Paper 8 : The Infinite Spiritˆˆ
8:0.1 BACK in eternityˆ, when the Universal Fatherˆ’s “first” infinite and absoluteˆ thought finds in the Eternalˆ Sonˆ such a perfectˆ and adequate word for its divineˆ expression, there ensues the supremeˆ desire of both the Thought-God and the Word-God for a universal and infinite agent of mutual expression and combined action.
8:0.2 In the dawn of eternityˆˆ both the Father and the Son become infinitely cognizant of their mutual interdependence, their eternalˆ and absoluteˆ oneness; and therefore do they enter into an infinite and everlasting covenant of divineˆ partnership. This never-ending compact is made for the execution of their united concepts throughout all of the circle of eternityˆˆ; and ever since this eternityˆ event the Father and the Son continue in this divineˆ union.
8:0.3 We are now face to face with the eternityˆ origin of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ, the Third Person of Deityˆ. The very instant that Godˆ the Fatherˆ and Godˆ the Sonˆ conjointly conceive an identical and infinite action — the execution of an absoluteˆ thought-plan — that very moment, the Infinite Spiritˆˆ springs full-fledgedly into existence.
8:0.4 In thus reciting the order of the origin of the Deities, I do so merely to enable you to think of their relationship. In reality they are all three existent from eternityˆ; they are existentialˆ. They are without beginning or ending of days; they are co-ordinate, supremeˆ, ultimateˆ, absoluteˆ, and infinite. They are and always have been and ever shall be. And they are three distinctly individualized but eternallˆy associated persons, Godˆ the Fatherˆ, Godˆ the Sonˆ, and Godˆ the Spiritˆˆ.
1. The Godˆ of Action
8:1.1 In the eternityˆ of the past, upon the personalization of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ the divineˆ personalityˆ cycle becomes perfectˆ and complete. The Godˆ of Action is existent, and the vast stage of spaceˆ is setˆ for the stupendous drama of creation — the universal adventure — the divineˆ panorama of the eternalˆ ages.
8:1.2 The first act of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is the inspection and recognition of his divineˆ parents, the Father-Father and the Mother-Sonˆ. He, the Spiritˆ, unqualifiedlyˆ identifies both of them. He is fully cognizant of their separate personalities and infinite attributes as well as of their combined nature and united function. Next, voluntarily, with transcendent willingness and inspiring spontaneity, the Third Person of Deityˆ, notwithstanding his equality with the First and Second Persons, pledges eternalˆ loyalty to Godˆ the Fatherˆ and acknowledges everlasting dependence upon Godˆ the Sonˆ.
8:1.3 Inherent in the nature of this transaction and in mutual recognition of the personalityˆ independence of each and the executive union of all three, the cycle of eternityˆ is established. The Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ is existent. The stage of universal spaceˆ is setˆ for the manifold and never-ending panorama of the creative unfolding of the purpose of the Universal Fatherˆ through the personalityˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and by the execution of the Godˆ of Action, the executive agency for the reality performances of the Father-Son creatorˆ partnership.
8:1.4 The Godˆ of Action functions and the dead vaults of spaceˆ are astir. One billion perfectˆ spheres flash into existence. Prior to this hypothetical eternityˆ moment the spaceˆ-energies inherent in Paradiseˆ are existent and potentially operative, but they have no actualˆity of being; neither can physical gravityˆˆ be measured except by the reaction of material realities to its incessant pull. There is no material universeˆ at this (assumed) eternallˆy distant moment, but the very instant that one billion worlds materializeˆ, there is in evidence gravityˆ sufficient and adequate to hold them in the everlasting grasp of Paradiseˆ.
8:1.5 There now flashes through the creation of the Gods the second form of energyˆ, and this outflowing spiritˆ is instantly grasped by the spiritˆual gravityˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. Thus the twofold gravityˆ-embracedˆ universeˆ is touched with the energyˆ of infinity and immersed in the spiritˆ of divinityˆ. In this way is the soil of life prepared for the consciousness of mindˆ made manifest in the associated intelligence circuitsˆ of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ.
