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n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 they are led to see truths within that are eternal and endless. And these inner truths constitute the Lord’s Divine Human. “The Divine that has revealed Itself is the Divine Human.” (Apocalypse Explained 45)  Rev. Sandstrom questions, “Could the Lord reveal something that is incomplete?” My answer is no, and that of course the Writings are “complete,” just as the Old and New  Testaments were complete for each age when they were revealed – and yet they contained internal spiritual and celestial things which were not seen in the letter when they were revealed. Similarly, the Writings contain eternal truths within the letter that can open to eternity. “In every Divine Word there is a first, middle and a last.” (Sacred Scripture 27)     There is a state at the very beginning of everybody’s reformation that is imaged as the “light of the first day.” In the Arcana we are taught that this “light of the first day” – the first day of our spiritual creation (i.e. regeneration) – comes to exist with us and in us when we  see  that “the Good and True is something higher.” (Arcana Coelestia 20) This is seeing for the first time how our own thinking has to be opened and uplifted by the Lord and that whenever we study the Writings we are to look to the Lord to lead us up out of our proprial thinking to a sight of the Good and True that is higher and from Him. “No one can see the spiritual sense except from the Lord alone.” (Sacred Scripture 26) “The spiritual sense does not appear in the letter, but is within it as the soul is in the body.” The Lord longs for a Celestial Church and is always calling us to repentance and to follow the spiritual path that He has revealed in His New Revelation. Isn’t it obvious because the whole of the Arcana is about how to open our spiritual minds, that it has to have an internal sense to be led into?  It also teaches how to remove the things that block the Lord’s presence with us.  A spiritual rebirth and a sight of the internal sense will only happen when we turn to Him in this New Word, bring His truths to life, and are led to see His Divine Human in His New Word. Dawn Barnitz Potts Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 188