The purpose of the Bab’s Covenant

RoseThe whole purpose of the Dispensation of the Bab was to prepare the whole world (“TABLET TO THE FIRST LETTER OF THE LIVING This is that which We have revealed for the First Believer in Him Whom God shall make manifest, that it may serve as an admonition from Our presence unto all mankind. – The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 7), and His followers in particular, for the coming of Baha’u’llah.

As the Bab was submissive to the Will of God, He was equally submissive to Baha’u’llah:

I, indeed, beg to address Him Whom God shall make manifest, by Thy leave in these words: ‘Shouldst Thou dismiss the entire company of the followers of the Bayan in the Day of the Latter Resurrection by a mere sign of Thy finger even while still a suckling babe, Thou wouldst indeed be praised in Thy indication.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 6)

because the Bab was clearly aware of the unique station of Baha’u’llah:

“Know thou of a certainty that whenever thou makest mention of Him Whom God shall make manifest, only then art thou making mention of God.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 80)

Thus to submit to God is to submit to Baha’u’llah:

“And know thou of a certainty that by Paradise is meant recognition of and submission unto Him Whom God shall make manifest, and by the fire the company of such souls as would fail to submit unto Him or to be resigned to His good-pleasure.”

(The Bab, Selections from the Writings of the Bab, p. 82)

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