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    Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and The Spirit of Truth

    The Spirit of Truth arrived forty days after Jesus was resurrected on Urantia twenty centuries ago. It is a normal bestowal gift from the Father of all gifts. It is God’s way and will on worlds like ours, manifested through our Bestowal Sons, the Michaels. Michael incarnated here and became known as Jesus. He is now the provider and sustainer of the Spirit of Truth on millions of worlds of the ‘local universe’. His Spirit Comforter is gradually and tenderly leading these worlds into an age of “light and life”, even perfection.

    When Jesus was on earth, he lived his life as one personality–Jesus of Nazareth. As the indwelling spirit of the “new teacher,” the Master has, since Pentecost, been able to live his life anew in the experience of every truth-taught believer…. p.2062

    The Spirit of Truth lives inside you like the Adjuster. It is Michael’s presence and guide within. But the SoT is connected to beauty, who knew?

    Divine truth will receive the validation, the “conviction”, of the Spirit of Truth. And giving out truth makes you happy. The quality of the truth you live and give is the measure of your spiritual progress. Becoming personal perfect living truth is the supreme goal of the ages. This Spirit of Truth appears after religion, philosophy and science have lifted society to that level whereon revealed truth can be recognized, studied and adapted to local life. But the roots of Truth always lead back to Paradise where truth, beauty and goodness exist in absolute perfection–in the Father. They are the conceptual pillars of God’s character and nature on which you build the framework to comprehend and eventually live spiritual reality.

    The Spirit of Truth is what the name suggests. It is a personal, ever ready, ever true guide to assist you in choosing the best route to the divine shining on Paradise, to perfection of truth discernment. It sustains your truth-seeking soul while you acquire basic cosmic education here in the flesh. Next stop–the Mansion Worlds–where you will attend schools of truth, goodness, and beauty. This Spirit will sojourn there with you too.

    The bestowal Spirit of Truth which invests the human minds of Urantia is unerringly responsive to truth–the living spirit relationship of all things and all beings as they are co-ordinated in the eternal ascent Godward…. p.647

    This spirit helper is far more than a magnet drawing you to truth and God’s will, it is also living beauty, a facilitator of affection, a friend, a diminisher of assertiveness, and a promoter of spiritual philosophy. Father’s nature becomes your nature as you better recognize and implement the truth of this living philosophy.

    The spirit which my Father and I shall send into the world is not only the Spirit of Truth but also the spirit of idealistic beauty…. p.1732

    Your aesthetic sensibilities are derived from the Spirit of Truth that conspires with the indwelling fragment of God and the Holy Spirit to bring about your realization and acquisition of spiritual values–beauty, truth and goodness. Indeed, the very substance of your soul is an accumulation of beautiful spiritual values expressed through your unique personal unfolding out into eternity. Developing a beautiful soul is the only method of transcending death and attaining eternity. Real art, superb music and meaningful stories beautify life and reflect Father’s creativity, sensibilities, and purposes.

    Jesus followed God’s will, and as Michael poured out an all-encompassing, loving spirit that nourishes, comforts, enlightens, beautifies, facilitates friendliness, and makes humanity over in God’s image, the image of living Truth, Goodness, and Beauty.

    And so must we clearly recognize that neither the golden rule nor the teaching of nonresistance can ever be properly understood as dogmas or precepts. They can only be comprehended by living them, by realizing their meanings in the living interpretation of the Spirit of Truth, who directs the loving contact of one human being with another…. p.1950

    The act of choosing the Spirit of Truth has the benign side-effect of drawing you to others. It is a reliable determiner of wisdom, but also a bringer of fraternity. The Spirit of Truth shows you how best to apply the “golden rule”. This rule, when used in light of the Spirit of Truth, is the father of all good families and the mother of global brotherly love.

    The subsequent bestowal of the spirit of the bestowal Sons, on Urantia called the Comforter or the Spirit of Truth…. p.190

    When you feel inner comfort, you are receiving ministry from this Spirit endowment Jesus left behind. When he departed Urantia as a person, his greater identity and influence were then fully liberated as Michael, one who can be in spirit communion with you and everyone, everywhere in this universe. But how does the Spirit of Comfort become yours?

