Monday, January 7, 2013

Live By Every Word (part three)

More on revelation and how it works, in the Doctrine and Covenants the Lord explains the process. Here are two very important verses to help us to understand the importance of keeping the commandments and living by every word that comes from God:

 D&C  130:18-19
 18 Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection.
 19 And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come.


D&C  93:36
 36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.

And again,

D&C  84:44-46
 44 For you shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.
 45 For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
 46 And the Spirit giveth light to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit.

 These are very important principles to help us understand the "physics" of the Spirit and revelation. 

It appears that everything that God reveals to us has light attached to it or associated with it.  When the Spirit prompts us and we follow that prompting we will end up with more light.  Studying the scriptures with the Spirit will bring greater light into us.  At this time the light is hidden and not detected because of the gross nature of our physical telestial bodies.  Nevertheless, it is there and as long as we are in harmony with the laws of God our spirits and bodies will hold onto and retain this light.  In the end our glory becomes whatever degree of light and truth we allowed into our systems and will rise with us in the resurrection.  Every commandment we keep, every prompting of the Spirit we obey will bring us greater light and truth and glory in the resurrection. 

Pay close attention to these instructions of the Lord:

 D&C  93:23-37
 23 Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth;
 24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;
 25 And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning.
 26 The Spirit of truth is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;
 27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.
 28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.
 29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be.
 30 All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.
 31 Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning (light and truth) is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light.
 32 And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation.
 33 For man is spirit. The elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy;
 34 And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy.
 35 The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple.
 36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
 37 Light and truth forsake that evil one.

So, we have been taught by the Lord that we were in the beginning and we are the Spirit of Truth and the Light of Truth.  Therefore, we are capable of receiving light and truth until we have received it in full.  That then becomes our glory in the resurrection.  Keeping the commandments puts us in some kind of harmony or resonance with light and truth therefore we hold onto it and retain it.  Sin causes a loss of light as well as rejecting light when it is offered to you by way of prompting, revelations, commandments, etc. 

D&C  93:39
 39 And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.

Therefore, we lose light by disobedience and by accepting false doctrine and false traditions.  That is why Satan is so interested in corrupting the education system and true history.  That we he can keep even good people from accepting light and truth by corrupting the system that delivers truth. 

Notice verses 31 and 32 above.  When men do not receive the light it becomes their condemnation. 

Even treating truth lightly brings darkness to our minds which becomes our condemnation because we have lost the light that goes with it, as the Lord pointed out in these next verses:

D&C  84:54-57
 54 And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received--
 55 Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
 56 And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
 57 And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written--

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