Paper 16. The Seven Master Spirits

   
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PAPER 16

THE SEVEN MASTER SPIRITS

  1. Relation to Triune Deity
  2. Relation to the Infinite Spirit
  3. Identity and Diversity of the Master Spirits
  4. Attributes and Functions of the Master Spirits
  5. Relation to Creatures
  6. The Cosmic Mind
  7. Morals, Virtue, and Personality
  8. Urantia Personality
  9. Reality of Human Consciousness

INTRODUCTION

I. REFERENCE: (184.1) 16:0.1 - “The Seven Master Spirits...”

COMMENT

1. The Seven Master Spirits are the primal agents of the Infinite Spirit.

2. The Seven Master Spirits represent all possible associations and interassociations of the three Deities.

3. This explains why the inhabited universe exists and is administered in seven grand divisions.

The Seven Master Spirits derive their individual characteristics from these seven likenesses:

1. The Universal Father.

2. The Eternal Son.

3. The Infinite Spirit.

4. The Father and the Son.

5. The Father and the Spirit.

6. The Son and the Spirit.

7. The Father, Son, and Spirit.

Father and Son are both ancestors of the Master Spirits, in addition to the Infinite Spirit. The diversity of the Master Spirits is manifested throughout all creation. Each Master Spirits maintains force-focal headquarters on the periphery of Paradise.

1. RELATION TO TRIUNE DEITY

I. REFERENCE: (185.1) 16:1.1, last sentence - “We have come to speak...”

COMMENT

1. The Trinity is the absolute inevitability.

2. The Seven Master Spirits are the subabsolute inevitability.

II. REFERENCE: (185.3) 16:1.3 - “But when the Seven...”

COMMENT

When the Seven Master Spirits assemble and function as a group, they are representative of the power, wisdom, and authority of the Trinity. Master Spirits portray sevenfold Deity.

2. RELATION TO THE INFINITE SPIRIT

I. REFERENCE: (185.5) 16:2.1, 2nd sentence - “At the center of centers...”

COMMENT

1. Not all who attain Paradise are able immediately to discern the Infinite Spirit.

2. But all are able to commune with the Master Spirit who presides over the superuniverse of their origin.

II. REFERENCE: (186.1) 16:2.2 - “To the universe...”

COMMENT

Outside of Paradise and Havona, the Infinite Spirit speaks only by and through the Seven Master Spirits.

Outside Havona, the Infinite Spirit works through the Master Spirits. Collectively they mainfest attributes of the Infinite Spirit.

3. IDENTITY AND DIVERSITY OF THE MASTER SPIRITS

I. REFERENCE: (186.5) 16:3.1 - “The Seven Master Spirits...”

COMMENT

1. Master Spirits are personal and indescribable. They are akin, but also diverse.

2. Each conducts his superuniverse in accordance with his unique nature.

II. REFERENCE: (188.7) 16:3.19 - “The inability of the Havona...”

COMMENT

1. During this age, the Seventh Master Spirit compensates the inability of Havona pilgrims to find God the Supreme.

2. All ascenders will be able to recognize and communicate with Master Spirit Number Seven.

Detailed description of the nature and function of the Seven Master Spirits as representing the seven associations of Deity, and as related to the seven superuniverses. When all Seven Master Spirits are associated they are representative of the Trinity. The Seventh Master Spirit acts for the evolving God the Supreme and is also in liaison with the Reflective Spirits of Uversa.

DISCUSSION

John saw seven spirits. See Rev 1:4. “And from the seven spirits who are before his throne.”

This passage probably refers to the seven Image Aids on Uversa.

See also Rev 2:7. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

One of these spirits says: “To him who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Rev 2:7.

4. ATTRIBUTES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE MASTER SPIRITS

I. REFERENCE: (189.2) 16:4.1, last sentence — “It is literally true...”

COMMENT

1. The Seven Master Spirits are:

A. Personalized physical power.

B. Cosmic mind.

C. Spiritual presence of triune Deity.

2. This seems to be Rev 5:6. “Which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”

II. REFERENCE: (189.4) 16:4.3 - “The Seven Master Spirits are the creators...”

COMMENT

1. The Master Spirits are the creators of the Universe Power Directors and their associates.

2. They also assist the Creator Sons in the organization of local universes.

III. REFERENCE: (189.7) 16:4.6 - “Much of the reality...”

COMMENT

1. Always does the morontia intervene between the material and spirit realms.

2. It is in the morontia that the Master Spirits contribute so much to man’s ascension experience.

The Master Spirits represent the Third Source and Center in all relationships of energy, mind, and spirit. They function on all universe levels below the absolute. They are creators of the cosmic mind and the Universe Power Directors. Cannot connect energy manifestations of the Master Spirits with force functions of the Unqualified Absolute.