    …Animals have knowledge, but only man possesses wisdom capacity. Truth is made accessible to the wisdom-endowed individual by the bestowal on such a mind of the spirits of the Father and the Sons, the Thought Adjuster and the Spirit of Truth…. p.1112

    The Spirit of Truth was intended to take Jesus’ place in all lives subsequent to his passing. He is with you even now, abiding and working in unison with your Indwelling Fragment of Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ Truth Spirit, the Father Fragment and the Holy Spirit always work as one. Deity is unity. The Spirit of Truth’s guidance does not work independently of other internal spiritual influences even if it ministers in unique ways—God is unified! Indeed, within you operates a Trinity of Truth, ministering as one.

    The ministering personality of the guardian seraphim, the God presence of the indwelling Adjuster, the encircuited action of the Holy Spirit, and the Son-consciousness of the Spirit of Truth are all divinely correlated into a meaningful unity of spiritual ministry in and to a mortal personality…. p.1245

    Your angels, the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth are not the same, but oddly, the focal center of the Spirit of Truth resides in the Holy Spirit, Michael’s eternal mate and Mother of angels. There is no disunity of purpose or advice from these divine indwellers, they work as one. And these spirit influences intimately co-operate with the indwelling Father Fragment to produce the fruits of the spirit in you. But the Spirit of Truth ever leads, consoles, soothes and cheers you.

    Without these indwelling spiritual influences, you would be unable to see beyond the animal level, much less seek, find and worship an invisible and transcendent God of Truth. Without them you would be incapable of estimating the value or merit of a philosophy of living. You would be unable to discern the wisest choices for the benefit of self, humanity, or God. They are your friends and spiritual assistants whom you eventually adore and worship.

    The Spirit of Truth is a living spiritual influence, not a belief or a doctrine, not a dead philosophy or a theory, not a mechanism or a concept. It lives and is felt as if the person of Michael/Jesus is available within, because that is the truth.

    Neither is the Spirit of Truth a weapon to attack evolved religious practices. Instead it shows how to offer truth in a way that lifts instead of condemns, that works for and not against your divine leading and the better interests of humanity. And if conflict is unavoidable, the Spirit of Truth will speak to you, even comfort you. But the Spirit of Truth is not a commodity to be packaged, bought or sold. It is alive in you, only to the degree that you cultivate a spiritual association with truth and its values-cohorts, goodness, and beauty.

    “…As my Father has given me of his spirit, so will I give you of my spirit. And this Spirit of Truth which I will bestow upon you shall guide and comfort you and shall eventually lead you into all truth….p.1948

    The word truth, like love, is very often misapplied. Many times, a more accurate application of language suggests the word fact be employed. Knowledge and facts are subject to individual interpretation. Living the truth is a spiritual experience of values perfecting and a joyful expression of divine likeness, it defines your relationship to God. The Spirit of Truth brings clarity in choosing between facts and truth, at the same time it grows your character by helping you find perfection in eternity from sorting and accumulating real values in time. The spiritual provisions for such a fantastically complex, personal, diverse, unified and thoroughly administered Universe as ours are not mere decorations or accessories. They make it possible to have every imaginable gift and service one can responsibly use. And with these gifts you find personal happiness and family usefulness by freely giving them away.

    Jesus was the truth made manifest in the flesh, and he promised to send his Spirit of Truth into the hearts of all his children after his return to the Father in heaven…. p.1594

    This Spirit of Truth descended on Urantia shortly after Jesus ‘drank the bitter cup’ and arose from death, and when Father on Paradise had approved. When the Spirit of Truth did come it overtook the apostles, disciples, and all truth lovers–like a beautiful wind. Forty days after resurrection morn, on May 18th, Michael, a Paradise Son with Father’s blessing, sent his Spirit of Truth to everyone on Earth. This prepared the way for Father Fragments to indwell everyone who has shown the capacity to make moral choices.

    The Universe Mother Spirit also participates in this bestowal of the Spirit of Truth, and concomitant therewith there issues the bestowal edict of the Thought Adjusters. Thereafter all normal-minded will creatures of that world will receive Adjusters as soon as they attain the age of moral responsibility, of spiritual choice…. p.596

    But your moral consciousness and your perception of the Spirit of Truth are not the same. Moral development is a natural, evolutionary process that brings you to the point of reception of the Spirit of Truth and the Divine Indweller. Morality continuously evolves in the individual and the group, but the Spirit of Truth and the Paradise Pilot are bestowed en masse and suddenly. And their counsel does not change, waver or recede.

