter part. Which to the natural man appears impossible.
Verses 38-43. Nevertheless through exploration of himself, operating to the right arrangement of interior goods and truths, and through benediction at the same time from the Divine Good, communication is opened with the [natural man.
Verses 43, 44. And heavenly good and truth are appropriated in all fullness to all those who are in truths derived from good.
Verse 45. Who are instructed to acquire the knowledges of truth and good for the better restoration of order from the LORD'S Divine Human [principle] in inferior principles.
Verse 46. Since when this is effected, a fuller communication and conjunction with the Divine Good has place.
Verses 47-51. So that the presence and influx of the LORD are imparted to those who are in the ultimates of the church, and thereby in an unpacific state.
Verses 51, 52. Thus they who are in the knowledges of truth and good, have conjunction with the LORD, and are restored to tranquillity, notwithstanding the weakness of their faith.
Verse 53-56. So that evils and falsities are more worked upon, and purification is effected by communication with the LORD in lowest principles.