“Peace has in it confidence in the Lord: that He directs all things, provides all things, and that He leads to a good end.” - Arcana Caelestia §8455
Kempton New Church


“That Holy One Will Be Called the Son of God”

But Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, since I know not a man? And the angel answering said to her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that which shall be born of thee Holy shall be called the Son of God. And behold, thy kinswoman Elizabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God not any saying shall be impossible. (Luke 1:34‒37)

The first principle of faith in the Lord is the acknowledgement that He is the Son of God. This … the Lord revealed and announced when He came into the world. For unless men had first acknowledged that He was the Son of God, and thus God from God, in vain would He Himself and His Apostles after Him have preached faith in Him. (True Christian Religion 342)

The Lord healed [people] according to their faith, because the first and primary thing of the church then to be established was to believe that the Lord is God Almighty, for without that faith no church could have been established. … Moreover, all the healings of diseases by the Lord, when He was in the world, signified healings of the spiritual life, thus the things that belong to salvation. (Apocalypse Explained 815.3; Arcana Coelestia 10083.5‒6)

And Jesus said to him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him who believes. And straightway the father of the little child crying out said with tears, I believe, Lord; help Thou my unbelief! And Jesus seeing that the crowd ran together, rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, Thou mute and deaf spirit, I order thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And crying out and convulsing him much, it came out; and he was as one dead, insomuch that many said that he was dead. But Jesus, having taken hold of him by the hand, raised him up; and he stood up. (Mark 9:23‒27)

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