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Excerpts from LDS Apostle Bruce R. McConkie's Address, given at BYU Devotional, March 2nd, , titled, “Our Relationship with the Lord“. (This entire . President Bruce R. McConkie And so, at Jacob's well, when the Samaritan woman said to Jesus, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say that in. In LDS apostle Bruce R. McConkie gave a speech he titled, “Our Relationship With the Lord.” Granted, this teaching is well over 30 years.
His name is Elohim, and he is our Father in heaven, the literal Father of the spirits of all men. The name of the kind of life he lives is eternal life; and eternal life, by definition and in its nature, consists of life in an eternal family unit and of the possession of the fulness of the glory and power of the Father. The Lord Jesus, whose witnesses we are, is the Firstborn of the Father, the Firstborn of every creature. He was the Beloved and Chosen One from the beginning.
When our Eternal Father ordained and established the plan of salvation; when the great Elohim set up the system which would enable us, his spirit children, to advance and progress and become like him; when the Father of us all offered eternal life to his children—he asked for volunteers to put his plan into operation. After all the hosts of heaven had been taught the gospel of God; after they knew of the perils and trials of a future mortality; after the need for a redeemer had been presented in the courts of glory—the Father propounded these questions and sent them forth through all the seraphic hosts of heaven: Who will put the terms and conditions of my plan into effect?
Who will work out the infinite and eternal atonement, whereby all men shall be raised in immortality, with those who believe and obey being raised also unto eternal life? Then it was that the decree went forth that the great Jehovah should be born and die and rise again from the grave in glorious immortality, thus becoming in the full and literal sense like unto the Father.
Then it was that the Firstborn in the spirit was chosen to become the Only Begotten in the flesh. Then it was that the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy because immortality and eternal life would now be a reality. In due course came Adam and Eve; the fall of man, with its temporal and spiritual death; and the consequent promise of a Redeemer, a Savior, a Deliverer.
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The gospel of the Lord Jehovah was revealed so that men might worship the Father in his name and enjoy the words of eternal life on this earth and be inheritors of eternal life on the celestial earth that is to be. Adam and Eve made all things known to their seed so they might believe in Christ, repent of their sins, be baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and work the works of righteousness. Christ and his laws were revealed to all the holy prophets. He was the promised Messiah, the Savior and Redeemer, the Son of David; and at the appointed time he was born of a virgin in Bethlehem of Judea, according to the promises.
From Mary, his mother, a mortal woman, he inherited the power of mortality, so that he was subject to all the temptations and ills of the flesh, including death itself. From God, his Father, an Immortal Man, he inherited the power of immortality, so that he had power to live forever, or having voluntarily laid down his life, to take it up again in immortal glory. He came into the world to ransom men from the temporal and spiritual death brought upon them by the fall of Adam.
He came to satisfy the demands of divine justice and to bring mercy to the penitent. He came as a Mediator, as an Intercessor, to plead the cause of all those who believe in him. He came to bring immortality to all men as a free gift. He came to make eternal life available on conditions of obedience to the laws and ordinances of his gospel.
He came to bring hope, to bring joy, to bring peace, to bring salvation; and his is the only name given under heaven whereby salvation comes. He it is that hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. He has redeemed us from death, hell, the devil, and endless torment.
After his resurrection he ascended up on high to sit on the right hand of the Father. These creeds codify what Jeremiah calls the lies about God see Jeremiah They say he is unknown, uncreated, and incomprehensible.
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They say he is a spirit, without body, parts, or passions. They say he is everywhere and nowhere in particular present, that he fills the immensity of space and yet dwells in the hearts of men, and that he is an immaterial, incorporeal nothingness. They say he is one-god-in-three, and three-gods-in-one who neither hears, nor sees, nor speaks. Some even say he is dead, which he might as well be if their descriptions identify his being. These concepts summarize the chief and greatest heresy of Christendom.
Truly the most grievous and evil heresy ever imposed on an erring and wayward Christianity is their creedal concept about God and the Godhead!
But none of this troubles us very much. God has revealed himself to us in this day even as he did to the prophets of old. We know thereby that he is a personal Being in whose image man was made. We know that we are his spirit children; that he endowed us with the divine gift of agency; and that he ordained the laws whereby we might advance and progress and become like him.
We know that God is the only supreme and independent Being in whom all fullness and perfection dwell and that he is omnipotent, omniscient, and, by the power of his Spirit, omnipresent. These three are one—one God if you will—in purposes, in powers, and in perfections. But each has his own severable work to perform, and mankind has a defined and known and specific relationship to each one of them.
It is of these relationships that we shall now speak. Doctrines of Eternal Life Let us set forth those doctrines and concepts that a gracious God has given to us in this day and which must be understood in order to gain eternal life.
