Paper 20 : The Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ
20:0.1 AS THEY function in the superuniverseˆ of Orvontonˆ, the Sons of Godˆ are classified under three general heads:
20:0.2 1. The Descending Sonsˆ of Godˆ.
20:0.3 2. The Ascendingˆ Sons of Godˆ.
20:0.4 3. The Trinitized Sonsˆ of Godˆ.
20:0.5 Descending ordersˆ of sonshipˆ include personalities who are of direct and divineˆ creation. Ascendingˆ sons, such as mortalˆ creatures, achieve this status by experientialˆ participation in the creative technique known as evolution. Trinitized Sonsˆ are a group of composite origin which includes all beings embraced by the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ even though not of direct Trinityˆ origin.
1. The Descending Sonsˆ of Godˆ
20:1.1 All descending Sonsˆ of Godˆ have high and divineˆ origins. They are dedicated to the descending ministry of service on the worlds and systems of time and spaceˆ, there to facilitate the progress in the Paradiseˆ climb of the lowly creatures of evolutionaryˆ origin — the ascendingˆ sons of Godˆ. Of the numerous orders of descending Sonsˆ, seven will be depicted in these narratives. Those Sons who come forth from the Deities on the central Isle of Light and Lifeˆ are called the Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ and embrace the following three orders:
20:1.2 1. Creatorˆ Sonsˆ — the Michaelsˆ.
20:1.3 2. Magisterial Sonsˆ — the Avonalsˆ.
20:1.4 3. Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ — the Daynalsˆ.
20:1.5 The remaining four orders of descending sonshipˆ are known as the Local Universeˆˆ Sons of God:
20:1.6 4. Melchizedekˆ Sonsˆ.
20:1.7 5. Vorondadekˆ Sonsˆ.
20:1.8 6. Lanonandekˆ Sonsˆ.
20:1.9 7. The Life Carriersˆ.
20:1.10 Melchizedeksˆ are the joint offspring of a local universeˆˆ Creatorˆ Sonˆ, Creative Spiritˆˆ, and Father Melchizedekˆ. Both Vorondadeksˆ and Lanonandeksˆ are brought into being by a Creatorˆ Sonˆ and his Creative Spiritˆˆ associate. Vorondadeksˆ are best known as the Most Highs, the Constellationˆ Fathers; Lanonandeksˆ as System Sovereigns and as Planetary Princes. The threefoldˆ order of Life Carriersˆ is brought into being by a Creatorˆ Sonˆ and Creative Spiritˆˆ associated with one of the three Ancients of Daysˆ of the superuniverseˆ of jurisdiction. But the natures and activities of these Local Universeˆˆ Sons of Godˆ are more properly portrayed in those papers dealing with the affairs of the local creations.
20:1.11 The Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ are of threefoldˆ origin: The primary or Creatorˆ Sonsˆ are brought into being by the Universal Fatherˆ and the Eternalˆ Sonˆ; the secondary or Magisterial Sonsˆ are children of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and the Infinite Spiritˆˆ; the Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ are the offspring of the Father, Son, and Spiritˆ. From the standpoint of service, worship, and supplication the Paradiseˆ Sons are as one; their spiritˆ is one, and their work is identical in quality and completeness.
20:1.12 As the Paradiseˆ orders of Days proved to be divineˆ administrators, so have the orders of Paradiseˆ Sons revealed themselves as divineˆ ministers — creatorsˆ, servers, bestowers, judges, teachers, and truth revealers. They range the universeˆ of universesˆ from the shores of the eternalˆ Isle to the inhabited worlds of time and spaceˆ, performing manifold services in the central and superuniversesˆ not disclosed in these narratives. They are variously organized, dependent on the nature and whereabouts of their service, but in a local universeˆˆ both Magisterial and Teacher Sons serve under the direction of the Creatorˆ Sonˆ who presides over that domain.
20:1.13 The Creatorˆ Sonsˆ seem to possess a spiritˆual endowment centering in their persons, which they control and which they can bestow, as did your own Creatorˆ Sonˆ when he poured out his spiritˆ upon all mortalˆ flesh on Urantiaˆ. Each Creatorˆ Sonˆ is endowed with this spiritˆual drawing powerˆ in his own realm; he is personally conscious of every act and emotion of every descending Son of Godˆ serving in his domain. Here is a divineˆ reflection, a local universeˆˆ duplication, of that absoluteˆ spiritˆual drawing powerˆ of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ which enables him to reach out to make and maintain contact with all his Paradiseˆ Sons, no matter where they may be in all the universeˆ of universesˆ.
