The Bible


John 5:25-29 : The End is the New Beginning


Study the Inner Meaning

25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

   Study the Inner Meaning
From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 290, 1607, 1999, 2628, 2658, 2798, 3704, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 23, 37, 58, 230, 233, 273, 502, ...

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 119

Conjugial Love 102

Divine Love and Wisdom 4

Divine Providence 128, 159, 324

The Lord 19, 22, 25, 32

Doctrine of Life 2, 105

Interaction of the Soul and Body 8

True Christian Religion 21, 25, 40, 153, 342, 358, 440, ...

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 278

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 43, 63, 82, 186, 228, 250, 261, ...

Canons of the New Church 40

Charity 102

Nine Questions 3

Marriage 21, 25, 40

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 7, 14, 70

Other New Christian Commentary

  Stories and their meanings:

Hop to Similar Bible Verses

Daniel 7:13, 12:2

Word/Phrase Explanations

As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

The Writings tell us that time and space are aspects of the physical world, but do not exist as we know them in the spiritual...

Coming (Gen. 41:14) denotes communication by influx.

Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

Son of God
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to the...

Father, son, mother, and daughter, as in Luke 12:51, 53: By father against son, and by son against the father, is understood evil against truth,...

In John 14:6, 'the way is doctrine,' 'the truth' is every thing pertaining to doctrine, and 'the life' is the essential good which is the...

Power,' as in Revelation 4, signifies salvation, because all divine power regards this as its final purpose. A person is reformed by divine power, and...

'To jubilate' or 'make a joyful noise' signifies worship from the delight of good.

In Revelation 13:3, 'all the world wondered after the beast,' signifies that faith alone was gladly received and became the doctrine of the whole church.

'Resurrection' signifies salvation and eternal life. 'The first,' mentioned in Revelation 20:5, 6, does not mean a first resurrection, but the essence and primary part...

Resources for parents and teachers

The items listed here are provided courtesy of our friends at the General Church of the New Jerusalem. You can search/browse their whole library at the New Church Vineyard website.

 Dramatize the Lord Healing a Man at Pool of Bethesda
Activity | Ages 7 - 10

 How Does The Lord Work In My Life?
Spiritual tasks offer a reflection on a Biblical story and suggest a task for spiritual growth.
Activity | Ages over 18

 Man Healed at Pool of Bethesda
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Memory Verse: Come unto Me
Activity | Ages 4 - 14

 Rise, Take Up Your Bed and Walk
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 The Healing at Bethesda
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Lord Heals the Man at the Pool of Bethesda
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 The Miracle at the Pool of Bethesda
When the Lord told the sick man, "Take up your bed and walk," He meant that the man should walk on a path that would lead him toward heaven. 
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Pool at Bethesda (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 The Pool at Bethesda (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 The Pool at Bethesda (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 The Pool of Bethesda
A New Church Bible story explanation for teaching Sunday school. Includes lesson materials for Primary (3-8 years), Junior (9-11 years), Intermediate (12-14 years), Senior (15-17 years) and Adults.
Teaching Support | Ages over 3

 The Pool of Bethesda
Family lessons provide a worship talk and a variety of activities for children and teens..
Religion Lesson | Ages 4 - 17

 The Pool of Bethesda
Think of this man waiting and watching. Over and over again, he saw that the waters were stirred up, and he tried to get up from his bed and go down into the pool.
Worship Talk | Ages 4 - 6

 The Pool of Bethesda
Like the man who sat beside a pool for thirty eight years waiting for help we also make excuses in the struggle to let go of bad attitudes and habits.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17

 The Pool of Bethesda
Lesson outline provides teaching ideas with questions for discussion, projects, and activities.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 7 - 10

 The Way to Heaven
The Lord has prepared a special place in heaven for everyone, and His Word shows us the way that leads there.
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14



The End is the New Beginning      

By Rev. Junchol Lee

To continue browsing while you listen, play the audio in a new window.

We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.

(References: Habakkuk 3:17)

From Swedenborg's Works


Apocalypse Revealed #641

Apocalypse Revealed (Rogers translation)      

Study this Passage

Go to section / 962  

← Previous   Next →

641. "For their works follow them." This symbolically means, according as they have loved and believed and so have done and spoken.

The works that follow them symbolize everything that remains in a person after death.

People know that the outward acts that people see take their essence, soul and life from internal origins that people do not see, but which are seen by the Lord and by angels. Both of these, outward acts and internal origins, taken together are works - good works if the internal origins are impelled by love and faith, and if people do their outward acts and speak in accordance with them, but evil works if the internal origins are not impelled by love and faith, and if people do their outward acts and speak in accordance with these. If they do outward acts and speak only seemingly in accord with love and faith, those works and words are either hypocritical or merit-seeking.

Ten people may do the same works in outward appearance, but still the works are not alike, because the internal origins which produce the outward actions are not alike.

(References: 1 Corinthians 2:6; Revelation 1:17, Revelation 2:9, Revelation 3:14-15, Revelation 3:19, 14:13)

[2] Who does not see that there is an internal self and an external one, and that these two operate in concert? For who does not see that the intellect and will constitute a person's internal self, and his speech and action his external self? Indeed, who can speak or act apart from his intellect and will? And because everyone sees this, everyone can also see that works consist of the external manifestation and internal origin together. Moreover, because the external manifestation takes its essence, soul and life from its internal origin, as already said, it follows that the external manifestation is of the same character as its internal origin, consequently that the works that follow people are such as they have loved and believed and so have done and spoken.

That good works embody charity and faith may be seen in nos. 73, 76, 94, 141 above. And that a person's inner being or internal self does not consist in understanding without willing, but in willing and so understanding, consequently that it does not consist in believing without loving, but in loving and so believing, and that doing accordingly is a person's outward aspect or external self, may be seen in no. 625 above.

(References: Apocalypse Revealed 510; Revelation 2:4, Revelation 2:9, 3:14-15, Revelation 3:19; Romans 2:6)

[3] It can be seen from this that the works that follow them means, symbolically, according as they have loved and believed and so have done and spoken.

Works have a similar symbolic meaning in the following passages: the day of... judgment... God... will render to each one according to his works. (Romans 2:5-6)

...we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body..., whether good or evil. (2 Corinthians 5:10)

...the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father..., and then He will reward each according to his works. (Matthew 16:27)

They shall come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. (John 5:29)

(They) were judged according to... the things which were written in the books..., each one according to his works. (Revelation 20:12-13)

Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. (Revelation 22:12)

I will give to each one of you according to his works. (Revelation 2:23)

I know your works... (Revelation 2:1-2, 4-5, 8-9, 13, 19, 26; 3:1-3, 7-8, 14-16)

I will repay them according to their work and according to the doing of their hands. (Jeremiah 25:14)

Jehovah... is dealing with us according to our ways and according to our works... (Zechariah 1:6)

And in many other places.

(References: Revelation 1:17, Revelation 14:13)

Go to section / 962  

← Previous   Next →

   Study this Passage
From Swedenborg's Works

Inbound References:

Apocalypse Revealed 76, 612, 698, 868, 949

Thanks to the General Church of the New Jerusalem for the permission to use this translation.