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derived from Jehovah, “who constitutes the Sun of the hearenly or spiritual world,” (which does not admit of even the shadow of a doubt;) it must, as a necessary consequence or result therefrom, bear out an analogical relation or correspondence to the spiritual world, even in the strictest sense, although in a low degree.
Thus all creation and all worlds, whether visible or invisible, are alıke derivations or productions, in consequence of an infinite and Divine love, operating and rendering itself fruitful in indefinite variety and inconceivable beauty, by or through its own infinite and Divine wisdom: and which operations of Divine love and wisdom are executed or performed, and carried into effect, by or through Divine power—(viz.) 1 Divine love induced the motive
of Creation 2 Divine wisdom devised the plan
formed the effect all nature being stamped or impressed with the attributes of the Almighty according as they operate upon the universe. And thus too, all effects of every description in this lower or external world manifest and point out their corresponding causes in the higher or internal world.
For instance, the natural Sun being the most pure, glorious, and powerful body that our mortal eyes can behold in the material world, is the best type or symbol of the Divine Sun of righteousness.
For the sake of illustration, we might for a moment compare by analogy a very extensive circle or circumference to the whole universe of worlds, and the exact centre of such circle to the Sun of righteousness, or rather the orb or orbit in which Jehovah moves or exists, the intermediate space between the centre and circumference might be
considered as corresponding to the situation of the various orders and degrees of the angelic host, which surround the throne of God.
For confirmation and illustration of the propriety of correspondences, we refer our readers to the inspired writings of that eminent and learned apostle, Paul-Romans i. 19 and 20.—“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, (his works ;) for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. From which authority it is evident and conclusive, that there is a beautiful analogy or correspondence to be deduced from the creation of the universe “clearly seen,' by which we might understand much more of “the invisible things" of God our heavenly Father, who hath in a great measure (speaking after the manner of men,) revealed and made himself manifest in all his glorious works.
The Sun of righteousness mentioned in the holy Scriptures, Malachi iv. 2. “But unto you that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise, with healing in his wings.” clearly signifies Divine love, which is the very esse of Jehovah, it being the very essence of spiritual life, whereby it is altogether constituted ; consequently the most innate, interior, and inherent attribute or perfection of the Supreme Being,
We read in 1 Epistle of John iv. 8 and 16. that “God is Love,” (viz.) his very essence, existence, or life; which pure principle appertains and corresponds to the heart or affections of Jehovah : the heart being the seat and spring of all life.
The heart is the proper emblem orsymbol of love, Solomon's Song, viii. 6. “ Set me as a seal upon
thine heart, as a seal upon thy arm:
thy arm: for love is
for love is strong as deuth ; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame Natural fire or heat constitutes natural and animal life, which corresponds by analogy to spiritual life, because it is wholly derived therefrom, (viz.) Divine love: consequently fire and heat bears à strict and true relation and correspondence to love-natural fire or heat to natural love, and Divine or spiritual fire to heavenly or spiritual love.
Moses unto whom the law was given by Jehovah said that in the “ blood is the life," Leviticus, xvii. 11. and 14., also Deuteronomy, xii. 23., which flows with great rapidity through the heart of every animated being, to constitute and preserve natural life, by causing heat or warmth throughout every part of the animal body; without which we could not exist a single moment: it is therefore evident and conclusive that natural heat constitutes and preserves natural life, in a similar or corresponding manner as Divine fire or heat (which is Divine or heavenly love,) constitutes spiritual life.
The Lord commanded his servant Moses to "make offerings by fire,” which were “sweet savours unto the Lord," Exodus, xxix. 18. and 25.-Numbers, xv. 3, 10, and 14 -Leviticus, xxiii. 25., also xxiv. 7. &c. “ The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar, it shall never go out.” Leviticus, vi. 13. “ The lamps were also continually burning to give light." Leviticus, xxiv. 2. and 4. These offerings were emblems, types, or shadows; pointing to the Lamb of God (or Jehovah in the humanity,) “who takeik away (or beareth) the sins of the world." 6 For God so loved the world that he
gave begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” St. John, iii. 16.
which signifies everlasting love: “spiritual life being in other words Divine love."
The fire which was continually kept burning on the altar by the Israelites according to the command of God, was doubtless a type or symbol of Divine love; and the lights which were never to be extinguished prefigured Divine wisdom, being a procedure therefrom. Many proofs of Scripture as well as other authorities might be quoted to prove that fire is a true emblem of love, (viz.) Divine fire signifies and corresponds to Divine love ;-natural fire to natural love ;-and infernal fire (or sensual or carnal heat,) signifies infernal love, which is anger and wrath. Divine love proceeds immediately from the Sun of righteousness, it being the esse or essence thereof, which constitutes heaven ; and infernal love (or rather hatred and malice,) proceeds from the very opposite state, which constitutes hell.
Nature, which includes the material universe, is placed between the two opposites, (viz.) good and evil, or heaven and hell ; on an equilibrium or equal balance: mankind have consequently influx or influence, from both those spiritual worlds; according to the state of their wills and affections, which constitute and form our spiritual lives, both in this world, and also in that which is to come: otherwise there could be no freedom or choice in the will of man; without which there could be no responsibility, neither could there be any rewards for the righteous after death, or punishments for the wicked; both of which the justice of God fully requires from his impartial hands.
The following are a few passages of Scripture to confirm the preceding statements, (viz.) " that fire is an emblem or symbol of love.”—Proverbs,
xxv. 21. and 22.“ If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee." Very similar language is quoted by St. Paul, Romans, xii.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst give him drink : for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire (signifying love) on his head.” Jeremiah, xxiii. 29. " Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord.” St. Matthew, iii. 11. John said, “ that he (Jesus Christ) shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire,” (love.) The Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles
the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, with the visible sign of fire-Acts, ii. 3. and 4. “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and sat upon each of them, and they were all filled uith the Holy Ghost.
This outward and visible sign or emblem, clearly signified Divine love; it being an indication of the approbation of the Supreme!
“ God appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush.” Exodus, iii. 2. and 4. “ The Lord descended upon mount Sinai in fire.” Exodus, xix. 18. sight of the glory of the Lord was like fire* on the top of the mount.” Exodus, xxiv. 17.
“ The Lord appeared in a vision to the prophet Ezekiel in his glory, with the appearance of fire." Ezekiel, i, 26., 27., and 28. also viii. 2. St John saw the Son of man (or the Lord in his glorified humanity,) in a vision on the Lord's day.—“His eyes were as a flame of fire (love) and his countenance was as the Sun shineth (wisdom) in his strength.” Revelation, i. 14. and 16. It is therefore certain that Jehovah under both the old and new Testa
* The Israelites beheld this emblem of love in an inverted manner, according to the real state their affections were in, and thus (IN IDEA) converted the Divine love into Divine anger, which wholly depended upon themselves as recipients.