God, Man, and Supreme
Chapter Ten—The Creator Son-Mother Spirit Liaison
At the head of all personality in Nebadon stands the Creator and Master Son, Michael, the universe father and sovereign. Co-ordinate in divinity and complemental in creative attributes is the local universe Mother Spirit, the Divine Minister of Salvington. And these creators are in a very literal sense the Father-Son and the Spirit-Mother of all the native creatures of Nebadon. [37:0.1 (406.1)
All local universe creations are supervised by the dual administrative presence of a Paradise Creator Son, who takes origin in the Father-Son union of Paradise Deity, and a Creative Mother Spirit, representing the local universe presence of the Paradise Mother Spirit. In our local universe of Nebadon, our Creator Son Michael and his Spirit companion, the Creative Mother Spirit, have been conjointly responsible for the creation of this material universe in which we live and breathe. The Paradise Father faithfully upholds this locally coordinated act of creative prerogative by fully supporting their divine right to "foster and sustain their work as well as to minister to the creatures of their own making." [8:3.4 (93.6)] Michael functions in Nebadon as father of the inhabited worlds and as sovereign of the local universe—he is the personal residential manifestation of the Universal Father to the local universe materialization.
In the local creations (excepting the personnel of the superuniverses) God has no personal or residential manifestation aside from the Paradise Creator Sons who are the fathers of the inhabited worlds and the sovereigns of the local universes. If the faith of the creature were perfect, he would assuredly know that when he had seen a Creator Son he had seen the Universal Father; in seeking for the Father, he would not ask nor expect to see other than the Son. Mortal man simply cannot see God until he achieves completed spirit transformation and actually attains Paradise. [1:5.5 (28.2)]
While some Creator Sons appear to be more like their co-parent, God the Father, we are informed that our Michael Son is more like God the Son.
The trend of administration in the universe of Nebadon suggests that its Creator and ruling Son is one whose nature and character more resemble that of the Eternal Mother Son. It should be further stated that some universes are presided over by Paradise Michaels who appear equally to resemble God the Father and God the Son. [21:1.3 (235.2)]
The Creative Mother Spirit is ever present to assist the Son—she is indispensable to effective universe administration. This creative collaboration represents the beginning of the dualized father-mother concept to the local universe creations. She sustains the Son in all of his efforts to enact a stable government and to establish a firm center of authority within their joint creation. A Creator Son cannot effectively function in his local universe creation without the full co-operation of the Divine Minister and her vast assemblage of spirit helpers, the daughters of God.
In all his work of love and life bestowal the Creator Son is always and ever perfectly sustained and ably assisted by the all-wise and ever-faithful Universe Spirit and by all of her diversified retinue of angelic personalities. Such a Divine Minister is in reality the mother of spirits and spirit personalities, the ever-present and all-wise adviser of the Creator Son, a faithful and true manifestation of the Paradise Infinite Spirit. [33:3.3 (368.3)]
When approval has been granted for initiating the creative materialization of a local universe, a Creator Son arrives from Paradise accompanied by a Creative Daughter of the Infinite Spirit. The first act of the Son is to take possession of the space site of his chosen creation. He then pays recognition to his divine complement, the Daughter of the Infinite Spirit, and initiates the formation of an effective and co-operative working union with her.
Together, they enact the physical materialization of their local universe domain by jointly resolving the logistics for equilibrating the available universe energies. The local universe Mother Spirit, as daughter of the Infinite Mother Spirit, utilizes the available mind patterns of Havona for all the spiritual and material intelligences in her personal domain of time and space.
