Selection from True Christian Religion ~ Emanuel Swedenborg
God is Love itself and Wisdom itself, and these two constitute His Essence.
In the earliest ages, it was seen that love and wisdom are the two essentials to which all the infinite things that are in God and proceed from God have reference.
But succeeding ages, as they withdrew their minds from heaven and immersed them in things worldly and corporeal, gradually became unable to see this – for they gradually ceased to know what love is in its essence, and thus what wisdom is in its essence, not knowing that love abstracted from a form is impossible, and that love operates in a form and through a form.
. . . God is the Itself and the Only, and thus the first substance and form, the essence of which is love and wisdom.
. . . From Him were made all things that were made, it follows that He created the universe with each thing and all things of it from love by means of wisdom; consequently, the Divine love, together with the Divine wisdom, is in each and all created subjects.
Love, moreover, is not merely the essence that forms all things, it is also that which unites and conjoins them, and thus, when they are formed, holds them in connection.
(True Christian Religion 37:1)