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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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True Christian Religion 342

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The Last Judgment (Continuation) 66

Last Judgment (Posthumous) 69

Spiritual Experiences 5834, 5992

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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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By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

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

References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 205, 298, 850

On the Athanasian Creed 187

Marriage 102

Scriptural Confirmations 4, 33

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