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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


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Revelation 1:7

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7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

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Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 24, 25, 26, 27, 28


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 3858

Apocalypse Revealed 1, 43, 642, 820

A Brief Exposition of New Church Doctrine 73

Conjugial Love 81, 135

Doctrine of the Lord 26

True Christian Religion 625, 776


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Apocalypse Explained 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 431, ...

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 31, 32

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Matthew 12:46-50

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46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

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Verse 1. The Lord teaches by representatives, that when spiritual good and truth are conjoined, which is the Sabbath, then the church may enter into the possession and appropriation of all natural good and truth.

Verse 2. Which liberty is condemned as contrary to order, by those who are in the mere representatives of the church, and thus only in the literal sense of the Word.

Verses 3-6. But the Lord teaches that it is agreeable to the internal sense of the Word.

Verse 6. And also to Himself, who is the all of that sense.

Verses 7, 8. And who wills internal worship more than external, and is the all of good and truth, and of their conjunction. 

Verses 9-14. By whom alone therefore truth, which had separated itself from good, is restored to communication and conjunction, and good is liberated from falsities.

Verse 14. Which is not believed by those who are in the mere representatives of the church, and who therefore separate themselves from the Lord's Divine Humanity.

Verse 15. But it is believed by others, who are thereby delivered from evils and falsities.

Verse 16. And this out of mere mercy.

Verses 17-22. As had been predicted.

Verse 18. By which predictions it was declared, that the Lord would glorify His Human essence, by uniting it with the Divine, that He might thus reveal Truth Divine to those who were in ignorance.

Verse 19. And this without doing violence to their natural affections, thoughts, and conceptions,

Verse 20. Or hurting the sensual truth belonging to the simple, or destroying any spiritual truth beginning to have life with them from ever so scanty a measure of the good of love.

Verse 21. Thus they who were in ignorance and simple good would attain eternal life through conjunction with the Lord's Divine Humanity.

Verses 22, 23. By whose Omnipotence all infernal falsities are separated, which cause an obstruction of intellectual sight and of the confession of Divine power, so that the Divine Humanity is acknowledged by all who are in any state of good and truth.

Verse 24. Nevertheless, these effects are imputed to infernal agency by those who are in hypocritical good.

Verses 25, 26. 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 neither dominion can stand, but must fall to pieces, unless there be unanimity in its constituent principles.

Verse 27. And if the Lord's Divine Humanity 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 28. As, on the other hand, if the Lord's Divine Humanity acts from its own proper Divine power, which is the Divine Truth in union with Divine Good, to extirpate falsities, then it is ready to communicate itself for the same purpose to every one else who is in truth and good.

Verse 29. And unless this Divine power be communicated for the subjugation of infernal falsities, it is impossible that evils with their concupiscences can be subdued; whereas if the dominion of infernal falsities be destroyed, then the dominion of evils and their cravings cannot long endure.

Verse 30. Therefore whoever is not conjoined with the Lord's Divine Humanity in the good of love, must needs be disjoined in the opposite evil, and whoever is not conjoined with the same in the truth of faith must needs be disjoined in the opposite false principle.

Verse 31. And whoever denies the Divine Truth proceeding from the Lord's Divine Humanity that is, the Word, and adulterates its essential goods, and falsifies its essential truths, must needs separate himself from all conjunction with heaven.

Verse 32. But not so, if he only interprets the natural sense of the Word, which is the sense of the letter, according to appearances.

Verses 33, 34. Therefore it is not allowable. for any one to speak well and to think ill, nor to do well and to will ill, for thereby the false lies concealed inwardly in the truths which are spoken, and in the goods which are done, which is hidden poison.

Verse 35. That in the works of a regenerate man are contained all the goods and truths from which they proceed, and in the works of an unregenerate man all his evils and falsities, whatever may be the appearances to the contrary.

Verses 36, 37. The same is true of their words.

Verses 38, 39. That it is not allowable to seek testifications of the truth in anything but in the genuine effect of truth, which with the Lord was the glorification of His Humanity, and with man is regeneration.

Verse 40. Which glorification could only be effected, and which regeneration can only be effected, by temptation-combats, of which Jonah in the fish's belly, and the Lord's death and burial, were representative figures.

Verse 41. That the more interior the truths are, which are made known to man's understanding, so much the greater is his condemnation, if he does not shun evils accordingly.

Verse 42. And if he is not more interiorly affected with the love of truth.

Verses 43, 44. For however in such case the defilements of the natural man may appear externally removed, yet the internal man is without faith and charity, and full of falsities and evils.

Verse 45. Whence comes profanation of holy things, or the conjunction of evil with good, which is a more dangerous state than that of no faith.

Verses 46-50. Therefore the Lord has no conjunction with external good and truth, only so far as they proceed from the internal.

Verse 48. Because He Himself successively and continually separated from Himself, and put off what was merely human.

Verse 50. Therefore He acknowledges none as conjoined with Him, but such as are in the good of charity from Him, and in truths derived from that good, and who are thus of His spiritual church.

From Swedenborg's Works

Explanations or references:

Arcana Coelestia 2159, 2574, 2649, 3703, 5409, 6756

Apocalypse Revealed 32

Conjugial Love 119, 120

Doctrine of the Lord 35

True Christian Religion 102, 306


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Spiritual Experiences 5992

Marriage 102

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