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Quote from “Heaven and Hell” #65, by Emanuel Swedenborg.
“Since heaven in its entirety does reflect a single individual, and is, in fact, the divine spiritual person in its greatest form and image, Heaven is therefore differentiated into members and parts like a person, And these are given similar names. Angels know what member one community or another is in and say that this community is in the member or province of the head, that one in the member or province of the chest, that one in the member or province of the genitals, and so on. (so…)
In general, The highest or third heaven forms the head down to the neck, the middle or second (Heaven) forms the torso as far as the genitals and knees, And the lowest or first (Heaven) forms the feet to the very soles and also the arms all the way to the fingers, Since the arms and hands are among our “lowest things” even though they are at our sides. We can see from this why there are three heavens“.
The Renaissance View of The Human Body
If we accept this spiritual proposition of what the heavenly “Body of Christ” is just given, we can further understand this concept by reading descriptions of the human body by two Renaissance savants, Albrecht Durer, and Marcus Vitruvius Pollio.
When Albert Einstein was forced to take a job at a patent office, he would quickly get his work done so he could stare out the window and write out mathematical strings in his head to check hypothetical physics he was working on. This is basically how he discovered the theory of relativity. This is what people who are very smart are able to do. They think on a higher plane in the brain than most humans do.
This is how Albrecht Durer (illustration 1) and Marcus Vitruvius formulated the scientific dimensions of the human body. In the universe of the cosmos, the human body is more than a grouping of flesh and blood. It is a living, dynamic system like the human system that we will one day remove and take on the form of a much more perfect spiritual body in heaven. We will dwell in the “Grand Man“.
“For God is one, and there is one Mediator of God and of men, the Man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5)
Notice that “For God is one,“. When we pass from this life we will not see the Father or the Holy Spirit. We will communicate and see ONLY ONE Lord. The Divine Human called Jesus Christ. Or “the Man, Christ Jesus“.
This is why in the Bible the church is called “THE BODY OF CHRIST“.
The Mystical Body of Christ
In the New Testament, it speaks quite often of this mystical church body that belongs to Christ. For example,
“And you are the body of Christ, and members in part” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
The Bible also speaks extensively about human body parts. The ears, the eyes, the nose, the feet, the hands, the heart. These are spiritual metaphors corresponding to parts of the “body of Christ“. The body also talks of walking, sitting, and standing. Also metaphorically putting on armor to cover the body from spiritual attacks, and so on.
So we are the members of the body of Christ, LITERALLY!
“in whom every building having been fitly framed together, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord; in whom you also are built together for a dwelling place of God through the Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).
So we can see from the Book of Ephesians the human body is “a dwelling place of God” (the Church). And we can see the human body presented in geometrical and mathematical science is a body that relates to and corresponds to both the physical world and the spiritual world!
There is a direct connection between the church in heaven and the church on earth
“Behold what manner of love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be. But we know that when He shall be revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is“. (1 John 3:1-2)
If you want to read more about it yourself, on Wikipedia type in “Albrecht Durer” and find “Four Books on Human Proportion” in the search box. Also, the originator of the theory “Vitruvius” (Marcus Vitruvius Pollio) and subject “The Proportions of Man”. Also the famous artwork “Vitruvian Man” by Leonardo da Vinci based on the work by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio.