Monday, March 11, 2013
Ye Are Gods
We were studying the 5 lesson of the book Teachings of the Presidents of the Church and something stuck me. The Prophet Lorenzo had a revelation (though Joseph had received this truth some years earlier) that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” and though it is a popular and common phrase in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints it is foreign and perhaps blasphemy to other christian faiths.
That got me to thinking. Why? The wisdom and knowledge of God is infinite and ours finite. His power, endless. Ours limited. Then again the power of a babe is limited while their parent has power to walk, talk, create and destroy at their whim. Are we not babes in comparison to the power and majesty of Christ and our Father? Why not then are we not gods in our infancy? If God is infinite and eternal and there is no end to his power, why then could we not get the same power and majesty? Why does our creator who asks us to address Him as Father, why would he not give us all that our brother has inherited? Jesus said that "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (John 14:2). Mansions are not given to the servant but to a master. Even the prodigal son inherited wealth after being the fool and he offered to be his father’s servant yet his father accepted him as his son. Why not us? Are we not arrogant prideful fools deserving of nothing? Yet the Lord God of Israel says that '[His] work and [His] glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man'?
When I think of immortal beings, my first thought is 'what would you do if you were immortal?' I wrote about that once but to sum it up, when you strengthen others because you will have seen it all, spoken it all, and known it all. There will be no book, video, song, word you have not seen or heard. There will be no mountain or valley you have not climbed. As an immortal being to keep an air of freshness you would seek to enlighten and strengthen your brothers and sisters. Is that not what the Messiah does daily?
So yes "Ye are Gods and children of the Most High" (Psalms 82:6; my favorite scripture) but now that you know, when you are converted to it and see your potential "strengthen thy brethren" (Luke 22:32). Our Father wants us to return to him to finish growing up and no longer be babes in the gospel of Christ but mature and be the men and women that we ought be; to be even as He is.
Ponder upon these things.