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AC 897

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897. In this place, the subject being the man of the Ancient Church when regenerated, by "seeing" is signified acknowledging and having faith. That "seeing" has this signification is evident from the Word; as in Isaiah:
Ye looked not unto the Maker thereof, and the Former thereof from afar ye have not seen (Isa. 22:11),
speaking of the city of Zion; "not to see the Former from afar" is not to acknowledge, still less to have faith. Again:
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and smear over their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and their heart should understand, and turn again, and be healed (Isa. 6:10);
"to see with their eyes" denotes acknowledging and having faith. Again:
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light (Isa. 9:2),
said of the Gentiles who received faith; as it is here said of Noah, that he "removed the covering and saw." Again:
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the Book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of thick darkness and out of darkness (Isa. 29:18),
speaking of the conversion of the Gentiles to faith; "to see" denotes to receive faith. Again:
Hear, ye deaf and look, ye blind, that ye may see (Isa. 42:18), where the meaning is similar. In Ezekiel:
Who have eyes to see, and see not, who have ears to hear, and hear not; for they are a rebellious house (Ezek. 12:2),
meaning who can understand, acknowledge, and have faith, and yet will not. That "to see" signifies to have faith, is evident from the representation of the Lord by the brazen serpent in the wilderness, on seeing which all were healed; as in Moses:
Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a standard; and it shall come to pass that everyone that is bitten, when he seeth it, shall live; and it came to pass that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked unto the serpent of brass, he lived (Num. 21:8, 9);
from which passage everyone can see that "to see" signifies faith; for what would seeing avail in this case, except as a representative of faith in the Lord? Hence also it is evident that Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, being so called from "seeing" signifies in the internal sense faith. (See what was said before about the firstborn of the church, n. 352, 367.)


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