The Urantia Book-- Part IV. The Life And Teachings
PAPER 140: Section 1.
Before the formal ordination service Jesus spoke to the twelve as they were
seated about him: "My brethren, this hour of the kingdom has come. I have brought
you apart here with me to present you to the Father as ambassadors of the kingdom.
Some of you heard me speak of this kingdom in the synagogue when you first were
called. Each of you has learned more about the Father's kingdom since you have
been with me working in the cities around about the Sea of Galilee. But just
now I have something more to tell you concerning this kingdom.
"The new kingdom which my Father is about to set up in the hearts of his earth
children is to be an everlasting dominion. There shall be no end of this rule
of my Father in the hearts of those who desire to do his divine will. I declare
to you that my Father is not the God of Jew or gentile. Many shall come from
the east and from the west to sit down with us in the Father's kingdom, while
many of the children of Abraham will refuse to enter this new brotherhood of
the rule of the Father's spirit in the hearts of the children of men.
"The power of this kingdom shall consist, not in the strength of armies nor
in the might of riches, but rather in the glory of the divine spirit that shall
come to teach the minds and rule the hearts of the reborn citizens of this heavenly
kingdom, the sons of God. This is the brotherhood of love wherein righteousness
reigns, and whose battle cry shall be: Peace on earth and good will to all men.
This kingdom, which you are so soon to go forth proclaiming, is the desire of
the good men of all ages, the hope of all the earth, and the fulfillment of
the wise promises of all the prophets.
"But for you, my children, and for all others who would follow you into this
kingdom, there is set a severe test. Faith alone will pass you through its portals,
but you must bring forth the fruits of my Father's spirit if you would continue
to ascend in the progressive life of the divine fellowship. Verily, verily,
I say to you, not every one who says, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom
of heaven; but rather he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
"Your message to the world shall be: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and in finding these, all other things essential to eternal survival shall be
secured therewith. And now would I make it plain to you that this kingdom of
my Father will not come with an outward show of power or with unseemly demonstration.
You are not to go hence in the proclamation of the kingdom, saying, `it is here'
or `it is there,' for this kingdom of which you preach is God within you.
"Whosoever would become great in my Father's kingdom shall become a minister
to all; and whosoever would be first among you, let him become the server of
his brethren. But when you are once truly received as citizens in the heavenly
kingdom, you are no longer servants but sons, sons of the living God. And so
shall this kingdom progress in the world until it shall break down every barrier
and bring all men to know my Father and believe in the saving truth which I
have come to declare. Even now is the kingdom at hand, and some of you will
not die until you have seen the reign of God come in great power.
"And this which your eyes now behold, this small beginning of twelve commonplace
men, shall multiply and grow until eventually the whole earth shall be filled
with the praise of my Father. And it will not be so much by the words you speak
as by the lives you live that men will know you have been with me and have learned
of the realities of the kingdom. And while I would lay no grievous burdens upon
your minds, I am about to put upon your souls the solemn responsibility of representing
me in the world when I shall presently leave you as I now represent my Father
in this life which I am living in the flesh." And when he had finished speaking,
he stood up.