20:1.14 The Paradiseˆ Creatorˆ Sonsˆ serve not only as Sons in their descending ministrations of service and bestowalˆ, but when they have completed their bestowalˆ careers, each functions as a universeˆ Father in his own creation, while the other Sons of Godˆ continue the service of bestowalˆ and spiritˆual uplifting designed to win the planets, one by one, to the willing recognition of the loving rule of the Universal Fatherˆ, culminating in creature consecration to the will of the Paradiseˆ Fatherˆ and in planetary loyalty to the universeˆ sovereignty of his Creatorˆ Sonˆ.
20:1.15 In a sevenfoldˆ Creatorˆ Sonˆ, Creatorˆ and creature are forever blended in understanding, sympathetic, and merciful association. The entire order of Michael, the Creatorˆ Sonsˆ, is so unique that the consideration of their natures and activities will be reserved to the next paper in this series, while this narrative will be chiefly concerned with the two remaining orders of Paradiseˆ sonship: the Magisterial Sonsˆ and the Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ.
2. The Magisterial Sonsˆ
20:2.1 Every time an original and absoluteˆ concept of being formulated by the Eternalˆ Sonˆ unites with a new and divineˆ ideal of loving service conceived by the Infinite Spiritˆˆ, a new and original Son of Godˆ, a Paradiseˆ Magisterial Son, is produced. These Sons constitute the order of Avonalsˆ in contradistinction to the order of Michael, the Creatorˆ Sonsˆ. Though not creatorsˆ in the personal sense, they are closely associated with the Michaelsˆ in all their work. The Avonalsˆ are planetary ministers and judges, the magistrates of the time-space realms — of all races, to all worlds, and in all universesˆ.
20:2.2 We have reasons for believing that the total number of Magisterial Sonsˆ in the grand universeˆˆ is about one billion. They are a self-governing order, being directed by their supremeˆ council on Paradiseˆ, which is made up of experienced Avonalsˆ drawn from the services of all universesˆ. But when assigned to, and commissioned in, a local universeˆˆ, they serve under the direction of the Creatorˆ Sonˆ of that domain.
20:2.3 Avonalsˆ are the Paradiseˆ Sons of service and bestowalˆ to the individual planets of the local universesˆ. And since each Avonal Son has an exclusive personalityˆ, since no two are alike, their work is individually unique in the realms of their sojourn, where they are often incarnated in the likeness of mortalˆ flesh and sometimes are born of earthly mothers on the evolutionaryˆ worlds.
20:2.4 In addition to their services on the higher administrative levels, the Avonalsˆ have a threefoldˆ function on the inhabited worlds:
20:2.5 1. Judicial Actions. They act at the close of the planetary dispensationsˆ. In time, scores — hundreds — of such missions may be executed on each individual world, and they may go to the same or to other worlds times without number as dispensationˆ terminators, liberators of the sleeping survivorsˆ.
20:2.6 2. Magisterial Missions. A planetary visitation of this type usually occurs prior to the arrival of a bestowalˆ Son. On such a mission an Avonal appears as an adult of the realm by a technique of incarnationˆ not involving mortalˆ birth. Subsequent to this first and usual magisterial visit, Avonalsˆ may repeatedly serve in a magisterial capacity on the same planet both before and after the appearance of the bestowalˆ Son. On these additional magisterial missions an Avonal may or may not appear in material and visible form, but on none of them will he be born into the world as a helpless babe.
20:2.7 3. Bestowalˆ Missions. The Avonal Sons do all, at least once, bestow themselves upon some mortalˆ race on some evolutionaryˆ world. Judicial visits are numerous, magisterial missions may be plural, but on each planet there appears but one bestowalˆ Son. Bestowalˆ Avonalsˆ are born of woman as Michael of Nebadonˆˆ was incarnated on Urantiaˆ.
20:2.8 There is no limit to the number of times the Avonal Sons may serve on magisterial and on bestowalˆ missions, but usually, when the experience has been seven times traversed, there is suspension in favor of those who have had less of such service. These Sons of multiple bestowalˆ experience are then assigned to the high personal council of a Creatorˆ Sonˆ, thus becoming participants in the administration of universeˆ affairs.
