True Christian Religion (Chadwick) n. 641

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641. The Lord's merit and righteousness then are wholly Divine; and what is wholly Divine is such that if applied and attributed to a human being, he would instantly die, and like a block of wood thrown into the unprotected sun would be so thoroughly consumed that hardly a trace of ash would be left. The Lord therefore with His divinity approaches angels and men by means of light tempered and modified to suit the ability and nature of the individual, and so by means of what is matched and rendered suitable; and likewise by means of heat.

[2] There is a sun in the spiritual world, and the Lord is in its midst. From that sun He spreads His radiation by means of light and heat throughout the spiritual world, and to everyone there. This is the source of all the light and heat there is in that world. From that sun the Lord also radiates the same light and the same heat into the souls and minds of human beings. The heat in its essence is His Divine love, the light in its essence is His Divine wisdom. This light and heat is modified by the Lord to suit the ability and nature of the angel or man receiving it; this is effected by means of spiritual auras or atmospheres, which carry and transmit them. It is the Divine itself immediately surrounding the Lord which composes that sun. It is distanced from the angels, as the sun of the natural world is from men, in order that it should not come into unprotected and close contact with them. For if it did, they would be consumed, like a block of wood thrown into the unprotected sun, as I have said.

[3] These facts are enough to establish that the Lord's merit and righteousness, being entirely Divine, could not in any way be, imported by imputation into any angel or man. In fact, if a mere drop of this, unless modified as stated, were to touch them, they would instantly be racked with the torments of the dying, their feet put out of joint and their eyes squinting, until they expired. This was well known in the Israelite church by the saying that no one can see God and live.

[4] The sun of the spiritual world, as it is since Jehovah God took upon Himself human form and added to this redemption and a new righteousness, is described by these words of Isaiah:

The light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days, on the day when Jehovah binds up His people's broken limb. Isa. 30:26.

This chapter from beginning to end deals with the Lord's coming. There is also a description of what would happen, if the Lord were to come down and come close to any ungodly person, in this passage of Revelation:

They hid themselves in caves and mountain rocks, and kept saying to the mountains and rocks, Hide us from the face of him that sits upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb. Rev. 6:15, 16.

The expression 'the wrath of the Lamb' is used because at the approach of the Lord this is what that terror and torment seem to them to be like.

[5] Another manifest proof of this can be drawn from the fact that, if any ungodly person were admitted to heaven, where charity and faith in the Lord reign, darkness would fall upon his eyes, dizziness and madness on his mind, pain and torment on his body, and he would become as if lifeless. What then would happen if the Lord Himself, with His Divine merit, which is redemption, and with His Divine righteousness were to enter into a person? Not even the Apostle John could withstand the Lord's presence, for we read that when he saw the Son of Man in the midst of the seven lampstands, he fell at His feet as if dead (Rev. 1:17).

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