8:1.6 Upon these seeds of potential existence, diffused throughout the central creation of the Gods, the Father acts, and creature personalityˆ appears. Then does the presence of the Paradiseˆ Deitiesˆ fill all organized spaceˆ and begin effectively to draw all things and beings Paradisewardˆ.
8:1.7 The Infinite Spiritˆˆ eternalˆizes concurrently with the birth of the Havonaˆ worlds, this central universeˆˆ being created by him and with him and in him in obedience to the combined concepts and united wills of the Father and the Son. The Third Person deitizes by this very act of conjoint creation, and he thus forever becomes the Conjoint Creatorˆ.
8:1.8 These are the grand and awful times of the creative expansion of the Father and the Son by, and in, the action of their conjoint associate and exclusive executive, the Third Source and Centerˆ. There exists no record of these stirring times. We have only the meager disclosures of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ to substantiate these mighty transactions, and he merely verifies the fact that the central universeˆˆ and all that pertains thereto eternalˆized simultaneously with his attainment of personalityˆ and conscious existence.
8:1.9 In brief, the Infinite Spiritˆˆ testifies that, since he is eternalˆ, so also is the central universeˆˆ eternalˆ. And this is the traditional starting point of the history of the universeˆ of universesˆ. Absolutelˆy nothing is known, and no records are in existence, regarding any event or transaction prior to this stupendous eruption of creative energyˆ and administrative wisdom that crystallized the vast universeˆ which exists, and so exquisitely functions, at the center of all things. Beyond this event lie the unsearchable transactions of eternityˆ and the depths of infinity — absoluteˆ mystery.
8:1.10 And we thus portray the sequential origin of the Third Source and Centerˆ as an interpretative condescension to the time-boundˆ and spaceˆ-conditioned mindˆ of mortalˆ creatures. The mindˆ of man must have a starting point for the visualization of universeˆ history, and I have been directed to provide this technique of approach to the historic concept of eternityˆ. In the material mindˆ, consistency demands a First Cause; therefore do we postulate the Universal Fatherˆ as the First Source and the Absoluteˆ Center of all creation, at the same time instructing all creature minds that the Son and the Spiritˆ are coeternal with the Father in all phases of universeˆ history and in all realms of creative activity. And we do this without in any sense being disregardful of the reality and eternityˆ of the Isle of Paradiseˆˆ and of the Unqualified, Universal, and Deityˆ Absolutesˆ.
8:1.11 It is enough of a reach of the material mindˆ of the children of time to conceive of the Father in eternityˆ. We know that any child can best relate himself to reality by first mastering the relationships of the child-parent situation and then by enlarging this concept to embrace the family as a whole. Subsequently the growing mindˆ of the child will be able to adjust to the concept of family relations, to relationships of the community, the race, and the world, and then to those of the universeˆ, the superuniverseˆ, even the universeˆ of universesˆ.
2. Nature of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ
8:2.1 The Conjoint Creatorˆ is from eternityˆ and is wholly and without qualification one with the Universal Fatherˆ and the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. The Infinite Spiritˆˆ reflects in perfectˆion not only the nature of the Paradiseˆ Fatherˆ but also the nature of the Original Son.
8:2.2 The Third Source and Centerˆ is known by numerous titles: the Universal Spiritˆ, the Supremeˆ Guide, the Conjoint Creatorˆ, the Divineˆ Executive, the Infinite Mindˆ, the Spiritˆ of Spiritsˆ, the Paradiseˆ Mother Spiritˆˆ, the Conjoint Actorˆ, the Final Co-ordinator, the Omnipresent Spiritˆ, the Absoluteˆ Intelligence, the Divineˆ Action; and on Urantiaˆ he is sometimes confused with the cosmic mindˆ.