20:2.9 In all their work for and on the inhabited worlds, the Magisterial Sonsˆ are assisted by two orders of local universeˆˆ creatures, the Melchizedeksˆ and the archangelsˆ, while on bestowalˆ missions they are also accompanied by the Brilliant Evening Starsˆ, likewise of origin in the local creations. In every planetary effort the secondary Paradiseˆ Sons, the Avonalsˆ, are supported by the full powerˆ and authority of a primary Paradiseˆ Son, the Creatorˆ Sonˆ of their local universeˆˆ of service. To all intents and purposes their work on the inhabited spheres is just as effective and acceptable as would have been the service of a Creatorˆ Sonˆ upon such worlds of mortalˆ habitation.
3. Judicial Actions
20:3.1 The Avonalsˆ are known as Magisterial Sonsˆ because they are the high magistrates of the realms, the adjudicators of the successive dispensationsˆ of the worlds of time. They preside over the awakening of the sleeping survivorsˆ, sit in judgment on the realm, bring to an end a dispensationˆ of suspended justice, execute the mandates of an age of probationary mercy, reassign the spaceˆ creatures of planetary ministry to the tasks of the new dispensationˆ, and return to the headquarters of their local universeˆˆ upon the completion of their mission.
20:3.2 When they sit in judgment on the destinies of an age, the Avonalsˆ decree the fate of the evolutionaryˆ races, but though they may render judgments extinguishing the identity of personal creatures, they do not execute such sentences. Verdicts of this nature are executed by none but the authorities of a superuniverseˆ.
20:3.3 The arrival of a Paradiseˆ Avonal on an evolutionaryˆ world for the purpose of terminating a dispensationˆ and of inaugurating a new era of planetary progression is not necessarily either a magisterial mission or a bestowalˆ mission. Magisterial missions sometimes, and bestowalˆ missions always, are incarnations; that is, on such assignments the Avonalsˆ serve on a planet in material form — literally. Their other visits are “technical,” and in this capacity an Avonal is not incarnated for planetary service. If a Magisterial Son comes solely as a dispensational adjudicator, he arrives on a planet as a spiritˆual being, invisible to the material creatures of the realm. Such technical visits occur repeatedly in the long history of an inhabited world.
20:3.4 Avonal Sons may act as planetary judges prior to both the magisterial and bestowalˆ experiences. On either of these missions, however, the incarnated Son will judge the passing planetary age; likewise does a Creatorˆ Sonˆ when incarnated on a mission of bestowalˆ in the likeness of mortalˆ flesh. When a Paradiseˆ Son visits an evolutionaryˆ world and becomes like one of its people, his presence terminates a dispensationˆ and constitutes a judgment of the realm.
4. Magisterial Missions
20:4.1 Prior to the planetary appearance of a bestowalˆ Son, an inhabited world is usually visited by a Paradiseˆ Avonal on a magisterial mission. If it is an initial magisterial visitation, the Avonal is always incarnated as a material being. He appears on the planet of assignment as a full-fledged male of the mortalˆ races, a being fully visible to, and in physical contact with, the mortalˆ creatures of his day and generation. Throughout a magisterial incarnationˆ the connection of the Avonal Son with the local and the universal spiritˆual forcesˆ is complete and unbroken.
20:4.2 A planet may experience many magisterial visitations both before and after the appearance of a bestowalˆ Son. It may be visited many times by the same or other Avonalsˆ, acting as dispensational adjudicators, but such technical missions of judgment are neither bestowalˆ nor magisterial, and the Avonalsˆ are never incarnated at such times. Even when a planet is blessed with repeated magisterial missions, the Avonalsˆ do not always submit to mortalˆ incarnationˆ; and when they do serve in the likeness of mortalˆ flesh, they always appear as adult beings of the realm; they are not born of woman.
20:4.3 When incarnated on either bestowalˆ or magisterial missions, the Paradiseˆ Sons have experienced Adjustersˆ, and these Adjustersˆ are different for each incarnationˆ. The Adjustersˆ that occupy the minds of the incarnated Sons of Godˆ can never hope for personalityˆ through fusionˆ with the human-divine beings of their indwellˆing, but they are often personalized by fiat of the Universal Fatherˆ. Such Adjustersˆ form the supremeˆ Diviningtonˆ council of direction for the administration, identification, and dispatch of Mystery Monitorsˆˆ to the inhabited realms. They also receive and accredit Adjustersˆ on their return to the “bosom of the Father” upon the mortalˆ dissolution of their earthly tabernacles. In this way the faithful Adjustersˆ of the world judges become the exalted chiefs of their kind.
