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True Christian Religion #102

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102. It is believed that the Lord as to His Human not only was, but also is, the Son of Mary; but in this the Christian world is mistaken. That He was the Son of Mary is true, but that He still is, is not true; for by the acts of redemption He put off the Human derived from the mother and put on the Human from the Father. Consequently the Human of the Lord is Divine, and in Him God is Man, and Man God. That He put off the Human from the mother, and put on the Human from the Father, which is the Divine Human, is evident from the fact that He never called Mary His mother. This may be seen from the following passages:

"The mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come" John 2:3-4;

and elsewhere;

"When Jesus saw" from the cross "His mother, and the disciple standing by whom He loved, He saith unto His mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith He to the disciple, Behold thy mother!" John 19:26-27; and once He did not acknowledge her.

It was told Jesus "by certain, which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And He answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the Word of God, and do it" Luke 8:20-21; Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35.

Thus the Lord did not call her "mother," but "woman," and entrusted her to John as a mother; in other places she is called His mother, but not by Himself.

[2] This is also proved by the fact that He did not acknowledge Himself to be the Son of David: for we read in the Evangelists:

that Jesus asked the Pharisees, "saying, What think ye of Christ? whose Son is He? They say unto Him, The Son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call Him Lord, how is He his Son? And no man was able to answer Him a word" Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44; Psalms 110:1.

[3] 1 To the above I will add this account of an incident not hitherto recorded: 2

It was once granted me to speak with Mary, the mother. She was then passing by, and appeared in heaven over my head, clothed in white raiment like silk. Pausing for a little she said that she had been the mother of the Lord, for He was born of her; but that He, having become God, put off all the Human He had from her; and therefore that she now worships Him as her God, and is unwilling that any one should acknowledge Him as her Son, because the whole Divinity is in Him.

From what has been said this truth is now clear that Jehovah is Man in first things and in last, as the following passages declare:

"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,... which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty" Revelation 1:8, 11.

When John saw the Son of Man in the midst of the seven candle-sticks, he fell at His feet as dead; and He laid His right hand upon him, saying, "I am the first and the last" Revelation 1:13, 17; 21:6;

"Behold, I come quickly, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" Revelation 22:12-13.

Again in Isaiah it is written:

"Thus saith JEHOVAH the King of Israel, and His Redeemer JEHOVAH ZEBAOTH; I am the first, and I am the last" Isaiah 44:6; 48:12.

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Footnotes:

1. This passage is in quotation marks in Original Edition.

2. This incident is repeated in 827 with variations.

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True Christian Religion 342


   Parallel Passages:

The Last Judgment (Continuation) 66

Last Judgment (Posthumous) 69

Spiritual Experiences 5834, 5992

True Christian Religion 827

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The Bible

 

Revelation 1:11

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11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

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Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 38, 39, 40, 41


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 6044, 10044

Apocalypse Revealed 1, 13, 29, 42, 92, 248, 522

Conjugial Love 81, 326

The Lord 36

Sacred Scripture 98

True Christian Religion 19, 102, 261, 625


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 20, 44, 56, 57, 58, 59, 257

Canons of the New Church 5, 12, 31

Divine Wisdom 8

Marriage 19, 102

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 4, 11, 32

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Matthew 22:41-46

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41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.

43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

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Verses 1, 2. That heaven and the church are an image and likeness of the Lord through the reception of His Divine Love and Wisdom in conjunction.

Verse 3. To which reception all are called by the Word, but they who are in mere natural loves reject the call.

Verses 4, 5. And though the call be repeated, and the Lord offers to conjoin Himself to them, and them to Himself, by love, and to endow them with all external and internal goods thence derived, yet they who are in mere natural loves, prefer their own natural good to spiritual good, and their own natural truth to spiritual truth.

Verse 6. And thus destroy in themselves all spiritual good and truth.

Verse 7. Whereby they plunge themselves into all kinds of evils and falsities, to the utter extinction of all spiritual life and doctrine.

Verses 8, 9, 10. Nevertheless, the Word, though rejected by some, is communicated to others who are in the falsities of ignorance, and they are thus called to conjunction of life with the Lord.

Verse 11. But of these, some admit only the science of truth in the understanding, without conjoining it with charity in the will, and thus have indeed a semblance of spiritual life, when yet it is merely natural.

Verses 12, 13. Therefore in the day of inquisition, they are found to be void of all truth, and are deprived of all knowledges derived from the Word, and consociated with those who are in falsities derived from evil.

Verse 14. For man is not saved by knowledge alone, but by a life according to knowledge, which is charity.

Verses 15, 16, 17. That they who are in hypocritical worship treat the Word with much outward respect, and consult it for the regulation of the external man as to things of moral and civil life.

Verse 18. But this they do without any regard to the regulation of the internal man.

Verses 19, 20, 21. Whereas the Word teaches by significatives, that the external man bears the image of this 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.

Verse 22. But this is incomprehensible to those who are in hypocritical worship, therefore they reject the internal of the Word.

Verse 23. That they also who deny the Scripture doctrine of regeneration consult the Word.

Verses 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. But abiding merely in the external or literal sense, they are perplexed about the doctrine of marriage, or the conjunction of good and truth in the regenerate mind.

Verse 29. Therefore they are instructed that they are in perplexity, in consequence of not admitting the Divine Truth, and the Divine Good of the Word by regeneration.

Verse 30. Which 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 31, 32. 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.

Verse 33. Which doctrine is delightful to those who are in the affection of good and truth.

Verses 34, 35. But not so to those who are in hypocritical good, for they who are in this good, even in their pretended enquiry after truth, oppose both good and truth; and though they make a semblance of consulting the Divine Will, yet they do it in subtlety.

Verses 37, 38, 39, 40. Therefore they are instructed that the will of the Lord is that man should love Him with all his will and all his understanding, likewise with all his love and all his faith, and should in like manner love also the good and truth which are from the Lord, in others as in himself.

Verse 41, to the end of the chapter. And that for this purpose he should consider the quality of the. Lord's Divine Humanity, so as to discern, that although before glorification it was the Son of Mary, and of David, yet after glorification it ceased to be so, being then derived from the Father and one with the Father, and thus having Omnipotence and Omniscience.

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Arcana Coelestia 36, 1725, 2135, 2162, 2649, 3387, 4592, ...

The Lord 6, 14, 35

True Christian Religion 102


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