    The Spirit of Truth is concerned primarily with the revelation of the Father’s spirit nature and the Son’s moral character. The Creator Son, in the flesh, revealed God to men; the Spirit of Truth, in the heart, reveals the Creator Son to men…. p.2062

    Even those who do not know of Father’s indwelling are drawn to truth by Michael’s Spirit endowment, providing there is even a flicker of interest in truth. This Spirit never leaves; indeed it is available to you all the way to Paradise, and always in a form you can grasp. It hovers around you even now, wanting to teach truth, give enlightenment, and inspire you onward in the long journey Home.

    One of Jesus’ main missions was to “pour out” the Spirit of Truth so Father can indwell you, and to help you know right from wrong in a world that offers so many perplexing choices, often fraught with dire consequence. Since Divinity has the greatest of all perspectives, therefrom comes the greatest advice. But the biggest limitation to receiving the Spirit of Truth is your personal capacity for truth. What is yours? And do you want to increase it? When the Son came to this world, he was living truth. The actual living of God’s truth forever raised the standard for truth. And it opened the door of spiritual freedom for all humankind because truth sets humans free–free from ignorance of God, the greatest and most loving of all living realities. The Spirit of Truth Michael bestowed teaches that the dearest of all freedoms is having a choice of accepting or rejecting an eternal role in life and service in the Universe family of divine unfolding and Supreme achievement.

    Truth teaches the reversible axiom that “the real is the good, and the good is the real.” That beauty is a creative expression of living truth and divine goodness, no matter which kind of being expresses it. But how do you tap deeply into your spiritual resources, these divine values? Prayer and experience are a potent combination when mixed with worship of the God whoever wants to teach you truth.

    To worship is to thank Father for his descending Sons who venture out into time/space delivering to you, the ascender, the living ideals of truth, beauty, and goodness. The Spirit of Truth also provides the spiritual framework for the planetary progress that leads to the end of humanity’s long search for utopian peace of global fraternity.

    Spiritual philosophy, the wisdom of spirit realities, is the endowment of the Spirit of Truth…. p.1108

    Ever since Pentecost the Spirit of Truth has been an unfailing revealer, comforter, adviser, affectionate friend and wise philosopher to every soul who welcomes it. You are never forced to accept divine help, but the Spirit of Truth is always available to point you away from error–untruth, and toward the Father of TRUTH on Paradise.

    Genuine religious experience becomes more common and more profound on worlds where the Spirit of Truth has been bestowed. It causes expanding religious experience to coalesce with the indwelling spirit guides to provide you with the philosophical foundations of an impregnable faith. Faith rests on genuine religious experience and revelations of divine truth, personal and epochal.

    On the day of Pentecost the religion of Jesus broke all national restrictions and racial fetters. It is forever true, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” On this day the Spirit of Truth became the personal gift from the Master to every mortal…. p.2063

    It is not well known that the Pentecost bestowal marked the end of the possibility of spirit invasion, so called ‘demonic possession’ by rebel spirits. The pouring out of the Master’s Spirit of Truth also effectively terminated the Lucifer rebellion. And when this Pentecost Spirit was inaugurated, social and religious progress was quickened, limitless human potential was unleashed. Urantia has made more spiritual, social, and material progress in the last two thousand years than in any like period before.

    The Spirit of Truth is the local expression of Universal Truth and another source of your wisdom. It offers the spiritual assistance needed to create a righteous character that will allow you to advance in wisdom, love, and service over time and in eternity. You never own this Spirit, but it is one of your personal, loyal, and faithful companions on the long trip to Paradise.

    When you allow it, the Spirit of Truth transforms you and supplies the direction to know and do Father’s will. And it always affirms that you are a child of God as it consorts with the presence of the Father inside you, that “still, small voice,” the one that hails from Paradise. Beauty, truth and goodness are divinely intertwined concepts that attempt to convey Father’s real and partially fathomable nature. When you know one, you will also realize the other two. Balance and symmetry of development is a required for full realization. Spiritual, conceptual, and material balance are essential to soul progress in understanding this trio. The Spirit of Truth is the great revealer of God’s nature, and that nature is best known and realized by a soul in equal pursuit of perfection in goodness, truth, and beauty.