20:4.4 Urantiaˆ has never been host to an Avonal Son on a magisterial mission. Had Urantiaˆ followed the general plan of inhabited worlds, it would have been blessed with a magisterial mission sometime between the days of Adamˆ and the bestowalˆ of Christˆ Michaelˆ. But the regular sequence of Paradiseˆ Sons on your planet was wholly deranged by the appearance of your Creatorˆ Sonˆ on his terminal bestowalˆ nineteen hundred years ago.
20:4.5 Urantiaˆ may yet be visited by an Avonal commissioned to incarnate on a magisterial mission, but regarding the future appearance of Paradiseˆ Sons, not even “the angelsˆ in heaven know the time or manner of such visitations,” for a Michael-bestowal world becomes the individual and personal ward of a Master Sonˆ and, as such, is wholly subject to his own plans and rulings. And with your world, this is further complicated by Michael’s promise to return. Regardless of the misunderstandings about the Urantian sojourn of Michael of Nebadonˆˆ, one thing is certainly authentic — his promise to come back to your world. In view of this prospect, only time can reveal the future order of the visitations of the Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ on Urantiaˆ.
5. Bestowalˆ of the Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ
20:5.1 The Eternalˆ Sonˆ is the eternalˆ Word of Godˆ. The Eternalˆ Sonˆ is the perfectˆ expression of the “first” absoluteˆ and infinite thought of his eternalˆ Father. When a personal duplication or divineˆ extension of this Original Son starts on a bestowalˆ mission of mortalˆ incarnationˆ, it becomes literally true that the divineˆ “Word is made flesh,” and that the Word thus dwells among the lowly beings of animal origin.
20:5.2 On Urantiaˆ there is a widespread belief that the purpose of a Son’s bestowalˆ is, in some manner, to influence the attitude of the Universal Fatherˆ. But your enlightenment should indicate that this is not true. The bestowalsˆ of the Avonal and the Michael Sons are a necessary part of the experientialˆ process designed to make these Sons safe and sympathetic magistrates and rulers of the peoples and planets of time and spaceˆ. The career of sevenfoldˆ bestowalˆ is the supremeˆ goal of all Paradiseˆ Creatorˆ Sonsˆ. And all Magisterial Sonsˆ are motivated by this same spiritˆ of service which so abundantly characterizes the primary Creatorˆ Sonsˆ and the Eternalˆ Sonˆ of Paradiseˆ.
20:5.3 Some order of Paradiseˆ Son must be bestowed upon each mortalˆ-inhabited world in order to make it possible for Thought Adjustersˆ to indwellˆ the minds of all normal human beings on that sphere, for the Adjustersˆ do not come to all bona fide human beings until the Spiritˆ of Truthˆ has been poured out upon all flesh; and the sending of the Spiritˆ of Truthˆ is dependent upon the return to universeˆ headquarters of a Paradiseˆ Son who has successfully executed a mission of mortalˆ bestowalˆ upon an evolving world.
20:5.4 During the course of the long history of an inhabited planet, many dispensational adjudications will take place, and more than one magisterial mission may occur, but ordinarily only once will a bestowalˆ Son serve on the sphere. It is only required that each inhabited world have one bestowalˆ Son come to live the full mortalˆ life from birth to death. Sooner or later, regardless of spiritˆual status, every mortalˆ-inhabited world is destined to become host to a Magisterial Son on a bestowalˆ mission except the one planet in each local universeˆˆ whereon a Creatorˆ Sonˆ elects to make his mortalˆ bestowalˆ.
20:5.5 Understanding more about the bestowalˆ Sons, you discern why so much interest attaches to Urantiaˆ in the history of Nebadonˆ. Your small and insignificant planet is of local universeˆˆ concern simply because it is the mortalˆ home world of Jesusˆ of Nazarethˆˆ. It was the scene of the final and triumphant bestowalˆ of your Creatorˆ Sonˆ, the arena in which Michael won the supremeˆ personal sovereignty of the universeˆ of Nebadonˆ.
