Some people love the Lord’s word and live a kind and charitable life. Others believe what it says in a simple-hearted way, without making assumptions that undermine the religious truth of its inner meaning. When the Word is read by either kind of person, it is displayed by the Lord before angel’s eyes with tremendous beauty and charm, accompanied by visual representations and adapted with inexpressible variety to every phase they are then passing through.
The beauty and charm are so great that every single facet is perceived as alive. This vital energy is the life that lies within the Word and that gave birth to the Word when it was sent down from heaven. For this reason, the Lord’s Word by its very nature conceals spiritual and heavenly messages within, no matter how unpolished it seems in the letter.
This inner messages lie open to the view of good spirits and of angels when people on earth read the Word.
from Secrets of Heaven, Volume 2 (section 1767)
Notes: Emanuel Swedenborg died on this date, March 29, 1772, 244 years ago.