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[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Jesus, as Christ, nature of" (search under Outer Life/People, Places, History)": source "Divine Love and Wisdom": detail "Section 221"
The Lord came into the world, and took upon Him a Human, in order to put Himself into the power of subjugating the hells, and of reducing all things to order both in the heavens and on the earths. This Human He superinduced over His former Human. The Human which He superinduced in the world was like the human of a man in the world. Yet both these Humans are Divine, and therefore infinitely transcend the finite humans of angels and men. And because He fully glorified the natural Human even to its ultimates, therefore He rose again with the whole body, therein differing from any man. By the assumption of this Human the Lord put on Divine Omnipotence, not only for subjugating the hells, and reducing the heavens to order; but also for holding the hells in subjection to eternity, and saving mankind. This power is meant by His sitting at the right hand of the power and might of God. Since the Lord, by the assumption of a natural Human, made Himself Divine Truth in ultimates, therefore He is called the Word, and it is said that the Word was made flesh; and the Divine Truth in ultimates is the Word in the sense of the letter. The Lord made Himself this, by fulfilling all things of the Word concerning Himself in Moses and the Prophets. Every man is his own good and his own truth; a man is a man from no other ground. But the Lord, by the assumption of a natural Human, is Divine Good and Divine Truth Itself, or what is the same, He is Divine Love and Divine Wisdom Itself, both in the first things and in the last. Hence it is, that after His advent into the world the Lord appears as a sun in the angelic heavens, in stronger beam and in greater splendour than before His advent. This is an arcanum which is brought within the range of the understanding by the doctrine of degrees.