In physical creation the Universe Son provides the pattern while the Universe Spirit initiates the materialization of physical realities. The Son operates in the power designs, but the Spirit transforms these energy creations into physical substances. [34:0.3 (374.3)]
In the creation of other types of universe personalities, both the Son and the Spirit function together, and in no creative act does the one do aught without the counsel and approval of the other. [33:3.8 (369.3)]
When this initial stage has reached completion, when the material creation of the local universe is well under way, the Creative Spirit begins her process of progressively taking on "the personal qualities of the Mother Spirit of a local universe." [21:2.8 (236.6)] At the completion of the materialization of their local universe, the Creator Son and Creative Mother Spirit initiate that stage of creative liaison which is designed to give origin to the innumerable hosts of their local universe children. This creative liaison of Creator Son and Mother Spirit now presides over the local universe creation and ministers to their family of sons and daughters.
The natures of the Paradise Creator Sons do not encompass all the unqualified potentials of the universal absoluteness of the infinite nature of the First Great Source and Center, but the Universal Father is in every way divinely present in the Creator Sons. The Father and his Sons are one. These Paradise Sons of the order of Michael are perfect personalities, even the pattern for all local universe personality from that of the Bright and Morning Star down to the lowest human creature of progressing animal evolution. [1:5.6 (28.3)]
The Son initiates the creation of certain of his universe children on his own initiative, and some he creates as joint offspring in varied association with the complemental Universe Mother Spirit. The Spirit is solely responsible for bringing into existence the numerous orders of spirit personalities such as her diversified retinue of angelic personalities who minister and serve under her direction and guidance.
Following the completion of this united effort, the Son engages in the creation of the Material Sons, the first of the sex creatures, while the Universe Mother Spirit concurrently engages in her initial solitary effort at spirit reproduction. Thus begins the creation of the seraphic hosts of a local universe. [38:1.1 (418.4)]
The material order of sonship, such as the sex Sons (Adams) and Daughters (Eves), are the final manifestation of the sole creative urge of the Creator Son. These paired personalities are the first order of local universe beings capable of sex procreation in the same manner by which mortal men and women are capable of reproducing themselves. This procreative collaboration is derivative of "the pattern for the long list of reproductions of the dual order in the evolutionary universes, extending from the creation of a Bright and Morning Star by a Creator Son-Creative Spirit liaison down to sex procreation on worlds like Urantia." [25:1.2 (273.11)]
When a creative liaison between the Creator Son and the universe representative of the Infinite Spirit, the Universe Mother Spirit, has completed its cycle, when no more offspring of the combined nature are forthcoming, then does the Creator Son personalize in dual form his last concept of being, thus finally confirming his own and original dual origin. In and of himself he then creates the beautiful and superb Sons and Daughters of the material order of universe sonship. This is the origin of the original Adam and Eve of each local system of Nebadon. They are a reproducing order of sonship, being created male and female. [37:9.9 (415.2)]
In the local universes, the Material Sons are classified as descending Sons. In their roles as Planetary Adams, they come down to the inhabited worlds from the spheres of their origin, the capitals of the local systems. Their planetary mission is to serve as biologic uplifters for that planet's multiracial population, and they are given the additional task of performing administrative duties for the settling of this world in the advanced stages of light and life.
These Material Sons (the Adams) and Material Daughters (the Eves) are equal to each other, differing only in reproductive nature and in certain chemical endowments. They are equal but differential, male and female - hence complemental - and are designed to serve on almost all assignments in pairs. [51:1.3 (581.0)]
These Sons, for there are two of them - the Material Son and Daughter - are usually known on a planet as Adam and Eve. [51:1.3 (581.0)]
Now, for the first time, we come across an order of created beings who are representative of our own mortal natures. These Material Sons and Daughters are very real to our sensibilities—they are physical, they are created truly male and female, and they are sexually reproductive. They are created equal but complementary, and you will rarely find one without the other—they need one another's company both by choice and by design. These created Sons of planetary service represent vital connecting links between the spiritual and physical worlds. They are physically tangible and visibly contactable by material creatures such as ourselves—this certainly helps them in their efforts to carry out their descending missions to the evolutionary planets of time and space. The Material Sons and Daughters work together in close union, among the mortal creatures of the flesh, for the joint fulfillment of their planetary mission.
