Swedenborg made the amazing claim that during the last 29 years of his life, the Lord had permitted him to gain cognitive access to the spiritual world and he could even speak with various individuals (historically famous or otherwise) in this pre-space realm.
In previous posts, I shared Swedenborg’s interviews with Pope Sextus Quintus (concerning the authority of Catholic popes in comparison to that of the Lord) and Martin Luther (concerning faith versus good works and Christian love).
Swedenborg also spoke with Cicero, who was a “pagan.” The conversation was about the higher cognitive functions of the human mind, and the ability to apply such a rarefied mind to biblical interpretation.
Swedenborg discovered that the elevation of human thought above sensual and worldly things—and abstraction from them—was a mental activity known to ancient peoples. Without such elevation of the mind, Swedenborg claimed that the human race—including academia—enjoys little wisdom.
In their conversation, Cicero was more open to this process of mental distillation than many of those from the Christian faith, who were now citizens of the spiritual world. As someone interested in the pursuit of wisdom, Cicero was inclined to look more deeply into things. He fully embraced the idea that the narratives in God’s Holy Word contained more interior ideas. He was amazed that those who considered themselves educated were not interested in such a study.
The Holy Word comes from heaven and it harmonically communicates with heaven. Because Sacred Scripture has its origins in a non-temporal and non-spatial realm, everything mentioned in its various narratives represents some more lofty spiritual quality. In this way, physical qualities and the literal meanings of human language can serve the deeper, spiritual mind of both the human race and angels (who were once men and women on earth).
In my next post I will show how the human mind has the capacity to distill spiritual meanings from sensual/worldly meanings. I will use a simple word like “water” and demonstrate how by lawful abstraction it can convey unexpected and deeper revelations about doctrinal topics and God’s eternal pursuit of human salvation.