8:2.3 It is altogether proper to denominate the Third Person of Deityˆ the Infinite Spiritˆˆ, for Godˆ is spiritˆ. But material creatures who tend towards the errorˆ of viewing matter as basic reality and mindˆ, together with spiritˆ, as postulates rooted in matter, would better comprehend the Third Source and Centerˆ if he were called the Infinite Reality, the Universal Organizer, or the Personalityˆ Co-ordinator.
8:2.4 The Infinite Spiritˆˆ, as a universeˆ revelation of divinityˆ, is unsearchable and utterly beyond human comprehension. To sense the absoluteness of the Spiritˆ, you need only contemplate the infinity of the Universal Fatherˆ and stand in awe of the eternityˆ of the Original Son.
8:2.5 There is mystery indeed in the person of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ but not so much as in the Father and the Son. Of all aspects of the Father’s nature, the Conjoint Creatorˆ most strikingly discloses his infinity. Even if the master universeˆˆ eventually expands to infinity, the spiritˆ presence, energyˆ control, and mindˆ potential of the Conjoint Actorˆ will be found adequate to meet the demands of such a limitless creation.
8:2.6 Though in every way sharing the perfectˆion, the righteousness, and the love of the Universal Fatherˆ, the Infinite Spiritˆˆ inclines towards the mercy attributes of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ, thus becoming the mercy minister of the Paradiseˆ Deitiesˆ to the grand universeˆˆ. Ever and always — universally and eternallˆy — the Spiritˆ is a mercy minister, for, as the divineˆ Sons reveal the love of Godˆ, so the divineˆ Spiritˆ depicts the mercy of Godˆ.
8:2.7 It is not possible that the Spiritˆ could have more of goodness than the Father since all goodness takes origin in the Father, but in the acts of the Spiritˆ we can the better comprehend such goodness. The Father’s faithfulness and the Son’s constancy are made very real to the spiritˆ beings and the material creatures of the spheres by the loving ministry and ceaseless service of the personalities of the Infinite Spiritˆˆˆ.
8:2.8 The Conjoint Creatorˆ inherits all the Father’s beauty of thought and character of truth. And these sublime traits of divinityˆ are co-ordinated in the near-supreme levels of the cosmic mindˆ in subordination to the infinite and eternalˆ wisdom of the unconditioned and limitless mindˆ of the Third Source and Centerˆ.
3. Relation of the Spiritˆ to the Father and the Son
8:3.1 As the Eternalˆ Sonˆ is the word expression of the “first” absoluteˆ and infinite thought of the Universal Fatherˆ, so the Conjoint Actorˆ is the perfectˆ execution of the “first” completed creative concept or plan for combined action by the Father-Son personalityˆ partnership of absoluteˆ thought-word union. The Third Source and Centerˆ eternalˆizes concurrently with the central or fiat creation, and only this central creation is eternalˆ in existence among universesˆ.
8:3.2 Since the personalization of the Third Source, the First Source no more personally participates in universeˆ creation. The Universal Fatherˆ delegates everything possible to his Eternalˆ Sonˆ; likewise does the Eternalˆ Sonˆ bestow all possible authority and powerˆ upon the Conjoint Creatorˆ.
8:3.3 The Eternalˆ Sonˆ and the Conjoint Creatorˆ have, as partners and through their co-ordinate personalities, planned and fashioned every post-Havonaˆ universeˆ which has been brought into existence. The Spiritˆ sustains the same personal relation to the Son in all subsequent creation that the Son sustains to the Father in the first and central creation.
8:3.4 A Creatorˆ Sonˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and a Creative Spiritˆˆ of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ created you and your universeˆ; and while the Father in faithfulness upholds that which they have organized, it devolves upon this Universeˆ Son and this Universeˆ Spiritˆ to foster and sustain their work as well as to minister to the creatures of their own making.