20:5.6 At the headquarters of his local universeˆˆ a Creatorˆ Sonˆ, especially after the completion of his own mortalˆ bestowalˆ, spends much of his time in counseling and instructing the college of associate Sons, the Magisterial Sonsˆ and others. In love and devotion, with tender mercy and affectionate consideration, these Magisterial Sonsˆ bestow themselves upon the worlds of spaceˆ. And in no way are these planetary services inferior to the mortalˆ bestowalsˆ of the Michaelsˆ. It is true that your Creatorˆ Sonˆ selected for the realm of his final adventure in creature experience one which had had unusual misfortunes. But no planet could ever be in such a condition that it would require the bestowalˆ of a Creatorˆ Sonˆ to effect its spiritˆual rehabilitation. Any Son of the bestowalˆ group would have equally sufficed, for in all their work on the worlds of a local universeˆˆ the Magisterial Sonsˆ are just as divinelˆy effective and all wise as would have been their Paradiseˆ brother, the Creatorˆ Sonˆ.
20:5.7 Though the possibility of disaster always attends these Paradiseˆ Sons during their bestowalˆ incarnationsˆ, I have yet to see the record of the failure or default of either a Magisterial or a Creatorˆ Sonˆ on a mission of bestowalˆ. Both are of origin too close to absoluteˆ perfectˆion to fail. They indeed assume the risk, really become like the mortalˆ creatures of flesh and blood and thereby gain the unique creature experience, but within the range of my observation they always succeed. They never fail to achieve the goal of the bestowalˆ mission. The story of their bestowalˆ and planetary service throughout Nebadonˆ constitutes the most noble and fascinating chapter in the history of your local universeˆˆ.
6. The Mortalˆ-Bestowal Careers
20:6.1 The method whereby a Paradiseˆ Son becomes ready for mortalˆ incarnationˆ as a bestowalˆ Son, becomes enmothered on the bestowalˆ planet, is a universal mystery; and any effort to detect the working of this Sonaringtonˆ technique is doomed to meet with certain failure. Let the sublime knowledge of the mortalˆ life of Jesusˆ of Nazarethˆˆ sink into your souls, but waste no thought in useless speculation as to how this mysterious incarnationˆ of Michael of Nebadonˆˆ was effected. Let us all rejoice in the knowledge and assurance that such achievements are possible to the divineˆ nature and waste no time on futile conjectures about the technique employed by divineˆ wisdom to effect such phenomena.
20:6.2 On a mortalˆ-bestowal mission a Paradiseˆ Son is always born of woman and grows up as a male child of the realm, as Jesusˆ did on Urantiaˆ. These Sons of supremeˆ service all pass from infancy through youth to manhood just as does a human being. In every respect they become like the mortalsˆ of the race into which they are born. They make petitions to the Father as do the children of the realms in which they serve. From a material viewpoint, these human-divine Sons live ordinary lives with just one exception: They do not beget offspring on the worlds of their sojourn; that is a universal restriction imposed on all orders of the Paradiseˆ bestowalˆ Sons.
20:6.3 As Jesusˆ worked on your world as the carpenter’s son, so do other Paradiseˆ Sons labor in various capacities on their bestowalˆ planets. You could hardly think of a vocation that has not been followed by some Paradiseˆ Son in the course of his bestowalˆ on some one of the evolutionaryˆ planets of time.
20:6.4 When a bestowalˆ Son has mastered the experience of living the mortalˆ life, when he has achieved perfectˆion of attunement with his indwellˆing Adjusterˆ, thereupon he begins that part of his planetary mission designed to illuminate the minds and to inspire the souls of his brethren in the flesh. As teachers, these Sons are exclusively devoted to the spiritˆual enlightenment of the mortalˆ races on the worlds of their sojourn.
20:6.5 The mortalˆ-bestowal careers of the Michaelsˆ and the Avonalsˆ, while comparable in most respects, are not identical in all: Never does a Magisterial Son proclaim, “Whosoever has seen the Son has seen the Father,” as did your Creatorˆ Sonˆ when on Urantiaˆ and in the flesh. But a bestowed Avonal does declare, “Whosoever has seen me has seen the Eternalˆ Sonˆ of Godˆ.” The Magisterial Sonsˆ are not of immediate descent from the Universal Fatherˆ, nor do they incarnate subject to the Father’s will; always do they bestow themselves as Paradiseˆ Sons subject to the will of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ of Paradiseˆ.
