To get a most proper view of the whole, we first need to note that it is only the spiritual which is the innermost and simultaneously the all-penetratingly and all-determining.
 Take for instance a fruit. What is the innermost thereof? Nothing but the spiritual power in the germ. What then is the fruit, being there with all its ingredients for the protection and preservation of the internal germ? Its being is none other than the external organ, penetrated by the power of the germ which, in all its parts, works profusely on the present germ.
 That the external fruit is an organ which is determined through the spiritual power of the germ, shows in that not only the fruit but also the whole tree or plant, emerges from the germ.
 What is then the spiritual? The spiritual is firstly the inner power in the germ from which comes forth the existence of the whole tree with roots, stem, branches, twigs, leaves, blossoms and fruit. Yet, it is the spiritual which penetrates all these named parts of the tree as if for itself or its own well-being.
 The spiritual is, therefore, the innermost, most penetrating and most all-embracing, the most permeating and the all-encompassing.
[…] He also needs to ponder that the spiritual is something completely concrete, something able to completely take hold of each other mutually, while the natural is separated into individual parts and form in and out of itself, no fixed unit. Where it does feature as a whole, it is only because of the inner spiritual
(The Lord’s Sermons, chap. 1)
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