It is the essence of their service at all times and in all places never to be separated. They are designed to work in pairs; seldom do they function alone. [74:0.1 (828.1)]
Material Son and Daughter pairs are commissioned from on high for assignment to those inhabited planets whose mortal populations are ready for undergoing the evolutionary benefits of racial amalgamation. The mission of the Planetary Adams entails the cultivation of a critical population of their own progeny via sexual reproduction. This progeny is then unleashed to interbreed with the world's differential racial segments for the purpose of infusing them with those Adamic heredity factors that will enable the genetic and cultural upgrading of the world's mortal population.
Upon completion of their mission, a faithful Material Son and Daughter are accredited as perfected Material Sons in the records of the local universe. This recognition liberates them for their next endeavor as ascending Sons of God in their long journey to Havona and Paradise, in their search to find the Paradise Father.
The angelic hosts are a separate order of created beings; they are entirely different from the material order of mortal creatures, and they function as a distinct group of universe intelligences. Angels are not of that group of creatures called `the Sons of God' in the Scriptures; neither are they the glorified spirits of mortal men who have gone on to progress through the mansions on high. Angels are a direct creation, and they do not reproduce themselves. The angelic hosts have only a spiritual kinship with the human race. [167:7.2 (1841.1)]
In the previous section, we learned that the material or sex Son and Daughter are the offspring of the Creator Son—they are the result of a solitary creative effort on his part. The Universe Mother Spirit does not participate in the creation of any of these beings whose sexual gender differentiation is derivative of the Creator Son's dual origin nature. The Universe Mother Spirit exercises her own solitary creative prerogative by producing a diversified retinue of angelic personalities for directed service and ministry within the confines of the local universe.
The seraphic order of ministering daughters of the local universe Mother Spirit are also created in pairs, in like manner as are the Material Sons and Daughters. They are not, however, created male and female—rather, they are designated as negative and positive within these pairs. This may be best understood as functional differentiation in contradistinction to the complemental gender sexuality of the Material Sons and the mortal races.
Such associations are primarily necessitated by function; they are not characterized by sex emotion, though they are exceedingly personal and truly affectionate. [38:4.3 (420.4)]
Seraphim are intentionally paired for their functional activities, because, for the majority of their assignments, it requires two angels to accomplish the task at hand. The combination of these two angelic natures, both positive and negative, provides for exquisitely effective functioning because these seraphim are so complemental in all their universe functions.
All seraphic assignments for the status of guardian angels to the mortal creatures of time and space are chosen from a group of volunteering seraphim. This guardian pair provides for excellent complementary co-operation in their roles as the recording angels of the evolutionary worlds. While the primary (positive) guardian discharges her duties, the other seraphim, the complement of being, takes on the individual responsibility as the sponsoring recorder of the undertaking. The records are subsequently kept by a pair of cherubim (a cherubim and a sanobim, respectively) who are always associated with the seraphic guardians.
Next in the descending order of local universe daughters of the Mother Spirit, after the seraphic order of ministering daughters, are the cherubim and sanobim. These pairs of ministering angels are quite similar to the seraphim regarding their dual functional design. Cherubim and sanobim are functionally united where the senior controlling cherubim are designated energy positive (the right-hand deflectors) and the complements of being sanobim are energy negative (the left-hand deflectors).
Cherubim and sanobim are inherently associated, functionally united. One is an energy positive personality; the other, energy negative. The right-hand deflector, or positively charged angel, is the cherubim - the senior or controlling personality. The left-hand deflector, or negatively charged angel, is the sanobim - the complement of being. Each type of angel is very limited in solitary function; hence they usually serve in pairs. [38:7.2 (422.3)]
Another ministering order of local universe angelic hosts are the Morontia Companions who are closely associated with the ascending mortals on the mansion and morontia worlds. They too are the direct offspring of the local universe Mother Spirit.
