Continuing on from the last post, I pray for the Spirit to help me share some things in a way that will be plain. Some things I share may be known by some of you, and to others of you these ideas may sound like foolishness and far-fetched. Either way for the first time I have been told by the Spirit to write and share everything that I will, so whether received or not, here we go…
To begin there are a few things that I have to share in order to make sense of the big picture. The first is what I have learned about the atonement. We are told so often that we cannot comprehend that Supreme act, and I agree, but hopefully this might bring a little more understanding for those willing to receive it. (And by that I mean receive it by confirmation from the Holy Ghost)
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
– John 17:19-26
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 1:5
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
– Philippians 1:19-20
There are a lot of different scriptures that could be referenced but one more will suffice.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
– John 15:1-8
One night I had a very powerful experience. The Lord showed me and told me plainly that during the atonement, Jesus Christ gave his whole soul for us. This sounds simple right? The thing is that God gave me understanding concerning this. We know He suffered for our sins and somehow it was given to Him to understand us perfectly. He bore our griefs and sorrows, our pains and sicknesses both physically and spiritually. What if I told you that He not only “did” that, but is doing it right now?
Not only was Christ’s body torn, but his very soul was. It was divided and given to every single person who belongs to the family of God on this earth. A portion of Christ, even His very essence and spirit, was placed upon each of us… A seed of His perfection was planted in each of us…. This portion of Him lives and feels and understands EVERYTHING that we are going through, because He is going through it with us! Right now.
Jesus Christ was willing to give Everything he had been given of the Father. The substance of spirit that He had attained, all His glory, He gave to each of us, so that we could be redeemed. By doing this, and experiencing everything we all go through on this earth, He became the perfect Judge, the perfect Mediator, and because of the perfection of His soul, our own spirits can be enlightened and redeemed by HIS righteousness and perfection. I know this might oppose everything you have been taught, but I know it is true. When Jesus said “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”, it is often said that Christ had to experience the complete loss of the spirit. This is true, but I have also been told the very last bit of the Light that God had given Him had been imparted to the last person that it was given to. Christ knew that it was finished, and gave up the Ghost.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
– Acts 13:2
They “ministered to the Lord”? Have you ministered to Him? A true fast is when we feed the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us, that portion of Him that He has blessed us with, and purge the body and our appetites so His Spirit can grow within us.
This truth clarifies so many things in the scriptures, including the sacrament. The bread and wine are distributed to the disciples of Christ, which we know represent His body and blood, given to us by the atonement. Now think of this. Have you ever wondered why during the sacrament prayers why we ask the Father to “bless and sanctify THE BREAD”, and “bless and sanctify THE WINE to the souls…” Earlier in life I wondered why we didn’t pray to bless and sanctify THE SOULS of those who partake of the bread and wine….
Now it is clear. The bread and wine represent the portion of Christ that has been given to each of us, and each time we partake of the sacrament worthily, that portion of Christ within us (bread and wine which is ingested and becomes one with us) sanctifies us and grows a little bit more.
Ok so that was a long explanation of just one principle. The next principle pertains to the Spirit of the Lord, or the Spirit of God. Granted the scriptures reference “the spirit” in many ways and some terms can be used interchangeably, so I am not claiming this to be an absolute rule in the scriptures, but the “Spirit” has taught me that the Spirit of the Lord is greater than the Holy Ghost.
When Abinadi received the Spirit of the Lord the evil priests could not lay hands upon him, and “…his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’…” – Mosiah 13:5-6
When the Spirit of God was upon Nephi, his brothers could not touch him lest they should wither and die, and his brothers went from mocking him and refusing to help him build a boat, to literally bowing down to the earth to worship him. Nephi said that the power was so great that it his frame had no strength. He could have commanded the water to be earth, and it would have been done if God desired… 1 Nephi 17:47-55
Samuel the Lamanite obtained this Spirit on the wall, Ammon could see the thoughts of the King and could not be slain, people have been “conveyed away” by this Spirit, and the list goes on and on and on.
Why am I sharing all of these things? After all, this post was supposed to be about the Savior manifesting Himself unto us in the flesh. Some of you no doubt have started to put things together. When the brother of Jared saw the Lord, he was told by the God of the earth that he was “redeemed from the fall.” – Ether 3:13
Moroni in his sermon on charity tells us to pray with all of the energy of our hearts that “when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure.” – Moroni 7:48
Paul taught that we now “see through a glass (mirror looking at ourselves) darkly, but then face to face, now we know in part, but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” 1 Cor 13:12
When Nephi said “in the flesh,” it did not just mean we will see the Savior while we are mortal, or see Him in His flesh with our eyes, He meant that Christ would manifest Himself both by his appearance, and within OUR OWN flesh.
“….I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
How many times have we heard the question, “Why do we get baptized in the name of all three?” Why not just in the name of Christ? (Christ does own all three of those names). What I am sharing right now is that we can be baptized by the Holy Ghost, and we can be baptized by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Our flesh can become sanctified line upon line until His very Spirit can abide in us, in our flesh. This is all over the scriptures. This is redemption. This is when we literally “take the name of Christ upon us”.
King Benjamin in his Sermon, while the Spirit of the Lord rested upon him, gave us a name and said that we WOULD BE CALLED by that name. The name was none other than Jesus Christ, the God of this earth. King Benjamin was not lying or being cute. God will literally call you by the name of Jesus Christ. Oh how this changes our view on doing “all things in the name of Christ.” Did you know that in the true order of prayer we pray literally “in the name of Jesus to the Father?” In the true order of prayer Jesus is praying through us to His Father.
Remember the Nephites who prayed to Jesus in 3 Nephi 19:18 AFTER they had received the Holy Ghost? Then Jesus went a little way from them and prayed to the Father and during that prayer said “Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they believe in me; and thou seest that they believe in me because thou hearest them, and they pray unto me; and they pray unto me BECAUSE I AM WITH THEM!” and then He prayed that “I may be in them as thou, Father, art in me, that we may be one.”
There are so many things that we could discuss further. I challenge any readers to pray about this, think on it when you study the scriptures. I know it is true. I also know that when Christ appear to men in the flesh that they are redeemed. This is transfiguration, if this lasts, (which it will for all who remain during the millennium) this is translation.
The 144,000 will receive the name of Jesus Christ, they will be sealed unto God, and overcome the elements of the world through our great Redeemer. This will happen soon! There are many living today, men and women, who will be the firstfruits of God and enter His presence, and then minister to others. I know it. Jesus Christ is the Might of the mighty, the Strength of the strong, the glory of us all.
Now back to the scripture In John 15. Christ taught that He was the vine and we are the branches. He taught that all of God’s children were the branches, but that those who did not bear fruit and abide in the vine, would eventually be cast off. The Spirit will not always strive with man. The time of judgment is near. Even now the Lord is withdrawing the spirit (even the portion of Himself that He gave for us) from the wicked. That portion is being given to those who love and trust in the Lord. You have probably felt it.
As the Spirit of Christ is withdrawn from men, it also gives the adversary power to enter in. Evil spirits that have been held at bay will take complete control of the bodies of those who have rejected the Spirit of the Lord. Soon the world will be entirely polarized. I know the Lord is preparing each of us. God bless us all with the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of Adonai, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
In the next post I will go into what is entailed when one is SENT by God.
P.S. On a lighter note, don’t you think a song like this would be cool to hear in church?