What if our traditional line of priesthood keys is not only complex to understand, but perhaps is overstating the fundamental truth. Just thinking out loud here! Don’t get all hu hu with me yet. I admit, I could be way off base. But then again, I might be right. Here me out. We talk a lot about having “the priesthood keys.” We define the priesthood keys as the authority given to certain persons to distribute a certain level of priesthood responsibility and authority. Key holders include: Deacons, Teachers, Elders Quorum Presidents, Bishops, Stake Presidents, Apostles and Prophets. Other auxiliaries may exercise certain keys when authorized. But what are keys about anyway?
I am going to suggest that we, the flesh, have taken a simple concept and over complicated it. I’m going to suggest that there is only one key, not multiple keys. That key is Christ! What if, In order to obtain that sealing key, you must obtain the presence of Christ in the flesh? It is by Christ’s power that all things are sealed, and it is Christ that is the key that unlocks the powers of heaven.
What about the use of the plural: key’s? The key (Christ) was never intended to be held by only one man. All men are invited to “seek my face and know that I am” (D&C 93:1). Instead, the sealing key was intended to be given to all men who would come unto Christ. The definition of Zion is: Christ dwelling in your presence in the flesh- then you can be of one heart and one mind, because, having received Christ, you now obtain the heart and mind of God.
Moses tried to build Zion by offering the key (Christ) to the House of Israel. He tried to sanctify the House of Israel, but they refused to be sanctified and did not enter into His presence to obtain their key. Joseph Smith tried to provide the same blessing for the saints in Nauvoo, but the saints were distracted by their earthly gains on the Mississippi River, that they could not finish the temple in “sufficient time.” Thus the Lord had not a place on the earth by which He could come and dwell among the saints. You see, all who enter Zion have Christ dwelling among them. John 14 says that God and Christ will make their abode with Zion. Thus, in a Zion community, there are many who hold the key (Christ), thus that Zion community has keys (plural holders)!
I know that this blog is probably going to be shot down as negative, but… oh well, have at it.
As I re-read 1 Nephi 13 and 2 Nephi 28, these scriptures are written for the saints more than they are written for the rest of the world of non-members. On my mission I thought only non-members would say “A Bible, a Bible, we have got a Bible, we have no more need for another Bible.” But the whole church is under condemnation because we rest our scriptures and think we need no more Bible other than the one we have (and don’t read). These are the very same people who claim that all is well in Zion, when all is not well. Those who have once received the new and everlasting covenant, even the Book of Mormon, but have rejected opening it (to know it’s contents), will find themselves under condemnation. They find themselves “…at ease in Zion.” They claim to believe in a merciful and understanding God. What they really mean, is a god that allows certain truths to slip by un-noticed, and unaccounted for. He will give us a few stripes (a slap on the wrist), but in the end, “all is well.”
2 Nephi 28:30
” 30. For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.”
Did you catch that? Those who receive what is given, will be given more. You get more scriptures if you read the ones you have. But those who reject the scriptures they already have, from them will the scriptures be taken away. Besides, if they didn’t read the ones they already had, they really don’t want more, right? …If you don’t read them, you’ll loose them. Like Alma said, “till they know nothing of the mysteries of God, and this is called the chains of hell.” (Alma 12:11).
Joseph Smith identified the gentiles as the members of our church, they who descended from the European nations and came to America. They are the same people who, under the judgement of God and with His power, scattered blood Israel (the remnant of the House of Jacob- Native Americans, Polynesians, Latin Americans, etc.). The end of the day of the gentile will be when the gentiles (the LDS church) reject the fullness of the priesthood. Then will the remnant of the house of Jacob (the blood Israel) go forth from among them as a lion amongst the beasts of the forest. And if the gentiles do not repent, then the blood Israel will go through and tred them down like lions among the lambs.
When we accept the tradition of keys held and passed on by man, that power will not stand a chance against a remnant of Jacob with “The Key.” The remnant of Jacob that remain, will be made of those who know the Lord personally (they’ll have a key).
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel [remnant of the house of Jacob]; After those days [day of the gentile ended], saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts[one heart and one mind-God’s]; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
[comments within these brackets are my comments, not part of the scripture]
The gospel, the good message, the good news, is nothing more then an invitation to come unto Jesus, to know God, to return to the presence of the Lord in the flesh. Anything less has no power in itself. The invitation to the wedding feast (to be sealed up unto Christ) is in the words of Christ. Those who cast it away and consider it not, are those who are still under the condemnation of Zion, and cannot enter into the wedding feast.
However, those who know the words of Christ, not only escape the condemnation in D&C 84:55, but they will be able to understand the communication of the Angels, because the Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, wherefore they speak the words of Christ. You must know the words of Christ to be able to receive the instructions filled with the further light and knowledge we are seeking, delivered by messengers sent by our Father. Christ stated that if they will not hear the words that are set forth by His servants (the Angels), they would not hear Him if He were to speak to them directly.
It is our privilege to be of the seed of the remnant of the House of Jacob, even the descendants of Lehi, whom the entire Book of Mormon is addressed. Let us receive the invitation to be sanctified, by reading the invitation to the wedding feast, even the new and everlasting covenant, the Book of Mormon and the other scriptures which He has given us.
There… I said it. Now, what say ye?