There are two distinct types of Morontia Companions; one type is aggressive, the other retiring, but otherwise they are equal in status. They are not sex creatures, but they manifest a touchingly beautiful affection for one another. [48:3.4 (545.5)]
Still, the technique of these successive bestowals remained a mystery. Even Gabriel confesses that he does not comprehend the method whereby this Paradise Son and universe Creator could, at will, assume the personality and live the life of one of his own subordinate creatures. [119:5.5 (1315.3)]
The Eternal Son of the Paradise Trinity bestowed himself seven times upon the seven circuits of Havona and he "continues to bestow himself upon the local universes in the persons of his representatives, the Michael and Avonal Sons." [119:0.2 (1308.2)] Bestowal is an inherent trait of these Paradise Sons. Each Michael Son vows not to assume full sovereignty of his local universe creation until seven bestowals shall have been successfully completed and certified by the Ancients of Days of the superuniverse of jurisdiction. The inherent endowments of justice and righteousness possessed by a Michael Son will not suffice for unchallenged universe sovereignty by the Ancients of Days until "he has really acquired the viewpoint of his own creatures by actual experience in the environment of their existence and as these very creatures themselves." [119:0.6 (1309.0)]
A Michael Son could conceivably assert his unearned sovereignty over his personal creation at any time, but this would entail the immediate withdrawal of all Paradise personalities in his local universe and the consequent loss of Paradise co-operation in the administration of his local universe. A Michael Son must gain the life experience of his subordinate living creatures to complete his personal training and universe education as a Creator Son.
It required almost one billion years of Urantia time to complete the bestowal career of Michael and to effect the final establishment of his supreme authority in the universe of his own creation. Michael was born a creator, educated an administrator, trained an executive, but he was required to earn his sovereignty by experience. And thus has your little world become known throughout all Nebadon as the arena wherein Michael completed the experience which is required of every Paradise Creator Son before he is given unlimited control and direction of the universe of his own making. [119:8.2 (1318.1)]
Michael has freely chosen to live such live such identical lives as he imposes upon the intelligent beings of his own creation. He has, by experience, become a fellow creature. Moreover, in so carrying out this progressive acquirement of the creature's viewpoint in his universe administration, he has earned the love and adoration of his creatures.
Michael began his bestowal experience as the personalities of three orders of his created universe Sons: the Melchizedeks, the Lanonandeks, and the Material Sons. Next, he personalized in the likeness of angelic life as a supreme seraphim. Lastly, he experienced the various phases of the ascending careers of his lowest form of will creatures, the evolutionary mortals of time. By his bestowal on our planet of Urantia as a mortal of the realm, we have come to know him as Jesus, Son of Man and Son of God.
These bestowals began about one billion years ago, occurring at intervals approximately one hundred and fifty million years apart. Each bestowal was succeeded by "an age of increasing service and loyalty among all celestial intelligences of universe origin, while each succeeding bestowal age was characterized by advancement and improvement in all methods of universe administration and in all techniques of government." [119:3.8 (1313.3)]
Michael's fourth bestowal was as a local universe seraphim belonging to the supreme order. As a supreme seraphim, he was assigned to the corps of teaching counselors. Seraphic offspring of the Infinite Spirit, as personalized on the local universe headquarters by the Universe Mother Spirit, classify into seven distinct groups:
- Supreme Seraphim
- Superior Seraphim
- Supervisor Seraphim
- Administrator Seraphim
- Planetary Helpers
- Transition Ministers
- Seraphim of the Future
Supreme Seraphim are the highest of the seven revealed orders of local universe angels. They function in seven groups:
- Son-Spirit Ministers
- Court Advisors
- Universe Orientators
- The Teaching Counselors
- Directors of Assignment
- The Recorders
- Unattached Ministers
Seraphim are experiential creatures. By application and devoted service, seraphim can achieve, one by one, all seven of these seraphic services. The higher the inherent function level, the more persistently do angelic ministers seek assignment to the lower orders of universe service.
