50 And again we bear record—for we saw and heard, and this is the testimony of the gospel of Christ concerning them who shall come forth in the resurrection of the just—
51 They are they who received the testimony of Jesus, and believed on his name and were baptized after the manner of his burial, being buried in the water in his name, and this according to the commandment which he has given—
52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power;
53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, which the Father sheds forth upon all those who are just and true.
54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn.
55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things—
56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory;
57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.
58 Wherefore, as it is written, they are gods, even the sons of God—
59 Wherefore, all things are theirs, whether life or death, or things present, or things to come, all are theirs and they are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.
60 And they shall overcome all things.
74 And I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean;
75 That I may testify unto your Father, and your God, and my God, that you are clean from the blood of this wicked generation; that I may fulfil this promise, this great and last promise, which I have made unto you, when I will.
The name of Jesus “Christ” means anointed or anointed one; this is the new name by which you shall be called at the last day. You can read my previous post titled: New Name, for more but I leave this small part here as it important to stress this again.
23 Behold, Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father, and there is none other name given whereby man can be saved;
24 Wherefore, all men must take upon them the name, which is given of the Father, for in that name shall they be called at the last day;
25 Wherefore, if they know not the name by which they are called, they cannot have place in the kingdom of my Father.
71 And again, we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial…
74 Who received not the testimony of Jesus in the flesh, but afterwards received it.
NOTE: A testimony of Jesus Vs. THE testimony of Jesus, what is the difference and what does the scriptures say? The testimony of Matthew would be Matthew’s testimony. A testimony of Matthew would be a testimony about Matthew. Then the testimony of Jesus as the scripture indicates in not your testimony but His testimony of you that He testifies to the Father of you. This is the meaning. False traditions and teaching’s would have you believe it is your testimony of Jesus Christ. While that is important, it is His testimony where He is claiming you to the Father that you are His and that He has made you clean. If you receive not this testimony in this life, in your flesh, then where He is, you cannot come.
“Salvation cannot come without revelation; it is in vain for anyone to minister without it. No man is a minister of Jesus Christ without being a Prophet. No man can be a minister of Jesus Christ except he has [the] testimony of Jesus; and this is the spirit of prophecy. Whenever salvation has been administered, it has been by testimony. Men of the present time testify of heaven and hell, and have never seen either; and I will say that no man knows these things without this. (Joseph Smith, DHC v3. p.389)”
NOTE: It is not your testimony but His. It’s by Christ’s testimony of you, He bearing witness to the FATHER that you are clean and thus by His testimony salvation is obtained. As Joseph says, whenever salvation has been administered it has been by TESTIMONY.
When the Lord bears witness unto the Father of you, you are by the testimony of Jesus saved, cleansed from all the blood and sins of the world as promised, having been redeemed from the fall, you are brought into the presence of the Father and made a partaker of His glory and His love, even that you are filled with a fullness of Him.
The following is a dialog of the Father and the Son unto Nephi with Nephi’s own commentary of his experience with them, note that when the Son is about to speak that portion of Nephi’s words is in green text as he introduces them and the Father blue and what they, the Son and the Father declared is italicized and underlined, the other parts are Nephi’s own words.
2 Nephi 31
10 And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?
11 And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son.
12 And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism—yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel.
14 But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the Son unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments, by the baptism of water, and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the tongue of angels, and after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that ye had not known me.
15 And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of my Beloved are true and faithful. He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.
It was necessary as part of Nephi receiving salvation, redeemed from the fall, to be present and to converse with both the Father and the Son. He is quoting them, and you will find most revelations are given by both, one speaking and then the other in a similar fashion.
16 And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved.
17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost.
18 And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive.
19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.
20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.
Many people have A testimony of Jesus, few there be that find the path to eternal life and obtain their salvation through receiving THE testimony of Jesus Christ, it is by revelation, walking by faith and being obedient to Him. Repent, and do His will in all things, hearkening to every word and precept that He shall teach you by His Holy Spirit, that you may be filled with His light, that you may come to know the Lord and lay down your life as an offering and sacrifice, yea, by giving up all things whatsoever He shall ask of you, giving all things and holding nothing back from Him even your own life should he desire it, that you may be approved of by Him that every good thing may come to you in His Holy Name.