CHRISTMAS MEDITATION ON WHY JESUS WAS BORN AT THE DARKEST POINT IN HISTORY AND THE GREAT GOOD NEWS WE CAN CHERISH NOW AND FORVER

December 17th, 2020

 

This is a time that dredges up deep and dark feelings, and also a time of great joy.

Swedenborg, from ‘True Christian Religion’:

“At the time of the Lord’s first coming the hells had increased to such a height as to fill the whole world of spirits, which is intermediate between heaven and hell, and thus had not only thrown into disorder the heaven that is called the lowest, but also had attacked the middle heaven, which they infested in a thousand ways, and which would have gone to destruction if it had not been upheld by the Lord. Such an uprising of the hells is meant by the tower built in the land of Shinar, the head of which was to reach to heaven.

The hells had increased to such a height because at the time when the Lord came into the world the whole earth had completely alienated itself from God by idolatries and magic; and the church which had existed among the children of Israel and afterwards with the Jews, had been utterly destroyed by the falsification and adulteration of the Word. All these, both Jews and Gentiles, had after death streamed into the world of spirits, where at length their number was so increased and multiplied that they could be driven out only by a descent of God Himself and then only by the strength of His Divine arm. How this was done has been described in the little work on the Last Judgment (London, 1758). At the Lord’s first coming this increase of the hells was the work of idolaters, magicians, and falsifiers of the Word. This impending damnation Jehovah God removed by means of His Human, thus redeeming angels and men. From this it is clear that without the Lord’s coming no one could have been saved” (True Christian Religion, n. 121).


The incarnation of the Lord took place when the decline of religion, and the attendant expansion of darkness, had reached the point of crisis – humanity had approached the event horizon of a black hole – If the decline had been allowed to continue, all of humanity would have been consumed in evil, from which there could be no return. This decline took place simultaneously on Earth and in the spiritual world.

The basic story is known by the Christian world: The Lord was born on Earth to set all things into order. He is the Hero of Heroes, the redeemer and savior of all, not only then but now and in every moment of every day. He is life and we are receptacles of life from Him. He provides and gives us freedom as a means of salvation. If we are conscience it is inherent in us, from our whole being, to give thanks, to honor, to trust, and love Him sincerely and with humility. Because Jesus was born as a human in the natural world, and overcame all temptation put upon Him, subjugated all the forces of evil seeking to destroy humanity, and in doing so fulfilled all prophecy – He gained the power to never allow this to happen again! He is the innermost from the minutest material to the highest of the high (alpha and Omega). He promised he will keep good and evil in equilibrium on this earth, which is the basis of our freedom; and, that He will never allow the integrity of heaven to be compromised again. There is no salvation without freedom for this is the only way the bond with Him and each other can be forged. He knows all the pain and trials we go through in this life, and as we keep our trust in Him as best we can a bond is gradually formed that can’t be taken away.

This is the great good news – He is worthy to be trusted completely, and we can be saved. He wants us to seek Him and fight for Him in our hearts and life; He wants us, in time, to come Home to His kingdom more than anything, From the beginning He has prepared a place intended for you. He knows we have an innate need to trust, that we have a hard time, that we have fear, that we are faulted, but he knows us and loves us, and we can utterly trust in Him.


“The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who lived in a land of deep darkness

on them light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation,

you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

as with joy at the harvest” (Isaiah 9:2-4)

The Development of an Inner Sanctuary: Interpretation of Psalm 23

December 4th, 2019

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. The Lord Jesus is our guide and inner teacher, we are meant to be led by Him. He is the living Word and teaches us through the Word and by the Holy spirit, which is His presence. He teaches those who genuinely yearn for good in their life, church and country. The Lord and the life He gives restores our wholeness in spite of circumstances. The inner life He offers us is the greatest treasure, but we have to fight for it. The more we allow ourself to be led by the Lord the more we become our true self.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. The 23 Psalm is a lot about having an inner sanctuary. In love and faith to the Lord we can have a sense of inner peace. This is an inward resource that provides direction, and self-agency in spite of what problems may come. I am a hospice chaplain and hope to help others find this inner pasture as they pass the days in bed. One can see the kind of inner resources people have and I help them to develop their inner life as best I can. Green pastures represents spiritual nourishment; and the whole phrase means peace that comes after trials. In John in regard to pasture the Lord says, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.

