Jesus Comes to Zacchaeus’ House: Jesus Seeks to Redeem the Good in Every Man, Even that which Seems to be Lost

March 16th, 2022

The Bible reads:

Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.

5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”

8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

All the implications in this story point to Zacchaeus being a rejected and lonely man. He is called small, despised for being a tax collector; which means he working with the hated romans. No one will help him and he has to sneak around. People are aghast when Jesus says He will dine with Him. On top of this he is the chief tax collector and a rich man, which means he was also envied.

One can sense Zacchaeus is deeply yearning to be noticed and have meaningful connection. Even though he is small he finds a way to see Jesus. He knows Jesus is extraordinary but doesn’t know what it is all about.
And what is extraordinary merely upon seeing Zacchaeus Jesus sees into the depth of His being and asks to dine with Him that night. Jesus knows his name and calls him to come down. This is reminiscent of when the resurrected Jesus says Mary’s name when she sees Him at the opened tomb. She doesn’t know who He is at first and mistakes him for the gardener; but when Jesus says her name her eyes are opened she sees He is the Lord, alive, and her soul is overjoyed with love and awareness. Zacchaeus was honored by Jesus’ request and responded with great Joy and enthusiasm. All his life he was not seen for who he was inside, but Jesus sees his true nature, and in affirming it brings the good in him to the fore. To have one’s eyes opened is to have the soul opened, and to be humbled, and in turn to be opened to new awareness.
Zacchaeus’ response shows his transformation. He cares more for the Lord’s love and salvation than for his riches. He generously restores fourfold to all those who have been wronged. Zacchaeus was one who was lost, buried under the pressure and circumstance of the World, but the Lord brought out what was inside. He can do this for each of us, whatever situation we are in in this world. The loves we hold and fight for inside are what counts the most. The Lord redeems this inner good from the ashes of bitterness.

What Happens When We Enter the Spiritual World and the Process By Which the Lord Determines Our Salvation

March 15th, 2022

Someone asked – “Is there anything like purgatory? Where do souls go after death to wait for judgement. Or do they go to Heaven/Hell and come out on the day of judgement?”

Between heaven and hell there is the World of spirits, that is a place of preparation for heaven or hell where people who die are for a period of time. Revelation reads:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”. (Revelation, 22:1-13)

The lines about the unjust remaining unjust and the holy remaining holy, refer to profound principles of the spiritual world. The love in one’s heart and the beliefs we live by form the end state of our soul when we die. What this love is when we die, it will continue to be in the spiritual world. The form of our soul is determined by the concordance between our external self and internal self during our life on earth. The greater the harmony between the two, the more sincere, genuine, and loving we have been in life. For instance, a person whose face and manner reflects what is in their mind and soul is in harmony. As the Bible says of Philip, “He was a man without guile.” A deceptive internal self hides behind the external self and, if this is from hate and ill-will, the soul takes on a hellish form. Once in the spiritual world, the pattern of this concordance can no longer change. This is because in life there is constant striving (or lack of striving) for union between the natural and spiritual of every person. To the degree this union is formed during life the constellation if formed. But after death the natural/material is no more and the formation stops, and the constellation formed, then, doesn’t change, This is what is meant by the phrase in the Bible, “In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be” (Ecclesiatstes 11:3).

This does not mean a person’s state doesn’t change in the spiritual world, but it can only change based on the form of the concordance. The concordance is based on the internal bond we made with the good of God, so in heavenly light we grow and flourish to the degree the pattern of the concordance is receptive to it; and this pattern is unique with everyone. The pattern of concordance that forms our soul is like a seed that grows in the light of heaven if it is good; if it is bad it shrivels and rejects the light of heaven. The reason the form of the concordance can only change while we are in the world is that life in the world is part material and part spiritual, and change in form is birthed from the marriage of the material and the spiritual. The mind is part material and part spiritual also, so, by doing and thinking, by believing and loving, we manifest the form of our soul.

Jesus doesn’t ‘throw’ anyone into hell. People do it to themself, by what they choose to love. In the spiritual world before anyone enters heaven or hell they go through a rigorous process called vastation (cleansing) which may be mild or very intense. (This takes place in the ‘world of spirits’ which is between heaven and hell.) The purpose of vastation is ultimately to remove everything in a person that is not in harmony with their ruling love. If they have a constellation which is ultimately capable for heaven than extraneous evils are removed from them, and visa versa. In this process the angels do everything possible, from love, to prepare the person for heaven. But the loves one has formed in their soul – freely chosen and bonded with – are the baseline of our being. We can’t just say we want something – like we want to go to heaven and do it – unless our loves are in harmony with it. There is no fooling God and the angels. God judges truly and knows us better than we know ourself.

