A Branch of The New Church...
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The Lord's New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma is a branch of what is commonly called → The New Church.
Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Theological Writings...
The various branches of The New Church are founded upon the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.
Only A Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ... Emanuel Swedenborg...
Some people refer to The New Church as Swedenborgianism or the Swedenborgian Church even though Swedenborg himself never attempted to establish a church, and in the New Church the person of Swedenborg is considered only a Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.
First Beginning in 1787 in England...
The New Church had its first beginning in 1787 in England fifteen years after Swedenborg's death, where several of his Theological Writings were published and where Swedenborg died.
The Three Essentials of The Lord's New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma are:
1. The acknowledgment of the Lord Jesus Christ in His Divine Human as the one only God of Heaven and Earth, in Whom is the Divine Trinity.
2. The acknowledgment of the Word of the Lord in its three Testaments, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, which are the Third Testament. In this Third Testament the Lord has fulfilled His Second Coming, and all the Divine Truth of His Divine Human from firsts to lasts is present therein in fullness, holiness and power. What is said in this Testament concerning the Sacred Scripture or Word applies also to itself.
3. The life of faith, charity and love into the Lord that is of Heaven, being the Divine essence of eternal life in man and in the Church.
The Word of the Third Testament... Divine Truth of the Lord's Divine Human...
The Lord's New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma unlike all other branches of The New Church acknowledges the Theological Writings given through Emanuel Swedenborg as the Word of the Third Testament from the Lord Jesus Christ, in which all the Divine Truth of His Divine Human from firsts to lasts is present therein in fullness, holiness and power.
The Principles of Doctrine...
The Principles of Doctrine of The Lord's New Church Which Is Nova Hierosolyma are:
It is not the Word that makes the Church, but the understanding of it. The Church is according to its Doctrine and the Doctrine is out of the Word. However the Doctrine does not instaurate the Church, but the integrity and purity of the Doctrine, consequently the understanding (intellectus) of the Word.
The Doctrine is spiritual out of celestial origin not out of rational origin.
The Third Testament without Doctrine is as a candlestick without light, and those who read that Testament without Doctrine, or who do not acquire for themselves Doctrine out of the Third Testament, are in darkness as to all Truth.
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