Seraphim must acquire knowledge and gain experience much as do human beings. They are not far removed from you in certain personality attributes. And they all crave to start at the bottom, on the lowest possible level of ministry; thus may they hope to achieve the highest possible level of experiential destiny. [39:0.11 (427.0)]
For 40 standard universe years, this special supreme seraphim was attached as a seraphic teaching counselor (a private secretary) to 26 different master teachers, functioning on 22 different worlds. The last world was as counsel and helper attached to a bestowal mission of a Trinity Teacher Son (a Daynal Paradise Son) to a world of mortal habitation. This mission was concerned with the initiation of a spiritual age, "a millennium of cosmic enlightenment," the dawn of the era of spiritual realities on this evolving planet, the final planetary age, the age of light and life.
And so it has become forever true, concerning angels, that their Creator and Ruler has been "in all points tried and tested in the likeness of seraphic personality." [119:4.4 (1314.1)]
This fourth bestowal by Michael as a supreme seraphim was compelling in a number of ways:
- The seven bestowal experiences of Michael parallel the augmenting service experiences of local universe seraphim.
- Michael surely must have gained insight into his own experiential bestowal growth as a consequence of his 26 attachments as a seraphic teaching counselor to a diversified group of master teachers.
- Michael's bestowal experience in the service of a brother Paradise Son, a Daynal Trinity Teacher Son, must have gained for him new insights into the role of Paradise Sons in general, and specifically into his own role as Creator Michael Son.
- This bestowal experience in the service to a Trinity Teacher Son helped prepare him for his forthcoming seventh bestowal mission as a Urantia mortal.
- Michael's role as a daughter spirit of the Universe Mother Spirit, under the ministering auspices of the Infinite Spirit, helped him gain an experiential insight into the triune nature of the Paradise Trinity (note that his divine being derives exclusively from the Universal Father and the Eternal Son).
- Michael must have enhanced his understanding into the role of dual deity functioning in the local universes by reciprocating his subordination to the local universe Mother Spirit.
The choice of Michael to bestow himself in the personality of one of the angelic daughters of the Universe Mother Spirit was a sublime act of reciprocal subordination to his creative liaison partner, the Mother Spirit of his local universe creation. Together, a Creator Son and a Mother Spirit can undertake stupendous enterprises, but "no Son could hope for final success without the incessant co-operation of the Divine Minister and her vast assemblage of spirit helpers, the daughters of God, who so faithfully and valiantly struggle for the welfare of mortal men and the glory of their divine parents." [33:3.4 (368.4)]
In this act of bestowing himself as a seraphic daughter of his co-creative and complementary Universe Mother Spirit, Michael very directly enhances his experiential understanding of dual deity functioning in the local universe realm. He has not only subordinated himself to the local universe Mother Spirit, but he also lived the life bestowal as one of her daughter spirits. Moreover, since the Mother Spirit takes origin in the Paradise Mother Spirit, and since Michael takes origin in the dual Paradise personalities of the Father and Son, Michael gains triune insight into the functional unity of the Paradise Trinity.
The following personality traits are inherently present in all Creator Sons, but these must be transformed into a new insightful reality as a direct result of required experience in creature understanding. This is the experience acquired during the bestowal career of a Michael Son:
Inherent Creator Son Traits
- Fair Judgment
- Just Decision-Making
- Practical Mercy
- Skillful Conduct
The Universe Sovereign thus became the friend and sympathetic helper of even the lowest form of created intelligence in the realms. The following is a sampling of commendations made by various personalities who were witness to one of these various bestowals of Michael. Even those creatures committed to local universe rebellion were often compelled to acknowledge the inimitable character of their own Creator Son:
- "Just and righteous"
- "Matchless wisdom"
- "Merciful administrator"
- "Superb devotion to duty"
- "Supreme love"
Millions upon millions of beings were assembled from the constellation headquarters worlds of Nebadon, and a majority of the sojourners on the worlds adjacent to Salvington were gathered together to welcome him back to the rulership of his universe. In response to our many addresses of welcome and expressions of appreciation of a Sovereign so vitally interested in his creatures, he only replied: "I have simply been about my Father's business. I am only doing the pleasure of the Paradise Sons who love and crave to understand their creatures." [119:6.5 (1316.2)]
Michael aspired to the privilege of representing the maximum authority of the Paradise Trinity. In the direct and personal administration of a local universe, he acquired this essential experience in co-operation with and subordination to the Paradise Trinity. The result of this supreme devotion to the mandates of Paradise is that his earned sovereign power is unqualifiedly supported by the Paradise Deities.
