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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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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References from Swedenborg's unpublished works: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

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Commentary

 

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)

From Swedenborg's Works

 

True Christian Religion #358

True Christian Religion (Chadwick translation)      

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358. (iii) A person can acquire for himself a life of faith and charity.

It is the same with this, for he acquires it when he approaches the Lord, who is life itself. Nor is the approach to Him blocked for anyone, since He constantly invites everyone to come to Him. For He said:

He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. And I will not cast out anyone who comes to me, John 6:35, 37.

Jesus stood and cried, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink, John 7:37.

Elsewhere:

The kingdom of the heavens is like [a king] 1 , who held his son's wedding, and sent his servants to summon the guests. And finally he said, Go to the ends of the streets 2 , and invite to the wedding anyone you find, Matthew 22:1-9.

Surely no one can help knowing that the invitation or summons is addressed to everyone, and so is the grace shown in receiving them.

The reason why a person is given life by approaching the Lord is that the Lord is life itself, not only the life of faith, but also the life of charity. It is evident from the following passages that the Lord is life, and man's life comes from the Lord:

In the beginning was the Word. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men, John 1:1, 4.

As the Father raises up the dead and makes them live, so the Son makes him whom He wishes live, John 5:21.

As the Father has life in Himself, so did He grant the Son to have life in Himself, John 5:26.

The bread of God it is which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world, John 6:33.

The words which I speak to you are spirit and life, John 6:63.

Jesus said, He who follows me will have the light of life, John 8:12.

I have come so that they may have life, and have it in abundance, John 10:10.

He who believes in me, though he die, shall live, John 11:25.

I am the way, truth and life, John 14:6.

Because I live, you too shall live, John 14:19.

These things have been written so that you may have life in His name, John 20:31.

He is everlasting life. 1 John 5:20.

Life in faith and charity means spiritual life, which is given to a person by the Lord during his natural life.

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Footnotes:

1. These words, omitted in the Latin, were added in the author's copy.

2. The Latin has 'waters', but this is corrected in the author's copy.

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(References: Matthew 22:2-9)

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Inbound References:

True Christian Religion 367, 377, 392


Thanks to the Swedenborg Society for the permission to use this translation.


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