Helping Us From the Top of the Ladder

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Rev. Kit B. Billings
LaPorte New Church Swedenborgian
Genesis 28:10-17 | John 16:33

Insight for Worship
True Christianity 24 by Emanuel Swedenborg

“Each of us needs to make a pathway for God, meaning we need to prepare ourselves to receive God, and this preparation requires certain concepts. I say that we go higher, but I really mean that we are taken up by God. We have free will; we can use it to gain religious knowledge. When we exercise our intellect and gain religious knowledge from the Word, we smooth a pathway that God can use to come down and lift us up. The concepts that can lift our intellect higher, and let God take us by the hand and lead us, can be compared to the steps on the ladder that Jacob saw. It was set up on the ground but the top of it stretched into heaven. Angels were climbing up on it and Jehovah was standing above it (Genesis 28:12–13).”

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