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Scripture Confirmations of New Church Doctrine [Brief Latin Title: Dicta Probantia]

1. The Apostles; Miracles

The apostles are named (Acts of the Apostles 1:13, 26).

Judas the traitor burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out (Acts of the Apostles 1:16-19).

Many miracles and signs were done by the apostles (Acts of the Apostles 2:43). Peter and John healed the lame man sitting at the gate of the temple, therefore all were astonished, but when the priests heard them preaching about Jesus, they laid hands upon them, thrust them into prison, and afterwards having threatened them sent them away because of the people (Acts of the Apostles 3:1-20; 4). This miracle was done in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles 4:10, 30).

Many miracles done by the apostles (Acts of the Apostles 5:12, 5:15, 5:16), but yet they were put in prison by the high priest, and although they were led out thence by an angel miraculously, yet they were beaten, and warned not to preach concerning Jesus (verses 29-40).

Stephen also did great signs and miracles (Acts of the Apostles 6:8).

Miracles done by Philip (Acts of the Apostles 8:6, 7, 13).

Simon the sorcerer made himself great in Samaria, saying, here is the great power of God; but he was severely reproved by Peter (Acts of the Apostles 8:9, 10 seq., 20-24).

Miracles done by Peter, and also that he raised the dead to life (Acts of the Apostles 9:33, 34, 36-42).

The miracle of Paul, that a certain man was made blind (Acts of the Apostles 13:11); also others (Acts of the Apostles 19:11, 12; 20:9 seq.; 28:3 seq., 8).

Miracles done by the disciples, and with Paul (Acts of the Apostles 14:3, 8-10, 19, 20; 16:25, 26 seq.).

(References: 1 Peter 2:1-11, 2:9; Luke 11:15, 11:17, 11:19, 16:29-31; Mark 3:22, 13:22; Matthew 24:24-25; Romans 1:13, 1:16-19, 1:26, 3:1-20, 4:1, 4:10, 5:12, 5:15-16, 6:6-7, 6:8, 6:9-10, 6:13, 8:6-7, 8:9-10, 8:13, 8:20-24, 13:11, 14:3, 14:8-10, 14:19-20, 16:25-26)

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Apostoli nominantur, Act. Apost. 1:13, 26.

Quod Judas proditor crepuerit medius, et effusa sint omnia viscera ejus, Act. Ap. 1:16, 17, 18, 19.

Multa miracula et signa per Apostolos facta sunt, Act. Apost. 2:43.

Petrus et Johannes sanaverunt claudum sedentem [ad] januam Templi, unde omnes attoniti, at cum sacerdotes audiverunt illos praedicantes de Jesu, intulerunt illis manus et injecerunt in custodiam, et postea comminati illos propter populum dimiserunt illos, Act. Apost. 3:1 ad 20. Cap. 4, seq:

Quod miraculum hoc factum sit in Nomine Jesu Christi, 4:10, 30.

Miracula multa ab Apostolis, Act. Apost. 5:12, 15, 16. sed usque a Sacerdote magno posuerunt eos in custodia, et tametsi inde ab angelo miraculose educti sunt, sed usque verberati sunt, et comminati ne praedicarent de Jesu, vers: 29 ad 40.

Stephanus etiam fecit signa magna et miracula, Act. Apost. 6:8.

Miracula a Philippo, Act. Apost. 8:6, 7, 13.

Simon magus in Samaria se magnum fecit, dicens hic est virtus Dei magna, sed graviter increpatus est a Petro, Act. Apost. 8:9, 10, seq: 20 ad 24.

Miracula a Petro facta, et quoque quod mortuum excitarit in vitam, Act. Apost. 9:33, 34, 36 ad 42.

Miraculum Pauli, quod quidam factus caecus, Act. Apost. 13:11, tum alia, Cap. 19:11, 12. Cap. 20:9, seq: 28:3, seq: 28:8.

Miracula facta a discipulis, et cum Paulo, Act. Apost. 14:3, 8 ad 10, 19, 20. Cap. 16:25, 26, seq.

(References: 1 Petrus 2:1-11, 2:9; Acta Apostolorum 3:1-20; Luca 11:15, 11:17, 11:19, 16:29-31; Marcus 3:22, 13:22; Matthaeus 24:24-25; Romanos 1:13, 1:16-19, 1:26, 3:1-20, 4:1, 4:10, 5:12, 5:15-16, 6:6-7, 6:8, 6:9-10, 6:13, 8:6-7, 8:9-10, 8:13, 8:20-24, 13:11, 14:3, 14:8-10, 14:19-20, 16:25-26)

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Lucas 11:17

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17 Ipse autem ut vidit cogitationes eorum, dixit eis : Omne regnum in seipsum divisum desolabitur, et domus supra domum cadet.

