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works, especially in the good work of worshipping the LORD from a principle of love, and in agreement with the truth. On the other hand it is equally plain, that if there be any whose understanding be darkened with error, whose will is evii, and whose works of
every kind, and especially whose worship be filled with such evil, or be in agreement with such error, these are not of the true Church, seeing that, in proportion as they are deficient of any of these things they are proportionately destitute of that in which it's essential constituent consists. Manchester,
H. B. P. Nov, 12, 1800.
FOR THE AURORA.
(Continued, from p. 234.)
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where
he was, and when he saw kim, he had compassion (on him).
Luke x. 33. BY the Samaritan here is signified the Lord, with respect to the good of his divine love, is plain from the following verses, for he came to the man who had fallen among the thieves, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
« As he journeyed"—to journey signifies to go forward in good
and truth; journeying and going involve progression, and it is highly worthy of our 'notice how divinity shines in the blessed Word, for it is said both of the man and the priest, and the same is implied in respect to the Levite, that they went down or descended; but it is not so said of the Samaritan, but as he journeyed, which siguifies progression in good and truth, Gen. xxxiii. 12; Arc. 4374, 4375. “Came where he was" --to come where any one is, in the language of 'scripture, and particularly when applied to the Lord, signifies to come into the person's state, and this the Lord Jehovah Jesus has not only done in his first advent, to mankind in general, when he took upon hin all the states and degrees of fallen nature that mankind had, did then, or ever could to eternity labor under; and subdued, removed, and purged out from himself, by his own power, by the means of temptation combats, all those evil and false principles, and thus glorified his humanity: but doth now, and will to eternity, accommodate himself, or come into the states of all his dependant creatures in particular; and more especially so far as they are, or can be brought forward in reformation and regeneration.--Thus we find in John xx. 27, the love of our good Lord to Thomas, when he had declared to the rest of the disciples, that he would not believe that the Lord was risen, except he had his finger in the print of the nails, and his hand in his side. The blessed Lord for the further regeneration of Thomas, accommodated himself, or came into the very state laid down by Thomas. " And when he saw him, he had compassion” (on him)--This form of speaking as here applied to the Lord, who is the Samaritan, doth not at all involve that the Lord only sees persons, states and circumstances, by going from place to place, but is spoke according to appearance, and ariseth only from the state the man is at present in, and thus in accommodation to the natural mind of man; for the Lord being always and every where present, seeth every person, state, and circumstance: but when the mind, laboring under distressing circumstances, gioomy and dark views, severe interior combats, is enabled through divine mercy to see the Lord by the light of his own Word, the soul then supposeth the Lord first seeth and taketh notice of it's state, Isa. xii. 1. * Had compassion” (on him)--this signifies love and mercy from the Lord, this is plain from what follows in this paragraph.
Verse 34. “ And went to (him), and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
“ And went to (him), and bound up his wounds”signifies to provide, and apply a suitable remedy as will appear in what follows.
Pouring in oil and wine"by oil and wine is signified good and truth; that by oil in the Word is pointed out the good of love as suited to 22
feed the will faculty of man, see Matt. xxv. 3, 4, 7, 8,
They that (were) foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps, then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps: and the foolish said unto the wise, give as of your oil, for our lamps are gone out” --by the wise virgins is signified those who are members of the true Church; but the foolish signify those who are members of the false professing church, and who make faith the only means of salvation. By oil is pointed out the good of love and charity; but by lanıp is pointed out the truth of faith or doctrine, as suited to feed or nourish the understandsng faculty of
See John ii. 9, 10, where the Lord turned water into wine: where water signifies truth natural, and respects man's natural rational principle; and wine made of water signifies truth spiritual, and respects man's natural rational principle made spiritually rational, by the truths of the Word.
“ And set him on his own beast,"_by beast here in the natural sense, we understand is meant a horse; and by horse in the Word, according to correspondency, is represented the understanding, because as an horse carries his rider from place to place in the natural world, so the understanding faculty of man carries him from state to state in the spiritual world: hence by setting him on his own beast is signified, that the Samaritan restored the man to his own understanding, the life of which had been almost destroyed, viz, with respect to: the truths of his faith; see what is said on verse 30, page 182.
“ And brought him to an inn, and took care of himi an inn is a place where victuals and drink are to be had, which things in the Word point out goods and truths. John vi. 53 to 59; “. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of thc Son of Man and drink his blood, ye have no life in you; whoso eateth my flesh; and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day : for my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is: drink indeed : he that eateth my flesh, and drinketh? my blood, dwelleth in me and I in him.”—By, flesh in those verses, which the Lord says is meat indeed, as also by bread in the holy supper, is signified the good! of divine love: and by blood, as also by wine in the holy supper, is signified the truth of divine wisdom; and to eat and drink of those signifies to appropriate to one's self and make one's own in the wilt and the understanding : hence by bringing him to an inn, is signified that the good Samaritan (who is the Lord with respect to the good of love) brought the man of the church where he might be further instructed in goods and truths, viz. more immediately into the church, from which, seemingly to himself, he had now. wandered and fallen among thieves; for, as was hinted on verse 30, page 182, the man here described, came