Relation of outer and inner


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Outer, holds inner in order" (search under Cosmology/Cosmology, Laws)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.11": detail "Section 9824"
That the outermost is more holy than the internal things, is on this ground, that by the external all interior things are held together in their order, and in their form and connection, and indeed to such a degree, that should the external be removed, the internal things would be dispersed, because the internal things not only terminate in the external, but are also together in it. That this is so, may be known to those who are aware how the case is with things successive and things simultaneous, namely, that the successive things which proceed and follow one another in their order, are nevertheless also presented together in the last or ultimate things.
 Let the end, the cause, and the effect serve as an example: the end is the first in order, the cause the second, and the effect the last; thus also they progress successively, but, nevertheless, the cause is presented together in the effect which is the last, and the end in the cause; wherefore, the effect is a container filled up, in which interior, that is, prior things are likewise brought together, and where they lodge. With the willing, thinking, and doing in man the case is the same; willing is the first, thinking the second, and doing the last; this last also is the effect, in which prior, that is, interior things exist together, for so far as a man's doing, or his deed, contains in itself what the man thinks, and what he wills, so far the interior things are held together in their form and connection.
 On this ground it is declared in the Word (Bible) that a man will be judged according to his deeds, that is, according to his works, by which is meant that he will be judged according to his thinking and willing; because these are in his doings as the soul is in its body. Now, inasmuch as the interior things present themselves together in the last or ultimate, therefore, as said above, if order is perfect, the ultimate is regarded as more holy than the interior things, because in the ultimate or last the holiness of the interior things is gathered up.