For instance, Jesus would address larger gatherings of people (like when He miraculously fed the 5,000) then pull His twelve disciples aside for deeper and more special teachings. Even from these twelve followers, Jesus led three of them up a mountain to witness His transfiguration. He also discussed secret things with a small number of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. And finally, Jesus gave his most beloved disciple, John, a remarkable visionary experience in Revelation.
Scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg shared the nature of this insider information in his voluminous spiritual writings. But within this deeper treatment of theology, Swedenborg definitely alludes to the existence of an innermost circle of readers that he has also been sharing knowledge with. (This innermost circle simply comprises those who have made greater personal efforts than most others.)
While reading his unique writings the other day, I came upon a curious passage. In his great work, the Arcana Coelestia (Secrets of Heaven) Swedenborg was addressing how God’s truth and good proceeds from heaven and are generated from each other (AC 9849). This order, while portraying how a person is guided from truth to good, and then later, to greater truth from good is also how God’s influx (influence) forms a coherent process, through their connections, in all things that manifest structure in the universe (relational holism).
Well, Swedenborg ends this dense paragraph with the words, “But these things are said for those who know how series of things are produced successively.”
Was Swedenborg addressing people who had gone beyond most others in knowledge? I think so. In fact, my award-winning book Proving God offers insights giving the reader a true taste of this deeper knowledge concerning divine process and true order.