New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 77

  Life Lines “all things new” It is more than the birth of a new, truly spiritual form of Christianity that we celebrate on New Church Day, it is a renewal of everything; a celebration of the Lord’s proclamation: “Behold, I make all things new.” And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. . . . And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . . .    And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men. . . . .” And he that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:1-5) The universe is “made new” when we come to understand it in a radically new way. Then it is born anew to us, in our mind, and we see beyond the natural covering of it into the Divine Soul that created it, sustains it, inhabits it, and shines through it. The natural objects we see in this world are “effects” produced by the influx of life that flows into the natural world from the spiritual world. The order and beauty we see in nature are a reflection of the order and beauty of heaven. When our mind’s eye is opened to see this, then the “Tabernacle of God” encompasses the whole universe. For this to be, our mind must be reordered and opened to the light of heaven. This is done by learning and reflecting upon the truths of the Word, and especially living by them. The more we do this, the more translucent nature will become, and the more we will see heaven reflected in it. We will gain a fresh view of human nature, also. The more we are able to see the goodness in people, the more heavenly life in this world will appear, and be. Then the promise of the Lord’s second coming will be fulfilled for us: “Behold, I make all things new.” (WEO) fred fiedler: new church champion Major General Frederick A. Fiedler, who passed into the spiritual world in March after a valiant battle with cancer, was the consummate New Churchman. He loved serving his country, his church, his family, his community. He 253