The Purpose of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant: Introduction & Overview

The Covenant, as an instrument designed to direct and channel the forces of the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh, possesses tremendous power. “There is a power in this Cause,” ‘Abdu’l-Bahá states, “a mysterious power—far, far, far away from the ken of men and angels; that invisible power is the cause of all these outward activities. It moves the hearts. It rends the mountains. It administers the complicated affairs of the Cause. It inspires the friends. It dashes into a thousand pieces all the forces of opposition. It creates new spiritual worlds.”1 “If it is considered with insight,” He also notes, “it will be seen that all the forces of the universe, in the last analysis serve the Covenant.”2

The power of the Covenant is channeled for a purpose. The ultimate purpose is, as previously stated, the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. In this lesson we will see how the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh (including the Covenant made by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá) works to build the Kingdom by promoting the fortunes of the Faith.

Overview

The future posts regarding the purpose of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant  will explore the following:

Shoghi Effendi described four purposes of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant:

• to “perpetuate the influence” of the Faith;
• to “insure its integrity;”
• to “safeguard it from schism”; and
• to “stimulate its world-wide expansion.”3

Notes:

1 The Power of the Covenant, Part I, intro.
2 Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 228
3 God Passes By 244-45

*Part of the Series: The Covenant Deepening – Its Meaning and Origin

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