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NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
VOL. XI.-NEW SERIES.
PUBLISHED BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE NEW CHURCH,
SIGNIFIED BY THE NEW JERUSALEM IN THE REVELATION:
AND SOLD BY
J. S. HODSON, 22, PORTUGAL STREET, LINCOLN'S INN;
AND F. PITMAN, 20, PATERNOSTER ROW:
MANCHESTER: L. KENWORTHY, 7, CATEATON STREET.
THE IMPORTANT USES OF THE EXTERNALS OF THE WORD AND OF WORSHIP AS INDISPENSABLE TO SALVATION.
(An Address from the General Conference to the Members of the New Church in Great Britain and Ireland.
It is our privilege to be made acquainted with the proper relation of things internal and external, appertaining to the church, and to the minds of its members. Internal things are the things of charity and faith, and they are also the internal things of the Word. External things are the externals of the church or of worship, especially the two sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper; and they are also the external things of the Word, as presented in its literal sense.
Internal things without external are like ends without means, or like a temple without a foundation, or a house without a door or gate of entrance; while external things without internal are like means without ends; they are also like a body deprived of life, yet still possessing an external comeliness so as to present an appearance of life. These things being known to the members of the New Church, and it being perceived by them that internal things are of a higher degree of dignity and excellence than external, it too frequently happens that individuals complacently give themselves credit for the possession of these internal things, while, at the same time, they do not sufficiently attend to the external things which have been divinely provided, as the needful and proper means by which alone the internal things of charity and faith can be firmly established, and abundantly increased. To urge affectionN. S. NO. 121.-VOL. XI.