The Third Round: Temptations allow for truths to be reconstituted and for the Lord as the good in them to be reaffirmed and strengthened

Arcana Coelestia

5963… and from the signification of “not contending in the way,” as being to be in tranquillity; for contention with others is intranquillity, because it is a disturbance of the lower mind. The varying states in the other life of which mention has been made just above (n. 5962), are according to the perception of good and truth with those who are there, thus according to their perception of the Lord’s presence. According to this perception they have tranquillity; for they who are in the perception of the Lord’s presence are in the perception that each and all things which befall them tend to their good, and that evils do not reach them; hence they are in tranquillity. 

5954. And to all of them he gave each changes of garments. That this signifies truths initiated in good, is evident from the signification of “garments” as being truths . Thus “changes of garments” are truths which are new; and truths become new when they are initiated in good, because they then receive life. 

5951 … the quality of truths with men is according to the state of life of each. The truths that are represented by the sons of Jacob are truths not yet spiritual, because not yet made of the life. But the truths that are represented by them as sons of Israel are spiritual, because from having been made of the life they have been filled with the good of love and of charity.

5952…For the Lord does not openly teach anyone truths, but through good leads to the thinking of what is true, and unknown to the man He also inspires the perception and consequent choice that such a thing is true because the Word so declares, and because it accords therewith. Thus the Lord adapts truths according to the reception of good by each person; and as this takes place according to each person’s affection, thus in freedom

The New Jerusalem and the Heavenly Doctrine

194. Temptations are of use in acquiring dominion for good over evil, and for truth over falsity; and further, in confirming truths, and in conjoining them with good, and at the same time in dispersing evils, and hence falsities. They are of use also in opening the internal spiritual man, and in subjecting the natural man to it: and at the same time in breaking the loves of self and of the world, and in restraining the lusts which are therefrom. After these things have been brought about, the man obtains enlightenment and a perception of what truth and good, and falsity and evil are. This is the occasion of intelligence and wisdom for man, which afterwards, increase from day to day.

197. The ruling love of man is assaulted in temptations …

No one can be tempted unless he is in the acknowledgment, and likewise in the affection of truth and good, because there is otherwise no combat, for there is nothing spiritual to act against what is natural, thus there is no contest for dominion

Third Round posts are short audio clips taken from Round 3 comments offered in the online Logopraxis Life Group meetings. The aim is to keep the focus on understanding the Text in terms of its application to the inner life along with reinforcing any key LP principles that have been highlighted in the exchanges.

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Ian Keal
Ian Keal
9 months ago

Evils have to be seen so that they can be dealt with, and they so often come into view in memories from the past that make me squirm, physically as well as emotionally. And lately the way that I have found (The Lord has brought to my awareness) that is most effective is to simply say out loud the portion of HH 533: “that it ought not to be done because it is opposed to the Divine precepts”.

Sarah Walker
Sarah Walker
Reply to  Ian Keal
9 months ago

That’s a beautiful example of a truth of the Text – of the Word as the Lord – offering you what’s needed to awaken you in the moment and bring you through a state . Of turning you towards Itself – an act of salvation .