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NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
VOL. II.--ENLARGED SERIES.
PUBLISHED BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE NEW CHURCH,
SIGNIFIED BY THE NEW JERUSALEM IN THE REVELATION :
AND SOLD BY
J. S. HODSON, 22, PORTUGAL STREET, LINCOLN'S INN;
AND F. PITMAN, 20, PATERNOSTER ROW:
A TRUE IDEA OF THE INCARNATION THE FOUNDATION
The true idea of the INCARNATION forms the basis of Christianity; without this idea as the chief corner-stone, Christianity, although irradiated, as a moral system, with peculiar light and splendour, far exceeding that of any system of ethics either ancient or modern, has nevertheless lost its power, and is shorn of its brightest splendours. It is not
power of God unto salvation," until a true, living idea on this subject is formed. And until the doctrine of the church develops the truth on this fundamental point of Christianity, the members of the church will “err not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.” We know how essentially necessary it is to become acquainted with the fundamental principles of any science, before we can be said to know the science as we ought, and to have a clear insight into its nature, uses and efficacy. But the fundamental principle of Christianity is the true idea of the Incarnation,—Who it was that became incarnate ; by what means and for what end. This is the root from which every thing truly spiritual and heavenly must spring in the human mind, in the church, and in the kingdom of God. If the doctrine of the church is wrong on this essential point, every thing will partake of the error. “ Darkness will cover the earth and gross darkness the people,” so long as this holy and all necessary subject is not seen in its proper light.
[Enl. Series.- No. 13, vol. ii.]