Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of God. Therefore, in the ordinances there of the power of godliness is manifest; and  without the ordinances thereof, and the au thority of the priesthood, the power of God liness is not manifest unto men in the flesh;  for without this no man can see the face of  God, even the Father, and live.
4 Now this Moses plainly taught to the  children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought  diligently to sanctify his people that they  might behold the face of God; but they harden ed their hearts and could not endure his pres ence, therefore, the Lord, in his wrath, (for  his anger was kindled against them,) swore  that they should not enter into his rest, while  in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of  his glory. Therefore he took Moses out of  their midst and the holy priesthood also; and  the lesser priesthood continued, which priest hood holdeth the key of the ministering of an gels and the preparatory gospel, which gos pel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism  and the remission of sins and the law of car nal commandments, which the Lord, in his  wrath, caused to continue with the house of  Aaron among the children of Israel until John,  whom God raised up, being filled with the Ho ly Ghost from his mother’s womb: for he was  baptised while he was yet in his childhood,  and was ordained by the angel of God at the  time he was eight days old unto this power: to  overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to  make straight the way of the Lord before  the face of his people, to prepare them for the [p. 113]
of God. Therefore, in the ordinances thereof the power of godliness is manifest; and without the ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priesthood, the power of Godliness is not manifest unto men in the flesh; for without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
4 Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God; but they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence, therefore, the Lord, in his wrath, (for his anger was kindled against them,) swore that they should not enter into his rest, while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory. Therefore he took Moses out of their midst and the holy priesthood also; and the lesser priesthood continued, which priesthood holdeth the key of the ministering of angels and the preparatory gospel, which gospel is the gospel of repentance and of baptism and the remission of sins and the law of carnal commandments, which the Lord, in his wrath, caused to continue with the house of Aaron among the children of Israel until John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb: for he was baptised while he was yet in his childhood, and was ordained by the angel of God at the time he was eight days old unto this power: to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the [p. 113]
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