The Paradise Trinity
Notwithstanding there is only one Deity, there are three positive and divine personalizations of Deity. Regarding the endowment of man with the divine — indwelling Spirit Being — Adjusters, the Father said: “Let us make mortal man in our own image.” Repeatedly throughout our Urantian writings there occurs this reference to the acts and doings of plural Deity, clearly showing recognition of the existence and working of the three Sources and Centers.
The Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit are unique persons, none is a duplicate; each is original; all are united. God speaks through the Son, and, with the Son, acts through the Infinite Spirit, while in all universe activities the Son and the Spirit are exquisitely fraternal, working as two equal brothers with admiration and love for an honored and divinely respected common Father.
The Universal Father, prior to His self-willed divestment of the personality, powers, and attributes which constitute the Son and the Spirit, seems to have been (philosophically considered) an unqualified, absolute, and infinite Deity.
But such a theoretical First Source and Center without a Son could not in any sense of the word be considered the Universal Father; fatherhood is not real without sonship. Furthermore, the Father, to have been absolute in a total sense, must have existed at some eternally distant moment alone.
But He never had such a solitary existence; the Son and the Spirit are both co-eternal with the Father. The First Source and Center has always been, and will forever be, the eternal Father of the Original Son and, with the Son, the eternal progenitor of the Infinite Spirit.
In bestowing absoluteness of personality upon the Eternal Son, the Universal Father escapes from the fetters of personality absolution, but in so doing He takes a step which makes it forever impossible for Him to act alone as the personality-absolute. And with the final personalization of co-existent Deity — the Conjoint Actor — there ensues the critical trinitarian interdependence of the three divine personalities with regard to the totality of Deity function in absolute. As total Deity, God the Father functions only in the Paradise Trinity.
Eternal Deity is perfectly unified; nevertheless, there are three perfectly individualized person of Deity. The Paradise Trinity makes possible the simultaneous expression of all the diversity of the character traits and infinite powers of the First Source and Center and his eternal coordinates and of all the divine unity of the universe functions of undivided Deity.
The Trinity is an association of infinite persons functioning in a non-personal capacity but not in contravention of personality. The illustration is crude, but a father, son, and grandson could form a corporate entity which would be non-personal but nonetheless subject to their personal wills.
The functions of the Paradise Trinity are not simply the sum of the Father’s apparent endowment of divinity plus those specialized attributes that are unique in the personal existence of the Son and the Spirit. The Trinity association of the three Paradise Deities results in the evolution, eventuation, and deitization of new meanings, values, powers, and capacities for universal revelation, action, and administration. Living associations, human families, social groups, or the Paradise Trinity are not augmented by mere arithmetical summation. The group potential is always far in excess of the simple sum of the attributes of the component individuals.
The Paradise Trinity is real. It exists as the Deity union of Father, Son, and Spirit; yet the Father, the Son, or the Spirit, or any two of them, can function in relation to this selfsame Paradise Trinity.
The Father, Son, and Spirit can collaborate in a non- Trinity manner, but not as three Deities. As persons they can collaborate as they choose, but that is not the Trinity.
The Universal Father, the Eternal Son, and the Infinite Spirit are, in a certain sense, the constituent personalities of total Deity. Their union in the Paradise Trinity and the absolute function of the Trinity equivalate to the function of total Deity. While no single person of the Paradise Deities actually fills all Deity potential, collectively all three do.
Ever remember that what the Infinite Spirit does is the function of the Conjoint Actor. Both the Father and the Son are functioning in and through and as him. But it would be futile to attempt to elucidate the Trinity mystery -three as one and in one, and one as two and acting for two — to our present human minds, for the Trinity functions on all levels of the cosmos, and we present mortals are currently limited to the finite level; therefore, must we now be content with a finite concept of the Trinity as the Trinity. Therefore, as a mortal in the flesh you should view the Trinity in accordance with your individual enlightenment and in harmony with the reactions of your mind and soul.
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