Sunday, January 22, 2012

How Christ is the Father

Most the Christian world believes in the trinity that states that The Father,The Son and The Holy Ghost are one in essence- with no body- a trinity.  Mormons do not follow Historical Christianity, but Biblical and Revealed Christianity.  We know through prophets who give us revelation through the Lord himself that they are 3 distinct individuals.   The first revelation was to Joseph Smith when he SAW God The Father and his Son Jesus Christ.  As the Father did on the Mount of Transfiguration and at the Baptism of Jesus the Father introduced his Son and let him do the rest of the speaking.

There is no where in the Bible that resembles the doctrine of the trinity.  As I read the New Testament I mark to the side of  the verse, the number 2 and 3, each time separate beings are mentioned.  Try it sometime. You'll be surprised how often it is in there.

Mormons believe and know that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one in purpose, not in body.  They each have a roll to play.  However there are ways in which the Christ is a Father, our Father and The Book of Mormon explains this.  

Mosiah, a king in The Book Of Mormon explains it this way.  From ch 5:

 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the achildren of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are bchanged through faith on his name; therefore, ye are cborn of him and have become his dsons and his daughters.

We are his children, he is our father through the covenant we make with him.   As we have faith on his name he changes us and we are born of him spiritually.  

Nephi, a prophet early on in the Book of Mormon also teaches us another way how Christ is our Father.  In 2 Nephi 25:

12 But, behold, they shall have awars, and rumors of wars; and when the day cometh that the bOnly Begotten of the Father, yea, even the Father of heaven and of earth, shall cmanifest himself unto them in the flesh, behold, they will reject him, because of their iniquities, and the hardness of their hearts, and the stiffness of their necks.

We know through this and other sacred scripture that the Father had the plan, the blueprint if you will for the creation of the earth, but it was the Savior who carried out the plan and did all the work.  He is the Father of heaven and earth.  Heaven meaning the sky around us. 

I testify that The Book of Mormon is the revealed word of God.  It is scripture.  I have read every word of the book over and over again and I know for myself, it is true!


Jocelyn Christensen said...

Awesome post! I love that you mark those 2's and 3's in your scriptures! I'll have to do that!

yeti said...

as a believer (most of the time) in historical Christianity I think you might have some misconceptions of our general beliefs. Being that Jesus ascended into heaven in a body, and was bodily ressurected, I think most believers (at least me) or Historical Christianity do believe that he still has a body (that is his body only, he does not somehow coreside in that body with The Father and Spirit). Also the Baptism of Jesus is an excellent example of The Father, the Son and the Spirit all being mentioned at the same time, yet as individual persons. We do not deny that.
At my institute class last week we were there too talking about how Christ is a Father to us. I still do not fully comprehend that idea though. It seems almost like he would be taking the Father's role upon himself. It would seem odd to have two heavenly fathers. do you think that Christ is only a father to Members?