The deeper the conception and love we have for the Lord while here on earth the more wonders and truths will be open to us in heaven. We need to have these memories in our mind, and more importantly the loves of life bonded in our soul. Our mind and soul are profoundly connected to heaven, but we must form the bond here for God to ‘prepare the place for us in heaven’. He can only build the mansions in heaven for us according to the loves and beliefs we formed here. All of this is the particulars of how we are in the image of God. Being in the image of God doesn’t just mean shape, it means all the processes in the whole human form correspond between us humans and the Lord. This goes along with the universal principle that the natural world is the foundation of the spiritual world, and for anything to exist it has to have a root in each. The human form is a little heaven in potential, and since the whole of heaven is in the human form, all things are connected by correspondence between the micro and the macro; – including access to ‘places’ – which in the spiritual world means ‘state of being’.

To the degree we understand and love the particulars of how Jesus redeemed all of humanity, (and redeemed you), seeds are planted in our mind and soul. In the spiritual world these seeds of perception are set – their constellation can no longer change – but, to whatever extent they reached into heaven – they will grow forever. The more intimate the love we developed of the Lord the more expansive are the roots, stem, and shoots that grow from the constellation. In the light of heaven, it gradually blooms into a great tree with leaves, fruits, and flowers – far beyond what we could ever imagine. We leave our former life behind, and move forward into ever-increasing joy. These seeds are avenues that lead down expansive paths of joyous wonder ever deeper and deeper. Great mysteries are opened that lead to greater and greater mysteries!

THE MANIFESTATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT AND A MEDITATION ON THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR LIVES NOW

March 14th, 2022

 

“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”. – Matthew 3:11

“And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God”. – Luke 1:35

    The Holy spirit is the presence of Jesus; it is one with Jesus not separate. It has always been so, but the holy spirit’s  influence and presence became exponentially brighter when God was born on earth, and then especially in the resurrection. This is extremely valuable for our heart of faith to contemplate.
     Before being born on earth God is known as Jehovah. The holy spirit in its essence is the divine truth, especially the power of divine truth. There is no greater power in the universe than the power of divine truth from the Lord. It possesses all innocence and goodness and arising from this is complete, comprehensive and immutable power of truth that all things and all powers have no ability but to bow to. It occupies the core from goodness and so nothing is above it, or can overcome it. What ever come from the Lord’s will is divine truth and will come true in time. This is why all prophecy from the Old Testament came true no matter how long it took. Prophecy is divine because the will of God, and therefore it all came true in the New Testament. This scripture speaks to this power:


    “A branch will come out of the trunk of Jesse. The spirit of Jehovah will rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and intelligence, the spirit of counsel and strength. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the spirit of his lips he will kill the ungodly. Justice will be his loincloth, and the truth will wrap his thighs. (Isaiah 11:1, 2, 4, 5)

 

     For the good people seeking to be regenerated the Holy spirit is the comforter. It brings justice, reconciliation, knowledge and love to the poor in spirit. To the evil it also brings justice, but devastation, exposure and to be put in their place – for they hate God and His people; they think they should be in power and not God. In the scripture we see relatively small but telling examples of this power. When the people want to stone the adulterous woman, Jesus says, “Let he who is without sin throw the first stone.” This stuns their conscience with the truth, and they are unable to act. When Jesus announces himself as the Messiah with the words, “Today these scriptures are fulfilled”, the people want to stone him and throw him off a cliff, but Jesus passes through them unharmed. When Jesus is arrested the soldiers want take hold of him, but Jesus flexes His power and they all fall to the ground around him.
These are a few examples, but there are many.

     In the gospels we see how He has complete power over demons who possess others. In the big picture Jesus was been born to defeat all the powers of evil that had overrun the earth, much of the world spirits, and even the lower parts of heaven. The scripture tells that ‘violence is done even to heaven’. We can take comfort and assurance in the fact that Jesus has all power. When we love and believe in Him he takes us under His wing ‘like a mother hen’. We come under his power and protection when we acknowledge and love him in heart. This causes His presence (holy spirit) to be with us. This is the efficacy of prayer.

