Friday, December 9, 2016

We make covenants to God not the Church

I found this very interesting. Since I have been studying the importance of hearing and obeying the promptings of the Spirit through the Light of Christ, I thought this really solidified the importance of truly hearing and obeying the personal revelation we receive. Since our salvation is a very personal salvation between us and Christ, how we obey His voice to us personally is the most important thing for our salvation.

"I made my covenants and promises personally with God, in the first person singular. "I
want you to understand," said Heber C. Kimball, "that you make covenants with God, and not with us. We
were present and committed those covenants to you, and you made them with God, and we were
witnesses."21 Paul recognizes this in his lucid statements about the law of consecration in his letters to Timothy,
which should be studied carefully. And he is talking about the foundation of the Church, which rests on the
personal contract between God and the individual: "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure,
having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart
from iniquity" (2 Timothy 2:19). The Lord alone knows who are the true church; he alone stands at the gate,
"and he employeth no servant there" (2 Nephi 9:41), as he takes each one by the hand and speaks each name.
Even the Prophet does not know who are in the covenant and who are not, "as you cannot always judge the
righteous, or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous, therefore I say unto you, hold your peace
until I shall see fit to make all things known (D&C 10:37)." Approaching Zion, Hugh Nibley, http://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=1114&index=9

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