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


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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.

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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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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

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The End is the New Beginning      

By Rev. Junchol Lee

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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)

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Canons of the New Church #40

Canons of the New Church (Mongredien and Coulson translation)      

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1. The Divine Trinity, which is at the same time a Unity, cannot be comprehended by anyone in any other way than as being like soul, body, and activity, in the case of man; consequently in no other way than that the Divine Itself called the Father is the soul, the Human called the Son is the body of that soul, and the Holy Spirit is the activity proceeding. 1

2. Everywhere in the Christian Church, therefore, there is acknowledgement that in Christ God and man, that is the Divine and the human, are One Person, as are soul and body in man. This acknowledgement is there due to the Athanasian Creed.

3. Anyone, therefore, who has an understanding of the union of soul and body, and the resulting activity, comprehends God's Trinity, and at the same time His Unity, in an obscure sort of way.

4. A rational man knows, or can know, that the soul of a son is from his father, and that the soul clothes itself with a body in the mother's womb, and that afterwards all activity proceeds from both.

5. Anyone who has a knowledge of the union of soul and body, also knows, or can know, that the life of the soul is in the body, and that the life of the body is thus the soul's life.

6. Consequently, that the soul lives, and accordingly feels and is active, in the body and from it, and the body lives, feels, and is active from itself, yet all the while from the soul.

7. This is so, because all things of the soul are the body's, and all things of the body are the soul's. It is due to this and to nothing else that there is union between them.

8. It is only an appearance that the soul acts separately of itself through the body, the fact being that it acts in the body and from the body.

9. From these things a rational man acquainted with the interaction between soul and body can grasp the meaning of these words of the Lord:

that the Father and He are One; [John 10:30]

that all things of the Father are His, and all His are the Father's; [John 16:15; 17:10]

that all things of the Father come to Him; [John 6:37]

that the Father hath given all things into the Son's hand; [John 13:3]

that as the Father works, the Son works also [John 5:17, 19]

that he who sees and knows the Son, sees and knows the Father also; [John 14:7, 9]

that they who are one in the Son, are one in the Father; [John 17:21]

that no one hath seen the Father, save the Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, and who has brought Him forth to view; [John 1:18; 5:37; Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22]

that the Father is in the Son and the Son in the Father; [John 17:21]

that no one cometh to the Father but by the Son [John 14:6]

that as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself; [John 5:26]

that in Jesus Christ dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; [Col. 2:9]

besides several other places. In these passages, by "the Son" is meant the Father's Human.

10. From these statements it follows that the Godhead and the soul of the Son of God, our Saviour, are not distinctly two, but are one and the same.

11. 2 That the "Son of God" is God the Father's Human has been fully shown above, for what else did the mother Mary give birth to but a Human in which was the Divine from God the Father? It is owing to this that from birth He was called "the Son of God"; for the angel Gabriel tells Mary, "the Holy thing that will be born of thee shall be called the Son of God" [Luke 1:35.]; and the Holy thing that was born of Mary was a Human in which was the Divine from the Father.


1. In N. the words ab utroque, "from both," are added here by another hand.

2. In N. this paragraph is unnumbered. In Sk. it is no. 11.


(References: Hebrews 2:9; John 14:9-10)

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