- In the treatises on Divine Providence and on Life this will be abundantly illustrated; it is sufficient here to say that the Lord, Who is the God of the universe, is uncreate and infinite, whereas man and angel are created and finite. The Lord also, because He is uncreate and infinite, is the Esse itself which is called Jehovah, and He is Life itself, or Life in itself. Man cannot be created immediately from the Uncreate, the Infinite, from Esse itself and Life itself — because the Divine is one and indivisible — but from created and finited things so formed that the Divine can be in them. Since men and angels are such, they are recipients of life. If any man therefore allows himself to be so far misled as to think that he is not a recipient of life, but life, he cannot be withheld from the thought that he is God. That man feels as if he were life, and therefore believes it, is from a fallacy; for the principal cause is not perceived otherwise in the instrumental cause than as one with it. That the Lord is Life in itself, He teaches in John: As the Father hath life in Himself, so also hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself (John 5:26); and that He is Life itself (John 9:25; 14:6). Now since life and love are one (as appears from what has been said above, Sections 1, 2), it follows that the Lord, because He is Life itself, is Love itself.
- But that this may be understood, it must needs be known, that the Lord, because He is Love in its very essence, that is, Divine Love, appears before the angels in heaven as the sun, and that from that sun proceed heat and light, and that the heat proceeding from it in its essence is love, and the light is wisdom; and that the angels in the degree that they are recipients of that spiritual heat and of that spiritual light, are loves and wisdoms; not loves and wisdoms from themselves, but from the Lord. That spiritual heat and that spiritual light not only flow into angels and affect them, but also flow into men and affect them just in the degree that they become recipients; and they become recipients according to their love to the Lord, and their love toward the neighbor. This sun itself, or the Divine Love, cannot create any one immediately from itself by its heat and by its light; for in that case he would be Love in its essence, which is the Lord Himself; but it can create from substances and matters so formed as to be able to receive heat itself and light itself — by comparison, as the sun of the world cannot produce germinations in the earth immediately by heat and light, but from the materials of the ground in which it can be present by heat and light and cause vegetation. In the work on Heaven And Hell, (Sections 116-140) it may be seen that the Divine Love of the Lord appears in the spiritual world as the sun, and that spiritual heat and spiritual light from which the angels have love and wisdom, proceed from it.
- Since then man is not life, but a recipient of life, it follows that the conception of a man from his father is not a conception of life, but only a conception of the first and purest form receptive of life; to which as a nucleus or beginning, are successively added in the womb substances and matters in forms adapted to the reception of life in their order and degree.
from Angelic Wisdom concerning Divine Love and Wisdom, Part 1
Divine Providence and Life: Books by Swedenborg