“The Church is... where the Lord is acknowledged, and where the Word is.” - The New Jerusalem and Its Heavenly Doctrine §242
Kempton New Church


“Wonderful, Counselor, God, Hero”

For a Child is born to us, a Son is given to us; and the principality shall be on His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, God°, Hero, Father Everlasting, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Who does not see that “the name of the Lord” in these usages does not mean merely His name, but the acknowledgment of Him as being the Redeemer and Savior, together with obedience, and finally faith in Him? For in baptism the child receives the sign of the cross on the forehead and breast which is a sign of initiation into the acknowledgment and worship of the Lord. (TCR 682)

The quality of the Lord … is everything of faith and love by which He saves man, … therefore when that quality is thought of by man the Lord becomes present with him, and when this quality is loved the Lord is conjoined to him. Thence it is that those who believe in His name have eternal life. This shows how necessary it is that man should know the quality of faith and love, that is, the Lord’s “name;” also how necessary it is to love that quality, which comes by doing those things that the Lord has commanded. (AE 815:12)

That “Jesus” in the internal sense is Divine good, and that “Christ” is Divine truth, may be seen from many things in the Word. That “Jesus” is Divine good comes from the fact that “Jesus” means “safety,” “salvation,” and “Saviour;” and because it means these, it signifies the Divine good; for all salvation is from the Divine good which is of the Lord’s love and mercy; and thus is effected by the reception of that good. That “Christ” is Divine truth comes from the fact that the name means “Messiah,” “Anointed,” and “King;” and that these names signify the Divine truth …. It is evident from this that it is the Divine truth itself from which the Lord was called “King.” (AC 3005, 3009)

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