     It is also very important to understand that even though Jesus has omnipotent power He leaves us in freedom, for Man can only be transformed in freedom. Jesus obeyed His own laws of divine order. In His life on earth He worked within the laws of freedom to transform man. In the garden when He is arrested Peter takes his sward and fights the soldiers and Jesus tells him to stop, saying, “don’t you know I could bring down legions of angels to defeat my enemies?”. But He does not. He could do this anytime He wanted but He knows the transformation in Man’s soul must take place reciprocally, that is, in freedom, from Man’s own will to meet Him.
      Now is it very important to see how the Holy spirit (the presence of Jesus) came into its full manifestation when Jesus was born on earth and resurrected. Jesus is ‘the bridge’ because He entered the natural world, and by doing this made Himself known to Man and renewed everything.
       “[The Comforter] will glorify me because he will take from what is mine and will make it known to you. Everything the Father has is mine. This is why I said that [the Comforter] will take from what is mine and will make it known to you”. (John 16:14, 15) In mentioning the Comforter and the Holy Spirit, the Lord was referring to himself. This is clear from these words of his: “The world would not recognize him but you know him; I will not leave you orphans, I am coming to you; you will see me.” And elsewhere, “Behold I am with you every day, even to the close of the age” (Matthew 28:20

      When the Lord told the disciples that it is expedient that I accomplish my mission and die on the cross for then I will send you the Holy spirit, He is describing this situation: Before He was born God was in the celestial and spiritual, but had never existed in the natural/physical level. By being born on earth He entered the physical and He made even the natural bend to His will by making His physical body divine. In doing this He brought the celestial, spiritual and physical into complete presence and wholeness. What is in its wholeness from the lowest natural to the highest is in its power. This caused exponentially greater light to the life of Man. By dying and resurrecting He entered the innermost of all things, and ‘drew all things unto himself’. This ‘exponentially greater light’ is the presence of the Holy Spirit, and the comforter. This is what is meant when Isaiah says, “The light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun;” and when John writes in Revelation, “The contenance of the son of man was as the sun shinning in his strength.” 
       Before the resurrection, there was an intermediate step to be connected to God and heaven by way of the representative church of the Jews in the Old Testament. After the resurrection, all people in all places at all times are in direct relationship with the Lord – if they so choose. This is expressed in the words of David, “In his days shall the righteous flourish, and the abundance of peace until there is no longer any moon.”
      

      In our spiritual life now, in this day, the Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus, the fire that proceeds from God, and that kindles in our breasts a spiritual passion to know the Lord and for God’s will to prevail in this painful world. The Holy spirit ever urges us to seek union between our body and soul, to seek the marriage of our understanding and love, that together, creates a burning thirst in us that only He can satisfy. God is in His people. The Holy Spirit compels us to find the way to express, and manifest what God has given us to do.

      The Holy Spirit proposes a puzzle that we must work out in our hearts, and by our actions in the world; and to the degree we do we BOND with God – the only true glory afforded to humans (received as if by brushing the hem of His robe). The Holy Spirit simultaneously inspires in us the willingness to humbly submit to God’s will – and the strength to see through deception and fight evil. The Holy spirit first kindles an anxiety of unknown cause and purpose, but if we persevere through the fog of anxiety, and there are time when it clears, and the desire to be right with God leads us to understand and to inspire others. This cannot help but lead us to confront and expose the deceptions of those of ill-intent – and to do it with love – which sometime may requite and engender composure and fierce determination. The Holy Spirit moves us to honor the good deeds and sacrifices of others, and especially to honor the one who redeemed all humanity by His deeds and sacrifice. Honor is for men and woman, Worship is honor to God, something only He is worthy of.

THE MEANING OF THE VERSE – “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old”

February 21st, 2022
SOMEON ASKED – “What is the meaning of this verse, “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed’. – Isaiah 65: 20
 
