“The Lord God Jesus Christ reigns, whose kingdom shall be for ages of ages.” - True Christian Religion §791
Kempton New Church

Fifth Law


The Laws of the Divine Providence
Providence is not evident, but man should acknowledge it.

The Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26‒29)

...and the seed should sprout and grow up, he knows not how.


It is a law of the Divine Providence that nothing of the operation of Divine Providence should be evident to man’s perceptions or senses, but still he should know about it and acknowledge it.


  1. If a man perceived and felt the operation of the Divine Providence he would not act from freedom according to reason; nor would anything appear to him to be as from himself. It would be the same if he foreknew events.
  2. If man saw clearly the Divine Providence he would interpose in the order and tenor of its course, and would pervert and destroy that order.
  3. If man saw clearly the Divine Providence he would either deny God or make himself God.
  4. It is granted to man to see the Divine Providence in the back and not in the face; and this in a spiritual state and not in a natural state.
This booklet consists of excerpts from Divine Providence, Apocalypse Explained, and Arcana Coelestia. The chart below shows what you can read if you would like to read a little more.

DayReadingsMore Complete Readings
1AE 1153:5-8AE 1153:9, 1154:2-3
2DP 176-179 partsDP 175-179
3DP 180-181 partsDP 180-181
4DP 182, 183, 186 partsDP 182-186
5DP 187, 189, 190 partsDP 187-190
6AC 5664, 5664a partsAC 5660, 5664, 5664a
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