Michael, therefore, combines in his personal sovereignty the divine will of the sevenfold phases of the universal Creators with the understanding experience of his local universe creatures. Thus has his administration become representative of the greatest possible power and authority although divested of all arbitrary assumptions. His power is unlimited since it is derived from experienced association with the Paradise Deities; his authority is unquestioned inasmuch as it was acquired through actual experience in the likeness of universe creatures; his sovereignty is supreme since it embodies at one and the same time the sevenfold viewpoint of Paradise Deity with the creature viewpoint of time and space. [120:0.5 (1324.2)]
By establishing his own unchallengeable authority over his local universe creation, Michael also augments the evolving sovereignty of God the Supreme and achieves "the revelation of the variously diversified wills of the Paradise Deities, whose synthetic unity, as revealed by the Supreme Creators, is revelatory of the will of the Supreme Being." [119:8:3 (1318:2)] Michael has come to identify himself eternally with the Supreme. He has experienced the full manifestation of the Supremacy of finite action and finality, thus liberating his potential for one-day absonite (superfinite) function. As a sevenfold Master Son, Michael is a member of the divine corps constituting the Trinity Ultimate.
The completion of these seven bestowals resulted in the liberation of Michael's supreme sovereignty and also in the creation of the possibility for the sovereignty of the Supreme in Nebadon. On none of Michael's bestowals did he reveal God the Supreme, but the sum total of all seven bestowals is a new Nebadon revelation of the Supreme Being. [119:8.5 (1318.4)]
This creative liaison of Creator Son and Mother Spirit now presides over the local universe creation and ministers to their family of sons and daughters. The Son initiates the creation of certain of his universe children on his own initiative, and some he creates as joint offspring in varied association with the complemental Universe Mother Spirit. The Mother Spirit is solely responsible for bringing into existence the numerous orders of spirit personalities such as her diversified retinue of angelic personalities who minister and serve under her direction and guidance.
The Universe Mother Spirit is everlastingly indispensable to the Creator Son's administration of a local universe. The Mother Spirit ever sustains the Son in all of everything he may be required to experience in his efforts to stabilize government and uphold authority. The choice of Michael to bestow himself in the personality of one of the angelic daughters of this very same Universe Mother Spirit is a sublime act of reciprocal subordination to his creative liaison partner, the Mother Spirit to his local universe creation.
Michael of Nebadon nobly acknowledges his eternal dependence on his Spirit companion. At the completion of his seven bestowals and his entitlement of Sovereign of Nebadon, the Universe Mother Spirit "makes public and universal acknowledgment of subordination to the Son, pledging fidelity and obedience." [33:3.5 (368.5)] He, in turn, constitutes her co-ruler of his universe realm and requires all of their creature offspring "to pledge themselves in loyalty to the Spirit as they had to the Son; and there issued and went forth the final Proclamation of Equality." [33:3.6 (369.1)] Upon the Creator Son becoming a Master Son, the Mother Spirit completes her full personalization—she becomes contactable as a person; and, together, with the Master Son, they pour out their combined gift, The Spirit of Truth, which is focalized in her presence.
In the local universes even the Creators evolve: The presence of the Conjoint Actor evolves from a living power focus to the status of the divine personality of a Universe Mother Spirit; the Creator Son evolves from the nature of existential Paradise divinity to the experiential nature of supreme sovereignty. The local universes are the starting points of true evolution, the spawning grounds of bona fide imperfect personalities endowed with the freewill choice of becoming cocreators of themselves as they are to be. [116:4.8 (1272.7)]