This verse follows and is part of the description of the wonder and promise of the Holy city in the New Jerusalem. The verse before it says “I will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying”.
The verse at the top is describing the process of getting there. ‘A hundred years old’ means a complete state of union. In Matthew – “Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields, for My name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will be allotted the inheritance of eternal life” – Matt. 19:29. Here ‘a hundredfold’ stands for that which is complete, otherwise described as ‘good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over’, in Luke 6:38. Also In Luke, “Some seed fell on good ground, and when it had grown up it brought forth fruit a hundredfold”. – Luke 8:8
These scriptures also show that becoming complete is a process. Before even being regenerated a person must be prepared. The innocence of childhood is essential in this; but the innocence of childhood is an external innocence until it is incorporated into the soul by ones own intelligence and will. This is in preparation for one becoming willing to be led by the Lord. A person can only be regenerated when they come of age (or later), for not until then is he or she able to exercise reason and judgement, and by so doing to receive a principled soul of goods and truths from the Lord.
Before entering that state he or she is being prepared by experiences that serve as ‘the soil’ for receiving the seeds of truth and good. A person is not aware of how the Lord is providentially preparing them, but they are responding intuitively to His prompting. This takes place during learning to work, education, making a living, having a responsibility or any number of paths in life. Through these things the Lord providentially guides us so that our states of innocence can be combined with our intelligence. This builds thoughts and feelings that make one receptive to God. Often this involves periods of deep grief or loss that ‘soften the soil’ of the soul.
This implantation occurs for many years before regeneration takes place. When a person has been endowed with these things and so has been prepared, his state is now said to be complete, for the things that are interior have been arranged. Remains bonded in the soul allow a person to receive and be regenerated by the Lord.
In heaven this scripture has another related meaning. All children who die young to heaven and are taught there by angels. Because they have not yet formed their own conscience they are all capable of being taught the good and truths of heaven by wise angels. Everyone born has hereditary evil so this is a process also. Children and those with innocence will increase in joy and wisdom for eternity. Old men and women there do not remain old but gradually return to the bloom of youth because the innocence in their soul is continually increasing and bonding with their wisdom. Innocent children are not angles but in time become angels and grow in love and wisdom forever.
The scripture above also describes ‘the accursed’, which are those who refuse to undergo this process and so go in the opposite direction. Those who willfully reject Him, and come to love to harm, hate and destroy are kept separate from heaven in hell. They are governed by the Lord there to not sink into a deeper and worse state.
The Lord provides peace to the heavenly and there is no longer weeping from the fear of the evil, their ‘tears are wiped away’, as they move ever more into new internal skills and gifts in their heavenly life. The Lord by His might brings light and justice to all.
Swedenborg adds are remarkable passage about the 100 years that shows how remains give us an idea of the Lord’s glorification process: “These things that are so with man may serve to illustrate what is meant by a complete state of the Human united to the Divine in the Lord. That is to say, they may illustrate the state when the Lord by His own power – through the conflicts brought about by temptations and through victories, and through the powers of Divine wisdom and intelligence – gathered to Himself within the Human, that is, within the Rational, so much of the Divine that He was able to unite the Divine itself to the Divine acquired within the Rational. And it was to represent this state that, even though Abraham had spent many years in the land of Canaan, Isaac was not born to him until he was a hundred years old. These are the arcana contained within the number ‘a hundred years’, which was Abraham’s age”. – AC 2636

THE LORD TEACHES US NOT TO BE LUKEWARM: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE LUKEWARM AND WHY DOES THE LORD COMPARE IT TO VOMIT

February 7th, 2022
 
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth”. – Revelation 3:16
 
To be lukewarm is to be non-committal, to have no fear or respect for who and what God is. The Lord’s love and wisdom is all powerful in universe; to be lukewarm is a fools game. Yet, by His divine order He leaves in freedom to choose. Also, by His divine order – no one gets away with being neutral to God, that is a vain impossibility. Being lukewarm is a matter of will, and our will by nature favors God or not. To think we can be in between is being Lukewarm – which the Lord compares to vomit. To presume to be neutral is an illusion, a farce; it pretends to be passive and objective, but with God this is not possible; it is really an act of the will to avoid. To be lukewarm is to deny the relevance of God in life so that one does not have to take responsibility for their actions even for the state of their soul. Those who do this can’t help but use the pseudo philosophy of relativizing. Relativizing is an external minded way of looking at everything, where all points of views are made of equal value, and by this they can justify anything. Children do this when they say something like’ ‘Tommy did it so I should be able to to’. In this false philosophy reason becomes the servant of emotion which quickly becomes the servant of hell.
This syndrome often goes along with trauma, but it is a negative response to trauma, which causes it to be a deep root rut in the psyche. We do well to be very understanding toward trauma for it is difficult and often unjust, but at some point one must seek forgiving within themself. God understand the difficulty but asks us to examine ourself. Healing from trauma requires compassion and understanding, but relativizing separates insight and feeds the negative because it is a cut-off, and shut down from responding and learning. This blocks healing. Relativizing is designed to insulate pain and protect against connection and growth. But the pain doesn’t go anywhere. It stays and perpetuates denial and leads to narcissism.
In truth all good doctrine, religion, spirituality and philosophy is based on the principle of union. The root of this truth comes from the Lord – wherein lays the Holy union (marriage) of his divine body and divine soul. Thus, from Him proceeds the cause and pattern of all truth – which is to seek union between our love and intelligence. For instance, with a person in the state of good the love and wisdom in their heart shines from their face and eyes, and thus it is apparent to all with sense that that person is in harmony. With those who are lukewarm it is the opposite; they put a wedge between the primary affections in their heart and the look on their face in order to hide and deflect. The Lukewarm separate love and wisdom – which is also the goal of hell.
To be vomited out of the mouth of the Lord is to be rejected from the body of Christ, and thus the kingdom of heaven.
As human beings we are made in such a way that we must have something reliable to trust in life. It is innate to the life breath and health of our body mind and soul. To do so we must reach-out of our own will, we must show we are ‘either for or against’ God. God can always be trusted, under all circumstances, so in the end whether it be easy or hard – there is no excuse for not reaching to Him.
Our identity fully comes into being when we are willing to stand for something good, to put our whole self into it. By this we lay many evils to the wayside and become a more whole person.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN, AND THE PROCESS BY WHICH IS MAY BE IDENTIFIED: THE EXAMPLE OF NICODEMUS

