Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (KJV Gal 3:7-9)
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (Gal 3: 14, 16)
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3: 27-9)
In other words, to receive the covenants and promises given unto Abraham that is promised unto his seed, it is received by you coming unto Christ, becoming Christ’s seed. You become Christ’s when you have been spiritually begotten of Him (Mosiah 5:7).
Come unto Christ and repent, enter into this covenant with Him that He has made unto you this day, even a new and everlasting covenant of baptism. Show forth your willingness to follow Christ by entering the waters of baptism with a full purpose of heart as the sign of your repentance, and by your godly walk demonstrate your faith by your obedience to His commandments and seek to hearken to His voice in all ways – You say you do not hear Him, yet, while this may be true, you have His words in the Holy Scriptures and you should feast upon them for they will tell you all the things that you should do, and show forth to Him that you will be true and faithful. Take upon you the name of Christ always, for if you are His you shall not be known by any other name but His. See that in all ways, in all things, that you remain steadfast, true and faithful to the Lord; that you betray Him not – that you may be numbered among the household of faith even the church of Jesus Christ.
For this is His church:
Therefore, I will unfold unto them this great mystery; behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church. Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me; therefore he is not of my church. (D&C 10:64, 67-68)
For behold, this is my church; whosoever is baptized shall be baptized unto repentance. And whomsoever ye receive shall believe in my name; and him will I freely forgive.” (Mosiah 26:22)
…Behold there are save two churches only; the one is the church of the Lamb of God, and the other is the church of the devil; wherefore, whoso belongeth not to the church of the Lamb of God belongeth to that great church, which is the mother of abominations; and she is the whore of all the earth. (1 Nephi 14:10)
This is the covenant the Lord has promised you, unto you who repent and are baptized in His name and you shall be numbered among His church; and become the seed of Abraham even Christs and are a covenant body with Him.
There is no man or person between you and Lord. While a servant of God must baptize you, this is true, it must be one who has received His authority to administer in this ordinance, not just any person can administer this ordinance. There are many today who claim this authority who themselves have not repented and come unto Christ and by their works they practice abominations before the Lord, their hands are not clean and they have hearts that are not pure.
There is nothing else that a man can perform for you besides administering to you this ordinance and other ordinances of the gospel, which ordinances are given to point you to Christ, which show you the way and how you may approach Christ Jesus and receive.
For that person who is sent, is sent to expound the Lord’s message and declare the gospel of repentance to you, which shows that every person must repent and become as a little child (Matt. 18:3). For no more doctrine shall be given unto you until Jesus Christ shall manifest Himself personally in the flesh to you, for He shall declare it (2 Nephi 32:6), and whatsoever He shall say to you to do, see that you do it. This is an important part for if any shall come declaring more or less than what He has said is His doctrine and should they establish it for His doctrine, they cometh of evil (3 Nephi 11:31-40). Take note, and trust not in the arm of flesh, repent, and come unto Christ. Be patient and stay the course for His is the sure path. He is the way, this is His work and His kingdom.
These things are repeated here and given to show you the way, so that you may be guarded against those who would teach of Christ, profess Christ, and who do many works in the name of Christ even to deceive the elect if they could (the elect being those who have received their calling and election made sure) but who are inwardly wolves and full of iniquity, who teach a different way – who will at that day claim: Lord have we not done all these things in your name, even miracles and He will cast them out from His midst, for they are workers of iniquity! (Matt 7:21-23)
You and yours must repent. It is really that simple. Getting wet is not enough. If you did not enter into a covenant with the Lord when you were baptized then to what end were you baptized in the first place? Did you not seek that you should show forth the sign of your repentance and willingness to follow Him in hopes that you would retain for yourselves a remission of your sins? If you did. Then what is it that you seek that He has not already done for you and promised? Did He not say that if you should repent and keep His commandments that He would baptize you with fire and that you shall receive the Holy Ghost and that you shall be numbered among His church, which is a covenant body of believers who likewise have come unto Christ! If you have not received these things after you have been baptized it is because you do not believe and it is because you do not keep His commandments, nor do you care for the poor and needy who seek relief; and you suppose that He should just give it to you just because, just because you have been baptized! Have you forgotten that you must continue on, walking in all holiness before the Lord and that you should seek, ask and knock! Did He not promise you that if you should do these things, repenting of your sins – seeking, asking and knocking that He would come to you and answer you! Believe it! For Satan teaches you to believe it not or that there is some other way to come unto the Lord or that the Lord would justify a little sin here and a little sin there. Know this, there is no other way to come unto Christ than the way in which He the Lord has declared. For should you repent and come unto Christ, ye are His and are believers of Christ and are His church.
Man complicates the message of Christ and binds you to their beliefs and traditions and God seeing that agency is good and that man should use it and it does please Him, He knowing that soon as you put your trust in a man that you by and by will be lead away from Him. He then sends forth messengers to call you back to Christ to see if you will be true and faithful to the Lord, or will you follow after that man who teaches of Christ and preach of Christ. And will you seek after that man and forget the Lord whom sent a messenger declaring His word to you that you should come unto Him and seek His face in the first place? Yet instead you set up that person that he should lead you because you lack the faith to come unto Christ yourselves, this is the folly of man. And know this neither will Christ receive you at the gate, nor hear your prayers unto Him for your lips are not yet clean, your hands have worked iniquity all the days of your life and you continually practice abominations before Him and unless you repent and come unto Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit and make yourselves clean He cannot receive you and shall you continue on strange paths that are not of Him know that He shall withdraw His light from you until you can not comprehend the light from the darkness and you shall say and declare that the darkness is good and you cannot perceive the light anymore and this the devil does to sew among you the seeds of your destruction for by departing from the Lord you are no longer protected by Him and unless you speedily repent you shall be overcome of the devil and his angels, giving heed to many false spirits as many do and have done and continue to do this day.
