we have been given “hidden manna” as promised in Revelation 2:17.
The material self, the ego-entity of human identity, is dependent during the physical life on the continuing function of the material life vehicle, on the continued existence of the unbalanced equilibrium of energies and intellect which, on Urantia, has been given the name life. But SELFHOOD OF SURVIVAL VALUE, selfhood that can transcend the experience of death [Salvation], IS ONLY evolved by ESTABLISHING A POTENTIAL TRANSFER of the seat of the identity of the evolving personality FROM the transient life vehicle — the material body — TO the more enduring and immortal nature of the morontia SOUL and on beyond to those levels whereon THE SOUL becomes infused with, and eventually attains the status of, spirit reality. This actual transfer from material association to morontia identification IS EFFECTED BY THE SINCERITY, PERSISTENCE, AND STEADFASTNESS OF THE GOD-SEEKING DECISIONS of the human creature. (UB 112:2.20)
[“ESTABLISHING” = “Faith-Grasp“, a realization and faith partnership, the miracle of being “born again“.]
John 3:3 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Religious experience, being essentially spiritual, can never be fully understood by the material mind; hence the function of theology, the psychology of religion. The essential doctrine of the human realization of God creates a paradox in finite comprehension. It is well-nigh impossible for human logic and finite reason to harmonize the concept of divine immanence, God within and a part of every individual, with the idea of God’s transcendence, the divine domination of the universe of universes. These two essential concepts of Deity MUST BE UNIFIED IN THE FAITH-GRASP of the concept of the transcendence of a personal God and in the realization of the indwelling presence of a fragment of that God in order to justify intelligent worship and validate the hope of personality survival. The difficulties and paradoxes of religion are inherent in the fact that the realities of religion are utterly beyond the mortal capacity for intellectual comprehension.(UB 5:5.6)
“I admonish you ever to remember that your mission among men is to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom — the reality of the fatherhood of God and the truth of the sonship of man. Proclaim the whole truth of the good news, not just a part of the saving gospel. Your message is not changed by my resurrection experience. SONSHIP WITH GOD, BY FAITH, IS STILL THE SAVING TRUTH of the gospel of the kingdom. You are to go forth preaching the love of God and the service of man. That which the world needs most to know is: Men are the sons of God, and through faith they can actually realize, and daily experience, this ennobling truth. My bestowal should help all men to know that they are the children of God, but such knowledge will not suffice IF THEY FAIL PERSONALLY TO FAITH-GRASP the SAVING truth that they are the living spirit sons of the eternal Father. The gospel of the kingdom is concerned with the love of the Father and the service of his children on earth.” – Jesus (UB 193:0.4)
[“living SPIRIT SONS of the eternal Father” means that we are all Sons of God because we all have an intelligent fragment of God the Father, who is on Paradise at the center of all things, residing in our minds who continually tries to lead us to Salvation, a life after death and a path to our Paradise Father, if we so choose.]
As a reality in human spiritual experience God is not a mystery. But when an attempt is made to make plain the realities of the spirit world to the physical minds of the material order, mystery appears: mysteries so subtle and so profound that ONLY THE FAITH-GRASP of the God-knowing mortal CAN ACHIEVE the philosophic MIRACLE of the recognition of the Infinite by the finite, THE DISCERNMENT of the eternal God by the evolving mortals of the material worlds of time and space. (UB 1:4.7)
“Faith-grasp” = Salvation.
Slowly the apostles and many of the disciples were learning the meaning of Jesus’ early declaration: “UNLESS you are born again, born of the spirit, YOU CANNOT ENTER the kingdom of God.