Relation to Morontia Power Supervisors is unrevealed.

The seven spheres of functional activity.

5. RELATION TO CREATURES

I. REFERENCE: (190.1) 16:5.2 - “Through this personal influence...”

COMMENT

1. Every ascendant mortal bears the characteristic stamp of one of the Master Spirits.

2. Each creature, man or angel, will eternally carry this badge of natal identification.

II. REFERENCE: (191.3) 16:5.5, last 2 sentences - “Throughout all eternity...”

COMMENT

1. Even in the Corps of the Finality these Master Spirit traits are in evidence.

2. To portray a complete Trinity relationship requires seven finaliters—one from each superuniverse.

A superuniverse has the counsel of all Seven Master Spirits—but the personal touch of only one. The personal stamp of the Master Spirit persists eternally.

6. THE COSMIC MIND

I. REFERENCE: (191.4) 16:6.1 - “The Master Spirits are the sevenfold...”

COMMENT

1. The Master Spirits are the source of the cosmic mind.

2. The cosmic mind is a subabsolute derivation from the Infinite Spirit.

3. Cosmic mind is functionally related to the mind of the Supreme Being.

II. REFERENCE: (191.7) 16:6.4 - “There exists in all...”

COMMENT

1. The “reality response” is a quality of cosmic mind which saves us from the false assumptions of science, philosophy, and religion.

2. This reality sensitivity responds to cosmic reality just as energy material responds to gravity.

III. REFERENCE: (192.1) 16:6.5 - “The cosmic mind...”

COMMENT

The cosmic mind unfailingly responds to three levels of reality:

1. Causation—mathematical response.

2. Duty—judicial response.

3. Worship—spiritual response.

IV. REFERENCE: (192.7) 16:6.11 - “It is the purpose of education...”

COMMENT

It is the purpose of:

1. Education—to develop and sharpen these endowments.

2. Civilization—to express them.

3. Life Experience—to realize them.

4. Religion—to ennoble them.

5. Personality—to unify them.

On evolutionary worlds Master Spirits work through local universe Mother Spirits. Creature kinship is explained by the common cosmic mind. The levels of reality (causation, duty, worship) pertain to science, philosophy, and religion. This represents man’s experience with things, meanings, and values.

7. MORALS, VIRTUE, AND PERSONALITY

I. REFERENCE: (193.2) 16:7.3 - “Only a personality...”

COMMENT

1. Personality has insight and foresight—can look before it leaps.

2. Personality can learn from looking as well as from leaping.

3. Animals can learn only by leaping.

II. REFERENCE: (193.8) 16:7.9 - “Morality can never be...”

COMMENT

1. Morality cannot be advanced by force.

2. Moral fragrance is contagious. Right-minded persons will be attracted.

Moral duty, scientific curiosity, and spiritual insight are human inalienables. Animal response is on motor level of experience with trial and error. Moral beings can choose between ends as well as between means. Virtue is choosing between good and evil. Choice is affected by ignorance and immaturity. Supreme virtue is to do the will of the Father.

8. URANTIA PERSONALITY

I. REFERENCE: (194.3) 16:8.3 - “Personality is a unique...”

COMMENT

1. Personality is unique and always precedes the coming of the Thought Adjuster.

2. Personality is diverse, original, and exclusive; Thought Adjusters are identical in nature.

3. Personality may be qualified by the nature of the material, mindal, or spiritual qualities of the organismal vehicle.

II. REFERENCE: (194.5) 16:8.5 - “Creature personality is...”

COMMENT

Personality is distinguished by:

1. Self-consciousness.

2. Relative free will.

III. REFERENCE: (194.7) 16:8.7 - “The relative free will...”

COMMENT

This is a list of things in which free will is involved.

The Universal Father bestows personality. Personality is not definable, but its components can be recognized. Personality is both unique and changeless. Personality is characterized by self-consciousness and free will. Personality recognizes the three basic mind realities of the cosmos.

