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THE DOCTRINE OF THE LORD.

as it were impressed upon every one to think of the Divine [Being] under the human form, and thus inwardly to see within themselves their Divine [Being]—except those who have extinguished this impression within them. (A. E. n. 151.)

 

The Recognition of the Lord as God sheds Light upon every particular of the word.

If it be received as doctrine and acknowledged that the Lord is one with the Father, and that His Human is Divine from the Divine in Him, light will be seen in the least particulars of the Word,—for what is received as doctrine, and acknowledged from doctrine, is in the light when the Word is read,—even the Lord, from whom is all light and who has all power, will illuminate them. But, on the other hand, if it be received and acknowledged as doctrine that the Divine of the Father is another, separate from the Divine of the Lord, nothing in the Word will be seen in the light; since the man who is in that doctrine turns himself from one Divine [Being] to another, and from the Divine of the Lord, which he may see,—which is done in thought and faith,—to a Divine which he cannot see; for the Lord says, "Ye have neither heard the Fathers voice at any time, nor seen His shape" (John v. 37, and also i. 18); and to believe in and love a Divine [Being] which cannot be thought of under any form is impossible. (A. E. n. 200.)

 

Jehovah Himself, in His Divine Human, is the only Saviour.

"Thus saith Jehovah thy Creator, O Jacob, and thy Former, O Israel; . . . for I have redeemed thee. . . . I am Jehovah, thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour" (Isaiah xliii. 1, 3). "Surely God is in Thee, and there is no God else. Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour" (xlv. 14, 15). . . . "Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and His Redeemer, Jehovah of Hosts, . . . Beside Me there is no God" (xliv. 6). "I am Jehovah, and beside Me there is no Saviour" (xliii. 11). "Am not I Jehovah, and there is no other besides Me; . . . and a Saviour, there is none beside Me" (xlv. 21). "I am Jehovah thy God, . . . thou shalt know no God but Me, for there is no Saviour beside Me" (Hosea xiii. 4). "Look unto Me, that ye may be saved, all ye ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else" (Isaiah xlv. 22). "Jehovah of Hosts is His name, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of the whole earth shall He be called" (liv. 5). From these passages it may be seen that the Divine of the Lord,—which is called the Father, and here Jehovah,