Charity and Good Works (pt. 57)
v Doctrinal Series v
AND LOVE TOWARDS THE NEIGHBOR
It is different with those who merely worship God, and do not at the same time do good works from charity. These are like those who violate covenants. It is different again with those who divide God into three and worship each one separately; and still different with those who do not approach God in His Human; these are such As enter not by the door, but climb up some other way (John 10:1, 9). It is also different with those who from confirmation deny the Lord’s Divinity. With all of these there is no conjunction with God, and therefore no salvation; and their charity is nothing but spurious charity, and this does not effect conjunction by the face, but by the side or back.
How conjunction is effected shall be told in a few words. With every man God flows into man’s knowledge of Him with acknowledgment of Him, and at the same time flows in with His love towards men. The man who receives in the former way only, and not in the latter, receives that influx in the understanding and not in the will, and remains in knowledge of God without an interior acknowledgment of God; and his state is like that of a garden in winter. But the man who receives in both ways, receives the influx in the will and from that in the understanding, thus in the whole mind, and he has an interior acknowledgment of God which vivifies in him the knowledges of God; and his state is like that of a garden in spring.
Conjunction is effected by charity, because God loves every man, — as He cannot do good to man immediately, but only mediately through men, — He inspires men with His own love, as He inspires parents with love for their children; and the man who receives that love has conjunction with God, and from God’s love loves his neighbor; and in him, God’s love is within man’s love towards the neighbor, and produces in him the will and the ability.
Moreover, as man does nothing that is good unless it appears to him that the ability, the will, and the doing are from himself — this appearance is granted him; and when he does good from freedom as if of himself, it is imputed to him, and is accepted as the reciprocation by which conjunction is effected. This is like active and passive, and that cooperation of the passive which is effected from the active in the passive. It is also like will in doing, and like thought in words, the soul operating from the inmost into both. It is also like effort in motion; and like the prolific in seed, which from the interior operates in the juices through which the tree grows even to fruit, and through fruit produces new seed. It is also like light in precious stones which is reflected according to the texture of the parts, producing various colors, belonging apparently to the stones, but in fact to the light.
To be continued . . .