GOOD AND TRUTH (pt. 4)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
Doctrinal Series
GOOD AND TRUTH
(pt. 4)

Goods are manifold; in general there is spiritual good and natural good, and both are conjoined in genuine moral good. As goods are manifold, so also are truths, because truths are of good, and are the forms of good.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 16)

In the manuscript, the author, Emanuel Swedenborg, annexed to each section of the doctrine extracts from the Arcana Coelestia, because in the Arcana Coelestia the same things are more fully explained. Arcana Coelestia is available in print or online.

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GOOD AND TRUTH (pt. 3)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
 Doctrinal Series 
GOOD AND TRUTH
(pt. 3)

Because the conjunction of good and truth is an image of marriage, it is plain that good loves truth, and truth, in its turn, loves good, and that one desires to be conjoined with the other. The man of the church, who has not such love and such desire, is not in the heavenly marriage, consequently the church as yet is not in him; for the conjunction of good and truth constitutes the church.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 15)

In the manuscript, the author, Emanuel Swedenborg, annexed to each section of the doctrine extracts from the Arcana Coelestia, because in the Arcana Coelestia the same things are more fully explained.  Arcana Coelestia is available in print or online.

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GOOD AND TRUTH (pt. 2)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
 Doctrinal Series 
GOOD AND TRUTH
(pt. 2)

It is according to Divine order that good and truth should be conjoined, and not separated; thus, that they should be one, and not two; for they proceed in conjunction from the Divine, and are conjoined in heaven, and therefore they should be conjoined in the church. The conjunction of good and truth is called, in heaven, the heavenly marriage, for all there are in this marriage. Hence it is that in the Word heaven is compared to a marriage, and that the Lord is called the Bridegroom and Husband, but heaven, and also the church, are called the Bride and Wife. That heaven and the church are so called, is because they who are therein receive Divine good in truths.

All the intelligence and wisdom which the angels have is from that marriage, and not any of it from good separate from truth, nor from truth separate from good. It is the same with the men of the church.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 13-14)

In the manuscript, the author, Emanuel Swedenborg, annexed to each section of the doctrine extracts from the Arcana Coelestia, because in the Arcana Coelestia the same things are more fully explained.  Arcana Coelestia is available in print or online.

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GOOD AND TRUTH (pt 1)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
 Doctrinal Series 
GOOD AND TRUTH.
(pt 1)

All things in the universe, which are according to Divine order, have relation to good and truth. There is nothing in heaven, and nothing in the world, which has not relation to these two; the reason is, because both good and truth proceed from the Divine from Whom all things are.

Hence it appears that there is nothing more necessary for man to know than what good and truth are; how the one has respect to the other; and how one is conjoined to the other. But such knowledge is especially necessary for the man of the church; for as all things of heaven have relation to good and truth, so also have all things of the church, because the good and truth of heaven are also the good and truth of the church. It is on this account that a beginning is made from good and truth.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 11-12)

In the manuscript, the author Emanuel Swedenborg, annexed to each section of the doctrine extracts from the Arcana Coelestia, because in these the same things are more fully explained.  Arcana Coelestia is available in print or online.

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The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine (9)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
 Doctrinal Series 
INTRODUCTION TO THE DOCTRINE
(no 9)

The doctrine of charity, which is the doctrine of life, was the doctrine itself in the ancient churches. Concerning these churches see in Arcana Coelestia (n. 1238, 2385). And that doctrine conjoined all churches, and thereby formed one church out of many. For they acknowledged all those as men of the church who lived in the good of charity, and called them brethren, however they might differ respecting truths, which at this day are called matters of faith. In these they instructed one another, which was among their works of charity; nor were they indignant if one did not accede to the opinion of another, knowing that everyone receives truth so far as he is in good. Because the ancient churches were such, therefore they were interior men; and because they were interior men they excelled in wisdom. For-

they who are in the good of love and charity, as to the internal man, are in heaven, and as to that are in an angelic society which is in similar good. Hence they enjoy an elevation of mind towards interior things, and, consequently, they are in wisdom; for wisdom can come from no other source than from heaven, that is, through heaven from the Lord; and in heaven there is wisdom, because there they are in good.