February 5th, 2022
 
I think this is something the Lord only knows and governs but I think we can see signs of it from within themself if we are very honest. Being born again is a process of being regenerated from the evils in our nature that we have from head to toe. This is always a process but the point of being ‘born again’ is when the Lord trusts is to enter into internal knowledge and love of the Word. It is a process getting there and afterward. The Lord only allows a person into the internal sense of the Word and a relationship with Him when He sees that a person will be true to it to the end of life. If one were to turn against their love of the Word or the Lord – it has terrible consequence in the spiritual world. For once it is loved the bond with the Word cannot be removed; it remains forever. But if one then turns against it, this denial is of hate, and the person now has the other foot in hell.
 
This duplicity is not allowed in the spiritual world. There is no such thing as being neutral to the Lord. We are ‘either for or against Him’, there is no in between, He is the ‘plumb line’, the measure of all things. It is not possible to have one foot in heaven and one in hell because heavenly light and hellish light cannot exist together or be in the same place. Every person must have a ruling love that is heavenly or hellish. This is why all that are capable of being in heaven are gradually vastated of the hellish loves and beliefs; and all those going to hell are vastated of heavenly beliefs and loves. All this shows how important it is that one only be allowed into the internal of the Word when they are truly ready. This is the seminal point of transition, and the Lord from His infinite wisdom governs all of this.
Nicodemus is a good example of this in the Bible. “Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” This is clearly a very literal and external idea of what Jesus means by ‘being born again of the spirit’. Being born of the spirit is of the internal man, and the internal man grows out of the external man’s grief and loss. A new plant grows out of the manure of the old plant. One does not put ‘New wine in old wine skin’ is the Bibles concise expression of this.
It is likely that Nicodemus defended Jesus in counsels of the Sanhedrin concerning Jesus’ trial, (though we don’t see this directly in the Word), but after His resurrection it is written: “And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds”. By saying ‘who at first came to Him in the night’ the Word is showing that Nicodemus now comes to the Lord ‘in the light’. Also, Nicodemus’ great gesture of giving the gifts shows his love and devotion. The gifts given represent the gifts of the spirit that Nicodemus received in his heart and mind, which is a great indication of his transformation to the internal relationship.

The Perfectly Just and Generous Nature Of the Lord’s Salvation Applies to All Humanity by The Principle of Union

November 4th, 2021


I believe our state after dying is determined by the quality of love in our soul, especially toward God. And there are three basic practices from our life that effect this, and that are also the basis of Christianity: 1; To acknowledge God in our hearts, 2; To be useful in life and act with care toward our neighbor, and 3; rule one and two must grow together. Neither one is substantial without the other. The marriage of rule one and two is the heavenly pattern, because this is the union of love and wisdom in our soul. The degree to which we have created concordance between them determines our state. In scripture this is expressed this way. “As the tree falleth so it layeth”. The exercise of the two together in everyday life is the expression of spiritual, emotional, and psychological intelligence. Swedenborg writes:


“The chief thing is to acknowledge the Lord, His Divine in the Human, and His Omnipotence in saving the human race…The Lord taught how they would be saved, namely, that they should receive Divine truth from Him; and this is received, when it is applied to, and implanted in, the life by doing it; therefore the Lord so often said, that they should do His words. From these considerations it is evident that these two things, namely, to believe in the Lord and to do His words, make one, and that they can by no means be separated; for he who does not the Lord’s words does not believe in Him” (AE 328).