Now know this, it is only through your faithful obedience to the Lord, that you shall become His and you shall become His by a holy anointing performed by His Holy Spirit, even by the power of Holy Ghost, and He shall baptize you with fire and of the Holy Ghost (2 Nephi 31), and you shall become sons and daughters of God, having been spiritually begotten of the Son (Mosiah 5). Until you have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost you are not yet His, you have not yet received a remission of your sins, you are yet daughters and sons of Christ. You MUST be faithful to Him and not suppose there is some other way to come unto Him and receive these things. This is the narrow way that leads to eternal life (2 Nephi 31) there is no other way.
The image of God and His kingdom is the family, this is what consists of His church, it is the family of God it is a body of believers – it is those who repent and come unto Him and He having spiritually begotten you, you become His daughters and His sons and He your Eternal Father and you are numbered with those who are Christ’s.
One of the sure ways to know if you have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and obtained a remission of your sins, is you can speak with the tongue of Angels, which Angels speak the words of Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost (2 Nephi 32:2-3). Now, what are Christ words, but they teach that a man must repent! They teach man of God, and they teach all men everywhere they must keep His commandments and that salvation comes only through the Lord Jesus Christ.
And if you have been baptized by fire and of the Holy Ghost then you:
shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins, and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true.
And ye will not have a mind to injure one another, but to live peaceably, and to render to every man according to that which is his due.
And ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry, or naked; neither will ye suffer that they transgress the laws of God, and fight and quarrel one with another, and serve the devil, who is the master of sin, or who is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers, he being an enemy to all righteousness. (Mosiah 4:12-14)
Another key to knowing whether or not you have been born again, being born of the spirit, having been baptized by fire and of the Holy Ghost, besides being filled with the love of God – which is the pure love of Christ, it is to have a changed heart, and no longer desiring to do evil, but do desire to do good continually (Mosiah 5:2, 8-10)
Now, what was it that Abraham sought after? Was it not the blessing and promises of the Fathers that are or were had anciently, even from the beginning, and did he not receive these things? He did, he said as much. Then if the blessing and promises given unto Abraham, are the same as was from the beginning, and they were first with Adam – are not these things had again among us today through Jesus Christ? Are not the promises unto Abrahams seed belonging to all of us who become Christ’s seed, they do, and by our repentance and coming unto Christ we can lay claim to the same blessings and promises that existed at the beginning with Adam! And those blessings that Abraham obtained and that by his seed the whole world (nations) should be blessed are true. And this is the new and everlasting covenant that God has made with mankind. Repent, be baptized unto Christ, continue on with a steadfastness in Him and seek to become born again of the spirit and numbered among the household of faith even the church of Jesus Christ that you may be His and that you may possess your souls at the last day.
For according to Abraham:
It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me. (P of G, Abraham 1:3, emphasis mine)
Then should we consider anything else to be of God and by God except it come unto us by way of cursing for looking beyond the mark and rejecting Christ, how is it that you have rejected, Christ? By your works you “bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord” (D&C 124:47-48).
Can light agree with darkness?
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (KJV Amos 3:3)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (KJV 2 Cor. 6: 14, 16 – 18)
The unclean thing here is their corrupt ceremonies or ordinances, their rejected baptisms, and sacraments, their rejected prayers – for their lips are not clean and they practice abominations before the Lord. Come out from among the wicked, touch not their unclean things, even those who are among you who draw near to the Lord, but their hearts are far removed from Him, depart from them and separate yourselves and join with Christ.
Light cannot agree with darkness, nor can darkness agree with light. What fellowship and communion do you now enjoy with the wicked? Come and be with God, be His people, become the seed of Abraham by your turning unto Christ and be Christs!
Seek to contend no more with each other regarding His laws and covenants of old for all things are made new again:
There shall not be a division between my words, to that which I said to those of old, to that which I have said of new, for all my laws are the same at any time I have given them unto man. I have given them. Nor should you pit that which I said to them of old, to what I say to you today, one against the other, and this that my laws may be healed, that they be written upon your hearts, that you may receive them even from me. That there be no more division between them. That you may do according to my word that is in you. That what I said of old, I say again to you today and they are a new law unto you. I have renewed them, and I will make you new unto me, that all my words may be fulfilled, that you might be mine, that you may receive me which is the last law and also the first, that I may be your God, and you my people. That according to my word you shall live. For I the Lord have said it. (05/12/17)
What are the two great commandments?
And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (JST Deut. 6:5)
…thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (JST Leviticus 19:18)
His promise is unto all. Those who come unto Him with a broken heart and contrite spirit, He will receive you for this is the way He has appointed for you to be recognized by Him. Some have thought wrongly that they should immediately receive by their being baptized and showing forth the sign of their repentance, not knowing they must also demonstrate a godly walk by their obedience to the commandments. And some have abandoned this hope altogether and have gone off on strange paths, and yet some have become wolves in sheep’s clothing persecuting those who call others to repent and to come unto Christ and you know them by their works that they are wolves for when they begin to speak they do not speak as the Lamb but they howl, they condemn, they find fault and seek to sew discord and they revile those that would teach you the way, who call unto you to repent and to remember your Lord and redeemer.
Even though there be few who plead with you today to come unto the Lord and know Him, yet many will not hear them and they who shall not hear them shall be cut off.
Only the pure in heart can stand and only they will be able to approach the Lord and they who remain faithful shall receive. If you want this and all that the Lord has promised, then you must become pure in heart also, you must be filled with the Love of God, you must be changed, you must be tried even as by fire – you must come unto Christ and repent, forsaking your sins with a broken heart and contrite spirit!
He lives – for I have beheld Him and the Father with my own eyes.