Why it is said that Jesus proceeded forth and came from God, and was sent

Why it is said that Jesus proceeded forth and came from God, and was sent

In the spiritual sense to go forth or to proceed is to present one’s self before another in a form accommodated to him, thus to present one’s self the same only in another form. In this sense going forth is predicated of the Lord in John: “Jesus said of Himself, I proceeded forth and came from God” (viii. 42). “The Father loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God:I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world; again I leave the world, and go to the Father. The disciples said, . . . We believe that thou earnest forth from God” (xvi. 27, 28, 30). “They have known truly that I came foith from God” (xvii. 8). To illustrate what is meant by going forth or proceeding, take the following examples:—It is said of truth, that it goes forth or proceeds from good when truth is the form of good, or when truth is good in a form which the understanding can apprehend. It may also be said of the understanding that it goes forth or proceeds from the will, when the understanding is the will formed, or when it is the will in a form apperceivable to the internalsight. In like manner of thought which is of the understanding, it may be said to go forth or proceed when it becomes speech; and of the will, when it becomes action. Thought clothes itself in another form when it becomes speech, but it is still the thought which so goes forth or proceeds, for the words and sounds which are put on are nothing but adjuncts, which by accommodation cause the thought to be apperceived. So the will assumes another form when it becomes action, but it is still the will which is presented in such form; the gestures and motions that are put on are nothing but adjuncts, which by accommodation make the will appear and affect the external man. Also it may be said that it goes forth or proceeds from the internal, yea, substantially, because the external man is nothing else than the internal so formed that it may act suitably in the world wherein it is. From all this it may be seen what, to go forth, or proceed, is in the spiritual sense; namely, when predicated of the Lord, that it is the Divine formed as Man, thus accommodated to the perception of the believing; yet both are one. (AC n. 5337)

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