20:6.6 When the bestowalˆ Sons, Creatorˆ or Magisterial, enter the portals of death, they reappear on the third day. But you should not entertain the idea that they always meet with the tragic end encountered by the Creatorˆ Sonˆ who sojourned on your world nineteen hundred years ago. The extraordinary and unusually cruel experience through which Jesusˆ of Nazarethˆˆ passed has caused Urantiaˆ to become locally known as “the world of the cross.” It is not necessary that such inhuman treatment be accorded a Son of Godˆ, and the vast majority of planets have afforded them a more considerate reception, allowing them to finish their mortalˆ careers, terminate the age, adjudicateˆ the sleeping survivorsˆ, and inaugurate a new dispensationˆ, without imposing a violent death. A bestowalˆ Son must encounter death, must pass through the whole of the actualˆ experience of mortalsˆ of the realms, but it is not a requirement of the divineˆ plan that this death be either violent or unusual.
20:6.7 When bestowalˆ Sons are not put to death by violence, they voluntarily relinquish their lives and pass through the portals of death, not to satisfy the demands of “stern justice” or “divineˆ wrath,” but rather to complete the bestowalˆ, “to drink the cup” of the career of incarnationˆ and personal experience in all that constitutes a creature’s life as it is lived on the planets of mortalˆ existence. Bestowalˆ is a planetary and a universeˆ necessity, and physical death is nothing more than a necessary part of a bestowalˆ mission.
20:6.8 When the mortalˆ incarnationˆ is finished, the Avonal of service proceeds to Paradiseˆ, is accepted by the Universal Fatherˆ, returns to the local universeˆˆ of assignment, and is acknowledged by the Creatorˆ Sonˆ. Thereupon the bestowalˆ Avonal and the Creatorˆ Sonˆ send their conjoint Spiritˆ of Truthˆ to function in the hearts of the mortalˆ races dwelling on the bestowalˆ world. In the presovereignty ages of a local universeˆˆ, this is the joint spiritˆ of both Sons, implemented by the Creative Spiritˆˆ. It differs somewhat from the Spiritˆ of Truthˆ which characterizes the local universeˆˆ ages following a Michael’s seventh bestowalˆ.
20:6.9 Upon the completion of a Creatorˆ Sonˆ’s final bestowalˆ the Spiritˆ of Truthˆ previously sent into all Avonal-bestowal worlds of that local universeˆˆ changes in nature, becoming more literally the spiritˆ of the sovereign Michael. This phenomenon takes place concurrently with the liberation of the Spiritˆ of Truthˆ for service on the Michael-mortal-bestowal planet. Thereafter, each world honored by a Magisterial bestowalˆ will receive the same spiritˆ Comforter from the sevenfoldˆ Creatorˆ Sonˆ, in association with that Magisterial Son, which it would have received had the local universeˆˆ Sovereign personally incarnated as its bestowalˆ Son.
7. The Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ
20:7.1 These highly personal and highly spiritˆual Paradiseˆ Sons are brought into being by the Paradiseˆ Trinityˆ. They are known in Havonaˆ as the order of Daynalsˆ. In Orvontonˆ they are of record as Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ, so named because of their parentage. On Salvingtonˆ they are sometimes denominated the Paradiseˆ Spiritˆual Sons.
20:7.2 In numbers the Teacher Sons are constantly increasing. The last universal census broadcast gave the number of these Trinityˆ Sons functioning in the central and superuniversesˆ as a little more than twenty-one billion, and this is exclusive of the Paradiseˆ reserves, which include more than one third of all Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ in existence.
20:7.3 The Daynalˆ order of sonshipˆ is not an organic part of the local or superuniverseˆ administrations. Its members are neither creatorsˆ nor retrievers, neither judges nor rulers. They are not so much concerned with universeˆ administration as with moralˆ enlightenment and spiritˆual development. They are the universal educators, being dedicated to the spiritˆual awakening and moralˆ guidance of all realms. Their ministry is intimately interrelated with that of the personalities of the Infinite Spiritˆˆˆ and is closely associated with the Paradiseˆ ascensionˆ of creature beings.
