There is a short passage of scripture that has recently leapt out at me, that I want to discuss, concerning becoming Sons of God. It comes from the heavenly treasury of light, but the dark NEVER comprehends the light. Are you conditioned to comprehend the light?
Scriptures: The King James Version of the Bible isn’t the most accurate translation of the Bible. Joseph Smith almost completed translating the entire Bible, but the church has chosen to use the King James Version instead, because there are some discrepancies between how some leaders felt about the truth, contrary to Joseph Smith. For this reason they cast out the Lectures on Faith and never sought to publish the Joseph Smith translated Bible (besides, I think that the rights to that translation belonged to someone else, and not the church). The Doctrine & Covenants have been shifted and changed by hierarchical hands over time as well, but that is not the subject matter, it’s the Bible. I have attempted multiple times a study in the old testament and new testament, but with all the translation errors, I have only experienced frustration and confusion. When the book came from the mouth of a Jew, the Book of Mormon testifies that it was accurate, but hierarchical fingers have mucked up the project, leaving it tragically handicapped.
Does that mean that the scriptures are altogether useless? NO! It will serve it’s purpose until the Lord finds it necessary to bring forth more (which has been promised). Those who have the right heart ought to be able to hear the voice of the Lord, assisting them in receiving the message being offered by the covenant fathers of the past, to recognize the voice of the Lord in covenant fathers of the present. Thus, our hearts can turn to covenant fathers “that are living,” declaring the same message as the covenant fathers of the past. The living fathers can turn their hearts to us, instructing us and sealing us up with the chains of heaven, breaking the links of the chains of hell that keep us in bondage and captivity. What is it that they declare? Christ! Christ is the only KEY! Anyone with “that key” can unlock every mystery and circumscribe both the earth and the heavens, by making all Sons of God. Consider the message in the record of John:
“6. ¶There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. [referring to John the Baptist]
7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light [Christ], that all men through him might believe.
8. He [John Baptist] was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light [Christ].
9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. [those who are of the world won’t know Him or His voice]
11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. [He was rejected of people who claimed were His- Jews and Mormons alike]
12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
John the Beloved records the events in the Book of John, but in this context it is John the Baptist who testifies of Christ. He doesn’t only say “I am not the guy,” he teaches that the one you ought to look to for life is Christ. John never instructs people to follow him. He constantly admonishes them to look to Christ and live.
John the Baptist gives a promise to those who get baptized and follow Christ in the last two quoted verses (v12-13). As many as receive Christ, to them Christ will give power to become the Sons of God. I was always taught that “I am a child of God…” But, here it states that becoming Sons of God was a privilege of POWER, bestowed upon those who receive Christ and believe on His name. They become His sons because they were born of God. It was …NOT of blood, …NOR of the will of the flesh, …NOR of the will of man. They were BORN OF GOD.
Joseph Smith Translation, Hebrews 7:3
“3. For this Melchizedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God, which order was without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life. And all those who are ordained unto this priesthood are made like unto the Son of God, abiding a priest continually.”
This knowledge comes from the treasure box of light, in the heavens, but the dark NEVER comprehends the light.
“49. The light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not; nevertheless, the day shall come when you shall comprehend even God, being quickened in him and by him.”
When is that day for you? Is it when you are older and wiser, or is it just when your hearts are finally softened by the words of Christ? Are you too dark, that you are unable to comprehend the light being offered? Or are you seeking diligently to ask, seek, and knock, to know ye the Lord. It is WE that are in question. Find confidence in the words of Christ, and Nephi will consider you a wise man! John the Baptist would label you Sons of God. Christ will refer to you as His Sheep. Be that!
Conclusion: The day of the Gentiles are ended, as the priesthood has been rested from the church in April 2013. The church no longer finds it necessary to have a general Presiding Patriarch tied to the patriarchal fathers, up through Abraham, to father Adam. They have chosen the lesser portion, seeking to sustain a prophet, seer, and revelator, to substitute in the absence of a Patriarchal Father. They have acted out of pride and ignorance, not knowing that removing a patriarchal father leaves the children no living father to turn their hearts to, and no one capable of being the father to instruct the children to return to Christ. Eldred Smith was given emeritus status on 6 Oct 1979, and died 4 Apr 2013, without a replacement Presiding Patriarch, thus disconnecting the church from the patriarchal priesthood lineage, and resting the priesthood.
The church was referred to by Joseph Smith as being identified with the Gentiles:
“60. Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified with the Gentiles.”
The day of the Gentile ended when they rejected the fulness, prophesied of:
3 Nephi 16:10-12
“10. And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel [not if, but when], and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them. [resting the priesthood is specifically taking the fulness from them]
11. And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them. [what I offer you through exercising faith unto baptism]
12. And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.”
Rise up. Awaken from your deep sleep, and arise. Take up your sword, which is the word of God. Seek to turn your hearts to the promises made to the ancient fathers, and then you might not be so offended by my words, and can hear the voice of living fathers among you. Let’s worship Christ together.