Ordain (758 Words Short)

To ordain is to give both knowledge and authority to complete a task with confidence. When ordained of God, authority is the easy part; it’s the knowledge that requires all the work. Ordinances have been given to fill the gap of ignorance, with knowledge that saves a man. Once we have established a house of order, angels can get involved, to prepare you for the fullness, before entering into the rest of God.

To ordain is to give both “knowledge” and “authority” to complete a task with confidence. When both knowledge and authority exist, a person is ordained of God. Without one or the other, they have no power. Servants of God (angels) assist in giving knowledge (scripture/revelation/dreams/visions/visitations/etc.), but God alone authorizes. Whenever knowledge of God is obtained, authority to act on it quickly follows. Authority can be given without knowledge, but there is no POWER without knowledge. Oliver Cowdery was given authority to translate, and he though that the knowledge was automatic. He was reprimanded because he took no thought save it were to ask (D&C 9:8). The real work isn’t in getting authorized, it’s in obtaining knowledge.

When ordained of God, authority is the easy part; it’s the knowledge that requires all the work. When Moses was taken, along with the higher priesthood, the lesser priesthood contained the keys of the ministering of angels. The purpose of the angels are to bridge the gap between your state of ignorance and where you must be in order to be prepared to receive the fulness of God’s glory.

Moroni 7:20-22,

“20. And now, my brethren, how is it possible that ye can lay hold upon every good thing?

21. And now I come to that faith, of which I said I would speak; and I will tell you the way whereby ye may lay hold on every good thing.

22. For behold, God knowing all things, being from everlasting to everlasting, behold, he sent angels to minister unto the children of men, to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ; and in Christ there should come every good thing.”

To lay hold upon every good thing requires that you receive knowledge from messengers that are sent from God. When Adam offered sacrifices, seeking messengers from God, the first one who responded was Satan. Satan offered philosophies of men, and he used the scriptures to justify the philosophies of men. That requires you to develop the skill of “knowing” the difference between messengers of God or someone mixing scriptures up with the philosophies of men. It was accounted as faith, and the prescribed way to lay hold upon every good thing, to develop the skill to recognize messengers of God.

Moroni 7:29-33

“29. …neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men.

30. For behold, they [the angels] are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves [the angels] unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.

31. And the office of their [the angel’s] ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him. [what the angels are trying to accomplish]

32. And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.

33. And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.

A person must have strong faith and a firm mind. Not only must they acquire the knowledge to express strong faith, but they must act upon that knowledge, against all odds, to acquire a firm mind. And that is how God prepares men like you and me to receive the word of Christ, in preparation to bear testimony of Christ (this testimony is coming into His presence in the flesh). Then, and only then, can we obtain POWER! (v33).

Conclusion: There’s more to the gospel than “Have a nice day!” There’s work to be done. The work is acquiring the knowledge offered in scriptures, by servants, and by angels who are ministered to this calling. Lets get to work.

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