9. REALITY OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

I. REFERENCE: (195.7) 16:9.1 - “The cosmic-mind-endowed...”

COMMENT

1. The cosmic-minded, Adjuster-indwelt person possesses innate recognition of:

A. Energy reality—the fact of God.

B. Mind reality—the law of God.

C. Spirit reality—the love of God.

2. Human experience is validated by the unification of these reality responses.

II. REFERENCE: (195.9) 16:9.3 - “If mortal man fails...”

COMMENT

1. When mortal man fails to survive:

A. Spiritual values survive in the Thought Adjuster.

B. Personality values (but not identity) persist in the actualizing Supreme Being.

2. Personality identity survives in the survival of the soul.

III. REFERENCE: (196.5) 16:9.9 - “Self-consciousness is in essence...”

COMMENT

Four factors are inherent in human self-consciousness:

A. The quest for knowledge.

B. The quest for moral values.

C. The quest for spiritual values.

D. The quest for personality values.

The evolving soul has survival qualities. Civilizations perish, but science, morality, and religion survive. Only a God-knowing person can love another as he loves himself. The basis of worship.

DISCUSSION

MEANING OF SPIRIT AS USED IN THE BIBLE

1. God is spirit. John 4:24. “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

2. The Creator Spirit—the Conjoint Actor. Gen 1:2. “And the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.”

Ps 104:30. “When thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created.”

3. The omnipresent spirit—the Infinite Spirit. Ps 139.7. “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?”

4. The mind spirit—mind gravity. Eph 4:23. “And be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”

5. Spirit—the breath of life. Job 27:3. “As long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils.” (The domain of the Life Carriers.)

6. The indwelling spirit—Thought Adjusters. Zech 12:1. “Thus says the Lord, who...formed the spirit of man within him.”

Job 32:8. “But it is the spirit in a man...that makes him understand.”

Job 32:18. “The spirit within me constrains me.”

Ps 31:5. “Into thy hand I commit my spirit.”

Prov 20:27. “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord..”

Eccl 12:7. “And the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

Note: This spirit symbolized. See Matt 3:16, Mark 1:10. (Spirit descending on Jesus like a dove, following baptism.)

7. The Holy Spirit. Ps 51:11. “Take not thy holy spirit from me.”

Acts 8:29. “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and join this chariot.’”

In the Urantia Book, the Holy Spirit is the presence of the local universe Mother Spirit.

8. Spiritual gifts. 1 Cor 12:4. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

2 Sam 23:2. “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me.”

9. The fruits of the Spirit. Gal 5:22. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”

10. The seven adjutant spirits. Isa 11:2. “The spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”

Ex 28:3. “Speak to all who have ability, whom I have endowed with an able mind.”

11. One of the three factors of human personality. 1 Thess 5:23. “And may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless.”

12. Used synonymously with personality. 2 Kings 2:15. “They said, ‘The spirit of Elijah rests upon Elisha.’”

Prov 18:14. “A man’s spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit who can bear?”

13. Used as synonymous with temperament or disposition. Neh 9:20. “Thou gavest thy good Spirit to instruct them.”

Ps 34:18. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Ps 51:10. “And put a new and right spirit within me.”

Prov 16:18. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

14. Used to denote depression—despair. 1 Kings 21:5. “‘Why is your spirit so vexed that you eat no food?’”

Isa 61:3. “To give them...the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.”

Prov 15:13. “By sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.”

Luke 13:11. “And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years.”

15. Used to connote emotional enthusiasm. Acts 18:25. “And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately.”

Rom 12:11. “Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit.”

1 Cor 2:4. “My speech and my message were...in demonstration of the Spirit.”

16. Used to denote self-control. Prov 16:32. “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.”

17. The Spirit of Truth. John 16:13. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.”

Prov 1:23. “Behold, I will pour out my thoughts to you.”

18. Spirit assists in prayer and worship. Rom 8:26. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.”

1 Cor 14:15. “I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also.”

19. Evil spirits.

A. Spirits in prison. 1 Peter 3:19. “He went and preached to the spirits in prison.” (Probably interned angels and midwayers.)

B. Wicked spirits. Matt 12:43. “And when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man.”

C. God sends evil spirits. Judges 9:23. “And God sent an evil spirit.”

Note: Early Hebrews believed that both good and evil spirits came from God.

Ex 31:3. “And I have filled him with the Spirit of God.”

1 Sam 16:23. “And whenever the evil spirit from God was upon Saul.”

20. Used as characterizing the phenomena of mediumship, magic, etc. (Tricks of the subconscious mind) 1 Kings 22:21, 22. “Then a spirit came forward ...saying, ‘I will entice him’...’I...will be a lying spirit.’”

21. Spirit as contrasted with the flesh. Matt 26:41. “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

22.To characterize the new birth. John 3:5. “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Eze 11:19. “And I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them.”

23. To denote unity and perfection. Eph 4:3. “Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

24. Angels are called spirits. Heb 1:14. “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve?”

25. The seven spirits of revelation. Rev 1:4. “The seven spirits who are before his throne.”

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