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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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fulfilled, that the first shall be last, and that the last shall be first in all things,  whatsoever I have created by the word of my power, which is the power of my Spirit;  for by the power of my spirit created I them: yea, all things both spiritual and  temporal: firstly spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work:  and again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my  work: Speaking unto you, that you may naturally understand, but unto my self my works have no end, neither beginning; but it is given unto you, that ye  may understand, because ye have asked it of me, and are agreed.
9 Wherefore, verily I say unto you, that all things unto me are spiritual,  and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal, neither any  man, nor the children of men: neither Adam your father, whom I created: behold  I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him com mandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him, for my command ments are spiritual; they are not natural, nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.
10 And it came to pass, that Adam being tempted of the devil, for behold the devil  was before Adam, for he rebelled against me saying, give me thy power Give me  thine honor, which is my power: and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he  away from me because of their agency: and they were thrust down, and thus came  the devil and his angels; and behold there is a place prepared for them, from  the beginning, which place is hell: and it must needs be that the devil should  tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves, for if they  never should have bitter, they could not know the sweet.
11 Wherefore, it came to pass, that the devil tempted Adam, and he partook the  forbidden fruit, and transgressed the , wherein he became  subject to the will of the devil, because he yielded unto temptation. Wherefore  I the Lord God, caused that he should be cast out of <from> the garden of Eden, from  my presence, because of his transgression: wherein he became spiritually dead:  which is the first death, even that same death, which is the last death, which  is spiritual, which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say, Depart  ye cursed.
12 But behold I say unto you, that I the Lord God gave unto Adam, and  unto his seed, that they should not die unto as to the temporal death, untill I the  Lord God should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption,  through faith on the name of mine only begotten son: and thus I the the Lord  God appoint unto man, the days of his probation; that by his natural death he  might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would be lieve, and they that believe not, unto eternal damnation, for they cannot be  redeemed from their spiritual fall, because they repent not, for they love  darkness rather than light, and their deeds are evil, and they receive their  wages of him whom they list to obey. 13. But behold I say unto you, that [p. 57]
fulfilled, that the first shall be last, and that the last shall be first in all things, whatsoever I have created by the word of my power, which is the power of my Spirit; for by the power of my spirit created I them: yea, all things both spiritual and temporal: firstly spiritual, secondly temporal, which is the beginning of my work: and again, firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual, which is the last of my work: Speaking unto you, that you may naturally understand, but unto myself my works have no end, neither beginning; but it is given unto you, that ye may understand, because ye have asked it of me, and are agreed.
9 Wherefore, verily I say unto you, that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal, neither any man, nor the children of men: neither Adam your father, whom I created: behold I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself; and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I unto him, for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural, nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.
10 And it came to pass, that Adam being tempted of the devil, for behold the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me saying, Give me thine honor, which is my power: and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency: and they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels; and behold there is a place prepared for them, from the beginning, which place is hell: and it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves, for if they never should have bitter, they could not know the sweet.
11 Wherefore, it came to pass, that the devil tempted Adam, and he partook the forbidden fruit, and transgressed the , wherein he became subject to the will of the devil, because he yielded unto temptation. Wherefore I the Lord God, caused that he should be cast out from the garden of Eden, from my presence, because of his transgression: wherein he became spiritually dead: which is the first death, even that same death, which is the last death, which is spiritual, which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say, Depart ye cursed.
12 But behold I say unto you, that I the Lord God gave unto Adam, and unto his seed, that they should not die as to the temporal death, untill I the Lord God should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption, through faith on the name of mine only begotten son: and thus I the the Lord God appoint unto man, the days of his probation; that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life, even as many as would believe, and they that believe not, unto eternal damnation, for they cannot be redeemed from their spiritual fall, because they repent not, for they love darkness rather than light, and their deeds are evil, and they receive their wages of whom they list to obey. 13. But behold I say unto you, that [p. 57]
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