He leads me beside quiet waters. This also refers to inner sanctuary and the mercy the Lord gives to all who go through trails.

 He refreshes my soul. My sense of this is that for those who yearn for God, they receive an intimate love for Him, and with that the light of wisdom. I have often experienced that when I read the Word and seek to understand the scriptures, I feel a palpable light enter into my my mind and body and brings a sense of joy and purpose and relief from stress and anxiety. My soul feels refreshed in a spiritual way, very much like our mind and body does at the sight of a calm body of water, or at the sight of a flowing river in a green valley. God can be seen in nature, the innate moral yearnings of man, and in the Word.

Our psyche lets go and receives the Lord when we come into humility. True humility never remains unknown like a spring flower hidden within grass that releases its fragrance far and wide. Humility is the soul’s true beauty because beauty is the form of love. It makes it possible to find strength and rest unlike pride which is wearisome to the soul

He guides me along the right paths. In the spiritual world there are paths that lead to heaven or hell. In the world of spirits one is being constantly vastated either toward heaven or hell according to one’s own loves and inclinations. The Lord and his angels also walk with us in this world in the sense they are constantly trying to guide us to the heavenly path. Swedenborg writes that the ‘stone along the path’ spoken of in the Bible is a real place along the path that leads out of the world of spirits to heaven or to hell. Those who cannot see the stone in the path stumble on it and fall the wrong way. Those who can see and accept the guidance of the angels from their inner love are guided to their place in heaven. 

       This phrase also has to do with the way ‘paths’ are built in our psyche. Paths our built in our mind by the union of exercising our love and intelligence in union for a useful life accomplishment, whether that be big or small. The path is formed by exercising our skills and inner gifts from the love of being useful, and becomes a bond with God particularly when we realize the good we do comes from God. The path is laid when action is taken.

 For His name’s sake. By the word “Name” (including Jehovah, the Lord, and Jesus Christ), is not meant just the name of one person, but the whole infinite Kaleidoscope of truths and loves of which Jesus Christ is the source, and for which He is worshiped. The power in the Name of Jesus Christ is not in the mere name but in loving and understanding who He is and what he did for us. He redeemed everything by His supreme acts of love. The resurrection can be compared to the dynamics of Supernovas, where all the elements on the periodic table are produced in the moments before and during the explosion, and where immeasurable heat and light are produced and distributed to the universe. In the resurrection Jesus renewed all things, He distributed spiritual gifts to the souls of man, He paved the paths to heaven that had been lost in the psyche and soul of man. In Him are all the infinite and interconnected truths and loves of life. He is the source and He is the way, and we have the opportunity to know the way by the gifts he gave us to use.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  Jesus gives us the eternal promise that He is closest when we are lowest, undergoing trials and temptation, and most in need of him. Trials will always come in this world, but we can always trust in the Lord that He will be with us, and that he is just. There is no greater power than divine truth from Him.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. In correspondences the table is a container of celestial truths, because good food means spiritual nourishment, and the table holds these in abundance. Our soul is made to be a receptacle of wisdom from the Lord, as a plant receives light from the sun and converts it to life energy. The anointing of the head with oil also corresponds to the taking-in of spiritual nourishment. This verse is reminiscent of Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus. She was so filled with love for Him and the revelation that He is God that her ‘cup overflowed with Joy’. Love elevates perception, and perception elevates love so she was on fire with the union of love and awareness. In spite of the difficulties of the circumstance Mary seized the moment and anointed Jesus while he was alive. For her incredible act of love – being the first to understand that He is God – Jesus memorialized her action for all time.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. The Lord gave us life from the moment of conception. From His infinite wisdom He made us to fill a unique need in the universe at the time of our conception. We have to live into it from our own will. Everyone ever born is meant for heaven (chosen), but because we are free many choose poorly. (Freedom is both the means of salvation and the cause of hell). Nevertheless, all life is sacred, and all are meant for heaven where God wants nothing more than to prepare a place of us at the table.

