Key Beliefs

The Lord from eternity…

"Verily I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am" (John 8:58).

People of the New Church worship the Lord Jesus Christ, the one God of Heaven and Earth. He is from eternity, to eternity; He always has existed and always will exist as the Lord Jesus Christ.

Who is Jehovah…

"No one is able to pluck the sheep out of My Father's hand; I and the Father are one" (John 10:29, 30).
"I am Jehovah; and besides me there is no Saviour" (Isa. 43: 11).

The Lord that we worship is both Jehovah of the Old Testament and Jesus of the New Testament. Within this one person is the Divine Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three names are three different aspects of one person. Just as each of us has three parts that we call our soul, our mind, and our activity, so the Lord has the Divine Itself (Father), the Divine Human (Son), and Divine Activity (Holy Spirit). These are one in both person and essence.

Came into the world…

"I know the Father: For I am from Him, and He hath sent me" (John 7:29).

Jesus Christ was born with both Divine inner parts (from His own soul) and finite human outer parts from Mary. He took on the complete human condition, inheriting through Mary all of the inclinations to do evil that all people inherit. He was raised and educated exactly as every human being is, only faster and perfectly because His soul was Divine.

To subdue the hells and to glorify His Human…

"Jehovah shall go forth, and fight against the nations, as when He fought in the day of battle…. And Jehovah shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one Jehovah, and His name one" (Zech. 14:3-6, 9)
"Ought not Christ to have suffered this, and to enter into His glory?" (Luke 24:26).

Jesus took on our condition for two immediate and complimentary purposes. First, by inheriting inclinations to do evil from Mary, He allowed the evil spirits of hell to attack Him. Filled with nothing but hate and rage, the forces of hell saw this as an opportunity to destroy the Lord and rule in His place. But throughout His life, the Lord overcame the evil spirits by facing and overcoming every single temptation the evil spirits could induce.

At the same time, with each victory in the combat of temptation, the Lord replaced some of the outer, finite human parts with something Divine from His own soul. Through this process of glorification (or making Divine), Jesus became both God and Man, or Divine Human.

Without this no mortal could have been saved…

The day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come; I have trampled them in Mine anger, I have brought down their victory to the earth; so He became their Savior (Isa. 63:4, 6, 8).

The reason the Lord did this was to save every person of the human race. At that time in our spiritual history, people had lost the ability to understand their spiritual lives and so could no longer make choices that would lead them towards heaven. The Lord chose to be born on earth so He could re-educate people about the difference between right and wrong and demonstrate living a life of religion. Without these new ideas, no one could live the life that leads to heaven.

And those are saved who believe in Him.

Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God from all thy heart, and in all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with thy thought (Matt. 22:37; Mark 12:30, 32; Luke 10:27).

A saving faith is a genuine acknowledgment that the Lord is God. But a genuine acknowledgment means more than merely an intellectual or emotional faith. A person who genuinely believes that the Lord is God will do the things that He commands. Believing in God really means living a life of religion, shunning evils as sins against the Lord and doing good things as a service to Him and your neighbor.

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing. If a man does not abide in Me he is cast forth as a branch and is withered. As the Father has loved Me so I have loved you; abide in My love. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15: 5, 6, 9, 12).