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This denotes that he had swallowed the cognitions of faith, here called" delicacies," as the whale did Jonah; a "whale" denoting those who possess the general principles of the cognitions of faith as scientifics, and act in this manner. 42 CHAPTER I. [43,44 43. Verse 22. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and the fowl shall be multiplied in the earth. Everything that has in itself life from the Lord fructifies and multiplies itself immensely; not so much while the man lives in the body, but to an amazing degree in the other life.

37. " In these words are contained more arcana than can at present be unfolded, although in the sense of the letter nothing of the kind appears. Suffice it here to observe that there are alternations of 36 CHAPTER 1. [37,38 things spiritual and celestial, both in general and in particular, which are compared to the changes of days and of years. The changes of days are from morning to mid-day, thence to evening, and through night to morning; and the changes of years are similar, being from spring to summer, thence to autumn, and through winter to spring.

30 known what is the essence of faith, and also what is its progress with those who are being created anew. The very essence and life of faith is the Lord alone, for he who does not believe in the Lord cannot have life, as He Himself has declared in John :. He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life; but he that believeth not on the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God shall abide upon him (iii. 36). The progression of faith with those who are being 2 created anew is as follows. At first they have no life, for there is none in what is evil and false, but only in what is good and true is there life; afterwards they receive life from the Lord by faith, first by faith of the memory, which is a faith of mere scientifics; next by faith in the understand­ ing, which is an intellectual faith; lastly by faith in the heart, which is the faith of love, or saving faith.

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