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True Christianity #102

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102. There is a belief that the Lord in his human manifestation not only was but still is the Son of Mary. This is a blunder, though, on the part of the Christian world. It is true that he was the Son of Mary; it is not true that he still is. As the Lord carried out the acts of redemption, he put off the human nature from his mother and put on a human nature from his Father. This is how it came about that the Lord's human nature is divine and that in him God is human and a human is God. The fact that he put off the human nature from his mother and put on a divine nature from his father - a divine human nature - can be seen from his never referring to Mary as his mother, as the following passages show: "The mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine. ' Jesus said to her, 'What do I have to do with you, woman? My hour has not yet come'" (John 2:4). Elsewhere it says, "Jesus on the cross saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing next to her. He said to his mother, 'Woman, behold your son. ' Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold your mother'" (John 19:26-27). On one occasion he did not acknowledge her: "There was a message for Jesus from people who said, 'Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, and they want to see you. ' Jesus said in reply, 'My mother and my brothers are these people who are hearing the Word of God and doing it'" (Luke 8:20-21; Matthew 12:46-49; Mark 3:31-35). So the Lord called her "woman," not "mother," and gave her to John to be his mother. In other passages she is called his mother, but not by the Lord himself.

(References: John 2:3-4; Matthew 12:46-50)

[2] Another piece of supporting evidence is that the Lord did not acknowledge himself to be the son of David. In the Gospels we read,

Jesus asked the Pharisees, saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They say, "David's. " He said to them, "Why then does David in the spirit call him his Lord when he says, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies as a footstool for your feet?"' If David calls him Lord, how is he his son?" And no one could answer him a word. (Matthew 22:41-46; Mark 12:35-37; Luke 20:41-44; Psalms 110:1)

[3] Here I will add something previously unknown. On one occasion I was given an opportunity to talk to Mother Mary. She happened past, and I saw her in heaven over my head in white clothing apparently made of silk. Then, stopping for a while, she said that she had been the Lord's mother in the sense that he was born from her, but by the time he became God he had put off everything human that came from her. Therefore she adores him as her God and does not want anyone to see him as her son, because everything in him is divine.

From the points above another truth now becomes manifest: Jehovah is as human in what is first as he is in what is last, as the following passages indicate: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the One who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8, 11). When John saw the Son of Humankind in the middle of seven lampstands, he fell at his feet as if dead; but the Son of Humankind laid his right hand on John and said, "I am the First and the Last" (Revelation 1:13, 17; 21:6). "Behold, I am coming quickly to give to all according to their work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last" (Revelation 22:12-13). And in Isaiah, "Thus said Jehovah, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, Jehovah Sabaoth: I am the First and the Last" (Isaiah 44:6; 48:12).

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Mark 12:35-37

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35 And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David?

36 For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

37 David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

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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.

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Arcana Coelestia 344, 1017, 1725, 2037, 2049, 2116, 2162, ...

Doctrine of the Lord 14, 35, 51

True Christian Religion 102

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Apocalypse Explained 298, 687

Marriage 102

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