The Path of God is more literal than symbolic. Christ constantly taught that what you see me do, you will likewise do these and more. But we have the idea stuck in our heads that “No one’s perfect.” Although that is true, reading the scriptures would tell you about “Just men made perfect.” To understand the idea, lets consider Christ’s origins, described by John the Beloved.
“11. And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.
12. And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;”
Did you hear that? Christ did not have the fulness at first, but received grace for grace. You will see later that Christ was not Firstborn at first, but because he received grace for grace, and continued from grace to grace, that is why God was so certain that Christ could fulfill the role as redeemer. This life wasn’t Christ’s first rodeo. He had previously attained the fulness of the Glory of God, according to John the Beloved.
“13. And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;
14. And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.”
By receiving the fulness, that is what gives you the title Son of God.
“15. And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son.
16. And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;
17. And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.
18. And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John.
19. I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness.”
The path being offered here is a literal invitation for all to walk. It is not figurative or symbolic. Any who literally follow Christ’s path, are tutored by Christ Himself, because who else can teach the path of Christ besides someone who has walked that path? And Christ is the ONLY person who has ever walked that path on this earth. The process for those of us who choose to walk the path that Christ has shown are those who are described by this scripture:
D&C 76:53-55, 66-69
53. And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.
54. They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.
55. They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—
66. These are they who are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly place, the holiest of all.
67. These are they who have come to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of Enoch, and of the Firstborn.
68. These are they whose names are written in heaven, where God and Christ are the judge of all.
69. These are they who are JUST MEN MADE PERFECT through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, who wrought out this perfect atonement through the shedding of his own blood.”
Although we may not be perfect when we began, since all men were given weakness, we can become JUST MEN MADE PERFECT. Christ had already done this in lives previous to this, and therefore, while we were given weakness, Christ was given the God Spirit uninhibited. The Path of God is more literal than we think!
Acquiring the knowledge from the heavens is the key to walking His Path. Forgiving sins is only a partial picture of the correct understanding of the atonement. In order for sins to be completely remitted, you must be filled with light, dispelling all darkness, so that there is no darkness within you. That cannot be done by a dash of pixie dust. It must be through a personal trainer, teaching you, tutoring you, testing you, trying you, stretching you, expanding you, until you too grow grace for grace, and from grace to grace. Christ was not only picked by God, but he was trained by God, so that He knew and could do as God knew and could do. That is not the same as we have been led to believe about calling an officer in the church, and then suddenly he has on himself a mantle, that distributes magical priesthood powers. Christ is Christ because of what he knows. He proclaimed, “I am more intelligent than them all.” So if any are to aspire to walking The Path of God, we must acquire knowledge, until we are more intelligent than them all.
The resistance of knowledge is a hardened heart. Those who are prideful cannot be taught much, if anything at all. If you are def, you’ll be unable to hear the voice of the Lord tutoring you. If you are blind, it’ll be impossible for you to see the path. If you are lame, you will not be able to walk the path, and you must suffer and die in your ignorance. But, after being put through the ringer, and you finally awake and choose to arise, you will be given a chance to do so.
2 Nephi 25:16
“16. And after they have been scattered, and the Lord God hath scourged them by other nations for the space of many generations, yea, even down from generation to generation until they shall be persuaded to believe in Christ, the Son of God, and the atonement, which is infinite for all mankind—and when that day shall come that they shall believe in Christ, and worship the Father in his name, with pure hearts and clean hands, and look not forward any more for another Messiah, then, at that time, the day will come that it must needs be expedient that they should believe these things.”
One day you-going-learn, and in that day the Lord promises to set His hand again a second time to restore His people from a lost and fallen state (I believe you are His people). And then a marvelous work and wonder will begin to come forth. We have been falsely told that this refers to the missionary work, but it is NOT true, it is when people begin to return into the presence of Christ, to be taught by him, so that they can become Saviors on Mount Zion.
The Lectures on Faith, written by Joseph Smith, taught that Christ is the prototype of all saved beings. If any are to be saved, they must be precisely what Christ is, or else not be saved. Jacob eludes to this concept, when he wishes “…that all men would believe in Christ, and view his death, and suffer his cross and bear the shame of the world;…” (Jacob 1:8). If anyone seeks to follow the path of Christ, they must atone for those whom are given them, just as Christ did for those whom God the Father gave to Him. Thus, they must witness an atonement done, and that is what Jacob wishes for all, …that they literally view Christ’s death, literally suffer Christ’s cross, and literally bear the shame of the world.
Conclusion: In church you sometimes sing a sacrament song that reads, “Savior, may I learn to love you. Walk the path that thou hast shown…” If this were so, you would study to learn the path that he walked, so that you could do the same, having overcome by faith, become a member of the church of the Firstborn, and be included in the group of JUST MEN MADE PERFECT.