20:7.4 These Sons of the Trinityˆ partake of the combined natures of the three Paradiseˆ Deitiesˆ, but in Havonaˆ they seem more to reflect the nature of the Universal Fatherˆ. In the superuniversesˆ they seem to portray the nature of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ, while in the local creations they appear to show forth the character of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ. In all universesˆ they are the embodiment of service and the discretion of wisdom.
20:7.5 Unlike their Paradiseˆ brethren, Michaelsˆ and Avonalsˆ, Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ receive no preliminary training in the central universeˆˆ. They are dispatched directly to the headquarters of the superuniversesˆ and from there are commissioned for service in some local universeˆˆ. In their ministry to these evolutionaryˆ realms they utilize the combined spiritˆual influence of a Creatorˆ Sonˆ and the associated Magisterial Sonsˆ, for the Daynalsˆ do not possess a spiritˆual drawing powerˆ in and of themselves.
8. Local Universeˆˆ Ministry of the Daynals
20:8.1 The Paradiseˆ Spiritˆual Sons are unique Trinityˆ-origin beingsˆ and the only Trinityˆ creatures to be so completely associated with the conduct of the dual-origin universesˆ. They are affectionately devoted to the educational ministry to mortalˆ creatures and the lower orders of spiritˆual beings. They begin their labors in the local systemsˆ and, in accordance with experience and achievement, are advanced inward through the constellationˆ service to the highest work of the local creation. Upon certification they may become spiritˆual ambassadors representing the local universesˆ of their service.
20:8.2 The exact number of Teacher Sons in Nebadonˆ I do not know; there are many thousands of them. Many of the heads of departments in the Melchizedekˆ schools belong to this order, while the combined staff of the regularly constituted University of Salvingtonˆ embraces over one hundred thousand including these Sons. Large numbers are stationed on the various morontiaˆ-training worlds, but they are not wholly occupied with the spiritˆual and intellectual advancement of mortalˆ creatures; they are equally concerned with the instruction of seraphicˆ beings and other natives of the local creations. Many of their assistants are drawn from the ranks of the creature-trinitizedˆ beings.
20:8.3 The Teacher Sons compose the faculties who administer all examinations and conduct all tests for the qualification and certification of all subordinate phases of universeˆ service, from the duties of outpost sentinels to those of star studentsˆ. They conduct an agelong course of training, ranging from the planetary courses up to the high College of Wisdom located on Salvingtonˆ. Recognition indicative of effort and attainment is granted to all, ascendingˆ mortalˆ or ambitious cherubimˆ, who complete these adventures in wisdom and truth.
20:8.4 In all universesˆ all the Sons of Godˆ are beholden to these ever-faithful and universally efficient Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ. They are the exalted teachers of all spiritˆ personalitiesˆ, even the tried and true teachers of the Sons of Godˆ themselves. But of the endless details of the duties and functions of the Teacher Sons I can hardly instruct you. The vast domain of Daynalˆ-sonship activities will be better understood on Urantiaˆ when you are more advanced in intelligence, and after the spiritˆual isolation of your planet has been terminated.
9. Planetary Service of the Daynals
20:9.1 When the progress of events on an evolutionaryˆ world indicates that the time is ripe to initiate a spiritˆual age, the Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ always volunteer for this service. You are not familiar with this order of sonshipˆ because Urantiaˆ has never experienced a spiritˆual age, a millennium of cosmic enlightenment. But the Teacher Sons even now visit your world for the purpose of formulating plans concerning their projected sojourn on your sphere. They will be due to appear on Urantiaˆ after its inhabitants have gained comparative deliverance from the shackles of animalism and from the fetters of materialismˆ.
20:9.2 Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ have nothing to do with terminating planetary dispensationsˆ. They neither judge the dead nor translate the living, but on each planetary mission they are accompanied by a Magisterial Son who performs these services. Teacher Sons are wholly concerned with the initiation of a spiritˆual age, with the dawn of the era of spiritˆual realities on an evolutionaryˆ planet. They make real the spiritˆual counterparts of material knowledge and temporal wisdom.
20:9.3 The Teacher Sons usually remain on their visitation planets for one thousand years of planetary time. One Teacher Son presides over the planetary millennial reign and is assisted by seventy associates of his order. The Daynalsˆ do not incarnate or otherwise so materializeˆ themselves as to be visible to mortalˆ beings; therefore is contact with the world of visitation maintained through the activities of the Brilliant Evening Starsˆ, local universeˆˆ personalities who are associated with the Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ.