The Form of our soul at death is determined by the concordance between our external and internal self. What this means is there is a union formed between faith and charity when we act on them together, but not so if we make them separate. From the union of love and intelligence (charity and faith) springs forth renewed life like water from a fountain (as it did in Mary). At the same time, in this process, we also bond with God (to the degree we developed it) for He is the source of the good we are expressing.  The constellation of this union at the time of death does not change. This is the meaning of ‘As the tree falleth, so it lies”. Bringing our internal and external into harmony by the way we lived is a spiritual practice. Our internal and external being in harmony speaks to being genuine, honest, humble and strong. If they are separated we have been dishonest, avoidant, lukewarm and cannot be in the light of heaven. The practice of union is the source of all genuine spirituality. The constellation of this union at death is like a seed which, when exposed to heavenly light, will grow in magnificent ways we cannot conceive of now, and it does so for eternity. (In my house I will build you many mansions.) He is with us always. 

Revealing Something Wonderful About Names in the Bible – and About the Name of God

December 2nd, 2019

 

In the Bible the word “Name” doesn’t only mean the name of the person, but it refers to the quality of a person’s soul, the whole of that person’s loves and talents. In the case of God, by the name of – ‘Jehovah’, the ‘Lord’, and ‘Jesus Christ’ – is meant the whole infinite Kaleidoscope of truths and loves of which He is the source and for which He is worshiped. The Power in Name of Jesus Christ is in loving and understanding who He is and what he did for us.
 
The encounter between the resurrected Jesus and Mary Magdalen at the tomb reveals something wonderful about names. In John the scripture reads:
 
“Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
 
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
 
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
 
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
 
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).”
 
The moment Jesus said her name Mary knew who He was, and she knew that she was seen. Her eyes were opened and her soul was opened. In saying her name Jesus saw into the whole of her soul – all of her goals, abilities, weaknesses, and her great love. It is a terribly intimate, scary and wonderful thing to be fully seen, loved and accepted, in being seen, and accepting it her soul was magnified and healed.
Jesus is present to each of us, He sees what we’re going through, what we love, what we need and when we are ready. We on our part need to turn to Him and seek Him, be willing to have our hearts opened – and to accept Him as our inner teacher as Mary did. This scene with Mary reminds me of a similar scene in the story of the Road to Ameus. In the story Jesus walks along with two men but they do not know who He is. As they walk Jesus teaches them about all the scriptures concerning Himself and His mission. When they come to their home they sit together for a meal, and Jesus breaks bread – and at that moment suddenly their eyes were opened and they knew who He was. And they said to each other, “Oh how our hearts burned as he taught about the whole of the scriptures concerning Himself!”
Swedenborg tells that in entering heaven a person (angel) is given a new name, one that corresponds to the quality of their nature and ruling love. This is reflected in what often happens in the Bible where a person or prophet is given a new name as they come into their own, just as Jesus did for Peter and Paul at their respective moments of enlightenment. Peter was called ‘the rock’, and ‘Simon’; and Paul was called ‘Saul’. The same thing is done in many native cultures after a person goes through the rite of passage, or a ritual of awakening.
 
To know is to love and to love is to know.
 

A Study on the Meaning of the Magnificent Prayer that Jesus Prayed For Himself (John 17: 1-5): And How it Is That Jesus Broke the Unbreakable Law of Nature.

May 26th, 2019

After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. The hour has come refers to the last temptation and the coming resurrection. Jesus and God are one but from being born on earth there is a change. To glorify means to make divine; and the whole arch of Jesus life is to make His natural human body divine. In the process of doing this He would ‘renew all things’. His soul is divine, and his body is natural. The rigorous process of the glorification is to make His natural body divine, and take it up into heaven. The resurrection is the transformation of his body from being natural to spiritual so it enters the spiritual world in the highest and the innermost. He prays to accomplish these things.

Before God come down to earth He is Jehovah, the one God. God has always been in the human form from the beginning; as He says we are ‘made in His image’. He was born on earth because a great separation had grown between Him and humanity to such a degree man would have been lost in abysmal darkness and perished. No man can approach God in his essence and live; it would be like approaching the sun. But to be born as a man on earth made Him the bridge; it made him accessible to humans without harming them, and He could also be in the presence of evil spirits without destroying their existence yet be able to defeat them. (I wont describe the whole Glorification process here but there are several articles on this blog where it is described in full detail.) 

