God as love, wisdom and use


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "God, as love and wisdom" (search under Beings/God)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 296 - 297"
There are three things in the Lord which are the Lord, the Divine of Love, the Divine of Wisdom, and the Divine of Use; and these three are presented in appearance outside the sun of the spiritual world, the Divine of Love by heat, the Divine of Wisdom by Light, and the Divine of Use by atmosphere, which is the continent. Everyone who thinks with any enlightenment is able to see that love has use for an end, and intends it, and that it produces use through wisdom; for love cannot produce any use of itself, but by means of wisdom. What indeed is love, unless there be something that is loved? This something is use; and because use is that which is loved, and it is produced by wisdom, it follows that use is the continent of wisdom and love. These three, love, wisdom and use, follow in order according to the degrees of altitude, and that the last degree is the complex, continent and basis of the prior degrees. From these things it may appear that these three, the Divine of love, the Divine of Wisdom, and the Divine of use, are in the Lord, and that in essence they are the Lord.