My thoughts and speech spring from my heart, just like God’s only begotten Son

christ-in-gethsemane-pOne of the more difficult theological notions for the human mind to grasp is the true relationship between Jehovah God (the “Father”) and His Son, Jesus, who was sent from heaven and took on a physical body of human flesh.

The question arises, are they one or two different Persons?

The scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that Jesus and Jehovah were one and the same entity. Swedenborg put forth the unique concept that Jehovah represented the Divine Heart and Heavenly Soul, while Jesus represented the outer, human form of that expression on earth.

But it took some adjustments and time for the historical Jesus to perfect His outer life to the required heavenly grade. The obstacle standing in the way of a Divine Unity and Glorification between “Father” and “Son” was that Jesus got his physical body from a finite human woman who was not perfect. This meant that the Glorification process and unification of the “Father” and “Son” required that Jesus challenge and subdue all His earthly genetics (from Mary) for more heavenly traits. (That is why, as the Lord succeeded in this heavenly process of purification, He referred to His own mother as “woman.”)

This special unity and divine relationship has its analog in us—in the same way that we each communicate our will and heart (spirit) through natural words (via the physical body). Our thoughts and words represent the “Only Begotten” of our hearts and not some other person. We glorify our affections and intentions with our words (and actions), and glorify our words and actions with the quality of our intentions.

(Pretense and dissimilation destroys this spiritual connection.)

Therefore, the communication described in the Bible between Jesus and his heavenly “Father” is an inner communication and awareness that one’s words and outer actions must be in full agreement with the will and commands of the Heavenly soul. In this back and forth self-correcting process, Jesus was able to successively bring His human words and flesh into complete harmony with the Divine Heavenly Love of His soul.

The world of human society is going to be challenged in this exact same manner—in our hearts and minds and actions!

About thegodguy

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
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2 Responses to My thoughts and speech spring from my heart, just like God’s only begotten Son

  1. Jonathan Stanley says:

    Dear Edward, You meant dissimulation and not dissimilation, right?

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