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Explanation of Luke 11      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Verses 1-2. That in supplication, the affections and thoughts of the supplicant ought to be open inwards to the reception of the Divine Good, and to acknowledge the Divine Human principle of the Lord to be that good, and to receive thence Truth Divine, that so the external man may be brought into conformity with the internal.

Verse 3. And thus to incorporate the goods and truths of the Word into the love and life.

Verse 4. That so all evil may be removed through admission of the Divine mercy, and defence may be had against the powers of darkness, and that thus may be effected final separation from the influence of those powers.

Verses 5-6. Mankind therefore ought to keep their affections and thoughts continually open to the divine being, since the communication of heavenly good and truth cannot otherwise be effected.

Verse 8. For the Divine mercy is always in the desire to open such communication, but unless man exerts his freewill for a similar purpose, it is impossible it can be opened.

Verses 9-10. It is therefore an eternal law, that the who desire good shall receive good, and also that they who desire truth shall receive truth, and that thus communication with heaven and the Lord will be opened.

Verses 11-13. That natural affection is kind to its offspring, and provides all things necessary for their instruction and comfort; how much more the Divine love in regard to its offspring!

Verse 14. That through the omnipotence of the Lord's Divine Human principle, internal falsities are removed which obstruct the confession of Divine power, so that the Divine Human principle is acknowledged.

Verses 15-16. But these effects are imputed to infernal agency by some, whilst others still remain in doubt, and require further proof of Divine agency.

Verses 17-18. Although it is an eternal truth, that dominion grounded in what is evil and false is altogether contrary to dominion grounded in what is good and true, and that no dominion can stand, unless there be unanimity in its constituent principles.

Verse 19. And if the Lord's Divine Human principle exercised power over infernal falsities, in consequence of its connection with infernal agency, then every other power of truth exercised over falsities must be in the same connection.

Verse 20. As on the other hand, if the Lord's Divine Human principle act from its own proper Divine power in extirpating falsities, then it is an evident proof that Divine power is present with man.

Verses 21-22. And that it is present for the purpose of removing infernal influence from man, by removing false principles.

Verse 23. Therefore whoever is not conjoined with the Lord in the good of love, must of necessity be disjoined in the opposite evil, and whoever is not conjoined with Him in the truth of faith, must of necessity be disjoined in the opposite false principle.

Verses 24-26. And however, in such case, the evils of the natural man may appear externally removed, yet the internal man is without faith and charity, and full of evils, whence comes profanation of holy things, which is a more dangerous state than that of no faith.

Verses 27-28. For the regeneration of man can only be effected by the joint operation of the affection of truth and the affection of good.

Verses 29-30. That it is not allowable to seek testifications of truth in any thing but the genuine effect of truth, which, with the Lord, was the glorification of His Human principle, and with man is regeneration.

Verse 31. That the more interior the truths are, which are made known to man's understanding, so much the greater is his condemnation, if he is not more interiorly affected with the love of truth.

Verse 32. And if he does not shun evils accordingly.

Verse 33. For the light of truth ought not to be subjected to the things of man's natural will, but to be exalted by affection in the intellectual mind, and thus to direct the things of the will.

Verse 34. Will of good, man becomes enlightened with true wisdom, but it is otherwise if the understanding of truth be grounded in the love of evil.

Verse 35. For in this case truth is falsified, which is a worse state than that of mere ignorance.

Verse 36. Whereas if truth be exalted over all things of the natural will, in this case both the internal and external man are under its guidance.

Verses 37-41. That the who are in hypocritical worship are more attentive to the things of the external man, than to those of the internal, when yet they ought to be attentive to both.

Verse 41. In which latter case both the internal man and the external would be under the influence of charity, and would thus be purified.

Verse 42. External things of the church, whilst at the same time they are careless about internal things, or such as relate to love and charity.

Verse 43. And seek pre-eminence in holy things, and to be thought better and wiser than others.

Verse 44. And make evils to appear externally like goods, and falsities like truths, so as to deceive the unwary.

Verses 45-46. That they also are accursed, who, by mis-interpretation of the Word, lead others into infestations by falsities, when yet they themselves have no concern about the truth.

Verses 47-48. So that all truth perishes under what is false, and all good under what is evil, thus proving that their understandings are formed of mere falsities destructive of truths, and that those falsities are filled with evils.

Verse 49. And that they thus extinguish every truth of doctrine, and destroy every good of doctrine, and wander from one false doctrine to another.

Verses 50-51. And adulterate all good, and falsify all truth of the Church, by all manner of rejection of the Lord.

Verse 52. They are therefore accursed, because they neither enter themselves into heavenly truth, nor encourage others to enter.

Verses 53-54. That this manifestation of the interior evils of those, who are in hypocritical worship, excites in them bitter animosity against the Lord, with a desire to pervert every truth of His Word.

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Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 5023

Apocalypsis Revelata 553

References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Dicta Probantia 1, 2

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