Why The Sins of The World Were Not Taken Away by Jesus Christ at The Cross

11.06.2021

Abstract: We use quotations from the book Doctrine of The Lord by Emanuel Swedenborg and will attempt to show that Jesus did not remove sins from human beings at the cross. But instead that he bore them and gave men to the power of salvation unto eternal life.  

That is why the Scriptures say, “He went up high into the sky; he took prisoners with him, and he gave gifts to people.” (Ephesians 4:8) 

This in turn requires men to accept this precious gift and to repent of their sins.  

Then to stop, turn around and go in the other direction. Then to follow His commands found in the Holy Bible which is His Word from heaven. By doing so the human being will find a reward at the end of his life journey. An eternity filled with peace, joy, and happiness.

Don’t think that I have come to destroy the Law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. I have come not to destroy their teachings but to give full meaning to them. A person should obey every command in the law, even one that does not seem important. Whoever refuses to obey any command and teaches others not to obey it will be the least important in God’s kingdom. But whoever obeys the law and teaches others to obey it will be great in God’s kingdom” (Matthew 5:17, 19)

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Bold highlighting = Important terms and concepts. Blue highlighting = words, terms, and concepts containing primarily a spiritual sense or TRUTHRed highlighting = words, terms, and concepts containing a sense directly related to The Lord Himself or LOVEGray highlighting = Words, terms, and concepts relating to Evil and Hell.  Italic letters in (parentheses) = My emphasis.

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By His knowledge He hath justified many, because He hath borne their iniquities” [Isaiah 53:4611].

(their iniquities were not taken away but borne or carried

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12)

(their iniquities were not taken away but borne or carried)

From Doctrine of the Lord by Emanuel Swedenborg,

“From these considerations it is manifest that the Lord did not take away sins by the passion of the cross; but that He takes them away, that is, removes them, with those who believe on Him by living according to His commandments. This the Lord also teaches in Matthew,

Think not that I am come to destroy the Law and the Prophets…. Whosoever shall break the least of these commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of the heavens: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of the heavens” (Matthew 5:1719)

Every one may see from reason alone, if he be in any enlightenment, that sins cannot be taken away from a man, except by actual repentance (stop turn around go the other way); and this consists in the man seeing his sins, imploring (asking) help from the Lord and desisting (resist and stop) from them. To see, believe and teach otherwise, is not from the Word (Bible), nor is it from sound reason, but from lust and a depraved will, which constitute man’s proprium (what is of the self), by which his intelligence is bemused (cause to be confused emotionally).

The imputation of the Lord’s Merit (to be worthy or deserving of salvation) is nothing else than the remission of sins after repentance (stop turn around go the other way).

It is believed in the Church that the Lord was sent by the Father to make atonement for the human race, and that this was effected by His fulfilling the Law, and by the passion of the cross; and that He thus took upon Himself damnation, and made satisfaction (to appease the Father). Moreover, that without this atonement, satisfaction and propitiation, the human race would have perished in eternal death; and this from justice, which is also called by some, avenging justice (to appease the Father).

It is true that, if the Lord had not come into the world, all mankind would have perished. But how it is to be understood (why) that the Lord fulfilled all things of the Law, and also why He suffered the cross.

It may be seen that it was not on account of any avenging justice [on God’s part], because this is not a Divine attribute (things that make up God). Justice, love, mercy, and good are Divine attributes (things that make up God); and God is justice itself, love itself, mercy itself, and good itself; and where these (Divine attributes) are (where God dwells), there is nothing of vengeance, and consequently no avenging justice (to satisfy the Father).

The fulfilling of the Law and the passion of the cross have only been understood by many as implying that the Lord made satisfaction (to satisfy the Father from vengeance) for the human race by means of these two things, and took away from man the damnation (internal separation from Him) that had been foreseen or destined. Accordingly, from the linking together of these two things and at the same time from the principle that man is saved (salvation) solely by the faith (grace plus faith plus nothing) that this is so, there has followed the dogma of the imputation (gift man the Lord’s perfection) of the Lord’s merit (to be worthy or deserving) by the acceptance of these two things, which were of the Lord’s merit (to be worthy or deserving) as a satisfaction (to appease the Father from vengeance).

This, however, falls to the ground (has no merit or truth) from what has been said concerning the Lord’s fulfilling of the Law, and His passion on the cross (final victory over evil). Moreover, it may now be seen that the imputation of merit (Jesus taking away the sin) is an expression without meaning, unless by it is understood the remission of sins after repentance (stop turn around go the other way).

For nothing of the Lord’s can be imputed (gift to man the Lord’s perfection); but salvation (given eternal life in heaven) may be awarded him by the Lord after he has done the work of repentance (stop turn around go the other way), that is, after he has seen and acknowledged his sins, and then desists (resist and stop) from them; and this (the power to make a change) from the Lord. Thus salvation is awarded him: not that man is saved through his own merit or his own righteousness, but from the Lord, who fought and conquered the hells alone, and who still fights alone for man and conquers the hells for him.

These things are the Lord’s merit and righteousness, which can in no wise (way) be imputed (gift man the Lord’s perfection) to man; for if they were imputed (gift man the Lord’s perfection), the Lord’s merit and righteousness would be appropriated (to give or assign) to man as his own (his own merit); and this never is and never can be done. If imputation (gift man the Lord’s perfection) were possible, an impenitent (no remorse for bad behavior) and wicked man might impute (accept the Lord’s perfection from religion) to himself the Lord’s merit, and might therefore think himself justified (acceptable before God).

This, however, would be to defile (to spot or stain) what is holy with the profane (grossly irreverent toward the sacred), and to profane the Lord’s name; for it would be to keep his thought in the Lord, and his will (love of evil) in hell: when yet the will (love of good or evil) is the all of man (the direction of his life).

There is a faith which is of God, and a faith which is of man. Those who repent (stop turn around go the other way) have the faith which is of God; but those who do not repent, (stop turn around go the other way) and yet think of imputation (gift man the Lord’s perfection), have the faith which is of man; and the faith which is of God is a living faith, but the faith which is of man is a dead faith“.