8:3.5 The Infinite Spiritˆˆ is the effective agent of the all-loving Father and the all-merciful Son for the execution of their conjoint project of drawing to themselves all truth-loving souls on all the worlds of time and spaceˆ. The very instant the Eternalˆ Sonˆ accepted his Father’s plan of perfectˆion attainment for the creatures of the universesˆ, the moment the ascensionˆ project became a Father-Son plan, that instant the Infinite Spiritˆˆ became the conjoint administrator of the Father and the Son for the execution of their united and eternalˆ purpose. And in so doing the Infinite Spiritˆˆ pledged all his resources of divineˆ presence and of spiritˆ personalitiesˆ to the Father and the Son; he has dedicated all to the stupendous plan of exalting surviving will creatures to the divineˆ heights of Paradiseˆ perfectˆion.
8:3.6 The Infinite Spiritˆˆ is a complete, exclusive, and universal revelation of the Universal Fatherˆ and his Eternalˆ Sonˆ. All knowledge of the Father-Son partnership must be had through the Infinite Spiritˆˆ, the conjoint representative of the divineˆ thought-word union.
8:3.7 The Eternalˆ Sonˆ is the only avenue of approach to the Universal Fatherˆ, and the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is the only means of attaining the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. Only by the patient ministry of the Spiritˆ are the ascendantˆ beings of time able to discover the Son.
8:3.8 At the center of all things the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is the first of the Paradiseˆ Deitiesˆ to be attained by the ascendingˆ pilgrimsˆ. The Third Person enshrouds the Second and the First Persons and therefore must always be first recognized by all who are candidates for presentation to the Son and his Father.
8:3.9 And in many other ways does the Spiritˆ equally represent and similarly serve the Father and the Son.
4. The Spiritˆ of Divineˆ Ministry
8:4.1 Paralleling the physical universeˆ wherein Paradiseˆ gravityˆ holds all things together is the spiritˆual universeˆ wherein the word of the Son interprets the thought of Godˆ and, when “made flesh,” demonstrates the loving mercy of the combined nature of the associated Creatorsˆ. But in and through all this material and spiritˆual creation there is a vast stage whereon the Infinite Spiritˆˆ and his spiritˆ offspring show forth the combined mercy, patience, and everlasting affection of the divineˆ parents towards the intelligent children of their co-operative devising and making. Everlasting ministry to mindˆ is the essence of the Spiritˆ’s divineˆ character. And all the spiritˆ offspring of the Conjoint Actorˆ partake of this desire to minister, this divineˆ urge to service.
8:4.2 Godˆ is love, the Son is mercy, the Spiritˆ is ministry — the ministry of divineˆ love and endless mercy to all intelligent creation. The Spiritˆ is the personification of the Father’s love and the Son’s mercy; in him are they eternallˆy united for universal service. The Spiritˆ is love applied to the creature creation, the combined love of the Father and the Son.
8:4.3 On Urantiaˆ the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is known as an omnipresent influence, a universal presence, but in Havonaˆ you shall know him as a personal presence of actualˆ ministry. Here the ministry of the Paradiseˆ Spiritˆ is the exemplary and inspiring patternˆ for each of his co-ordinate Spiritsˆ and subordinate personalities ministering to the created beings on the worlds of time and spaceˆ. In this divineˆ universeˆ the Infinite Spiritˆˆ fully participated in the seven transcendentalˆ appearances of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ; likewise did he participate with the original Michael Son in the seven bestowalsˆ upon the circuitsˆ of Havonaˆ, thereby becoming the sympathetic and understanding spiritˆ minister to every pilgrimˆ of time traversing these perfectˆ circles on high.
8:4.4 When a Creatorˆ Sonˆ of Godˆ accepts the creatorship charge of responsibility for a projected local universeˆˆ, the personalities of the Infinite Spiritˆˆˆ pledge themselves as the tireless ministers of this Michael Son when he goes forth on his mission of creative adventure. Especially in the persons of the Creative Daughtersˆ, the local universeˆˆ Mother Spiritsˆ, do we find the Infinite Spiritˆˆ devoted to the task of fostering the ascensionˆ of the material creatures to higher and higher levels of spiritˆual attainment. And all this work of creature ministry is done in perfectˆ harmony with the purposes, and in close association with the personalities, of the Creatorˆ Sonsˆ of these local universesˆ.