For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Jesus possesses within himself the love and wisdom to govern the whole universe. In the resurrection He became the innermost and that which is the innermost is present to and renews all things in the universe. Here is a good way to understand this: It defies the universal laws of physics to take the physical body into the spiritual world. We all know this is an impossibility from experience. But Jesus broke this universal law and actually raised His human body into heaven by making it divine in the glorification process. He who breaks such a universal law becomes the universal law. He does so not for himself but from a love for the whole of humanity and the universe that had never existed before. This is how He is granted ‘authority over all people’. He who is the highest is also the innermost of all things and thus governs from love. He paved the way for all people to have the chance to be restored. He did so by re-building the union between body and soul, and between earth and heaven, that had been almost completely destroyed by evil forces. He did this in the universal, and what is done in the universal is done in every particular for all things. What had become dark and disconnected in the psyche of man became connected and vivid again by Jesus blazing the path by overcoming all temptation from evil in His own human body. He prayed for the ability to do this.  He didn’t do this unilaterally for people; he restored the opportunity for all people to achieve salvation, but everyone has to walk the path with Him from our own desire. This is what it means that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Also, at the same time, Jesus, by himself, restored the equilibrium between heaven and hell that had been lost and which constitutes the essence of man’s freedom, and this freedom that He alone provides – is the only means of salvation.

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. This is an enormous statement that has so much to do with why we love and worship Him, the only one who is worthy. He speaks honestly the truth about himself. It’s so wonderful because what He did was profoundly difficult to a degree far beyond human comprehension to understand. He is the hero of heroes.

‘On earth’ has two important meanings. One is that it refers to the natural world of earth. That sounds simple enough but there is a great distinction to make that is very enlightening about the phrase ‘Glory on earth’. As Jehovah from the beginning God was always the highest and in the celestial and spiritual realms, but being born on earth and resurrecting He entered the natural realm also for the first time. Now by being in ‘the whole’, that is the union of the celestial, spiritual and the natural, He made the light available to man exponentially brighter! Only when He was born on earth did He add the natural to Himself, and in so doing increased His power, presence, love. From this union He achieved flows the source of life, love and wisdom. This is what is meant by I am the Alpha and Omega, and the statement ‘I draw all things unto me’. It is also why the Holy Spirit comes into being after the resurrection. The Holy Spirit is Jesus; it is His presence in increased and direct relationship to all things.

The second thing is that in the internal sense ‘earth’ means the church of man on earth. While on earth Jesus started the new church. The old church had become completely external, bereft of genuine charity. There must be a genuine church at all times on earth for humanity to exist, so Jesus was born to do this. While on earth He taught people how to love again, He gave us the One to truly worship, He taught us how to know God, and He established an internal church on earth. He prayed for the ability to accomplish this.

And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. Jesus prays to the Father to become One again as the divine human in the highest. Another utterly unique Quality of Jesus is this: God is the one from his infinite wisdom that puts all humans through trials and temptations for the sake of their growth and ultimate salvation. Jesus was the only one, and the only one who ever will, that gave himself temptations and trials. For Him this was the essential part of his Glorification process by which he removed hereditary evil from his human body. He prayed for the last temptation to achieve the resurrection. This is part of why He so often says ‘for the sake of fulfilling all prophecy, let it be done’. Jesus is the only one who went through the process of the Glorification (and the only one who ever will) for only God can do this. Humans go through the process of regeneration which corresponds to Jesus’ process of glorification. He prayed for these trials in full awareness of what they brought. But by no means did this make it easy. It was rigorous far beyond our ability to know as evidenced by His prayer in the Garden, ‘Father why have you foresaken me, but nevertheless let your will be done’.

Part 3: Reflections on Secrets of the Second Coming

April 22nd, 2016

It is well known that in the age of reason and the enlightenment came an explosion of scientific breakthroughs and understanding. With the opening of internal reflection there naturally comes increased rational thinking and scientific awareness. This fact of history is propheceid in the Bible concerning the second coming, but it is little known and can hardly be seen without an understanding of correspondences. In the following quote Swedenborg describes first, the need for the opening of the internal sense, and second, how correspondences from the prophecies of Isaiah show how it is that with the opening of the internal sense came increased rational and scientific understanding:

