Monday, May 2, 2016

Ponderize D&C 84:19-22 (10-16 April 2016)

 19 And this greater priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the key of the knowledge of God.
 20 Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest.
 21 And without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;
 22 For without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
D&C 84:19-22

My Thoughts: 
The mysteries of the kingdom is the knowledge of God.  Why is this a mystery?  If we look at the world today, most people do not have an understanding of who God really is.  Without this, how can people come to know and worship him?  To most of the world the knowledge of God is a mystery.  We come to know God through the power of the priesthood and by participating in the ordinances of the priesthood.  What do the ordinances do?  They allow us to overcome physical and spiritual death and receive salvation and exaltation.  
I have always  thought that the word “live" in verse 22 was speaking of physical death or that we needed the authority of the priesthood to see God while in mortality.  However, as I pondered this scripture another thought came to me.  What if this statement about seeing God is not limited to this life?  What if the scripture is referring to spiritual death?  When you consider it in that context, you begin to understand the scripture a bit better, because without the priesthood and the ordinances of God we are cut of from his presence.  Hence, we die spiritually.  

Quote: 
     The Book of Mormon teaches that those who diligently seek shall have “the mysteries of God … unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost.” (1 Ne. 10:19; see also 1 Cor. 2:4–16; Alma 18:35; D&C 121:26.) The prophet Jacob declared the impossibility of uninspired man’s understanding God: “No man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God.” (Jacob 4:8.)
     The Lord’s prescribed methods of acquiring sacred knowledge are very different from the methods used by those who acquire learning exclusively by study. For example, a frequent technique of scholarship is debate or adversarial discussion, a method with which I have had considerable personal experience. But the Lord has instructed us in ancient and modern scriptures that we should not contend over the points of his doctrine. (See 3 Ne. 11:28–30; D&C 10:63.) Those who teach the gospel are instructed not to preach with “wrath” or “strife” (D&C 60:14; see also 2 Tim. 2:23–25), but in “mildness and in meekness” (D&C 38:41), “reviling not against revilers” (D&C 19:30). Similarly, techniques devised for adversary debate or to search out differences and work out compromises are not effective in acquiring gospel knowledge. Gospel truths and testimony are received from the Holy Ghost through reverent personal study and quiet contemplation.
     In the scriptures, the Lord has specified how we learn by faith. We must be humble, cultivate faith, repent of our sins, serve our fellowmen, and keep the commandments of God. (See Ether 12:27; D&C 1:28; D&C 12:8; D&C 50:28; D&C 63:23; D&C 136:32–33.) As the Book of Mormon says, “Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God.” (Alma 26:22.) (Dallin H. Oaks, “Alternative Voices”, April 1989 LDS General Conference) 

Cross References

No comments:

Post a Comment