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457. Anders is het gesteld bij hen die alleen in de eredienst van God zijn en niet tevens in de goede werken uit naastenliefde; zij staan gelijk met hen die een verbond breken. Nog anders is het gesteld bij hen die God in drieën verdelen en elk afzonderlijk vereren; nog weer anders bij hen, die zich niet tot God in Zijn Menselijke richten; dezen zijn het ‘die niet ingaan door de deur, maar van elders inklimmen’, (Johannes 10:1, 9) en nog weer anders bij hen die met bevestiging de Goddelijkheid van de Heer loochenen. Bij al dezen is er geen verbinding met God en vandaar geen zaligmaking; en hun naastenliefde is geen andere dan een onechte, en deze verbindt niet van aangezicht tot aangezicht, maar van opzij of van achteren. Hoe de verbinding bewerkt wordt, zal ook in het kort gezegd worden. God vloeit in bij ieder mens met de erkenning van Hem in de erkentenissen over Hem, en tevens vloeit Hij in met Zijn liefde jegens de mensen. De mens die alleen het eerste opneemt en niet het laatste, neemt die invloeiing op in het verstand en niet in de wil, en blijft in de erkentenissen zonder de innerlijke erkenning van God, en zijn staat is zoals die van een tuin in de winter. Maar de mens die zowel het eerste als het laatste opneemt, neemt de invloeiing op in de wil en vandaar in het verstand, dus met zijn gehele gemoed, en hij heeft een innerlijke erkenning van God, die de erkentenissen over God bij hem levend maakt. Zijn staat is zoals een tuin in de lente. Dat de verbinding door de naastenliefde plaatsvindt, komt omdat God elk mens liefheeft en aangezien Hij hem niet rechtsreeks kan weldoen, maar door middel van mensen, zo blaast Hij hun Zijn liefde in, zoals Hij de ouders de liefde jegens de kinderen inblaast. De mens die deze liefde opneemt, wordt met God verbonden en heeft de naaste lief uit de liefde van God; bij hem is de liefde van God binnen in de liefde van de mens jegens de naaste, die het willen en het kunnen bij hem werkt. Aangezien de mens niets goeds doet, tenzij het hem toeschijnt alsof het kunnen, willen en doen uit hemzelf voortkomen, werd hem dit gegeven, en wanneer hij dit in vrijheid als uit zichzelf doet, zo wordt het hem toegerekend en wordt het aangenomen als het wederkerige, waardoor de verbinding plaatsvindt. Het is daarmee gesteld als met het actieve en het passieve en met de samenwerking met het passieve, welke plaatsvindt door het actieve in het passieve, en het is daarmee gesteld als met de wil in de handeling en met de gedachte in de spraak, en met de ziel, die uit het binnenste in beide werkt. Het is daarmee ook zo gesteld als met het streven in de beweging en ook als met het bevruchtende van het zaad, dat uit het innerlijke werkt in de sappen, waardoor de boom tot aan de vruchten voortgroeit en door de vruchten nieuwe zaden voortbrengt. Het is daarmee ook zo gesteld als met het licht in edelstenen, dat teruggekaatst wordt al naar de structuur van de delen, waardoor de verschillende kleuren ontstaan die tot de steen schijnen te behoren, terwijl die toch tot het licht behoren.

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Johannes 10:9

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9 Ik ben de Deur; indien iemand door Mij ingaat, die zal behouden worden; en hij zal ingaan en uitgaan, en weide vinden.

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Explanation of John 10      

By Rev. John Clowes M.A.

Explaining the Inner Meaning of John 10

Verse 10:1. The Lord in his Divine Humanity teaches, that whoever does not approach him in that humanity, by faith and love, destroys in himself the goods of faith by falsities, and thus seeks to establish his own merit.

Verse 10:2. Whereas all they, who by faith and love approach him in his humanity, cherish and keep alive in themselves those goods.

Verse 10:3. Therefore their interiors are opened to the life of heaven, and they obey the divine precepts, and are gifted with heaven according to the good of love and faith, and are led of the Lord, and not of themselves.

Verses 10:4, 5. And in all their operations they have respect to the Lord, and acknowledge the divinity of his humanity, because they obey his precepts, and shun all false principles, as not being in agreement with their love.

