What are we to overcome?

mirror and womanIn Revelation 3:21 of Holy Scripture it states that if someone “overcomes” as the Lord Jesus has “overcometh,” good things will happen eternally.

Rather than simply acting morally and justly in the world, The Lord asks us to be “wakeful” and to “repent.”

What does that have to do with being good citizens? Nothing! But it has a lot to do with becoming heavenly and spiritual citizens in God’s eternal kingdom.

I bring this up because some of my readers feel I am promoting “harsh” ideas when it comes to spiritual transformation.

It seems that people want to quickly feel “good” about themselves and “right,” rather than take the Lord’s identical and arduous path of conjoining truth to good. Arduous? According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, the actual process of this sacred conjunction (Glorification) was carried out by the Lord’s combating (inwardly) every attack from the hatred issuing out of hell.

The hells are immense.

He had to do this because His physical body and terrestrial mind were flawed by human hereditary traits (from Mary’s ovum). These human flaws had to be removed in order to become ONE with His heavenly Father (His divine soul). During this lifetime confrontation the Lord was ultimately victorious and made his human form equally divine to his heavenly soul!

Swedenborg stated that these combats (spiritual temptations) were quite intense and thus quite “harsh.” The Lord invites us to take part in this same great (and often gruesome) apocalyptic battle while imploring His help (only the Lord God can battle and be victorious over the hell’s full furies). This introspection requires that we cultivate a special endurance—not seeking self-calming situations of personal affirmation.

Good and moral deeds cannot be genuinely offered by the human race unless they first remove their selfish loves and desire for all worldly honors and credit (effort is spiritual, results are worldly). To the degree that we succeed (with the Lord’s help) true heavenly love and wisdom can enter into the fabric of our lives and we become less deluded about ourselves.

The strategic mistake that most people make is that in their desire to become better men and women, they bypass the unflattering (and harsh) process of spiritual cleansing and rush directly into trying to live as good and respectful people (especially in front of other people).

The Lord wants us to overcome ourselves—not simply form and join groups with noble-sounding names!


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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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8 Responses to What are we to overcome?

  1. GetWithTheProgramPpl says:

    Hello. I have been meaning to message you but I cannot seem to figure out how to do that on WordPress!:-)

    Thank-you for bringing Mr. Emanuel Swedenborg’s books to my attention because I feel like I’m on a whole new journey. A very deep journey. It is very exciting! Please feel free to share more insights about his writings and revelations. I for one could not help but trust everything he wrote as the absolute truth. Amazing man he was. God rest his soul in peace. Amen

  2. thegodguy says:

    Yes, but also include being self-centered!

  3. Oh yes. It’s amazing what Swedenborg has done. I’m still amazed how people haven’t tuned into what he tried to tell the world! Especially a man like him. I’m obsessed with his books.:-) God bless you again and again.:-)

  4. Also Mr.God Guy, can you help me understand something; someone asked me this and I didn’t know what to say to it! Probably because I’m still pretty new at this. If Adam and Eve were the first man and woman on earth then are we all related? Essentially speaking incest was the way to increase world population would you say? I’m sure there is a deeper and much more definitive answer to this but for the life of me I cannot think of one from a Christian view point that may help affirm my belief. 😦

    • thegodguy says:

      The question itself represents an incorrect assumption. According to Emanuel Swedenborg “Adam” symbolized the spiritual quality of an early church consisting of both men and women. “Eve” represents humankind preferring (loving) to see reality from their own personal powers (and without God’s guidance). Read the first volume of Swedenborg’s great work the Arcana Coelestia for more details.

      Spiritually yours,

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