History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 228
image
But except a man be born again he cannot see the king dom of God. This eternal truth settles the truth question of  all man’s religion. A man may be saved after the  judgment in the terrestrial kingdom, or in the Telestial  kingdom, but he can never see the  of God, without being born of water and the Spirit.  He may receive a glory like unto the moon, or a star, but  he can never come unto Mount Zion, and unto the  city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,  and to an innumerable company of angels,  and to the general assembly and church of the first  born, which are written in heaven, and to God  the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men  made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the  , unless he becomes as a little child,  and is taught by the Spirit of God. Wherefore,  we say again, search the revelations of God, study the  prophecies, and rejoice that God grants unto the  world, seers and prophets, they are they who saw the  mystery of Godliness; they saw the flood before it  came; they saw angels ascending and descending upon  a ladder that reached from earth to heaven; they  saw the stone cut out of the mountain that filled  the whole earth; they saw the Son of God come  from the regions of bliss and dwell with men on  earth; they saw the Deliverer come out of , and  turn away ungodliness from Jacob: they saw the  glory of the Lord when he shewed the transfiguration  of the earth on the Mount; they saw every mountain  laid low and every valley exalted when the Lord  was taking vengeance upon the wicked; they saw  truth springing out of the earth, and righteousness  look down from heaven in the last days, before  the Lord came the second time, to his elect;  they saw the end of the wickedness on the earth,  and the sabbath of creation crowned with peace;  they saw the end of the glorious thousand years,  when satan was loosed for a little season; they  saw the day of Judgment when all men received [p. 228]
But except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. This eternal truth settles the question of all man’s religion. A man may be saved after the judgment in the terrestrial kingdom, or in the Telestial kingdom, but he can never see the of God, without being born of water and the Spirit. He may receive a glory like unto the moon, or a star, but he can never come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of the , unless he becomes as a little child, and is taught by the Spirit of God. Wherefore, we say again, search the revelations of God, study the prophecies, and rejoice that God grants unto the world, seers and prophets, they are they who saw the mystery of Godliness; they saw the flood before it came; they saw angels ascending and descending upon a ladder that reached from earth to heaven; they saw the stone cut out of the mountain that filled the whole earth; they saw the Son of God come from the regions of bliss and dwell with men on earth; they saw the Deliverer come out of , and turn away ungodliness from Jacob: they saw the glory of the Lord when he shewed the transfiguration of the earth on the Mount; they saw every mountain laid low and every valley exalted when the Lord was taking vengeance upon the wicked; they saw truth spring out of the earth, and righteousness look down from heaven in the last days, before the Lord came the second time, to his elect; they saw the end of the wickedness on the earth, and the sabbath of creation crowned with peace; they saw the end of the glorious thousand years, when satan was loosed for a little season; they saw the day of Judgment when all men received [p. 228]
Page 228