We worship the Father and him only and no one else. We do not worship the Son, and we do not worship the Holy Ghost. I know perfectly well what the scriptures say about worshipping Christ and Jehovah, but they are speaking in an entirely different sense—the sense of standing in awe and being reverentially grateful to him who has redeemed us. Worship in the true and saving sense is reserved for God the first, the Creator.
For unto such hath God promised his Spirit. And they who worship him, must worship in spirit and in truth. We love and serve both the Father and the Son. In the full, final, and ultimate sense of the word the divine decree is: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. They tie the Father and the Son together, as one, so that both receive our love and service. Christ himself loves, serves, and worships the Father.
Though Christ is God, yet there is a Deity above him, a Deity whom he worships.
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That God is the Father. To Mary Magdalene, the first mortal to see a resurrected person, Jesus said: I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. In this sense the Firstborn, our Elder Brother, goes forward as we do. The plan of salvation is the gospel of the Father The plan of salvation originated with the Father; he is the Author and Finisher of our faith in the final sense; he ordained the laws by obedience to which both we and Christ can become like him.
What he did was ask whom he should send to be the Redeemer in the plan he devised. Christ and Lucifer both volunteered, and the Lord chose his Firstborn and rejected the amendatory offer of the son of the morning. Christ worked out his own salvation by worshiping the Father.
After the Firstborn of the Father, while yet a spirit being, had gained power and intelligence that made him like unto God; after he had become, under the Father, the Creator of worlds without number; after he had reigned on the throne of eternal power as the Lord Omnipotent—after all this he yet had to gain a mortal and then an immortal body.
He received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace; And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness.
Finally, after his resurrection, he received a fulness of the glory of the Father; And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him. All men must worship the Father in the same way Christ did in order to gain salvation. Thus spake the Lord: What a wondrous concept this is! The Father sent the Son to work out the infinite and eternal atonement. As temporal and spiritual death came by the fall of Adam, so immortality and eternal life come by the atonement of Christ.
Such was and is and ever shall be the plan of the Father. Adam was sent to earth to fall, and Christ came to ransom men from the fall.
Thus the Father sent forth this call in the councils of eternity: He said he had power to lay down his life and to take it again because he had been so commanded by the Father. The great and eternal redemption, in all its phases, was wrought by Christ using the power of the Father. The Son came to do the will of the Father in all things.
I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
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I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. God, through Christ, is reconciling men to himself.
Fallen man is carnal, sensual, and devilish by nature; he is spiritually dead; he is out of harmony with the Father. Thus, as Paul said, All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. Christ is the Mediator between God and man. Because all people must be reconciled to God in order to be saved, he, in his goodness and grace, has provided a Mediator for them.
There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. If there were no Mediator, we could never be reconciled to the Father, and hence there would be no salvation.
Christ is our Intercessor with the Father, our Advocate in the courts above. In the process of mediating between us and our Maker, in the process of reconciling sin-ridden men with a sin-free God, Christ makes intercession for all who repent. He advocates the cause of those who believe in him. Our eternal fellowship is with the Father and the Son.
Our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. God was in Christ manifesting himself to the world. Thus in his appearance, in his person, and in his attributes, the Son is the image and likeness of the Father. The four gospels are a treasure house of knowledge concerning the Father because they set forth what the Son is like, and he is like his Father. Christ is the Revealer of the Father God is and can be known only by revelation; he stands revealed or he remains forever unknown.
Christ is the Way to the Father. Christ proclaims the gospel of the Father. In the ultimate sense the word of salvation comes from the Father. Said Paul, God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son. When Jesus quoted the Old Testament prophets to the Nephites, he attributed their words to the Father. Though the revelations came from the Son, yet in the ultimate sense the truths taught were those of the Father.
We are also aware of many instances in which Jesus, acting by divine investiture of authority, speaks in the first person as though he were the Father. My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. Christ glorifies the Father and so must we. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
The very pattern of prayer that he gave us directs that we go and do likewise. Now, we might continue on and list added concepts, all of which would bear the same witness and accord with what we have said. Let us instead, on the basis of these present concepts, discuss the problem at hand and draw some conclusions.
Our Relationship to Members of the Godhead What is and should be our relationship to the members of the Godhead? The words or deeds of either of them would be the words and deeds of the other in the same circumstance. Thus any feelings of love, praise, awe, or worship that may fill our hearts when we receive the divine words will be the same no matter who is thought or known to be the author of them.
And yet we do have a proper relationship to each member of the Godhead, in part at least because there are separate and severable functions which each performs, and also because of what they as one Godhead have done for us. Our relationship with the Father is supreme, paramount, and preeminent over all others. He is the God we worship. It is his gospel that saves and exalts.