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AC 9264

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9264. For I will not justify the wicked. That this signifies that such malignity is contrary to the Divine righteousness, is evident from the signification of "justifying," as being to declare guiltless and to absolve; but here not to absolve, because it is said, "I will not justify;" that "to justify" means also to declare guiltless and to absolve, is evident from the judicial meaning of this expression; as also in the following:
By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matt. 12:37).
Ye are they that justify yourselves in the sight of men; but God knoweth your hearts (Luke 16:15).
And from the signification of "the wicked," as being malignity (see n. 9249). Malignity, of which it is here said that it is contrary to the Divine righteousness, consists in destroying the interior and exterior good which is signified by "slaying the innocent and the righteous" (of which just above, n. 9262, 9263); and this good is destroyed when the Divine truth and good which are from the Lord are denied, in which case this is extinguished in the man, and consequently so is the Lord Himself, from whom proceed all good which is good and all truth which is truth. When this takes place, the man no longer has any spiritual life, thus no salvation. This same truth and good are extinguished when the Lord's Divinity is denied, and also when the Word is denied, for this is Divine truth from the Lord and about the Lord. To deny this, when it has previously been acknowledged and received with faith, and thus to extinguish it, is the sin against the Holy Spirit, which is not forgiven (Matt. 12:31). For the Holy Spirit is the Divine truth and good, because it is the holy proceeding from the Lord (n. 9229). This same is also signified by the "shedding of innocent blood," spoken of just above. That this malignity is not forgiven, because it is contrary to the Divine righteousness, is signified by the words, "I will not justify the wicked."


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