Episode:Last Ministry of the Master—Jesus' Final Tour (Part 8)

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July 27, 2021 [Paper 171:0.4-2.6, p. 1867]

On counting the cost of discipleship, Jesus said: "From now on you will not be able to follow after us, listening to the teaching and beholding the works; you will be required to face bitter persecutions and to bear witness for this gospel in the face of crushing disappointment. If you are unwilling to renounce all that you are and to dedicate all that you have, then are you unworthy to be my disciple."

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Keywords: Urantia, Jesus, Cup of Bitterness, Cup of Humiliation, Cup of Death

Notes by Brad

  • Being a serious student
    • "If you have already conquered yourself in your own heart..." is a key phrase from this episode.
      • It sums up the need to get all pollution out of the inner life
      • And be born again again.
    • Don't read Part IV and tut-tut at the apostles so quickly. Look in the mirror.
      • Don't take the Pharisaic stance when reading this.
      • Humbly submit yourself to scrutiny. What false assumptions are you unquestioningly loyal to, but also blindly unaware of?
      • Spirit ministry can help you uncover these. It might be the only ministry than can.
      • But it takes humility.
    • Some degree of unquestioning loyalty is required for religion.
      • But it's easy to be unquestioningly loyal to something that is false.
      • But careful! If you throw out evolutionary religion and discount all other forms of religion, all that's left to be unquestioningly loyal to is some secular object.
      • Please don't make it Marxism. If you must be unquestioningly loyal to some secular object, with a religious zeal, maybe make it a sports team or something.
      • Better yet: don't do this. Keep religious loyalty for God and God alone.

  • Love is, at first and at its highest level of meaning, personal realization of divine fellowship.
  • It's initiated as absolute individuality. No other beings, no time, no space, no cosmos, no whole.
  • So you don't stay there! It gets reciprocated and radiates outward in a sphere of truth.
  • Have you had a personal realization of divine fellowship? Born again, truly, as the 5th ER explains it to be?

  • Someone says they are "born again"--they are announcing they have unquestioning loyalty and wholehearted devotion... to those supreme values held up by that religion.
    • They are putting themselves into a genuine potentiality. So there IS a valid religious life there.
    • And yet, these evolutionary religions are founded in the outer life. Religions of matter and possibly mind, but not religions of spirit.
    • Their supreme values are so-called.
    • The 5th ER dares us to aim higher.

  • Seek first the kingdom of heaven--the inner life
    • The inner life is completely divorced from the senses. The material world. The mind's engagement of that material world.
    • The real inner life stands above, aloof, from all this.
    • Set a guard upon your inner life.
      • Don't be content until all pollution of your inner life with outer life stuff is eliminated
      • The outer life is very alluring.
      • Consider helping someone in need. They're open, they accept, you help, and they benefit. Sounds joyous, doesn't it? Yes! But these are only feelings.
      • The inner life is entirely aloof from all these genuine feelings of joy you might experience.
      • The Christian church extols this as the highest good--they call it "being Christian."
      • Paper 170 would call this evil. Yikes.
    • Evil is a spirit word--it's not what you're thinking: evil being in the outer life.
    • Seek this domain. Find it. And once you've really found it, you'll be born again, turn around, and be of true service.
    • Today, unlike Jesus time, it's much easier for the inner life to be polluted
      • Things get spiritized these days. Drug up into the inner life where they should not be.

  • Can you start anew? Not engage what you've always engaged?
    • Almost no one knows they have this inner life, much less availing themselves of it.
    • "I was born again when I was 15 in the church."
      • Yes, in the evolutionary sense that is valid. A bottom-up fashion. An emotional experience no doubt.
      • But in the 5th ER sense, it's about being born again again. A top-down fashion.
    • Can your ego and pride get out of the way and strive to be born again again?
      • Bringing in a reflection of the cosmos as the reference instead of some established authority offered you from the outer life.

  • After all this time, James and John Zebedee not only didn't understand the kingdom, they actually let their mom ask Jesus to given them favored seats in this new kingdom.

  • Jesus will be publicly humiliated. Have you ever?
    • We all have to take that. But for a Creator Son to take it when he could have commanded legions of angels to avoid it? Remarkable self control, in deference to the Father's will.

  • The apostles hear "lay down my life", they applied the old wineskin of sin, sacrifice, and atonement.
    • They heard "lay down my life to be a paschal lamb for the remission of sins" or such.
  • Jesus consecrated himself to the initiating state of the Father's will.
    • Not all the subsequent outworking details the supremacy was working out.
    • That explains why the "cup of death" could be, in truth, the Father's will.
    • This is a 5th ER interpretation of Jesus life. Not a ghost cult interpretation
    • Are you interested in this interpretation? You need to understand supremacy, Mother deity, the whole revelation, to really get it.

  • "My kingdom is not of this world" is heard is "my kingdom is definitely of this world."
    • How is this possible??
    • All of us have a tendency to flip things 180 degrees. And have no clue we are doing it
      • Because we are not objectively assimilating the words.
      • Because we have a willful grip on something we wish were true rather than what is.
      • Like the kid who is sure his high-school crush like him, despite everything she says to the exact contrary.
    • Don't mock these folks who were following Jesus. Instead, look in the mirror and ask "How am I dense in the exact same way?"
    • There is no off switch to the energy of the 6th adjutant.
      • Add in the 3rd adjutant mind-spirit and you get "unquestioning loyalty."

  • The specific words say "If you are unwilling to renounce all that you are and to dedicate all that you have, then are you unworthy to be my disciple," but the philosophic point is timeless
    • You must be truly born again again.
    • If your own family has pitched their tent in a tabernacle of darkness, you must forsake them lest they drag you down and prevent you from being born again.
    • Note: The U.S. Declaration of Independence ends with essentially this same "forsake all" notion. They knew about their inner lives.
      • Do you?