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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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Revelation 1:8

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8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

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Main explanations:

Apocalypse Revealed 29, 30, 31


Other references to this verse:

Arcana Coelestia 6044, 10044

Apocalypse Revealed 1, 42, 92, 248, 522, 811

Conjugial Love 81, 326

Doctrine of the Lord 36

The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem Regarding the Sacred Scripture 98

True Christian Religion 13, 19, 102, 261, 625


References from Swedenborg's drafts, indexes & diaries:

Apocalypse Explained 35, 41, 42, 43

Canons of the New Church 5, 12, 31

Marriage 13, 19, 102

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 4, 11, 31

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20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.

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Verses 1-5. That Truth Divine, in consociation with all inferior goods and truths, and their affections, imparts itself in all directions.

Verse 5. Teaching that its reception is four-fold, first, as it is received by those who have no concern about truth, being in phantasies and false persuasions which pervert it.

Verse 6. Secondly, as it is received by those, who have a concern about truth, but not for its own sake, thus not interiorly, therefore the truth perishes.

Verse 7. Thirdly, as it is received by those who are in the cravings of evil, which suffocate it.

Verse 8. Fourthly, as it is received by those who from the Lord love the truths which are in the Word, and from Him do them, and therefore this fourfold reception of the truth ought to be well attended to.

Verses 9-10. Otherwise the Word will be understood only according to its literal or external sense, and not according to its spiritual or internal sense, which latter sense is revealed to those who are in the good of charity and the truth of faith from the Lord, but not to others, lest they should profane it.

Verses 11-12. For when the truth is revealed to those who have no concern about it, it is immediately darkened and infernal spirits, so that it produces no effect on the love and life.

Verse 13. And when it in received by those who have a concern about truth, yet not for its own sake, thus not interiorly, it excites indeed external delight, arising from external affection, but whereas it has no place in the will, it cannot stand the assault of evils and falsities.

Verse 14. And when it is received by those who are in the cravings of evil, it is suffocated and rendered unfruitful by worldly anxieties and the lust of gain.

Verse 15. But when it is received by those, who from the Lord love the truths which are in the Word, it affects first the will, and thence the understanding, and thus the life.

Verse 16. That therefore 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 guide and direct the things of the will.

Verse 17. Since all evils and falsities will sooner or later be manifested to those who are in them, and likewise all goods and truths to those who are in them.

Verse 18. Every one therefore ought to be attentive to the affection with which he receives the truth, since they who are in the good of charity and the truth of faith are accepted in heaven and become angels, every one according to the quantity and quality of intelligence and wisdom which he has acquired to himself in the world, whereas they who are in falsities derived from evil in the other life are deprived of all truths.

Verses 19-22. That the Lord has no conjunction with external good and truth, only so far as they proceed from internal.

Verses 20-21. Therefore he himself successively and continually separated from himself what was merely human, and acknowledged none as conjoined with Him, but such as are in the good of charity from him, and in truths derived from that good.

Verses 22-23. That during regeneration, before the natural man is entirely submitted to the spiritual, there arise various natural lusts which cause disturbance, in which case the Divine (being or principle) seems absent.

Verses 24-25. But that when the spiritual man prevails, the disturbance ceases, and that hence is excited holy worship and adoration, at perceiving how hell and its cravings are subject to the Lord.

Verses 26-30. That infernal spirits make external confession of the Lord, and supplicate deliverance from his presence and influence, because they excite pain.

Verses 30-34. That these infernal spirits act on man in confederacy, and love to dwell in his filthy cravings, which is permitted of the Divine mercy, until both themselves and the cravings are separated from the penitent mind, and cast into hell.

Verses 34-35. On which occasion enquiry is made concerning the state of the penitent mind, and it is found to be a state of good receptive of truth, and of heavenly order, and accepting of Divine influence from the Lord's divine natural principle.

Verses 36-37. Nevertheless they who are in evil of life reject this state, and with it all communication with the Divine source of Good.

Verses 38-39. But they who are purified by repentance and faith seek conjunction of life with the Lord, and under his influence proclaim to others the Divine glory manifested in their purification and regeneration.

Verses 40-41. That supplication is made for the affection of truth in the Church, that through communication with the Lord it might no longer be immersed in impure loves, but might be exulted to heavenly love.

Verse 42. Which supplication is received by the Lord.

Verses 43-44. And that spiritual love is communicated to those who were in mere natural love, through the ultimates of the Divine being or principle.

Verses 45-46. Which communication is distinctly perceived by the Lord, notwithstanding the variety of objects to which it is applied, being known in all cases by the distinct affection which calls it forth.

Verse 47. That the sense of this Divine perception on the Lord's part excites a holy fear and humiliation, with confession of Divine influx.

Verse 48. Which humiliation and confession, under the Divine mercy, are productive of salvation and peace.

Verse 49. That the affection of truth in the church appears to be so immersed in impure loves, that it is impossible it can be exalted to heavenly love.

Verses 50-52. This appearance however is shown by the Lord to proceed from the spirit of unbelief, since if he be invoked; and his Divine influence be accompanied by faith and charity, and works of charity, together with natural good and truth, the affection of truth will then certainly be exalted to heavenly love.

Verses 53-55. Still this seems incredible, until it is proved to be true by the removal of the spirits of unbelief, and the communication of Divine power from the Lord by his Word.

Verse 56. To the astonishment of those who are in natural good and truth, and who are incapable of comprehending it.

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Arcana Coelestia 367, 2159, 2574, 2649, 5409, 8361

Apocalypse Revealed 32

Conjugial Love 119, 120

Divine Providence 128

Doctrine of the Lord 35

Doctrine of Life 2, 39

True Christian Religion 102, 306, 376, 483


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