Here is an organic way to visualize how rule 1 and 2 are inextricably married in use: the branches and leaves of a tree cannot survive if the tree does not have roots in the ground; and conversely, the roots will not long survive if there are no branches and leaves. The relationship between the branches and the roots corresponds to the relationship between love and wisdom, or, the internal and the external of our self. Another example is the symbiosis of how the heart and lungs work together in the human body to keep us alive. The heart corresponds to love, and the lungs to wisdom.


There is no such thing as being neutral to God. If we are not actively accepting Him, then we are busy avoiding him. This is an intense truth we think we can get away from, and we can try for a time, but ultimately we cannot. The Lord said if you are not for me you are against me – there is no in between. Non-acknowledgement (or avoidance) is an action just as much as acknowledgement is an action. These actions are the minute binary of our life, each one gradually accumulating and leading toward heaven or hell. Only God can truly judge that state of this in others, but we can tell to a degree in our own self examination.

Being able to acknowledge that all good comes from God, in spite of appearances, is the acid test of spirituality. Self examination can help to humble and soften our heart so we can receive from God. Humility and innocence are essential to receive God. God can work in us through innocence because this allows the willingness to be led or to submit to good, as opposed to pride. Innocence blooms into maturity when it is combined with intelligence, and becomes wisdom. Innocence is the elixir that opens what is written in our souls from God! In Heaven and Hell Swedenborg expresses with great clarity and tenderness how innocence fosters the internal marriage of love and wisdom in life:


“In the Word by “little children” is meant those who are innocent. Good is good so far as it has innocence in it, for the reason that all good is from the Lord, and innocence is a willingness to be led by the Lord. I have also been told that truth can be conjoined to good, and good to truth only by means of innocence. Hence the conjunction of truth and good is called the heavenly marriage, and the heavenly marriage is heaven. Again, I have been told that love truly conjugial derives its existence from innocence, because it derives its existence from the conjunction of the good and truth in which are the two minds of husband and wife; for married partners are in mutual love, as their minds are. This is why in conjugial love there is a playfulness like that of childhood and innocence” (HH 281).


Innocence longs to serve others more than oneself, and this impulse is the foundation of true strength, peace and wisdom. Innocence also tempers the ever-present inclinations toward evil in us. Swedenborg writes:


“Humiliation is the essential of all adoration and of all worship, for without humiliation the Lord cannot be worshiped and adored, for the reason that the Divine of the Lord cannot flow into a proud heart, that is, into a heart full of the love of self, for such a heart is hard; and is called in the Word a “heart of stone.” But the Divine of the Lord can flow into a humble heart, because this is soft, and is called in the Word a “heart of flesh” (AC 9377).


Hand in hand with acknowledging the divinity of the Lord is the need to perceive and acknowledge that from our self we are full of inclinations toward evil, and without the Lord we are lost in evil. Most of us have unknown levels of intellectual, spiritual, or egotistic pride that blocks us from seeing this. While we are occupied with inclinations to evil, it is impossible to receive good. To temper and remove the evil inclinations we need to see them, expose them, and realize we need the Lord’s help, and then act on what we have realized so that the bond with good can take hold.
From this I hope we can see that the acknowledgement of the Lord and doing good uses cannot be separated:


“The very essential of the church is the acknowledgment of the union of the Divine Itself in the Lord’s Human, and that this must be in each and all things of worship, thus also acknowledgment, for thought without acknowledgment and faith is not spiritual thought. The reason why this is an essential of the church, and consequently an essential of its worship, is that the salvation of the human race depends solely upon this union. Moreover the Lord came into the world for the sake of affecting this union. Therefore also in its inmost sense the whole Word treats of this, and the rituals of the church instituted among the sons of Israel represented it and signified it” (AC 10370).


This principle is everywhere in the Word because it is everywhere in life. Swedenborg writes: “The prudent virgins signify those in the church with whom faith is conjoined to charity, and the foolish signify those in the church with whom faith is separated from charity” (AE 840). The parable of the talents is all about this principle also. Talents represent spiritual intelligence, and spiritual intelligence is the result of the effort to marry rule 1 and 2 in our life. The primary theme of the whole Cane and Abel story in the internal sense is to show that faith and charity cannot be separated and when they are it is destructive.


