Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Saved by grace and living far beneath our privileges part 4

Yes, it is by grace that we are saved. Particularly by the very privileges that we live far beneath. Those are the graces that are meant to save us. Can we read the following verses and believe them?

D&C 76:116 Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;
117 To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;
118 That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

Are these not privileges that knowingly, and without concern, we live far beneath?

Would you and I not be better off to live as "those who love him, and purify themselves before him". If we did so, would he not do as he says:

D&C 76:117 To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;
118 That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

Does it not say "while in the flesh"? What could be plainer? Such is a gift. It is the grace of god. We cannot grant it to ourselves. 

And is it not granted for the purpose of saving us?

It cannot force us, and indeed, Sidney Rigdon, who saw this same vision, fell away. But if we read of Christ:

D&C 93:12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;
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.

Can we not see that if Christ was saved by such graces, continuing from grace to grace, until he received a fulness, that it is the very system of salvation?


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