God, as love and wisdom


[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 28"
The Divine Essence itself is Love and Wisdom. If you gather together all things whatever that you know, and submit them to the insight of your mind, and if in some elevation of spirit you inquire what the universal of them all is, you cannot conclude otherwise than that Love and Wisdom are the universal. For these two are the essentials of all things of a man's life; everything civil, everything moral, and everything spiritual belonging to man depends upon these two, and apart from these two is not anything. The same is the case with all things belonging to the life of the composite Man, that is, society, kingdom and empire, the church, and also the angelic heaven in a larger and smaller form. Take away love and wisdom from these, and think whether they be anything, and you will find that apart from them as sources they are nothing.