The Lord is goodness itself and truth itself. In both his divine and his human natures, the Lord is the divine goodness that results from divine love, and this goodness is the source of divine truth. Divine truth radiates from the Lord’s divine goodness much the way light radiates from the sun. The divine truth that comes from the Lord takes the form of light in the heavens and is the source of all of heaven’s light. Heaven’s light, which is divine truth acting as one with divine goodness, enlightens both the sight and the understanding of angels and spirits. Heaven is bathed in light and warmth because it is devoted to what is true and good, since divine truth there is light and divine goodness there is warmth. See also Heaven and Hell 126–140. The divine truth that comes from the Lord’s divine goodness gives the angelic heaven its form and design. In heaven, the divine goodness that is one with the divine truth is referred to as divine truth.
Divine truth coming from the Lord is the only thing that is real. Everything was made and created by means of divine truth. Divine truth has all power.
On our own we cannot do one bit of good or think one bit of truth. On its own, our rational ability cannot grasp divine truth. Any truths that do not come from the Lord come from our own selves and are not true even though they seem to be true.
Everything that is good and true comes from the Lord, and none of it from us. Things that are good and true are good and true to the extent that they have the Lord in them. On divine truth that comes directly from the Lord and on divine truth that comes indirectly, through angels, and on how they flow in for us. The Lord flows into what is good in us, and through what is good into what is true. He flows through what is good into truths of all kinds, but especially into genuine truths. The Lord does not flow, though, into truths that are cut off from goodness, and such truths do not bring us into a parallel relationship with the Lord the way goodness does.
Doing what is good and true for the sake of what is good and true is loving the Lord and loving our neighbor. When we are devoted to the deeper aspects of the Word, the church, and worship, we love to do what is good and true for the sake of what is good and true; but if our involvement is only on a superficial level, with no depth, then we love to do what is good and true only for our own sakes or for worldly reasons.
from New Jerusalem, Section 25
Sections 126-140 from Heaven and Hell: Published: 11/22/2016-12/2/2016