HEAVENLY SECRETS
Emanuel Swedenborg

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AC EXODUS Chapter 37

THE DOCTRINE OF CHARITY AND FAITH

AC 10760. That which makes heaven with man also makes the Church, for the Church is the Lord’s heaven on earth. Consequently from what has been previously said about heaven, it is evident what the Church is.

AC 10761. That is called the Church where the Lord is acknowledged, and where the Word is; for the essentials of the Church are love to the Lord from the Lord, and faith in the Lord from the Lord; and the Word teaches how a man must live in order that he may receive love and faith from the Lord.

AC 10762. The Lord‘s Church is internal and external; internal with those who do the Lord’s commandments from love, for these are they who love the Lord; and external with those who do the Lord‘s commandments from faith, for these are they who believe in the Lord.

AC 10763. In order that the Church may exist, there must be doctrine from the Word, because without doctrine the Word is not understood; yet doctrine alone in a man does not make the Church in him; but a life according thereto. From this it follows that faith alone does not make the Church; but the life of faith which is charity.

AC 10764. The genuine doctrine of the Church is the doctrine of charity and at the same time of faith, and not the doctrine of faith without that of charity; for the doctrine of charity and at the same time of faith is the doctrine of life; but not the doctrine of faith without the doctrine of charity.

AC 10765. Those who are outside the Church, and yet acknowledge one God, and live according to their religion in a kind of charity toward the neighbor, are in communion with those who are of the Church, because no one is condemned who believes in God, and lives well. From this it is evident that the Lord’s Church is everywhere in the whole world, although specifically it is where the Lord is acknowledged, and where the Word is.

AC 10766. Everyone in whom the Church is, is saved. But everyone in whom the Church is not, is condemned.

EXODUS 37:1-29

1. And Bezalel made the ark of shittim wood; two cubits and a half the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

2. And he overlaid it with pure gold, from within and from without, and made for it a border of gold round about.

3. And he cast for it four rings of gold upon the four corners thereof; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it.

4. And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.

5. And he put the staves into the rings upon the sides of the ark, to carry the ark.

6. And he made a propitiatory of pure gold; two cubits and a half the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

7. And he made two cherubs of gold, solid made he them, at the two extremities of the propitiatory.

8. One cherub at the extremity on this side, and one cherub at the extremity on the other side; out of the propitiatory made he the cherubs at the two extremities thereof.

9. And the cherubs were spreading out their wings upward, covering over with their wings upon the propitiatory, and their faces were a man toward his brother; toward the propitiatory were the faces of the cherubs.

10. And he made the table of shittim wood; two cubits the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.

11. And he overlaid it with pure gold, and he made for it a border of gold round about.

12. And he made for it a closure of a handbreadth round about; and made a border of gold for the closure thereof round about.

13. And he cast for it four rings of gold, and put the rings upon the four corners that belonged to the four feet thereof.

14. Over against the closure were the rings, receptacles for the staves to carry the table.

15. And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold, to carry the table.

16. And he made the vessels that were upon the table; the little dishes thereof, and the cups thereof, and the salvers thereof, and the little brooms thereof, with which it should be covered, of pure gold.

17. And he made the lampstand of pure gold; solid made he the lampstand; its shaft, and its reed, its cups, its pomegranates, and its flowers, were from it.

18. And six reeds going out of the sides thereof; three reeds of the lampstand out of the one side thereof, and three reeds of the lampstand out of the other side thereof

19. Three almond-shaped cups in one reed, a pomegranate and a flower; and three almond-shaped cups going out from one reed, a pomegranate and a flower; so for the six reeds going out of the lampstand.

20. And in the lampstand four almond-shaped cups; its pomegranates and its flowers.

21. And a pomegranate under two reeds out of it, and a pomegranate under two reeds out of it, and a pomegranate under two reeds out of it, for the six reeds going out of it.

22. Their pomegranates and their reeds were out of it; the whole of it one solid of pure gold.

23. And he made the lamps thereof, seven; and the tongs thereof, and the basins thereof, of pure gold.

24. Of a talent of gold made he it, and all the vessels thereof.

25. And he made the altar of incense of shittim wood; a cubit the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, foursquare; and two cubits the height thereof; out of it were its horns.

26. And he overlaid it with pure gold, its roof, and its walls round about, and its horns; and he made for it a border of gold round about.

27. And two rings of gold made he for it from under its border, upon the two ribs thereof, upon its two sides, for receptacles for the staves, to carry it in them.

28. And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.

29. And he made the holy oil of anointing, and the incense of spices, pure, with the work of the perfumer.

THE CONTENTS

AC 10767. As in this chapter the ark, the lampstand, and the altar of incense are treated of, and the description given of them here is similar to that given in chapter 25, where each and all things have been unfolded in respect to the internal sense, they are therefore here passed by without further explication.

CONTINUATION ABOUT THE FIFTH EARTH IN THE STARRY HEAVEN

AC 10768. In addition to what has been related, some things were also seen on that earth itself, which was effected by communication with the angels who were there, and who appeared as men of the earth. For when these angels are presented to view as men in the manner above related, they see with their eyes the objects there exactly as do the inhabitants. But when they are not in this state, they see nothing of the kind, but only what is in heaven.

AC 10769. Their habitations were seen, which were low houses in the form of the tents that were used by the ancients. They were drawn out to a great length, and had windows on the sides according to the number of the abodes or chambers into which they were divided The roof was rounded, and there was a door at each end. They said that they are built of earth, and are roofed with sods; and that the windows are made of grassy threads, so woven together that the light may shine through. Little children were also seen there, and they said that the neighbors come to them especially for the sake of their own little children, so that these may be in companionship with other little children under the view and oversight of the parents.

AC 10770. There appeared also fields then whitening with the nearly ripe harvest. The seeds or grains of this harvest were shown, which were like the grains of Chinese wheat. Loaves of bread also were shown made from this grain, which were small and (formed) in square pieces.  There also appeared grassy plains with flowers on them; and also trees that bore a fruit like pomegranates; and also plantations that were not grapevines, but yet bore berries from which they prepare wine.

AC 10771. The sun there, which to us is a star, appears there of a flame color, about the fourth part of the size of our sun. Their year is about two hundred days long, and the day fifteen hours, as compared with the time of the days on our earth.  The earth itself is one of the smallest in the starry heaven, being scarcely five hundred German miles in circumference.    These things the angels related from a comparison made with such things on our earth, which they saw in me, or in my memory.  They drew these conclusions by means of angelic ideas, whereby the measures of spaces and of times are at once known in the right proportion relatively to the spaces and times elsewhere.  In such matters, angelic ideas, which are spiritual, immeasurably surpass human ideas, which are natural.

AC 10772. A sixth earth in the starry heaven will be described at the end of the following chapter.


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