8:4.5 As the Sons of Godˆ are engaged in the gigantic task of revealing the Father’s personalityˆ of love to a universeˆ, so is the Infinite Spiritˆˆ dedicated to the unending ministry of revealing the combined love of the Father and the Son to the individual minds of all the children of each universeˆ. In these local creations the Spiritˆ does not come down to the material races in the likeness of mortalˆ flesh as do certain of the Sons of Godˆ, but the Infinite Spiritˆˆ and his co-ordinate Spiritsˆ do downstep themselves, do joyfully undergo an amazing series of divinityˆ attenuations, until they appear as angelsˆ to stand by your side and guide you through the lowly paths of earthly existence.
8:4.6 By this very diminishing series the Infinite Spiritˆˆ does actuallˆy, and as a person, draw very near to every being of the animal-origin spheres. And all this the Spiritˆ does without in the least invalidating his existence as the Third Person of Deityˆ at the center of all things.
8:4.7 The Conjoint Creatorˆ is truly and forever the great ministering personalityˆ, the universal mercy minister. To comprehend the ministry of the Spiritˆ, ponder the truth that he is the combined portrayal of the Father’s unending love and of the Son’s eternalˆ mercy. The Spiritˆ’s ministry is not, however, restricted solely to the representation of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and the Universal Fatherˆ. The Infinite Spiritˆˆ also possesses the powerˆ to minister to the creatures of the realm in his own name and right; the Third Person is of divineˆ dignity and also bestows the universal ministry of mercy in his own behalf.
8:4.8 As man learns more of the loving and tireless ministry of the lower orders of the creature family of this Infinite Spiritˆˆ, he will all the more admire and adore the transcendent nature and matchless character of this combined Action of the Universal Fatherˆ and the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. Indeed is this Spiritˆ “the eyes of the Lordˆ which are ever over the righteous” and “the divineˆ ears which are ever open to their prayers.”
5. The Presence of Godˆ
8:5.1 The outstanding attribute of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is omnipresenceˆ. Throughout all the universeˆ of universesˆ there is everywhere present this all-pervading spiritˆ, which is so akin to the presence of a universal and divineˆ mindˆ. Both the Second Person and the Third Person of Deityˆ are represented on all worlds by their ever-present spiritsˆ.
8:5.2 The Father is infinite and is therefore limited only by volition. In the bestowalˆ of Adjustersˆ and in the encircuitment of personalityˆ, the Father acts alone, but in the contact of spiritˆ forcesˆ with intelligent beings, he utilizes the spiritsˆ and personalities of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and the Infinite Spiritˆˆ. He is at will spiritˆually present equally with the Son or with the Conjoint Actorˆ; he is present with the Son and in the Spiritˆ. The Father is most certainly everywhere present, and we discern his presence by and through any and all of these diverse but associated forcesˆ, influences, and presences.
8:5.3 In your sacred writings the term Spiritˆ of Godˆ seems to be used interchangeably to designate both the Infinite Spiritˆˆ on Paradiseˆ and the Creative Spiritˆˆ of your local universeˆˆ. The Holyˆ Spiritˆˆ is the spiritˆual circuitˆ of this Creative Daughterˆ of the Paradiseˆ Infinite Spiritˆˆ. The Holyˆ Spiritˆˆ is a circuitˆ indigenous to each local universeˆˆ and is confined to the spiritˆual realm of that creation; but the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is omnipresent.
8:5.4 There are many spiritˆual influences, and they are all as one. Even the work of the Thought Adjustersˆ, though independent of all other influences, unvaryingly coincides with the spiritˆ ministry of the combined influences of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ and a local universeˆˆ Mother Spiritˆˆ. As these spiritˆual presences operate in the lives of Urantians, they cannot be segregated. In your minds and upon your souls they function as one spiritˆ, notwithstanding their diverse origins. And as this united spiritˆual ministration is experienced, it becomes to you the influence of the Supremeˆ, “who is ever able to keep you from failing and to present you blameless before your Father on high.”
