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Their eyes are opened.
27 And beginning from Moses, and from all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
AC 1540:1-2. …The internal sense makes the Word to be Divine. That the internal sense is the Word itself is evident from many things that have been revealed, as, “Out of Egypt I have called My Son” (Matt. 2:15); besides many others. The Lord Himself also, after His resurrection, taught the disciples what had been written concerning Him in Moses and the Prophets (Luke 24:27); and thus that there is nothing written in the Word that does not regard Him, His kingdom, and the church. These are the spiritual and celestial things of the Word; but the things contained in the literal sense are for the most part worldly, corporeal, and earthly; which cannot possibly make the Word of the Lord. At this day men are of such a character that they perceive nothing but such things; and what spiritual and heavenly things are, they scarcely know….
AC 5405. …In the Ancient Church bread was broken when it was given to another, and by this was signified to communicate good from one’s own, and [at the same time] to appropriate it from one’s own, thus to make love mutual. For when bread is broken and given to another it is communicated from one’s own; or when bread is broken among several, then the one piece of bread becomes a mutual possession, and consequently there is conjunction through charity. From this it is plain that the breaking of bread was significative of mutual love.
AC 3863:14. …By this [that He was known to them in the breaking of bread] was signified that the Lord appears by good, but not by truth without good, for “bread” is the good of love…. “Seeing,” in the internal sense, signifies faith from the Lord, for there is no other faith which is faith than that which comes from the Lord. This also enables man to “see,” that is, to believe; but faith from self, or from what is man’s own, is not faith, for it causes him to see falsities as truths, and truths as falsities; and if he sees truths as truths, still he does not see, because he does not believe, for he sees himself in them, and not the Lord.
AC 9412:6. From all this it can be seen what is signified by the eyes of the disciples being opened, and their knowing the Lord, when He broke the bread and gave it to them (Luke 24:29-31); for “breaking the bread and giving it to them” in the spiritual world signifies to instruct in the good and truth of faith, and by this means, the Lord appears. It can also be seen what is signified by the bread and wine, and by eating and drinking, in the Holy Supper….
TCR 777:2. …The Lord is now to appear in the Word. He is not to appear in Person, because since He ascended into heaven He is in His glorified Human, and in this He cannot appear to any man unless the eyes of his spirit are first opened; and this cannot be done in anyone who is in evils and consequent falsities, thus not in any of the goats whom He sets on His left hand. Therefore when He showed Himself to His disciples, He first opened their eyes, for it is written:
And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him, and He vanished out of their sight (Luke 24:31).
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