The Maternal and Paternal Human (Continued)

Since the Lord, with the Divine and Human united in one, ascended into heaven, and sat “at the right hand of God” (by which Divine Omnipotence is signified), it follows that his Human substance or essence is as his Divine. To think otherwise, would be like thinking that his Divine was taken up into heaven and sat at the right hand of God, and not Human at the same time.

This is contrary to Scripture, and also contrary to the Christian doctrine, which is “That God and Man in Christ are as the soul and the body,” to separate which would be contrary to sound reason.

This union of the Father and the Son, or of the Divine with the Human, is meant also in the following passages: “I came forth from the Father, and have come into the world; again, I leave the world, and go to the Father” (John 16:28). “I go away, and come to Him who sent me” (John 7:33; 16:5, 16; 17:11, 13; 6:62; 3:13). Every man who is saved “ascends into heaven;” yet not of himself, but of the Lord. The Lord alone ascended of Himself.

from The Human Made Divine, Pages 144

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The Human Made Divine

THE LORD MADE HIS HUMAN DIVINE FROM THE DIVINE IN HIMSELF; AND HE THUS BECAME ONE WITH THE FATHER.

It is according to the doctrine of the church received throughout the Christian world, “That our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and Man; and although He is God and Man, still there are not two, but there is one Christ. He is one, because the Divine took to itself the Human; yea, He is altogether one, for He is one Person: since as soul and body make one man, so God and Man are one Christ.” (These are taken from the Athanasian Creed, which is accepted throughout the Christian world.) These are the essential things therein concerning the union of the Divine and the Human in the Lord. . .

From this it is clearly manifest that it is according to the faith of the Christian Church that the Divine and the Human in the Lord are not two, but one, as the soul and body are one man; and that the Divine in Him took on the Human. From this it follows that the Divine cannot be separated from the Human, nor the Human from the Divine; for to separate them would be like separating soul and body. That it is so, every one will acknowledge who reads what is cited above from two of the Evangelists (Luke 1:26-36, and Matthew 1:18-25), concerning the Lord’s birth; from which it is plain that Jesus was conceived of Jehovah God, and born of virgin Mary; so that the Divine was in Him, and it was his Soul. Now, as his Soul was the Divine itself of the Father, it follows that his Body or Human was also made Divine; for where the one is, the other must be also. Thus and not otherwise are the Father and the Son one; the Father in the Son, and the Son in the father.

Also all things of the Son are the Father’s, and all things of the Father are the Son’s as the Lord Himself teaches in his Word; but how the union was effected will be told in order:

from The Human Made Divine, pages 128-129

2. Without that redemption no human being could have been saved and no angels could have continued to exist in their state of integrity.

First I need to say what redemption is. To redeem means to free the captive and the bound from damnation, to rescue them from everlasting death, to snatch them from hell, and to carry them away from the hand of the Devil. The Lord did this by gaining control over the hells and establishing a new heaven.

Otherwise we could not have been saved, because the spiritual world is so closely connected to the earthly world that they are inseparable. The main connection between the two worlds is through our inner levels—our souls and our minds.

For good people, that connection is with the souls and minds of angels; for evil people it is with the souls and minds of hellish spirits. We are so united to the angels or the hellish spirits that if they were taken away from us we would fall down as dead as a piece of wood. Neither could the angels or the hellish spirits continue to exist if we were taken away from them. This makes it clear why redemption was brought about in the spiritual world and why heaven and hell had to be restructured before a church could be established on earth.

This sequence is clear in the Book of Revelation: after the new heaven was made, the New Jerusalem, which is the new church, came down from that heaven (Revelation 21:1, 2).

from True Christianity, Section 118