Regeneration, new birth


[1 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Regeneration (new birth)" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Divine Providence": detail "Section 84"
Regeneration begins when a man desists from evils as sins, progresses as he shuns them, and is perfected as he battles against them. Then as he conquers from the Lord he is regenerated. The order of his life is changed; from natural he becomes spiritual; the natural separated from the spiritual is in disorder and the spiritual is in order. The regenerated man acts from charity and makes what is of his faith a part of his charity. But he becomes spiritual only in the measure in which he is in truths. Everyone is regenerated by means of truths and of a life in accord with them; by truths he knows life and by his life he does the truths. So he unites good and truth, which is the spiritual marriage in which heaven is.
 Man is reformed and regenerated by means of the two faculties called rationality and liberty, and cannot be reformed or regenerated without them, because it is by means of rationality that he can understand and know what is evil and what is good, and hence what is false and true, and by means of liberty that he can will what he understands and knows.

[2 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Regeneration, how it works" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.11": detail "Section 9274"
The first state of the man who is being regenerated is learning truths, and seeing them, and the second state, willing, and loving them, and that the things which a man has learned and seen are not appropriated to him until he wills and loves them; for the will is the man himself, and the understanding is his servant. The man who is being regenerated is being endowed by the Lord both with a new understanding and a new will; and that unless he is endowed with both, he is not a new man, for the understanding consists only in seeing those things which a man wills and loves, and thus, as was said, is only a servant. The first state of the man who is being regenerated consists in his being led through truths to good, and the second state in his being led through good; and when he is in this latter state, the order is inverted, and he is then led by the Lord; wherefore he is then in heaven, and thus in the tranquility of peace.

[3 of 3] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Regeneration (new birth)" (search under Inner Life/Teachings)": source "True Christian Religion": detail "Section 571"
There are two states into which a man must enter, and through which he must pass, that he may from natural become spiritual. The first state is called Reformation, and the other Regeneration. In the first he looks from his natural state towards the spiritual, with a great desire to attain it; in the other state he becomes a spiritual-natural man.
 The first state is formed by the truths which belong to faith, by which he looks towards charity; the other is formed by the goods of charity, from which he enters into the truths of faith; or what is the same thing, the first is a state of thought from the understanding, the other is a state of love from the will. As this latter state commences and advances, a change or turning takes place in the mind; for then the love of the will enters by influx into the understanding, acting upon, and leading it to think in concord and agreement with its love; so that in proportion as the good of love fills the first station, and the truths of faith the second, the man is spiritual, and is a new creature. He then acts from charity, and speaks from faith; he sensibly feels the good of charity, and perceives the truth of faith; he is then in the Lord, he is in peace, and thus regenerate.
 The man who, during his abode in this world, has entered into the first of these states, is in a capacity after death of being introduced into the other; but he who during the present life has not entered into the first state, cannot after death be introduced into the second, and thus cannot be regenerated.