Now it is wonderful to see how in the principle of union the Lord is entirely just and merciful, because it is up to each person to meet God half-way, to do the work of meeting the responsibilities that come with freedom and faith. We are masters of our own salvation no matter what our situation in life by the choices we make whether one knows of Christianity or not. Swedenborg writes: “It should be known that all who have not separated faith from love, when instructed in the other life, receive the heavenly idea of the Lord, that he is God of the universe. It is otherwise however with those who have separated faith from life”. So it is the pattern of union that determines salvation whether we are Christian or not. This makes us spiritual and able to learn of the Lord once in heaven. So even if a person in their life acted falsely or believed falsely because of the way we were brought up, but acted in good faith toward this falsity, then they can still be saved. Or if a person knows nothing of the Lord because of where they live, as long as they acknowledged God in some way and sought to live a life of good use, they are in the form of heaven. Thus the Lord is entirely just, because it is our own effort to effect union in our soul, however we may believe, that saves.

 

 

There Is No Such Thing As Modern Prophets As There Was In Biblical Times: Understanding the Difference and How It Is Often Falsely Used Today

July 14th, 2021

 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

    There is no such thing as modern prophets in the Biblical sense. I am writing this because there are many pastors that use the phrase ‘I prophecy such and such…’, or ‘I prophecy over you…’ in a way that is deceiving. True prophecy is to receive and speak the will of God himself. What comes from the will of God is eternal and infallible. What is more, but is little known, is that what is the will of God – contains correspondences. This means it has at one and the same time, a literal meaning on earth and an internal meaning from heaven. For the will of God exists first in Himself, then comes down to heaven and then to earth. True prophecy took place for the sake of the Word written in the Bible. What is written there is eternal; it will always exist for the salvation of man. The Bible is complete, whole, and perfect in itself, and nothing ever will be added. It cannot be otherwise. It is by divine authority alone that it is what it is. The hands of men wrote it, but it was from the will of God.  The Bible contains the whole of wisdom from the infinite wisdom of God and nothing needs to be added – for God’s awareness is present to all the past, the present and the future, what he writes spans all time and wisdom. 

       So Biblical prophecy is done and complete. If someone were to truly prophecy now, then it would have to be added to the Bible, but this of course will not happen for no one is prophecying in this way now. It was done then, and not now, because God was manifesting His word on the earth leading up to the incarnation Jesus, and the events after, and that is done, and nothing need by added. Jesus lived and fulfilled all prophecy, and became the living Word and is the living Word – and it is perfect then, now and forever.

      For a pastor or anyone now to claim they are speaking Biblical prophecy is arrogating authority to themself that they in no way posses. It is deceitful. What Prophecy means NOW is – to speak the truth about a situation, or about the Word; it is to speak true perception with wisdom, which is a gift. Those with this Gift are not speaking the will of God himself; they are using the gift God gave them and hopefully serving Goid. If a person is claiming to speak prophecy then they are a false prophet. They may be doing it from ignorance of a false idea of doctrine, but many do it for the sake of their own power which is to profane the Word. Many times pastors have ‘prophecied’ that the rapture is coming on a certain date and it does not take place. If they were honest they would admit they made a mistake and that they misunderstand what prophecy is, but they usually don’t, which is mere ego, and because it is using God’s authority for self empowerment – it is profane. 

    The Lord said, “A prophet is not known in his own home’. This expresses the sense of what ‘prophet’ means now. It means for one to know his true identity, and they have learned to use and share the gifts God gave them. All-to-often those in a family, or those who know someone as they grew up, know them as a person in a small role that made them feel comfortable, and the individual has to fight to overcome this ‘small identity’ to come into their true identity and use.

“Many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which ye see but have not seen them, and to hear the things which ye hear but have not heard them” (Matt. 13:17). Prophet in this sense means those who truly learn from the Word and have a clear perception of what the Lord has done for them. “Prophets and righteous men” mean in the spiritual sense all who are in the truths of doctrine and in the good of life; and “to see and hear” signifies to understand and perceive. When man understands and perceives the Word and applies them to life, he is reformed. So a prophet now is just an ordinary man or woman that loves and understands the Word and lives by it in their life as best they can.

All Divine truths are from the Lord, and the Lord Himself taught them, and continually teaches them by means of the Word, – and we humans receive this from him. And this is enough. We can be the salt of the earth. We don’t need to be some highfalutin person that pretends to speak the will of God. That is deception, and sin, it is of the evil minded.

