67. The faith of the new heaven and of the new church in a universal concept, is this:
The Lord from eternity, who is Jehovah, came into the world so that He could subjugate the hells, and glorify His Human; and without this, no mortal would have been able to be saved; and they who believe in Him are saved.
This is said to be in a universal concept because this a universal of faith, and a universal of faith is something that will be in all things and in the individual things.
It is a universal of faith that God is one in person and in essence, in whom is the Trinity, and that the Lord is this God.
It is a universal of faith that no mortal would have been able to be saved unless the Lord came into the world.
It is a universal of faith that He came into the world so that He could move hell away from people, and He moved it away through battles against it, and through victories over it. So He subjugated it, and drove it back into order and under obedience to Him.
It is also a universal of faith that He came into the world so that He could glorify His Human (which He took on in the world), that is, unite it with the Divine from which it came. Thus He keeps hell, having been subjugated by Him, in order and under obedience to Him to eternity. Since neither of these could have happened other than through temptations, even to the last of them, and the last of them was the passion of the cross, He underwent this.
These are the universals of faith about the Lord.
It is a universal of the Christian faith on the part of a person that he should believe in the Lord. For believing in the Lord causes conjunction with Him, through which salvation occurs. To believe in Him is to have trust that He saves. And because someone cannot have this trust unless he lives well, this is also what believing in Him means.
These two universals of the Christian faith have been specifically dealt with. The first, which looks to the Lord, in The Doctrine of the Lord, and the other, which looks to a person, in The Doctrine of Charity, and The Doctrine of Faith, and The Doctrine of Life for the New Jerusalem. And both are being dealt with now in the explanations of Revelation.