8:5.5 Ever remember that the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is the Conjoint Actor; both the Father and the Son are functioning in and through him; he is present not only as himself but also as the Father and as the Son and as the Father-Son. In recognition of this and for many additional reasons the spiritˆ presence of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ is often referred to as “the spiritˆ of Godˆ.”
8:5.6 It would also be consistent to refer to the liaison of all spiritˆual ministry as the spiritˆ of Godˆ, for such a liaison is truly the union of the spiritsˆ of Godˆ the Fatherˆ, Godˆ the Sonˆ, Godˆ the Spiritˆˆ, and Godˆ the Sevenfoldˆˆ — even the spiritˆ of Godˆ the Supremeˆˆ.
6. Personalityˆ of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ
8:6.1 Do not allow the widespread bestowalˆ and the far-flung distribution of the Third Source and Centerˆ to obscure or otherwise detract from the fact of his personalityˆ. The Infinite Spiritˆˆ is a universeˆ presence, an eternalˆ action, a cosmic powerˆ, a holyˆ influence, and a universal mind; he is all of these and infinitely more, but he is also a true and divineˆ personalityˆ.
8:6.2 The Infinite Spiritˆˆ is a complete and perfectˆ personalityˆ, the divineˆ equal and co-ordinate of the Universal Fatherˆ and the Eternalˆ Sonˆ. The Conjoint Creatorˆ is just as real and visible to the higher intelligences of the universesˆ as are the Father and the Son; indeed more so, for it is the Spiritˆ whom all ascendersˆ must attain before they may approach the Father through the Son.
8:6.3 The Infinite Spiritˆˆ, the Third Person of Deityˆ, is possessed of all the attributes which you associate with personalityˆ. The Spiritˆ is endowed with absoluteˆ mind: “The Spiritˆ searches all things, even the deep things of Godˆ.” The Spiritˆ is endowed not only with mindˆ but also with will. In the bestowalˆ of his gifts it is recorded: “But all these works that one and the selfsame Spiritˆ, dividing to every man severally and as he wills.”
8:6.4 “The love of the Spirit” is real, as also are his sorrows; therefore “Grieve not the Spiritˆ of Godˆ.” Whether we observe the Infinite Spiritˆˆ as Paradiseˆ Deityˆ or as a local universeˆˆ Creative Spiritˆˆ, we find that the Conjoint Creatorˆ is not only the Third Source and Centerˆ but also a divineˆ person. This divineˆ personalityˆ also reacts to the universeˆ as a person. The Spiritˆ speaks to you, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spiritˆ says.” “The Spiritˆ himself makes intercession for you.” The Spiritˆ exerts a direct and personal influence upon created beings, “For as many as are led by the Spiritˆ of Godˆ, they are the sons of Godˆ.”
8:6.5 Even though we behold the phenomenon of the ministry of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ to the remote worlds of the universeˆ of universesˆ, even though we envisage this same co-ordinating Deityˆ acting in and through the untold legionsˆ of the manifold beings who take origin in the Third Source and Centerˆ, even though we recognize the omnipresenceˆ of the Spiritˆ, nonetheless, we still affirm that this same Third Source and Centerˆ is a person, the Conjoint Creatorˆ of all things and all beings and all universesˆ.
8:6.6 In the administration of universesˆ the Father, Son, and Spiritˆ are perfectlˆy and eternallˆy interassociated. Though each is engaged in a personal ministry to all creation, all three are divinelˆy and absolutelˆy interlocked in a service of creation and control which forever makes them one.
8:6.7 In the person of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ the Father and the Son are mutually present, always and in unqualified perfectˆion, for the Spiritˆ is like the Father and like the Son, and also like the Father and the Son as they two are forever one.
8:6.8 [Presented on Urantiaˆ by a Divineˆ Counselor of Uversaˆ commissioned by the Ancients of Daysˆ to portray the nature and work of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ.]