After nearly ten years of writing and publishing
which started with his great work Arcana
Caelestia, Emanuel Swedenborg
wrote a concise account of the new theology contained in his writings
under the latin title 'De Nova Hierosolyma et ejus Doctrina Caelesti'.
This short book, commonly called 'The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly
Doctrine' in many English translations includes a preface by the
author 'On the New Heaven and the New Earth, and the meaning of the
New Jerusalem' which is followed by a 'Prologue to the Teaching'
and then 23 sections covering such topics as:
Truth Faith Regeneration The Holy Supper
Repentance Love The Sacred Scripture The Lord
Swedenborg concludes his preface with these words:
"These facts can make it clear what is meant by
the holy city, New Jerusalem, being seen to come down from God out of
heaven. But I shall now proceed to the actual teaching intended for the
new church. Since this has been revealed to me from heaven, it is called
heaven's teaching; for it is the aim of this book to convey this".
Here is an extract from the section on 'The Lord'.
"The Lord came into the world to save the human
race, which would otherwise have perished in everlasting death. He
achieved this salvation by subduing the hells, which were attacking
every person coming into and leaving the world. He did this at the same
time by glorifying His humanity, for He could thus keep the hells
subdued for ever. The subjugation of the hells, and at the same time the
glorification of His humanity, were achieved by the temptations which
were permitted to assail the humanity He inherited from His mother, and
by constantly winning victories over them. His passion on the cross was
the last temptation and His complete victory".