Remains (insinuated goods)


[1 of 1] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Remains (insinuated goods)" (search under Outer Life/Doctrine, Rites, Scriptures)": source "Arcana Coelestia, vol.3": detail "Section 2284"
Remains are every good and every truth with man, which lie stored up in his memories, and in his life. It is well known that there is nothing good and nothing true except from the Lord; also that good and truth continually flow in from the Lord with man, but that they are received variously, and indeed according to the life of evil, and according to the principles of falsity in which the man has confirmed himself; these are the things which either extinguish, or suffocate, or pervert the goods and truths which continually flow in from the Lord. To prevent therefore the mixture of goods with evils, and of truths with falsities, (for in case of such mixture man would perish eternally), the Lord separates them, and stores up the goods and truths which man receives, in his interior man, whence the Lord never allows them to come forth so long as man is in evil and falsity, but only when he is in some holy state, or in some anxiety, or in sickness, and the like. These things, which the Lord has thus stored up with man, are what are called remains, of which very much mention is made in the Word [Bible], but it has not yet been known to anyone that this is their signification.
 Man enjoys blessedness and happiness in the other life according to the quality and quantity of remains, that is, of good and truth with him, for, as was said, they are stored up in his interior man, and are then manifested when man leaves corporeal and worldly things. The Lord alone knows the quality and quantity of remains with man, and man cannot possibly know this; for man at this day is such that he can put on a semblance of good, when yet inwardly there is nothing but evil in him; and also man may appear as evil, when yet inwardly he possesses good; and therefore it is on no account allowable for one man to judge of another as to the quality of his spiritual life, for, as was said, the Lord alone knows this; but it is allowable for everyone to judge of another, in respect to his quality as to moral and civil life, for this is of concern to society.