“It is asserted in the Church that the Word is holy, because Jehovah the Lord spoke it; but since its holiness is not apparent in the sense of the Letter alone, any one who begins to doubt its holiness on that account, confirms his doubts by many things he afterwards reads in the Word, for he says to himself, “Is this holy? Is this Divine?” Accordingly, lest such thoughts should enter the minds of many and ultimately prevail…and the Lord’s conjunction with man be thereby cut off, it has pleased the Lord at this time to reveal its spiritual sense, in order that it may be known where within it its Divine holiness lies concealed. Some examples may be given to illustrate this. In the Word mention is sometimes made of Egypt, Assyria, Edom, Moab, the children of Ammon, the Philistines, Tyre, Sidon, and Gog. Any one who does not know that by these names are signified things of heaven and the Church may erroneously conclude that the Word treats much of peoples and nations, and but little of heaven and the Church, thus much of worldly and little of heavenly things. When he knows, however, what is signified by these peoples or by their names, he may be led from error to the truth.
We read in Isaiah: “In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom JEHOVAH ZEBAOTH shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.” xix. 23-25.
These words, in the spiritual sense mean that at the time of the Lord’s Coming the scientific, the rational, and the spiritual shall become one, and the scientific shall serve the rational, and both shall serve the spiritual; for, as has been said, by Egypt is meant the scientific principle, by Assyria the rational, and by Israel the spiritual. By the day, twice mentioned, is meant the First and the Second Coming of the Lord” (A. C. n. 200)..

I cannot prove that these meanings ascribed to Egypt, Assyria, and Israel by correspondences are true. I could show, as I did on the subject of clouds, how it is that these meanings are consistent throughout the scriptures and how they are coherent with the rest of the Bible, but I will not here. One can only truly come to see it by the self-desire to understand. Love and desire when they are strong enough elevate the understanding to see, and to put in the effort to see. This scripture shows us that with the opening of the internal comes a great sense of self agency and wonder. It describes accurately the kind of thinking that men Like Decarte, Spinoza, and Newton were suddenly (in history) inspired to propound to the world. The opening of the internal increases the reflective faculty; it increases the desire and ability to examine ourself and our world – ideally for the sake of spiritual growth. Swedenborg writes that ‘at the time of the Lord’s coming the scientific, the rational, and the spiritual shall become one’, clearly showing that with the opening of the internal comes the seeking of integration and wholeness. Separate they are good for the development of the mind, which is developmentally necessary but alone remain natural. The ability to relate one to the other, to see how one principle leads to and makes the other meaningful brings deeper and more whole understanding. In his time, the time of the second coming, Swedenborg articulated a very well developed spiritual psychology that was unheard of in the world, and like Swedenborg other philosophers, notably Decarte and Spinoza, were scientific thinkers that deeply explored the psychological and spiritual make-up of man. They famuosly debated and published leading theories on the body-mind-spirit relationship in man. Newton, the giant of pure science, also practiced alchemy a great deal, an art based partly in science, partly in spirit and magic. Certainly in history there have been other periods of spiritual wonders, but our point here is that in the centuries before the enlightenment there was a long decline, then a sudden renewal, which is the second coming. When we look at the timeline of history the increase in knowledge in the last 200 years since the second coming there have been phenomenal advances in science, and in our ability to exercise self agency in religion and spirituality.
The quote from Isaiah above concerning the correspondential meaning of Assyria, Egypt and Israel gives the reader a glimpse of how profound and universal correspondences are; thousands of such examples could be given from the Bible and we would only be beginning.
Swedenborg’s role in the second coming was essential to, and directly commissioned by, the Lord. His particular purpose was to bring to the world, by publication, the understanding of the inner sense of the Word. In this sense, he was the primary agent of the second coming on earth. He is not the second coming; he was merely the primary agent of its communication. The second coming is the light of the Lord being made available in its fullness for the understanding and liberty of humanity, and this was received and communicated by many men and woman that received and shared this light in thousands of creative ways. But these latter did not receive a direct commissioning of the Lord in the way that Swedenborg did.
When people think of the second coming they expect a magical, extraordinary, supernatural event, but as we all know from life the Lord works within the regular processes of life; He works from within the natural world, from the internal to the natural. In this sense it seems less than what religious people hoped for, but in fact we have the ability now to deeply engage the Word, where there is a great sense of wonder, and joy, as if we had found a great treasure – for we have. This had been lost in the centuries before 1757. Swedenborg famously said to the world, “It is now permitted to enter the mysteries”. This is the essence of the second coming. And as I have shown the enlightenment was a sudden unprecadented development in history. It was an explosion of spiritual and scientific awareness in the world. It is so by the will, the providence, the wisdom, and the Mercy of the Lord. Without it we would have declined into an abysmal darkness for once again there had grown separation between God and man because of the failure of religion.

