What if you had infinite power?

There is a well-known saying that “Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely.” So, what would you do if you had infinite power? Would you act wisely?

If your answer to this question involves a pledge that you would get rid of all the evil in the world, you would most likely be interfering with God’s wise plan. When Jesus lived among us in the world he had all the power of heaven, yet—except for a handful of miracles—He kept His infinite powers under wraps. He even submitted Himself to the power and laws of finite men and was humiliated on the Cross.

Should the Lord have done more with His unlimited powers?

Traditional Christian doctrine correctly links the Lord’s life and final death on the cross with the salvation of man. But much of current theology incorrectly understands just what it was that the Lord actually sacrificed by dying on the cross.

The Lord sacrificed the handing over of infinite power to human nature. Coming into the world and taking on a physical body Jesus represented a confrontational mixture of human nature with divine infinite power. We are given glimpses of the Lord’s human nature (and the weakness of the flesh) in the Scriptural accounts of His being tempted by Satan, plus describing His real fear at Gethsemane and His feeling profoundly abandoned on the cross.

What is not generally known is that if the Lord had used His absolute power to change the world, He would have succumbed to human nature and the desire to rule the world by force from a principle of self-importance and self-righteousness. By resisting this and other human temptations throughout His life He brought His human nature into perfect compliance with His inner divine nature—to serve all of humanity with unconditional love.  In other words, He put His infinite powers behind the task of resisting all human nature (and the challenges from the forces of hell.) Thus, Jesus made his human nature equally holy to His divine nature through humility. This act of humility is the reason why the Lord stated that “the meek shall inherit the earth” and that “he who is greatest will serve others.” Human power mocks such ideas.

This inner battle of unifying His Human with the Divine was the lawful process by which He glorified the Father (from His body) and the Father gloried the Son (from His heavenly essence). This process of perfect top-down unification is why the Lord was able to ascend into heaven with his body and leave the tomb empty.

Because the Lord conquered all evil (by sacrificing all human inclinations and negative compulsions) He seeks to do the same for us—if we approach Him with humility and sincerity. I have only scratched the surface in dealing with the many mysteries of faith that are now being opened up to human comprehension.

Any thoughts? Questions? Or complaints?

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at http://www.staircasepress.com
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