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When Jesus said this to Philip:
"...You have been a good steward, Philip. You failed us only a few times, and one of those failures we utilized to manifest the Father’s glory.... (1960.1)181:2.2
...he must have been referring to the incident with the Samaritans, in Paper 162:
...These people knew very little about Jesus, and they refused him lodging because he and his associates were Jews. When Matthew and Philip manifested indignation and informed these Samaritans that they were declining to entertain the Holy One of Israel, the infuriated villagers chased them out of the little town with sticks and stones.... (1788.1)162:0.1
Philip was another one who had to suffer death on the cross. From Paper 139:
...Philip, the onetime steward of the twelve, was a mighty man in the kingdom, winning souls wherever he went; and he was finally crucified for his faith and buried at Hierapolis.... (1558.1)139:5.12
The Master gave the world a beautiful adage in his talk with Nathaniel:
"...Sincerity is most serviceable in the work of the kingdom when it is wedded to discretion...." (1960.2)181:2.21
And then he states another beautiful fact, full of wisdom, about the limits of divine contact even with the Master of a universe, and the ability of raw experience to transcend such limitations:
“...I have done all that can be done to enlighten your minds and liberate your souls, and what you have not been able to get from my teachings and my life, you must now prepare to acquire at the hand of that master of all teachers — actual experience.... (1961.3)181:2.24
Then Jesus adds yet another great line that holds out eternal hope, even for slow learners:
"...you have the eternal ages before you in which to continue your progressive attainment of the experience of becoming perfect, even as your Father in Paradise is perfect....” (1961.4)181:2.25
What he says to Thomas is well worth highlighting. It speaks to everyone who is troubled by doubt:
"...Dedicate your life to the great work of showing how the critical material mind of man can triumph over the inertia of intellectual doubting when faced by the demonstration of the manifestation of living truth as it operates in the experience of spirit-born men and women...." (1961.5)181:2.26
Jesus' prediction about Thomas:
...Thomas, I am glad you joined us, and I know, after a short period of perplexity, you will go on in the service of the kingdom...." (1961.5)181:2.26
And that he did. From Paper 139:
...Thomas had a trying time during the days of the trial and crucifixion. He was for a season in the depths of despair, but he rallied his courage, stuck to the apostles, and was present with them to welcome Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. For a while he succumbed to his doubting depression but eventually rallied his faith and courage. He gave wise counsel to the apostles after Pentecost and, when persecution scattered the believers, went to Cyprus, Crete, the North African coast, and Sicily, preaching the glad tidings of the kingdom and baptizing believers. And Thomas continued preaching and baptizing until he was apprehended by the agents of the Roman government and was put to death in Malta. Just a few weeks before his death he had begun the writing of the life and teachings of Jesus.... (1563.1)139:8.13
Peter is an odd one, isn't he?! A man with little control of his tongue, one who disobeys and then denies his Master repeatedly, becomes the rock the Christian church is founded on.
From today's reading:
"...This night you will all be in great danger of stumbling over me. You know it is written, ‘The shepherd will be smitten and the sheep will be scattered abroad....'" (1962.1)181:2.27
That line appears to be from Zechariah 13:
7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
Jesus somehow knows Peter will conquer himself and also be martyred. From today's text:
"...And after you have really learned this needful lesson, you should strengthen your brethren and go on living a life dedicated to preaching this gospel, though you may fall into prison and, perhaps, follow me in paying the supreme price of loving service in the building of the Father’s kingdom...." (1962.3)181:2.29
From Paper 139:
...And so this man Peter, an intimate of Jesus, one of the inner circle, went forth from Jerusalem proclaiming the glad tidings of the kingdom with power and glory until the fullness of his ministry had been accomplished; and he regarded himself as the recipient of high honors when his captors informed him that he must die as his Master had died — on the cross. And thus was Simon Peter crucified in Rome.... (1552.4)139:2.15
Peter's wife also become a mighty worker for the kingdom.
From today's text:
"...Peter, verily, verily, I say to you, this night the cock will not crow until you have denied me three or four times...." (1962.3)181:2.29
All four of the Gospels recorded Peter's boast.
From Matthew 26:
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Mark recorded Jesus' reference to the scattered sheep verse. From chapter 14:
27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
28 But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
29 But Peter said unto him, Although all shall be offended, yet will not I.
30 And Jesus saith unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.
31 But he spake the more vehemently, If I should die with thee, I will not deny thee in any wise. Likewise also said they all.
From Luke 22:
31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.
From John 13:
36 Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.
37 Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.
38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.
That is the end of 181. Tomorrow’s reading is the introduction to Paper 182: IN GETHSEMANE. John Mark is awakened when they leave the Last Supper chamber. He follows them to the campsite and then follows Jesus after his arrest. And the apostles finally discern something has gone terribly wrong with Judas, which Andrew affirms.
Overview of PAPER 181: Final Admonitions and Warnings
1. Last Words of Comfort
2. Farewell Personal Admonitions
This group of papers [121-196] was sponsored by a commission of twelve Urantia midwayers acting under the supervision of a Melchizedek revelatory director. The basis of this narrative was supplied by a secondary midwayer who was onetime assigned to the superhuman watchcare of the Apostle Andrew.
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