The Lord teaches in Matthew: “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7: 22,23)

The Left Delights in You Taking On Their Pain: The Psychology of How it Works

February 12th, 2021

     It is important to see the absurdity of the intentions of the left and to share and form a strong agreement with people of real intelligence and integrity. As I explained in the last post the core of the lefts falsity comes from blanket compassion (if you haven’t read that one it would help to read it first). Blanket compassion is an open border! An open border where one takes on the pain and stress of other people’s problems, just as the left fights for the insane policy of open border and paying for the problems of other countries and neglecting our own people. They deny the interest of Americans and put a terrible burden on them. One can see why left unchecked false compassion always turns into hate – it is diametrically opposed to how our psyche and soul (and our country) really works. If we really see how this works it causes an abhorrence in us, the same as if we were to encounter the presence of evil – for it is the continuous trick of hell.


(False compassion only works by the way in Christian based societies where there is an ethos of ‘loving they neighbor’ – a good thing that evil twists to its own purpose. You don’t see the phenomenon of false compassion in agonistic Arab society. Agonistic refers to an honor/shame society where there is very little value put on one’s personal psychology, and compassion for others, but ones the sense of self comes from outside, from one’s standing in the hierarchy in the societies code of honor and shame).


At core leftists are in profound pain, but they refuse to deal with the pain, and dedicate their action to putting it on others. They want you to feel their pain, but of course not let you know that it is from them. So they delight in ‘winning’ by lying and cheating and obstructing. Good people don’t want others to be in pain; but many good people are ‘used to’ and conditioned to take on others pain. This is the very point where the tentacles of evil can attach into us, especially through the people in our life. To take on others pain causes weakness and dissociation – it takes us away from a true sense of self. I have to watch that like a hawk because I am vulnerable to it. It doesn’t ‘feel OK’ to let someone else be in pain, but that feeling alone is not right. We have to let them deal with their pain for their good and for our good. (Good borders). It becomes much more complicated in dealing with our family and loved ones; for instance, like most people I am willing to extend myself very far for my children but the same principle applies for them too.

 
At the same time we need to strive to be open and understanding to the people in our life and country. This is why the union of love and wisdom is the source of all spirituality. I am affected in some degree by what the leftists do; yes, I am angry, but I strive to not let it move me into feeling disturbed – for that is debilitating, and erodes away at my life and sense of self. ‘False compassion/other peoples pain’ in image is like a leech/parasite with tentacles enmeshed in our own precious tissue. In seeing this we are disgusted and reject it. When I see it and remove it I then ‘cauterize’ the wound with the heat of fire – the fire of my own and will to heal and be whole. This creates a protective layer that internalizes the memory that I want my own pain and the good and strength received from working it; then it becomes a shield against further intrusion.

A Perception, A Prostration, A Prayer to the Holy Face and Throne of God

January 26th, 2021

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation)

       This is an expression of the innermost core of all truth. It is at once as tender as the soft green new-growth on a leaf, and a description of immutable power – the unfathomable power of the presence of divine truth and love from the Lord. It must be known that this love and truth springs from the Holy marriage in the soul of the divine human. The Holy marriage of His body and soul produces Holy fire. Its power is omnipotent, and infinite in its variety of meaning and gifts. Truth is centered in the throne of His soul, and it flows like a river from His soul. The result of the union of His divine soul and divine body is the fountain of life; it is a well – where are produced and from which proceed – the infinite and endless wonders, gifts, light and inspiration that sustain and vivify all life on earth and in heaven. The gifts are represented in the leaves, the fruit and the flowers of the tree of life. 

      In the magnificent tree sap streams up, like water in the veins of a fountain, and the sap produces the continually-renewed particulars of truth expressed in the leaves and the fruit – the later of which are adapted  for the reception of man. The bark of the tree protects the precious inner parts and processes that sustain life, just as the skin of a human protects and holds the form of the precious inner organs. The outer and the inner are in complete wholeness from which it builds its power. On the bark surrounding the tree, if one were to look at any particular part, you would see exquisite patterns of such beauty one’s heart and mind would overflow with wonder. How much more if one were to perceive the beauty and purpose of the internal workings, or of the whole picture? Can we, is it too much for us to look upon the love of the face of God? Will we someday….? Nevertheless, He gives us himself in the gardens, the fruits and mansions, the light and seeds, the natural manifestations and the eternal principles that fulfill our mind, soul, and body.

     Please Lord, some day, allow us the unspeakable love of looking upon your face. Your face is implanted in the innermost core of our soul, for we fully acknowledge that we do in fact receive life and all goodness from you. We are afraid Father, we are but dense men, help us to see. We can only know you as a human, the divine human, our Father, Mother, Friend, Hero, Comforter. Guide the yearnings of our heart to always turn our face to you, to look toward you as do the angels.