Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 3:21
AR 220. Verse 21. To him that overcometh, signifies such as are in conjunction with the Lord by a life according to His precepts in the Word, is evident from what has been said above.
AR 221. Will I give to sit with Me in My throne, signifies that they will have conjunction with the Lord in heaven. That "the Lord‘s throne" is heaven, may be seen in (n. 14), therefore "to sit with the Lord in His throne," signifies conjunction with Him in heaven.
AR 222. As I overcame, and sit with the Father in His throne, signifies as He and the Father are one, and are heaven. That the Father and the Lord are one, is fully shown in The Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord, and elsewhere. That heaven is not heaven from anything proper to the angels, but from the Divine of the Lord, which is in the angels and with them; therefore by these words, "as I sit with the Father in His throne," is signified as He and the Father are one, and are heaven; "throne" is heaven (n. 14, 221). "As I also overcame," signifies that by temptations admitted into His Human, and by the last of them, which was the passion of the cross, as also by the fulfilling of all things of the Word, He overcame the hells and glorified His Human, that is, He united it to His Divine which was in Him from conception, and is called Jehovah the Father, on which subject see the above-mentioned Doctrine of the New Jerusalem concerning the Lord (L n. 8-11, 12-14, 29-36),and also in (n. 67). The reason why the Lord says, "To him that overcometb will I give to sit with Me in My throne, as I overcame and sit with the Father in His throne," is because the union of the Lord with the Father, that is, with His Divine within Himself, took place, to the end that it might be possible for man to be conjoined to the Divine which is called the Father in the Lord; because it is impossible for man to be conjoined with the Divine of the Father immediately, but mediately through His Divine Human, which is the Divine natural; therefore the Lord says:--
No one hath seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath manifested Him (John 1:18).
And in another place:--
I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one cometh to the Father, but by Me (John 14:6).
The Lord’s conjunction with man is by His Divine truth, and this in man is of the Lord, thus the Lord, and by no means man‘s, consequently is not man. Man, indeed, feels it as his own, but still it is not his, for it is not united to him, but adjoined; not so the Divine of the Father, this is not adjoined but united to the Lord’s Human, as the soul to its body. He who understands these things, may understand the following words of the Lord:--
He that abideth in Me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without Me ye can do nothing (John 15:5).
In that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you (John 14:20).
Sanctify them in Thy truth; Thy Word is truth; for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified in the truth: that they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us; I in them and Thou in Me (John 17:17, 19, 21, 23).
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