Jesus could ‘come’ the second time in the Word – because He is the living Word! When He resurrected He fully entered the natural and fully became the living Word, because all the universal truths in Him that have unlimited depth are expressed in the Word. I described in the chapter on the Glorification that He became the divine truth of the Word by fulfilling all prophecy; (one becomes what they do). Prophecy is divine truth From God (Jehovah) and by fulfilling all prophecy while on earth by the might of His divine soul He established union between Himself, the Word, heaven and earth. All of this takes place by correspondences, which are living because they connect to heaven, and everything in heaven is alive in the truest sense. The Lord’s human corresponds to the literal sense of the Word, and His divine soul corresponds to the internal of the Word. Since He is the living Word, which is commonly known by Christians, why should it be considered odd by Christians that the second coming of Jesus was accomplished by the revealing of the internal sense of the Word? In the beginning of John the Bible tells us plainly that He is in the Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…That was the true light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:1,2..9). And in Matthew He says, “Take my yoke upon you, learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart” (Mat. 11:29). All generations are meant to learn of Him in the Word. Again in Luke on the road to Emmaus Jesus teaches His companions: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Swedenborg reveals that in the highest sense of the internal sense of the Word, the celestial sense, the whole of Holy scripture is about the development and life of Jesus in all its detail. By correspondences the Old Testament stories contain a celestial sense that tells the story of the Lord’s development from childhood up to the beginning of His ministry. (The Gospels of course tell the story of his ministry). This may seem wonderous and far out to the reader, but Swedenborg reveals throughout his writing. In truth it only makes sense, for if Jesus is the living Word it follows that He is so in every detail. To see this requires a deep study of the Word and Swedenborg. I mention it here to give the reader a further sense of how it is that He is truly in the word and that He is the living word.
Even though His presence is available to us spiritually and in the Word, we are in the natural world, and this world is always in the balance between good and evil. Nothing is handed to us on a silver platter; we are meant to fight the fight of finding internal meaning in life as we grow. The Lord provides freedom and leaves us in freedom to do so, but is unceasingly urging us to be in relationship with Him.
I mentioned above that Swedenborg’s role is primary in the second coming; it is so for two reasons. For the last thirty years of his life, he was given the great gift of being raised into the light of heaven; in this capacity he travelled the realms of heaven so that he could communicate to humanity the wisdom of heaven. The degree to which he did this is unprecedented in all of history. Secondly, he was taught by revelation from the Lord the internal sense of the Word in enormous detail. Only Swedenborg taught the principle of correspondences to the world, and correspondences is the most direct expression of the internal sense. He published many volumes about, or using correspondences. He was commissioned by the Lord to publish what he learned from heaven, and he did so with tireless dedication. Here is a quote from Swedenborg explaining the nature of his role:

Since the Lord cannot manifest Himself in Person, and yet has foretold that He would come and establish a New Church, which is the New Jerusalem, it follows that this will be effected by means of a man, who is able not only to receive the doctrines of that into his understanding, but also to publish them by the press. I testify in truth that the Lord manifested Himself to me His servant, and sent me to this office; and that afterwards He opened the sight of my spirit, and so intermitted me into the spiritual world, and has granted me to see the heavens and the hells…from the first day of that calling I have not received anything whatever relating to the doctrines of that church from any angel, but from the Lord alone, while I was reading the Word. (True Christian Religion, n. 779,780)
I am there with the angels daily, even as I am in the world with men, and now for twenty-seven years (I N C 43). Things which I have learned from symbolic displays, visions, and conversations with spirits and angels, are only from the Lord. Whenever there was a symbolic display, vision and conversation, I was kept reflecting upon them inwardly and more inwardly to see what useful and good purpose [they could serve], thus what I was learning from them. Those who were presenting the displays and visions, and those who were speaking, were not paying much attention to my reflection, and in fact, they were sometimes indignant when they realized that I was reflecting. So consequently, I was taught by no spirit, neither by any angel, but by the Lord Alone, from Whom is all truth and goodness (S.D. 1647).
The spiritual sense of the Word has been disclosed by the Lord through me, which has never before been revealed since the Word was written among the sons of Israel: the Lord Himself is in this sense with His Divine, and in the natural sense with His Human. Not a single iota in this sense can be opened except by the Lord alone. This surpasses all the revelations that have hitherto been made from the creation of the world. By means of this revelation a communication has been opened between men and the angels of heaven, and conjunction of the two worlds has been effected (I N C 44).

In all history, have bolder words been spoken?