History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​January 22​> and blessings that flow from that kingdom; because there were more miracles, gifts, visions, healings, tongues &c., in the days of Jesus Christ and his apostles, and on the day of Pentecost, than under John’s administration, it does not prove by any means that John had not the kingdom of God, any more than it would, that a woman had not a milk pan, because she had not a pan of milk; for while the pan might be compared to the kingdom, the milk might be compared to the blessings of the kingdom. John was a priest after the order of Aaron, and had the keys of that priesthood, and came forth preaching repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, but at the same time cries out, “There cometh one after me more mighty than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose,” and Christ came according to the words of John, and he was greater than John, because he held the keys of the Melchisedec Priesthood, and Kingdom of God, and had before revealed the Priesthood to Moses, yet Christ was baptized by John to fulfil all righteousness, and Jesus in his teachings says “upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” What rock? Revelation Again he says, “Except ye are born of the water and of the spirit, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of God,” and though the heavens and earth should pass away, my words shall not pass away, If a man is born of the water and the Spirit, he can get into the kingdom of God. It is evident the kingdom of God was on the earth and John prepared subjects for the kingdom, by preaching the gospel to them, and baptizing them, and he prepared the way before the Savior; or came as a forerunner and prepared subjects for the preaching of Christ, and Christ preached through Jerusalem on the same ground where John had preached, and when the Apostles were raised up, they worked in Jerusalem, and Jesus commanded them to tarry there until they were endowed with power from on high. Had they not work to do in Jerusalem? They did work and prepared a people for the Pentecost. The kingdom of God was with them before the day of Pentecost as well as afterwards, and it was also with John, and he preached the same gospel and baptism that Jesus and the Apostles preached after him. The endowment was to prepare the disciples for their missions unto the world. Whenever men can find out the will of God and find an administrator legally authorized from God, there is the kingdom of God, but where these are not, the kingdom of God is not. All the ordinances, systems, and administrations on the earth are of no use to the children of men, unless they are ordained and authorized of God, for nothing will save a man but a legal administrator, for none others will be acknowledged either by God or angels. I know what I say, I understand my mission and business. God Almighty is my shield, and what can man do if God is my friend, I shall not be sacrificed until my time comes, then I shall be offered freely; all flesh is <​as​> grass, and a governor is no better than other men, when he dies he is but a bag of dust. I thank God for preserving me from my enemies; I have no enemies but for the Truth’s sake. I have no desire but to do all men good; I feel to pray for all men; we don’t ask any people to throw away any good they have got, we only ask them to <​come and​> get more. What if all the world should embrace this gospel? They would then see eye to eye, and the blessings of God would be poured out upon the people, which is the desire of my whole soul.
Amen” [p. 6 [addenda]]
January 22 and blessings that flow from that kingdom; because there were more miracles, gifts, visions, healings, tongues &c., in the days of Jesus Christ and his apostles, and on the day of Pentecost, than under John’s administration, it does not prove by any means that John had not the kingdom of God, any more than it would, that a woman had not a milk pan, because she had not a pan of milk; for while the pan might be compared to the kingdom, the milk might be compared to the blessings of the kingdom. John was a priest after the order of Aaron, and had the keys of that priesthood, and came forth preaching repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, but at the same time cries out, “There cometh one after me more mighty than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose,” and Christ came according to the words of John, and he was greater than John, because he held the keys of the Melchisedec Priesthood, and Kingdom of God, and had before revealed the Priesthood to Moses, yet Christ was baptized by John to fulfil all righteousness, and Jesus in his teachings says “upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” What rock? Revelation Again he says, “Except ye are born of the water and of the spirit, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of God,” and though the heavens and earth should pass away, my words shall not pass away, If a man is born of the water and the Spirit, he can get into the kingdom of God. It is evident the kingdom of God was on the earth and John prepared subjects for the kingdom, by preaching the gospel to them, and baptizing them, and he prepared the way before the Savior; or came as a forerunner and prepared subjects for the preaching of Christ, and Christ preached through Jerusalem on the same ground where John had preached, and when the Apostles were raised up, they worked in Jerusalem, and Jesus commanded them to tarry there until they were endowed with power from on high. Had they not work to do in Jerusalem? They did work and prepared a people for the Pentecost. The kingdom of God was with them before the day of Pentecost as well as afterwards, and it was also with John, and he preached the same gospel and baptism that Jesus and the Apostles preached after him. The endowment was to prepare the disciples for their missions unto the world. Whenever men can find out the will of God and find an administrator legally authorized from God, there is the kingdom of God, but where these are not, the kingdom of God is not. All the ordinances, systems, and administrations on the earth are of no use to the children of men, unless they are ordained and authorized of God, for nothing will save a man but a legal administrator, for none others will be acknowledged either by God or angels. I know what I say, I understand my mission and business. God Almighty is my shield, and what can man do if God is my friend, I shall not be sacrificed until my time comes, then I shall be offered freely; all flesh is as grass, and a governor is no better than other men, when he dies he is but a bag of dust. I thank God for preserving me from my enemies; I have no enemies but for the Truth’s sake. I have no desire but to do all men good; I feel to pray for all men; we don’t ask any people to throw away any good they have got, we only ask them to come and get more. What if all the world should embrace this gospel? They would then see eye to eye, and the blessings of God would be poured out upon the people, which is the desire of my whole soul.
Amen” [p. 6 [addenda]]
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