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with the internal sight, which is that of the thought, proceeding from its objects. The objects of this sight are not material, as objects in the world; but, being spiritual, they diffuse themselves to such things as are in the spiritual world ; thus to the true and good spheres there, consequently to the societies which are in such spheres. As also what is flaming in the world spreads itself around to the greatest extent; so does the good sphere and its affection, in the spiritual world.
SWEDENBORG, Arcana, n. 6601.
5662. [2 Cor. x. I. I beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ] If a man would recommend bis religion to strangers or his countrymen, should be not go about with the most winning composure, the most insinuating mildness? If he sets out with saying, that what he declares is demonstrably true, he will meet with strong opposition: and if he takes upon him to tell them that they reject his doctrine, ouly because it condemns their passions ; that their heart has corrupted their mind; that they have only a false and presumptuous reason; he excites their contempt and resentment, and overthrows what he was for build
5657. [2 Cor. iv. 18.] The two worlds, the spiritual and the natural, are so distinct, as to have nothing in common with each other. Yet they are so created as to communicate, and even conjoin, by their correspondencies; the heat and light of the natural world being vivified and illustrated by influx of the heat and light of heaven. Such influx is brought down by correspondent recipients, not continuously produced by generating principles.
Id. on Divine Love, nn. 83, 88.
If the religion which he preaches be true, will passion and insolence add to its truth? Do you storm and rage when you say that men should be mild, patient, benevolent, just, exact in the discharge of all the duties of society? No; here every body is of your mind. Why then such virulent language to your brother, when you are preaching to him metaphysical mysteries ? It is because his good sense irri. tates your self-love. You proudly require that your brother should submit his understanding to yours; and pride disappointed' blazes into rage: hence, and hence only, arises your passion.
5658. [2 Cor. v. 1.] The angels themselves, who are from this or any other earth, are logether with the angels of the rest of the earths ; for all who are truly angels constitute one common heaven (or Grand ivian of the universe). — Thus "all go to one place." Eccl. iii. 20.
This resemblance of heaven in its whole complex to One Man is from the Divine Human (Spirit) of the Lord; for from this (Spirit or Sphere) the Lord gives influx into heaven, makes it, and forms it to a likeness of Himself. See No. 1330.
Id. Arcana, nn. 1801, 10,159.
5663. (2 Cor. xi. 4. Ye might well bear with him) Ironically, for ye would fairly suffer him, For ye suffer a man to bring you into bondage, &c. Verse 20. — He thus reprehends their levity, and shews thein how their minds were corrupted from the simplicity or sincerity which is in Christ, Verse 3.
5659. [- 5.] The earnest, though confessedly yot the entire sum, is yet not only a part of it, but a pledge.
Boyle's Seraphic Love, p. 41. See No. 1330, 1238.
5664. [ 7.] Because I have preached to you the gospel of God gratis !!
8) To do you service, did I rob other churches, taking wages ?
5660. (2 Cor. vii. 4. I am exceeding joyful] The word here is peculiar to Paul: it occurs once more in Rom. v. 20, “ I overflow with joy," &c.
5665. (21.) Josephus considers the punishment of stripes ordained by Moses, as in the highest degree in. famous; and asserts, that the free-born Israelite was obliged to submit to that most ignominious punishment, because he had been a slave to unjust gain, and thereby dishonoured his station. Deut. xxv. 3.
Antiq. b. iv. ch. viii. $ 21, 23.
5661. (10.) There is a repentance from good, which is to be repented of; the repentance from evil, is not to be repented of.
5674. [- 19.] This James, the Just, bishop of Jerusalem, was the son of Cleophas or Alpheus, the brother of the blessed Virgin, from whom he was therefore our Lord's first cousin, and hence called his brother, according to the Hebrew custom.
JOSEPH. Antiq. 1. xx. C. 8. And Univer. See No. 182.
Hist. vol. x. p. 419.
6677. — 17. Four hundred and thirty years) This Apostolic chronology is exactly concordant with the Samaritan Pentateuch. See Exod. xii. 40; the Alex. and Ald. Edit. of the Septuagint ; St. Austin; HOUBIGANT, and Locke. Also JOSEPH. I. ii. cap. 15.
The Apostle reckons from the first promise made to Abraham to the promulgation of the law in the first year after the Exodus, four hundred and thirty years divided into two epochs of 216 years each, calculated in the following manner :
5675. (ii9.] James, Cephas, and John, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship ; that is,
5685. [- i. 17.] This spirit of wisdom and revelation from God, consists in his shewing us how to exalt and as it were spiritualize our natural sentiments and words ; by transferring them analogically from things of this world to thin divine; and by rendering things obvious and familiar, a kind of representations of those objects for which we have not as yet either proper words and ideas, or direct conceptions.
Bp. BROWNE's Divine Analogy, p. 34.
Aerial spirits, by great Jove design'd,
Cooke's Trans. Works and Days,
b. i. l. 172.
5686. [- ii. 2.] It was the opinion of the Jews, that all places from earth to heaven, even the starry skies, are full of spirits.
GROTIUS, in loco. Dæmons (tbose spirits of the deceased that live on the lowest elastic sphere encircling our earth) are called by the Pythagoreans and Platonists, aerion genos (Grk.) an aerial
5687. ii. 2.] The Vapor of Water exists at all times in the atmosphere, and is capable of bearing any known degree of cold without a total condensation. The vapor so existing is one and the same thing with steam, or vapor of 212 degrees or upwards. — The utmost force such steam can exert, is equivalent to the weight of 30 inches of mercury : any greater force than this, acting on vapor alone of that temperature, will condense the whole into water. This vapor, this power of the air, is probably the cause of epileptic fits, or of the possessions mentioned in the Gospels.
Beware, then, of intoxication : "experience proves that the spirit of wine (or any vinous spirit) rises much sooner into vapor than water." (Dalton's Essays, pp. 201, 207.)
Above this elastic fuid stands Paradise, where all souls from our earth first assemble.
See Boyle, on the High Veneration Man's Intel
lect owes to God, p. 74. Hesiod also, in his account of the 'golden age,' calls the departed souls of just men aerial spirits or dæmons.
When in the grave ibis race of men was laid,
It is well known, that the gas from fermenting liquors, or that obtained from lime-stone, will destroy