[lucerna] Jewish Church and the LNC are to be one
Fri Jul 7 01:14:43 HST 2006
"What do you make of this?
SE-WE 237. But because the Jewish Church, in itself, must be one and
the same with the Church truly Christian, as was the earliest or infant
Church, therefore, so that that Church might be portrayed as an inner one,
Abraham depicts a belief that makes one righteous.
The fact that belief was accounted to him because he had believed
the promise concerning Isaac, who was to be the promised son [Gen.
15:4-6], could not have made Abraham righteous, unless at the same time he
had believed that by the promised son was meant the Messiah, Who was to be
born, and Who is the One Only promised Son. (SE-WE 237)
The apparent anti-semitism in the Writings is counterbalanced by
statements like the above, which asserts that the Jewish Church must be
the same as the "Church truly Christian" which is a reference to the New
Church (TCR). So the NC and the Jewish Church form a one. How are we to
interpret this (a) literally, and (b) spiritually? "
My interpretation would be:
a) That the New Church forms a one with the Jewish Church as merely
preservers for posterity of the Third Testament, thus with no concept of an interior
sense to them.
b) The NC beliefs are accounted righteous, but only if at the same time it
believes the Writings are the Lord in His promised Second Coming.
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