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HINTS IN AID OF THE PERCEPTION OF THE
SPIRITUAL SENSE OF THE WORD.
REV. WILLIAM MASON/--)
138. d. 45.
PRAYERS FOR THE USE OF FAMILIES AND
THANKSGIVINGS for Divine Mercies, I. to III.
ALTHOUGH a book may be published for the more especial use of a particular section of the community, since it is liable to fall into the hands of those who are strangers to that section, it appears to be expedient so clearly to describe its nature and object, that the public at large may be at no loss to form a satisfactory judgment upon its claims to attention,
The principal contents of this volume are PRAYERS. Upon this statement the following questions are raised :
(1.) For whose particular use are these prayers intended ? (2.) Unto whom are they addressed?
(3.) What claims to estimation from the Christian world do the persons possess who use them We proceed to answer these questions.
(1.) THE PERSONS for whose use these prayers are intended, are Christians of The New Church, signified by the New Jerusalem in the Revelation of John. They receive the spiritual interpretation of the Scriptures, and the doctrine of faith founded upon them, as contained in the writings of that eminent Swedish philosopher and theologian, EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, wbo presents the following explanation of “The New Jerusalem ” in his work entitled The Apocalypse Explained, when explaining Chap. xxi. v. 2.
" • And I, John, saw the holy city New Jerusalem coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.' This signifies a New CHURCA to be established by the Lord at the end of the former Christian church, (upon the consummation of the latter through evil and falsehood,) and which will be associated with heaven in divine truths, both as to doctrine and as to life; and will be conjoined, by the Word, with THE LORD."
This explanation the author of The Apocalypse Explained then proceeds to establish by suitable proofs in his usual lucid manner. By the “divine truths” which distinguish this church, he means those