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Spiritual & Biblical Interpretations of Life

The Glorification: How the Lord Jesus made His Human Divine Truth

There was a parrellel process by which the Lord made his human divine while He was in the world. I described before how He made his human ‘divine good’ in the glorification process; now I will described how he made his human ‘divine truth’. The process by which he made his human divine truth has to do with the Word because the Word is divine truth in its internal. Swedenborg writes that the Lord gradually became the whole of divine truth while in the world by the actions of his life, particularly each time he fulfilled the prophecies about himself made by the prophets in the Word:
Because the Lord, by the assumption of a natural human, made himself divine truth in outmosts, he is called the ‘Word’, and it is said that ‘the Word was made flesh’; moreover, divine truth in outmosts is the Word in the sense of the letter. This the Lord made himself by fulfilling all things of the Word concerning himself in Moses and the Prophets. For while every man is his own good and his own truth, and a man is a man on no other ground, the Lord, by the assumption of a natural human, is divine good and divine truth itself.

When Jesus declares in the sinigogue the words, ‘This day the scriptures are fulfilled’, we realize that He is the fulfillment of the prophesies about the Messiah. It is an extraordinary moment that is the culmination of centuries of prophecy and preparation, and is the convergence of the divine truth of the Word and the divine embodied. As we discussed in the beginning the Word is the divine truth that has been accomodeted down to humans by discreet degrees. It manifests on earth in the form of the published Bible through revelation given to the prophets and disciples, (Swedenborg writes that this was sometimes done by divine dictation). In the Bible of the Old testamant it is prophecied that the Messiah will come and He will accomplish deeds that will redeem all humanity. The Lord came into the world and lived all that was prophecied about him. Thus He embodied divine truth, and fully became divine truth in fulfilling each and every one to the last one which took place on the cross. This is why He is the living Word; He lived it, He embodied it, and He became it. This is not a metaphor, but a historical accomplishment that was centuries and centuries in the making.
We can understand this from a truth we have all heard in common language: ‘A man or women becomes what they do’. We become what we believe, will, and do. This is because our soul is composed of our will and understanding. When we are stripped away of all the externals, as we will be when we die, we are left with what we really love and believe, and this is what forms our internal soul. Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies which are divine truth, therefore He became divine truth. Here is another angle to look at this: by being born in the natural world of earth He separated himself into an external and internal, which is the situation of all humans who are born. By progressively fulfilling all prophecy in the Word to the end, He brought the external (His body) and His internal (His soul) into perfect union, known as the Holy marriage between His divine essence and human. In the resurrection there was no more separation; his physical body became divine, for that which merges with the divine is divine, and there is only one divine. When you break metal in two, and then weld it back together, the weld becomes the strongest part. His presence and power were upgraded by the crucible of the glorification process. He became what He did, and what He did in his life is fulfill the prophecies, overcome all temptation, subjugate all the powers of evil by Himself by astounding acts of love and power. We take all this now as a foregone conclusion, but He risked everything by coming here. The fate of the universe was in a little baby. All of His life the Lord only willed love and mercy toward all human beings, spirits and angels, – no matter what was put upon him.

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