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That wonders denote means of Divine power, is because by them men were brought to believe that Jehovah was the supreme of the gods, nay, that there was no God besides Him, consequently that He alone was to be worshiped; and they who were in this truth were afterward introduced into the truths of the worship of Him, which truths are means of power; for in the spiritual sense all power is in truths from the Divine (AC 3091, 6344, 6423, 6948, 8200). Power in the spiritual sense is to put to flight and cast out from one's self the infernal crew, which is effected solely by means of truths. From this then it is that by doing what is wonderful is signified that from the Lord are all the means through which is power. The means of Divine power are also signified by wonders in David:--
Sing ye to Jehovah, sing psalms to Him, meditate ye in all His wonders, glory ye in the name of His holiness, seek ye Jehovah, and His strength, seek ye His faces continually, make mention of His wonders, His prodigies, and the judgments of His mouth (Ps. 105:2-5).
That all power is in the truths which are of faith from the Lord, is clear from the Lord's words to Peter:--
I say to thee, Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it; and I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of the heavens (Matt. 16:18, 19);
where by Peter is represented faith; and by rock in the Word is signified faith; and by key is meant power (AC 2759, 4738, 6344).
from AC 8304
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