20:9.4 The Daynalsˆ may return many times to an inhabited world, and following their final mission the planet will be ushered into the settled status of a sphere of light and lifeˆ, the evolutionaryˆ goal of all the mortalˆ-inhabited worlds of the present universeˆ age. The Mortalˆ Corps of the Finalityˆˆ has much to do with the spheres settled in light and lifeˆ, and their planetary activities touch upon those of the Teacher Sons. Indeed, the whole order of Daynalˆ sonshipˆ is intimately connected with all phases of finaliterˆ activities in the evolutionaryˆ creations of time and spaceˆ.
20:9.5 The Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ seem to be so completely identified with the regime of mortalˆ progression through the earlier stages of evolutionaryˆ ascensionˆ that we are often led to speculate regarding their possible association with the finalitersˆ in the undisclosed career of the future universesˆ. We observe that the administrators of the superuniversesˆ are part Trinityˆ-origin personalities and part Trinityˆ-embracedˆ ascendantˆ evolutionaryˆ creatures. We firmly believe that the Teacher Sons and the finalitersˆ are now engaged in acquiring the experience of time-association which may be the preliminary training to prepare them for close association in some unrevealed future destinyˆ. On Uversaˆ it is our belief that, when the superuniversesˆ are finally settled in light and lifeˆ, these Paradiseˆ Teacher Sons, who have become so thoroughly familiar with the problems of evolutionaryˆ worlds and have been so long associated with the career of evolutionaryˆ mortalsˆ, will probably be transferred to eternalˆ association with the Paradiseˆ Corps of the Finalityˆˆ.
10. United Ministry of the Paradiseˆ Sons
20:10.1 All the Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ are divineˆ in origin and in nature. The work of each Paradiseˆ Son in behalf of each world is just as if the Son of service were the first and only Son of Godˆ.
20:10.2 The Paradiseˆ Sons are the divineˆ presentation of the acting natures of the three persons of Deityˆ to the domains of time and spaceˆ. The Creatorˆ, Magisterial, and Teacher Sons are the gifts of the eternalˆ Deities to the children of men and to all other universeˆ creatures of ascensionˆ potential. These Sons of Godˆ are the divineˆ ministers who are unceasingly devoted to the work of helping the creatures of time attain the high spiritˆual goal of eternityˆ.
20:10.3 In the Creatorˆ Sonsˆ the love of the Universal Fatherˆ is blended with the mercy of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ and is disclosed to the local universesˆ in the creative powerˆ, loving ministry, and understanding sovereignty of the Michaelsˆ. In the Magisterial Sonsˆ the mercy of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ, united with the ministry of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ, is revealed to the evolutionaryˆ domains in the careers of these Avonalsˆ of judgment, service, and bestowalˆ. In the Trinityˆ Teacher Sonsˆ the love, mercy, and ministry of the three Paradiseˆ Deitiesˆ are co-ordinated on the highest time-space value-levelsˆ and are presented to the universesˆ as living truth, divineˆ goodness, and true spiritˆual beauty.
20:10.4 In the local universesˆ these orders of sonshipˆ collaborate to effect the revelation of the Deities of Paradiseˆ to the creatures of space: As the Father of a local universeˆˆ, a Creatorˆ Sonˆ portrays the infinite character of the Universal Fatherˆ. As the bestowalˆ Sons of mercy, the Avonalsˆ reveal the matchless nature of the Eternalˆ Sonˆ of infinite compassion. As the true teachers of ascendingˆ personalities, the Trinityˆ Daynalˆ Sons disclose the teacher personalityˆ of the Infinite Spiritˆˆ. In their divinelˆy perfectˆ co-operation, Michaelsˆ, Avonalsˆ, and Daynalsˆ are contributing to the actualˆization and revelation of the personalityˆ and sovereignty of Godˆ the Supremeˆˆ in and to the time-space universesˆ. In the harmony of their triune activities these Paradiseˆ Sons of Godˆ ever function in the vanguard of the personalities of Deityˆ as they follow the never-ending expansion of the divinityˆ of the First Great Source and Center from the everlasting Isle of Paradiseˆˆ into the unknown depths of spaceˆ.
20:10.5 [Presented by a Perfector of Wisdom from Uversaˆ.]