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Arcana Coelestia #19

Arcana Coelestia (Elliott translation)      

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19. 'The Spirit of God' is used to mean the Lord's mercy, which is said 'to hover', like a hen over eggs, over what the Lord stores away in man and which in the Word are frequently called 'remnants'. These remnants are cognitions of truth and good which never come to light or into daylight until external things have been laid waste. These cognitions are here called 'the face 1 of the waters'.

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Footnotes:

1. literally, the faces

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(References: Genesis 1:2)

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Like most numbers in the Bible, "six" can have various meanings depending on context, but has a couple that are primary.

When used in relation to time – six days, six hours, six years, etc. – six generally represents a state of labor, struggle and conflict, especially the conflict involved with spiritual growth. The six days of creation, for instance, represent the stages we go through in our lives, working toward the peaceful seventh day, in which our evil desires are removed from us and we can rest.

In most other references, six represents all desires for good and all the true ideas that come from those desires for good – or in the contrary sense, all evil and all the resulting false thinking.

(References: Apocalypse Revealed 245, 610; Arcana Coelestia 737, 8888, 9555, 9561, 9843, 10366; The Apocalypse Explained 633, 847; True Christian Religion 301, 302)


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