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As regards the sanctuary, it denotes in the supreme sense the truth of faith which is from the Lord, and consequently in the representative sense it denotes the Lord's spiritual kingdom, also the spiritual church, and from this a regenerated man who is a church, and thus in a sense abstracted from these it denotes the truth of faith, thus faith itself. What holy denotes see (AC 8302).
 From this then it is that heaven is called the sanctuary from the truth of faith which is from the Lord, as in David:--
Jehovah answer thee in the day of trouble, send thee help from the sanctuary, and sustain thee out of Zion (Ps. 20:1, 2);
here the sanctuary denotes the heaven where is the truth of faith; Zion denotes the heaven where is the good of love. They have seen Thy goings, O God, the goings of my God, of my King, in the sanctuary; to be feared is God, out of Thy sanctuaries the God of Israel (Ps. 68:24, 35); the sanctuary denotes the heaven where is the truth of faith, consequently it is said God, and not Jehovah, and also King; because God is said where truth is treated of, and Jehovah where good is treated of (AC 2586, 2769, 2807, 2822, 3921, 4402, 7010, 7268), and because King denotes truth (AC 1672, 1728, 2015, 2069, 3009, 4575, 4581, 4966, 5044, 5068, 6148).
 In the same:--
A people shall praise Jah, because He hath looked forth from the height of His sanctuary; from the heavens did Jehovah look upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the bound one, to open to the sons of death (Ps. 102:18-20);
here also sanctuary denotes heaven as to the truth of faith. In the same:--
Praise ye God in His sanctuary; praise ye Him in the expanse of His strength (Ps. 150:1);
to praise in the sanctuary denotes to do so from the truth of faith which is from the Lord; and to praise in the expanse of His strength, denotes by virtue of the good of charity which is from the Lord.
from AC 8330
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