Verses 10:6, 7, 8. That this teaching is not understood by the men of the perverted church, therefore they are expressly taught again, that the only entrance to the life of heaven is through the Lord's Divine Humanity, and that all who exalt themselves above that Humanity, destroy in themselves the life of heaven, and are opposed to all heavenly good.

Verse 10:9. Whereas they, who by faith and love acknowledge the Lord in his Divine Humanity, are made partakers of his good and truth in every state of life both internal and external.

Verse 10:10. For as evil and false principles deprive good and truth of their proper life, so the Lord in his Divine Humanity was manifested for the purpose of communicating heavenly life to every good and truth, and this in a greater fullness than had ever been before experienced.

Verse 10:11. Therefore the Lord teaches and leads to all truth, whilst by temptation combats, through his own proper power, he unites his divinity to his humanity.

Verses 10:12, 13. Whereas they, who seek their own glory in what they do, having no regard to the good of others, fall in temptations, and are deprived of all heavenly good, inasmuch as they look more at recompense than at that good.

Verse 10:14. But the Lord in his Divine Humanity imparts heavenly good, acknowledging all who receive that good, as his children, and being reciprocally acknowledged by them as their Father.

Verse 10:15. In like manner as the divinity acknowledges the humanity, and the humanity reciprocally acknowledges the divinity, and by enduring temptations unites itself with the divinity.

Verse 10:16. Thus effecting the salvation of the spiritual, or those who are in the good of faith, and who, through the Lord's Divine Humanity will make one with the celestial, or those who are in the good of love.

Verses 10:17, 18. For by temptations, inmost and plenary union of the divinity with the humanity, and of the humanity with the divinity, was effected until the humanity became divine.

Verses 10:19, 20, 21. That these truths effect a work of judgement in the perverted church, by separating those, who reject and blaspheme the Lord's humanity, from those who acknowledge its divine power manifested in the restoration of the understanding of truth.

Verses 10:22, 23. So that some in the church are in the warmth of heavenly affection and life, whilst others are in the warmth of infernal affection and life, and the Lord in his humanity was instilling introductory truths of wisdom.

Verses 10:24, 25. On which occasion, an apparently ardent desire is kindled in the perverted church, to know the truth respecting the Lord's humanity, and they are instructed, that the truth has been declared to them, but they did not receive it, which truth is, that the operation of the Lord's humanity proved it to be derived from the divinity.

Verses 10:26, 27. This truth however they did not admit, because they were not principled in good, for all they, who are principled in good receive the doctrine of the Lord's Divine Humanity, and are acknowledged by that Humanity, and are obedient to its guidance.

Verses 10:28, 29, 30. They receive also from that humanity the life of heavenly love, and are never separated from it, because there is no power which is able to separate them, since the divine good, by which they are drawn to the Divine Humanity, is above every other power, and one with that humanity.

Verses 10:31, 32, 33. That they, who are of the perverted church, oppose the above divine truths with falsities, and being questioned why they thus set themselves against the operation of the divine good, they reply, that they do not oppose the divine good, but the blasphemous idea that humanity can be divine.

Verses 10:34, 35, 36. But this humanity on the contrary teaches, that there is no blasphemy in calling itself divine, since the Holy Word, which is eternal truth, ascribes divinity to those who receive it, and therefore divinity ought more especially to be ascribed to that humanity which proceeded from it, and which is it.

Verses 10:37, 38. And the humanity ought to be judged from its operation, since if its operation be divine, it is a manifest proof that it has reciprocal union with the divine good.

Verse 10:39. That this reasoning is not apprehended by those who are of the perverted church, and therefore they again seek to destroy the Lord's humanity, but in vain.

Verses 10:40, 41, 42. For the Lord in his humanity applies himself to the Gentiles, who are principled in introductory truths, and amongst them he establishes his church, being received by them with affection, and with faith, not grounded in miraculous testimony, but in the love of truth for its own sake.

From Swedenborg's Works

Toelichting(en) of referenties van Swedenborgs werken:

Hemelse Verborgenheden in Genesis 2088, 2356, 5135, 5201, 6078, 8864, 8906, ...

Apocalyps Onthuld 176, 618, 914, 916

Echtelijke Liefde 160

Goddelijke Voorzienigheid 230

Ware Christelijke Religie 133, 174, 177, 370, 380, 457, 538


References from Swedenborg's unpublished works:

Apocalypse Explained 208, 1154

Canons of the New Church 43

Charity 160

De Domino 12

Scriptural Confirmations 14, 88

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