Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Personages in the Godhead

Yesterday we invested in "Answers to Gospel Questions" by Joseph Fielding Smith for our Gospel library. First Q&A in Volume 1 regarded "Personages in the Godhead." President Smith's two scripture references in John 17:3, 5, 11, 22 and John 20:17 clearly point to Father and Son.

"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent....And now Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was....And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are....And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are." John 17:3, 5, 11, 22

Then there are the words to Mary at the tomb, so distinctly declaring the separate Personages of Father and Son: "Jesus said unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say to them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."  John 20:17

D&C 20:27-29 declares the three Personages in the Godhead are separate yet united in purpose: "As well as those who should come after, who should believe in the gifts and callings of God by the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of the Father and the Son. Which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God, infinite and eternal, without end. Amen. And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God."

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