History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​October 3​> but men, by actively engaging in rites of salvation substitutionally, became instrumental in bringing multitudes of their kin into the kingdom of God. He explained the difference between an angel and a ministering Spirit; the one a resurrected or translated body, with its spirit ministering to embodied Spirits— the other a disembodied spirit, visiting and ministering to disembodied spirits— Jesus Christ became a ministering Spirit, (while his body <​was​> lying in the Sepulchre,) to the Spirits in prison; to fulfil an important part of his mission, without which he could not have perfected his work or entered into his rest— After his resurrection, he appeared as an angel to his disciples &c. Translated bodies cannot enter into rest until they have undergone a change equivalent to death. Translated bodies are designed for future missions. The Angel that appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos was a translated or resurrected body— Jesus Christ went in body, after his resurrection, to minister to translated and resurrected bodies. There has been a chain of authority and power from Adam down to the present time. The only way to obtain truth and wisdom, is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer and obtain divine teaching. It is no more incredible that God should save the dead, than that he should raise the dead. There is never a time when the Spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of pardoning mercy, who have not committed the unpardonable sin, which hath no forgiveness, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. There is a way to release the Spirit of the dead; that is by the power and authority of the Priesthood— by building and loosing on Earth. This doctrine appears glorious, inasmuch as it exhibits the greatness of divine compassion and benevolence in the extent of the plan of human salvation. This glorious truth is well calculated to enlarge the understanding, and to sustain the soul under troubles, difficulties, and distresses. For illustration <​suppose​> — — — — — — — the case of two men, brothers, equally intelligent, learned, virtuous and lovely, walking in uprightness, and in all good conscience, so far as they had been able to discern duty from the muddy stream of tradition, or from the blotted page of the book of nature. One dies, and is buried, having never heard the gospel of reconciliation; to the other the message of salvation is sent, he hears and em[HC 4:425]braces it, and is made the heir of Eternal life. Shall the one become a partaker of glory, and the other be consigned to hopeless perdition? Is there no chance for his escape? Sectarianism answers none! none!! none!!! Such an idea is worse than atheism. The truth shall break down and dash in pieces all such bigoted Pharisaism; the sects shall be sifted, the honest in heart brought out, and their Priests left in the midst of their corruption. [blank] <​Many​> objections <​are​> urged against the Latter Day Saints for not admitting the validity of sectarian baptism, and for withholding fellowship from sectarian churches. It was like putting new wine into old bottles and putting old wine into new bottles. What! new revelations in the old churches! New revelations knock out the bottom of their bottomless pit. New wine into old bottles! the bottles burst and the wine runs out. What Sadducees in the new church? Old wine in new leathern bottles will leak— [p. 1229]
October 3 but men, by actively engaging in rites of salvation substitutionally, became instrumental in bringing multitudes of their kin into the kingdom of God. He explained the difference between an angel and a ministering Spirit; the one a resurrected or translated body, with its spirit ministering to embodied Spirits— the other a disembodied spirit, visiting and ministering to disembodied spirits— Jesus Christ became a ministering Spirit, (while his body was lying in the Sepulchre,) to the Spirits in prison; to fulfil an important part of his mission, without which he could not have perfected his work or entered into his rest— After his resurrection, he appeared as an angel to his disciples &c. Translated bodies cannot enter into rest until they have undergone a change equivalent to death. Translated bodies are designed for future missions. The Angel that appeared to John on the Isle of Patmos was a translated or resurrected body— Jesus Christ went in body, after his resurrection, to minister to translated and resurrected bodies. There has been a chain of authority and power from Adam down to the present time. The only way to obtain truth and wisdom, is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer and obtain divine teaching. It is no more incredible that God should save the dead, than that he should raise the dead. There is never a time when the Spirit is too old to approach God. All are within the reach of pardoning mercy, who have not committed the unpardonable sin, which hath no forgiveness, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. There is a way to release the Spirit of the dead; that is by the power and authority of the Priesthood— by building and loosing on Earth. This doctrine appears glorious, inasmuch as it exhibits the greatness of divine compassion and benevolence in the extent of the plan of human salvation. This glorious truth is well calculated to enlarge the understanding, and to sustain the soul under troubles, difficulties, and distresses. For illustration suppose — — — — — — — the case of two men, brothers, equally intelligent, learned, virtuous and lovely, walking in uprightness, and in all good conscience, so far as they had been able to discern duty from the muddy stream of tradition, or from the blotted page of the book of nature. One dies, and is buried, having never heard the gospel of reconciliation; to the other the message of salvation is sent, he hears and em[HC 4:425]braces it, and is made the heir of Eternal life. Shall the one become a partaker of glory, and the other be consigned to hopeless perdition? Is there no chance for his escape? Sectarianism answers none! none!! none!!! Such an idea is worse than atheism. The truth shall break down and dash in pieces all such bigoted Pharisaism; the sects shall be sifted, the honest in heart brought out, and their Priests left in the midst of their corruption. [blank] Many objections are urged against the Latter Day Saints for not admitting the validity of sectarian baptism, and for withholding fellowship from sectarian churches. It was like putting new wine into old bottles and putting old wine into new bottles. What! new revelations in the old churches! New revelations knock out the bottom of their bottomless pit. New wine into old bottles! the bottles burst and the wine runs out. What Sadducees in the new church? Old wine in new leathern bottles will leak— [p. 1229]
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