“The Lord” means God from eternity or Jehovah, who is called the Father and the Creator, because as explained in Teachings for the New Jerusalem on the Lord, the Lord and the Father are one. When I return to the topic of creation below [Sections 282–357], therefore, I will refer to “the Lord.”
I gave ample evidence in part 1 that everything in the universe was created by divine love and wisdom (see particularly Sections 52–53 [52–54]). The point here is that this was done by means of the sun that is the first emanation of divine love and wisdom.
No one who can see how effects follow from causes and how causes lead to effects in due order and sequence can deny that the sun is the beginning of creation. Everything in our world is sustained by it, and because everything is sustained by it, everything arose from it—the one fact follows from the other and bears witness to it. Everything, that is, is watched over by the sun because the sun has determined its being, and the act of watching over it is an ongoing determination of that thing’s being. This is why we say that being sustained is a constant coming into being. If anything were totally removed from the inflow of the sun through our atmospheres, it would instantly dissipate. It is the atmospheres with their different degrees of purity, empowered by the sun, that hold everything together. Since the universe and everything in it is sustained by the sun, then, we can see that the sun is the beginning of creation, the source.
We say “by the sun” but we mean “by the Lord through the sun,” since the sun too was created by the Lord.
There are two suns by means of which the Lord created everything, the sun of the spiritual world and the sun of the physical world. The Lord created everything by means of the spiritual world’s sun, but not by means of the physical world’s sun, since this latter sun is far beneath the former one. It is at a midpoint, with the spiritual world above it and the physical world below it. The physical world’s sun was created to play a supporting role, a role that will be discussed below [Section 157].
The reason the Lord created the universe and everything in it by means of the spiritual world’s sun is that this sun is the first emanation of divine love and wisdom, and as explained above (Sections 52–82), everything comes from divine love and wisdom.
There are three components of everything that has been created, no matter how large or how small it is: a purpose, a means, and a result. There is nothing created that lacks these three components. In the largest instance, the universe, these three components arise in the following pattern: the purpose of everything is in that sun that is the first emanation of divine love and wisdom; the means of everything is in the spiritual world; and the result of everything is in the physical world. I will describe below [Sections 167–172] how these three components occur in both first and last forms. Since there is nothing created that lacks these three components, it follows that the universe and everything in it has been created by the Lord by means of the sun where the purpose of everything resides.
from Divine Love and Wisdom, Sections 151-154
Sections 52-82: Published 5/22/2018-6/2/2018