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Doctrine of the Lord (Rogers translation)

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1. The Holy Scripture Throughout Has the Lord As Its Subject, and the Lord Embodies the Word

We read in John:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of people. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.... And the Word moreover became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as though of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-5, 14)

Again in the same Gospel:

...the light came into the world, but people loved darkness more than light, for their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

And elsewhere in it:

While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be children of light.... I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. (John 12:36, 46)

It is apparent from this that the Lord is, from eternity, God, and that God Himself is the Lord who was born in the world. For we are told that the Word was with God, and that the Word was God. Also that without Him nothing was made that was made. And later we are told that the Word became flesh, and people beheld Him.

[2] Why the Lord is called the Word is little understood in the church. However, He is called the Word because the term “Word” symbolizes Divine truth itself or Divine wisdom itself, and the Lord embodies Divine truth itself or Divine wisdom itself. That, too, is why He is called the light, which is also said to have come into the world.

Because Divine wisdom and Divine love are united, and were united in the Lord from eternity, therefore we are told as well that “In Him was life, and the life was the light of people.” Life means Divine love, and light Divine wisdom.

This is the union meant by the statement that the Word was in the beginning with God and that God was the Word. With God means in God, for wisdom is present in love, and love in wisdom.

So, too, we find elsewhere in John:

...Father, glorify Me with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. (John 17:5)

“With Yourself” means in Yourself. That, too, is why we are told, “And God was the Word.” And elsewhere that the Lord is in the Father, and the Father in Him, and that He and the Father are one.

Now because the Word is the Divine wisdom accompanying Divine love, it follows that it is Jehovah Himself, thus the Lord, by whom all things were made that were made, inasmuch as they were all created out of Divine love by means of Divine wisdom.

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Inbound References:

Apocalypse Revealed 472, 819

Divine Providence 172

The Lord 37

Sacred Scripture 89

Other New Christian Commentary

Word of God 1

Explanation of John 1:4 1

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.


 Lazarus Raised
Lazarus means "God is my help." He pictures a hope that trusts in and waits patiently for God but sometimes seems to sicken and die. In bringing Lazarus back to life Jesus showed His power over death itself.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 11 - 17


Published by the General Church of the New Jerusalem, 1100 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania 19009, U.S.A. A translation of Doctrina Novae Hierosolymae de Domino, by Emanuel Swedenborg, 1688-1772. Translated from the Original Latin by N. Bruce Rogers. ISBN 9780945003687, Library of Congress Control Number: 2013954074.

The Bible

John 12:36

English: King James Version

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36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.

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Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 51, 1839, 2349, 2813, 3195, 3863, 9807

Apocalypse Revealed 167, 553, 666, 796, 890, 954

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 98

Doctrine of the Lord 1, 2, 32

Life 17

Heaven and Hell 129

Interaction of the Soul and Body 6

True Christian Religion 85, 107, 337, 618, 761


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 63, 97, 724, 815, 852

Coronis (An Appendix to True Christian Religion) 54

Divine Wisdom 1

Marriage 85, 107

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 14

Other New Christian Commentary

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Word/Phrase Explanations

light
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believe
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children
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children of light
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Hide
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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.


 A Corn of Wheat
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Anointing His Feet
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

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Three variations of a project to illustrate the importance of looking to the Lord in His Word as we walk the path of life. 
Project | Ages 4 - 14

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Illustrations of three stories in the Word that talk about plants. (Quotations are the King James translation.)
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 For Reflection: Hosanna
“Hosanna” means “Save us, we beseech You!” or “Save us now we pray!” Why do we need to ask the Lord to save us?
Activity | Ages over 15

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Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Light of the World
Use light colored crayons or pastels on dark paper to illustrate light in the darkness.
Project | Ages 4 - 14

 Palm Sunday
Coloring Page | Ages 7 - 14

 Palm Sunday (3-5 years)
Project | Ages 4 - 6

 Palm Sunday (6-8 years)
Project | Ages 7 - 10

 Palm Sunday (9-11 years)
Project | Ages 11 - 14

 Palm Sunday: John
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

 Quotes: King of Kings
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Quotes: The Lord's Final Temptation
Teaching Support | Ages over 15

 Receiving the Lord as King
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 Rejoice
Worship Talk | Ages 7 - 14

 The Reasons for Palm Sunday
Worship Talk | Ages over 18

 Triumphal Entry
This lesson discusses a story from the Word and suggests projects and activities for young children.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
A lesson for younger children with discussion ideas and a project.
Sunday School Lesson | Ages 4 - 6

 Walk While You Have the Light
The Lord is present with people in the Word, in the truths of the Word in the person’s mind. By these truths a person has spiritual light from the Lord; and in that light he can see the way of regeneration in which he should go.
Article | Ages over 18

 Welcoming the King
An illustrated story of Palm Sunday.
Story | Ages 3 - 7


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