Explaining the Inner Meaning of Mark 12
Verse 1. THAT spiritual truth is communicated from the LORD by the Word to man, as a security against evils and falsities, and for the procuring of heavenly good, and for elevation to interior intelligence, whilst the LORD Himself appears absent.
Verse 2. For the LORD is continually intent on producing in man's mind the good of love and charity, and on instructing man by His Word that this good ought to be acknowledged as a Divine gift, and thus returned to Himself, the giver.
Verses 3, 4, 5. But they who are in the science of truth without its life, either pervert, or reject, or falsify the truth.
Verses 6, 7, 8. Insomuch that they reject the Divine Truth itself, or the Word, when manifested in the flesh, and thus appropriate all good and truth to themselves, instead of ascribing them to their Divine Source.
Verse 9. Therefore they perish in the day of judgement, being deprived of all knowledge of the truth, which is transferred to those who are principled in good.
Verses 10, 11. Thus fulfilling the prediction which teaches that the LORD'S Humanity, which is Divine Truth, should, by such rejection, be exalted to union with the Divinity through its own proper power, and should thus become the supreme object of worship and adoration.
Verses 13, 14, and part of 15. That they who are in hypocritical worship treat the Word with outward respect, and consult it for the regulation of the external man as to things of moral and civil life.
Verse 15, latter part. But this they do without any regard to the regulation of the internal man.
Verses 16, 17. Whereas the Word teaches by significatives that the external man bears the image of the world for which it was created, and therefore ought to be regulated by and submit to the laws of moral and civil life; but that the internal man bears the image of heaven for which it was created, and therefore ought to be regulated by and submit to the laws of heavenly or spiritual life.
Verses 18-24. That they also who deny the Scripture doctrine of regeneration consult the Word respecting the heavenly marriage of good and truth.
Verse 24. But being perplexed about it, they are instructed that their perplexity is the effect of their ignorance, in consequence of not admitting into their minds and lives the Divine Truth and Good of the Word by regeneration.
Verse 25. Which heavenly principles must be admitted during man's abode in this world, otherwise they cannot be admitted after death; and which, if admitted, form angelic life.
Verses 26, 27. Therefore the Word teaches that all celestial, spiritual, and natural good and truth are from the LORD, and that none can attain such good and truth but in the degree in which they renounce self-love, and cherish heavenly love.
Verses 28-30. The Word further teaches that the LORD, in His Divine Humanity, is Divine Love and Divine Wisdom United, and is thus the Only GOD; and that He ought to be loved by man with the whole of his will, and of his understanding, also with those things which are of the will and of the understanding in the external man.
Verse 31. In like manner man ought to love the good and truth which are from the LORD in others as in himself.
Verses 32-34. Which doctrine is assented to even by those who are of the perverted church, and who, on that account, are pronounced by the LORD to be in the way of advancement towards heaven.
Verses 35-37. The Word further teaches that man ought to consider well the quality of the LORD'S Humanity, so as to discern clearly, that although before glorification it was the Son of Mary and of David, yet after glorification it ceased to be so, being then one with the Eternal FATHER, and thus having Omnipotence and Omniscience.
Verses 38-40. Caution also is necessary respecting those in the perverted church, who seek preeminence in the communication of good and of truth, and to be thought better and wiser than others, whilst under a pretence of piety they deprive those of truth who are in the desire of truth, and thus increase their own condemnation.
Verses 41, 42. For the LORD, from His Divine Love, perceives the quality of everyone's worship, as proceeding either from the knowledges of truth in the understanding, or from the desire of truth in the will.
Verses 43, 44. But the worship proceeding from the latter source is more acceptable to Him than the worship proceeding from the former source.