    Universal beauty is the recognition of the reflection of the Isle of Paradise in the material creation, while eternal truth is the special ministry of the Paradise Sons who not only bestow themselves upon the mortal races but even pour out their Spirit of truth upon all peoples. Divine goodness is more fully shown forth in the loving ministry of the manifold personalities of the Infinite Spirit…. p.647

    The Spirit of Truth’s work is to lead you into greater spiritual realities and loving service. Following this lead causes you to reveal new beauties of living and teaching, to God, yourself, and others. As you teach and live truth, you immediately grow in understanding and capacity for even greater truths and more refined expressions of beauty. The Spirit of Truth multiplies your effectiveness as a teacher and it augments your comprehension of the central message Jesus brought to Urantia–that God is everyone’s loving Father, and all are family.

    “You shall love one another with a new and startling affection, even as I have loved you. You will serve mankind with a new and amazing devotion, even as I have served you. And when men see you so love them, and when they behold how fervently you serve them, they will perceive that you have become faith-fellows of the kingdom of heaven, and they will follow after the Spirit of Truth which they see in your lives, to the finding of eternal salvation.”…. p.2044

    Cosmic love always grows, adapts, and changes, even on a world like ours where evil has taken root. You must choose love, truth, goodness, and beauty no matter what world you are on, no matter what circumstances you find. This is the ascender’s challenge. But this choice will not, cannot, be forced on you. When you do choose the Spirit of Truth as your guide, it becomes a light and comfort forever, but most especially when conflict and trouble comes. And from this choice your capacity for spiritual realization expands, often on the wings of trouble.

    The new teacher is the conviction of truth, the consciousness and assurance of true meanings on real spirit levels. And this new teacher is the spirit of living and growing truth, expanding, unfolding, and adaptative truth…. p.1949

    When the Spirit of Truth descended on Urantia on the Day of Pentecost the apostles knew it. Peter declared it and they all went to the temple at Jerusalem to spread the good news with new vigor and conviction. Everyone since then has had access to the Spirit of Truth because it is never out-of-date.

    The Spirit of Truth is always more than sufficient to guide you through each new difficulty with certain conviction. And it was designed so each generation will be led to restate the saving truth of the gospel that declares God is our Ultimate Father.

    The first mission of this spirit is, of course, to foster and personalize truth, for it is the comprehension of truth that constitutes the highest form of human liberty. Next, it is the purpose of this spirit to destroy the believer’s feeling of orphanhood. Jesus having been among men, all believers would experience a sense of loneliness had not the Spirit of Truth come to dwell in men’s hearts…. p.2060

    When you become aware of the presence of the Spirit of Truth, you have initiated friendship and fellowship with the spirit personality of Michael and God. To be conscious of Michael is to be God-conscious in association with the Holy Spirit because Deity is seamless in presence and outworking.

    The Spirit of Truth is for everyone, but unwarranted fears, acquired prejudices, and erroneous pre-conceived models of truth warp its effectiveness, meaning, and potential. As you remove these limiting factors, you become more attuned to divinity at every level, and attunement with Divinity is enlightenment, service, and life eternal.

    This Spirit of Truth needs no shaman, no priest, no intermediary. It is yours now as a personal religious experience. You need not seek it in solitude, in a temple, or after a sacrificial ceremony. And the Spirit of Truth is found in every true religion, at its center, no matter its name. This teacher of truth was created to dampen selfishness and promote selflessness, from the individual to the whole of civilization. It can help prevent war and assist in the birth of true and lasting human fraternity because the Spirit of Truth is also a promoter of human affection, between persons, between states and nations, between every member of the human and cosmic family.

    The Spirit of Truth is not a sorrowful spirit, but one of joy. It is a wisely discerning and faithful monitor of Father’s good will. Spiritual goodness and joyful satisfaction improve health, thinking, and relationships. This Spirit not only assists you in knowing truth, it also fosters happiness, enduring joy and healthful living. As selfishness is turned into selflessness, God’s will, your service, is recognized and done “as you pass by.” And that is always true, beautiful, and good.

    And so did the bestowal of the Spirit of Truth bring to the world and its peoples the last of the spirit endowment designed to aid in the ascending search for God…. p.2062

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    …Having started out on the way of life everlasting, having accepted the assignment and received your orders to advance, do not fear the dangers of human forgetfulness and mortal inconstancy, do not be troubled with doubts of failure or by perplexing confusion, do not falter and question your status and standing, for in every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle, the Spirit of Truth will always speak, saying, “This is the way.” p.383

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