…all things of nature, and likewise of the human body,
and also every single particular in them,
correspond to spiritual things. Hitherto, however,
it has not been known what correspondence is,
although in the most ancient times this was very well known;
for the science of correspondences was then the science of sciences…
— Emanuel Swedenborg DSS 20.
…he who grasps the idea of correspondence in its amazing sweep,
and sees its infinite bearings, will find not only in the Bible
a new revelation, but the whole outward world will be changed.
Nature will become a sublime poem.
Mountains and valleys, trees and forests, rivers and lakes,
and all living and moving things, will be words and letters
full of heavenly import, he will live and move in a new earth,
and beneath new heavens. Every object he beholds will remind him
of something spiritual. Earth will wear new charms,
for all its forms of beauty are but the counterpart
of things that exist beneath the sun of a higher sky. — W. F. Evans
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth : . . .
and he will show you things to come. — JOHN xvi. 12, 13.
… The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say,
Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
— Luke 17:20,21
… But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, says YHVH:
I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people:
and they shall teach no more everyone their neighbor,
and every man his brother, saying, Know YHVH;
for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,
says YHVH: for I will forgive their iniquity,
and their sin will I remember no more.
— Jeremiah 31
I have been instructed that the men of the Most Ancient Church
(The Golden Age) were of a genius so heavenly that they spoke with angels of heaven,
and that they were able to speak with them by means of correspondences.
From this the state of their wisdom was rendered such that whatever
they saw in this world they thought about not only in a natural way,
but spiritually also at the same time,
so that they thought unitedly with angels. — Emanuel Swedenborg DSS 21.
The church in specific is where the Word is and where the Lord is known because of it,
so it is where divine truths from it have been revealed from heaven.
The Lord’s Church exists throughout the whole world with
all people who live in good according to their religions.
All people who live in good according to their religions and acknowledge
something divine are accepted by the Lord, wherever they are.
— Emanuel Swedenborg HH 308
…truths with man are what pray, and man is continually in such prayers
when he lives according to truths. — Emanuel Swedenborg AE 493
…good is the essence of truth, and truth is the form of good,
and without form there can be no quality.
— Emanuel Swedenborg TCR 753.
The words of the Lord are pure words:
as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.— Psalms 12.6.