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PAPER 136 - BAPTISM AND THE FORTY DAYS
10. THE SIXTH DECISION
P.1523 - §6 On the last day of this memorable isolation, before starting down the mountain to join John and his disciples, the Son of Man made his final decision. And this decision he communicated to the Personalized Adjuster in these words, "And in all other matters, as in these now of decision-record, I pledge you I will be subject to the will of my Father." And when he had thus spoken, he journeyed down the mountain. And his face shone with the glory of spiritual victory and moral achievement.


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Greetings Alina, NelsonG, Menno, Bernie, Fellow Students, Forum Friends, Members and Visitors,

 

There is so very much good, true and beautiful in this story of God's visit to Urantia, I shudder at the thought that Part IV might have been omitted, and do humbly thank the revelators for every Paper, every Section.

 

Our history has no shortage of stories of gods and messengers visiting. But here we have the genuine story of Michael, the God and Creator of 10 million worlds and his brief life in the flesh right here on Urantia. And he did what we might expect of a Son of God, from beginning to end he did what the First Father himself would have done--could He somehow be contained in a bone, blood and flesh body.

 

 

In the whole UB, the terms "Father's will" and "God's will" appears in 142 paragraphs. Doing His will is a major theme, if not THE theme of the book. Jesus seemed never to tire of both extolling and doing our Father's business in every detail. From today's reading:

 

"...And in all other matters, as in these now of decision-record, I pledge you I will be subject to the will of my Father...." P.1523 - 6

 

 

I tried to find an image to match the last sentence of Paper 136:

 

...And his face shone with the glory of spiritual victory and moral achievement.... P.1523 - 6

 

As you might imagine there are thousands of images from many sources. These three seemed to catch his face in the light, although it is doubtful any of them are close to depicting a truthful representation of our Jesus:

 

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The Bible's New Testament also has many mentions of doing Father's will:

 

John 4:34 "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work."

John 5:30 "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

John 6:38-40 "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 15:10 "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

John 17:4 "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."

Luke 22:42 "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."

Mark 14:36 "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt."

Matthew 26:39 "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."

 

 

Tomorrow's reading is the introduction to Paper 137 TARRYING TIME IN GALILEE. This is another fascinating Paper that begins with Jesus aiding and restoring an injured lad, choosing the first of his apostles, attending a wedding, spending four months training his novices, and ends with a sermon on the kingdom.

 

 

Overview of Paper 136. Baptism and the Forty Days

1. Concepts of the Expected Messiah

2. The Baptism of Jesus

3. The Forty Days

4. Plans for Public Work

5. The First Great Decision

6. The Second Decision

7. The Third Decision

8. The Fourth Decision

9. The Fifth Decision

10. The Sixth Decision

This group of papers [120-196] 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.... P.1321 (120:0:0)

 

 

 

 

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