“These things I have spoken to you in parables, but the hour is coming when I will no more speak to you in proverbs, but will announce to you plainly concerning the Father.” - John 16:25
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Peter’s denial foretold
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has asked for you2, to sift you as
AE 740:11-12. “Satan” means the hell that is the source of falsities.... Here, too, Peter represents faith without charity. This faith is the faith of falsity, for this was said to him by the Lord just before he denied Him three times. Because he represented faith, therefore the Lord says, “I prayed for thee that thy faith may not fail.” That he represented the faith of falsity is evident from the Lord’s saying to him, “When, therefore, thou shalt be converted, strengthen thy brothers.” As the faith of falsity is like chaff before the wind, it is said that “Satan demanded them that he might sift them as wheat,” “wheat” meaning the good of charity separated from chaff.
AE 443:5. “Simon,” when Peter is so named, has a similar signification as “Simeon” the son of Jacob, namely, obedience, the faith of charity, the affection of truth, and in general, truth from good; for in the Hebrew Simon means hearing, hearkening, and obedience.... While “rock” [petra], from which he is named Peter, signifies truth and faith, and in the contrary sense, falsity and absence of faith....
AE 840:6. What is meant by these words [verse 36] is evident from what follows there, namely, that “this that is written must yet come to an end” in the Lord (verse 37), thus that He was to suffer the cross. And since this could not help but distress the minds of those who were then living, as well as the minds of the disciples, and lead them into doubts respecting the Lord and His kingdom, and thus into temptations, and these doubts could be dispelled only by means of truths, therefore the Lord says, “he that has a purse and a pack, let him take them,” that is, he who possesses truths from the Word, in which it is foretold that Christ must suffer such things, let him take heed not to lose them; for the purse and the wallet have a similar signification as the coins and money in them, namely, the knowledges of truth and good from the Word. “But he who has no sword, let him sell his garments and buy one,” signifies let those who have no truths reject what is their own, and acquire the truths with which they may fight against falsities, “sword” signifying the combat of truth against falsity, and the destruction of falsity.
2 “You” is plural, while “thee” in the next verse is singular.
3 Literally, “the lawless”; Isa. 53:12
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