Wisdom consists in seeing truth from the light of truth; and the light of truth is the light which is in heaven.

But in process of time that ancient wisdom decreased; for-

as mankind removed themselves from the good of love to the Lord, and of love towards the neighbor, which love is called charity, they removed themselves in the same proportion from wisdom because, in the same proportion, they removed themselves from heaven. Hence it was that man, from being internal, became external, and this successively; and when he became external, he became also worldly and corporeal.

When such is his quality, he cares but little for the things of heaven; for the delights of earthly loves, and the evils which, from those loves, are delightful to him, then possess him entirely. And then the things which he hears concerning the life after death, concerning heaven and hell, in a word, concerning spiritual things, are as it were out of him, and not within him, as nevertheless they ought to be.

Hence also it is, that the doctrine of charity, which with the ancients was held in such high estimation, is at this day among the things that are lost. For who, at this day, knows what charity is, in the genuine sense of the term, and what, in the same sense, is meant by our neighbor? whereas, that doctrine not only teaches this, but innumerable things besides, of which not a thousandth part is known at this day. The whole Sacred Scripture is nothing else than the doctrine of love and charity, which the Lord also teaches, when He says:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; this is the first and great commandment; the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Matt. 22:37-39).

“The law and the prophets” in each and all things are the Word.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 9)

To be continued . . .
[In the following doctrine in the book there are annexed to each section extracts from the Arcana Coelestia, because in these the same things are more fully explained.]

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The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine (8)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
 Doctrinal Series 
INTRODUCTION TO THE DOCTRINE
(no 8)

The end of the church is when there is no faith because there is no charity. This is shown in the small work on The Last Judgment and Babylon Destroyed (n. 33-39 seq.).

Because the churches in the Christian world have separated themselves from each other solely by such things as are of faith, when yet there is no faith where there is no charity, I will, by way of introduction to the doctrine which follows, make some observations concerning the doctrine of charity with the ancients.

It is said “the churches in the Christian world,” and by them is meant the churches with the Reformed or Evangelical and not the Papists, since the Christian church is not there; for where the church exists the Lord is adored and the Word is read; whereas, with the Papists, they adore themselves instead of the Lord; they forbid the Word to be read by the people; and affirm the Pope’s decree to be equal, yea, even above it.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 8)

To be continued . . .

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The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine (7)

The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine
Emanuel Swedenborg
 Doctrinal Series 
THE NEW HEAVEN AND THE NEW EARTH,
AND WHAT IS MEANT BY THE NEW JERUSALEM

(no 7)

To add a few words respecting the doctrine which is delivered in the following pages. This, also, is from heaven, because it is from the spiritual sense of the Word, and the spiritual sense of the Word is the same with the doctrine that is in heaven; for there is a church in heaven as well as on earth.

In heaven there are the Word and doctrine from the Word, there are temples there, and preaching in them; there are also both ecclesiastical and civil governments there: in a word, the only difference between the things which are in heaven, and those which are on earth, is, that in heaven all things exist in a state of greater perfection, since those who are there are spiritual, and spiritual things immensely exceed in perfection those that are natural.

That such things exist in heaven may be seen in the work concerning Heaven and Hell throughout, particularly in the article concerning Governments in Heaven (n. 213-220); and also in the article on Divine Worship in Heaven (n. 221-227).

From these things it may be evident what is meant by “the holy city, New Jerusalem, was seen to descend from God out of heaven.”

But I proceed to the doctrine itself, which is for the New Church, and which is called Heavenly Doctrine, because it was revealed to me out of heaven; to deliver this doctrine is the design of the present book.

(The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine 7)

To be continued . . .

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