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The Lord Foretells His Resurrection; the Blind Man
18 And a certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit
AE 934:2. ...Works... done by man are not good, but only those done by the Lord with man. But for works to be done by the Lord, and not by man, two things are necessary: first, the Lord’s Divine must be acknowledged, also that He is the God of heaven and earth even as to the Human, and that every good that is good is from Him; and secondly, that man must live according to the commandments of the Decalogue by abstaining from those evils that are forbidden there, that is, from worshiping other gods, from profaning the name of God, from thefts, from adulteries, from murders, from false witness, from coveting the possessions and property of others.
These two things are required, in order that the works done by man may be good. The reason is that every good comes from the Lord alone, and the Lord cannot enter into man and lead him so long as these evils are not removed as sins; for they are infernal, and in fact are hell with man, and unless hell is removed the Lord cannot enter and open heaven. This is what is meant by the Lord’s words to the rich man....
“To sell all that he had” signifies that he should relinquish the things of his religion, which were traditions, for he was a Jew, and also should relinquish the things that were his own [proprium], which were loving self and the world more than God, and thus leading himself. And “to follow the Lord” signifies to acknowledge Him only and to be led by Him. Therefore the Lord also said, “Why dost thou call Me good? None is good except God only.” “To take up his cross" signifies to fight against evils and falsities, which are from what is one’s own.
HH 365:3. In the natural sense the rich are those who have an abundance of riches and set their heart upon them. But in the spiritual sense they are those who have an abundance of knowledges and learning, which are spiritual riches, and who desire by means of these to introduce themselves into the things of heaven and the church from their own intelligence. And because this is contrary to Divine order, it is said to be “easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye,” a “camel” signifying in general in the spiritual sense the knowing faculty and things known, and a “needle’s eye” signifying spiritual truth.
1 Exodus 20:12-16
2 Literally, guarded
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