"Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me"
~ Exodus 20:3 ~
prepared by Don R. Hender
"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." ~ John 17:3
In order to worship God effectively it is important
to come to know God, the nature of God and the relationship between God
the Father of Spirits and Jesus Christ the Son who is also the same as the
Lord God Jehovah of the Old Testament. That they are two separate and distinct
beings is one testament which the first vision of the Prophet Joseph Smith
and also the vision of Stephen (Acts 7) doth bear witness. This the common
people, the followers of Jesus Christ knew, that there was the Father and
the Son, two separate beings. But it was the stiffneckedness of prideful
position which denied such to the understanding of the Jewish leaders and lead
to them judging and causing the death of Jesus Christ upon the cross and also
that of Stephen when he also so further testified of Jesus standing on the
right hand of God the Father in the vision that he saw (Acts 7:51-58).
The Jewish understanding of God had become corrupted as they 'stopped up
their hears' (Acts 7:57) that they might not hear the truth of the matter.
And even though the early Church 'fathers' had a correct understanding of the
relationship of God the Father of Spirit and Jesus/Jehovah the Son of
God, so witnessed by Eusebius of Ceasarea's presentation at the
Nicene Council and in his recorded Ecclesiastical History of the Church, such
as Bishops of Alexandrea and others had turned and once again made Father and
Son but one entity, that is a three in one God. Not as the Jews so forced
their own corruption into the concept of One God without a son, but in a
different corrupt manner, accepting Father/Son but making them to be one.
King David understood that his Lord had a LORD or Father above him (Psalms
110:1; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42) and Jesus used that very verse in his own presentation of himself
before the Jewish leaders. This type of corruption the devil has put into the
hearts of men and it even appears in the Book of Mormon in the case of
the 'slick lawyer' of Ammonihah named Zeezrom< who was most excellent in his
lawyer presentation (Alma 10 & 11). Zeezrom asked Amulek if he could but ask
him a few questions. This the lawyers and Jewish leaders did of Christ in
their attempt to catch him in his words. And one of the snares laid by
Zeezrom what in this very relationship of the Father and the Son as he
few questions led as such:
- "Thou sayest there is a true and living God?"
- "Is there more than one God?"
- "Who is he that shall Come? Is it the Son of God?"
Now the Book of Mormon is an abridgment, but it is obvious exactly where
Zeezrom was leading Amulek into the snares and entrapments of the corruption
that men have made of the relationship between God the Father and the Son
Jesus Christ/Jehovah, the God of the Old and New Testaments.
It is the same type of entrapments the Jewish set before Jesus and accused
him to be worthy of death because of. It is also the same entrapments which
those who evenually authored the corruption today refered to as the Nicene
Creed have led men into. And thus it is that it is necessary to come to
know and understand the true nature of God, of God the Father of Spirits
and of His Son Jesus Christ, which Jesus Christ is the same God and person
as Jehovah of the Old Testament. And if you will not 'stop up your ears and
hear' I will proceed to explain to you the true nature of God the Father of
Spirits and Jesus Christ the Son who is also the same as Jehovah.
In the Eternal realm God the Father of Spirits stands as a Celestial being
with a Celestial and Glorified body of flesh and bones (D&C 130:22). He was
such before the world was, he is such today, and he will be such through out
all eternity. Now God the Eternal Father, the Father of the Spirits of man,
being this Celestial Glorified Personage of Flesh and Bone before the
foundation of the heavens and the earth was in that advanced state beyond
such as this mortal temporal existence. Thus when it came to bring about the
immortality and eternal life of his spirit children he would call upon one
of them to be anointed by him and empowered by him to act for and in the stead
of himself in administering to this temporal estate for only those who
belong or do pertain unto this temporal realm do minister unto it (D&C 130:5).
And thus God the Father of Spirits did call upon him whose right it was, being
the Firstborn Son of God the Father of Spirits in the spirit (Colossians 1:15).
Thus in the pre-councils of heaven God the father called upon, selected,
anointed and empowered his first born son in the spirit, who was Jehovah, to
be that Anointed One who would come and minister unto this temporal creation.
God the Father, who we may call by the name of Elohim, did so ordain and
empower Jehovah his first born son in the spirit, to act for, in behalf of
and in the stead of the Father Elohim in all things pertaining unto the
administration of this temporal creation. And thus as John states in John 1,
The Word, Jehovah, was with God the Father from the beginning of the ages of
time. And God the Father Elohim empowered Jehovah with the power and postion
of God, that Priesthood of God by which the worlds were made; and with that
bestowed power of God did Jehovah as a God of Spirit so create the temporal
heavens and earth. And without him, Jehovah, was there nothing so made or
created of this temporal realm. He Jehovah would in harmony and so instructed
by God the Father, even Elohim. Now Bishop Eusebius understood this relationship
well and presented it in his Ecclesastical Hitory, Book I, Chapter 2 & 3.
Now this true was so stated by the most learned Christian as called upon by
the Emporer Constantine at that first early Nicene Council. And as long as
Bishop Eusebius and the Emporer Constantine lived, it was so despite the
controversy made of it by other such Bishops steaming from such as Alexandria.
But once Constantine and Bishop Eusebius had died, the others were able to
so corrupt the proper understanding of God as to create the false doctrine
of the trinity which is in effect today.
If God the Father of Spirits is God and Jesus/Jehovah is God,
Then Whom Do We Worship? Elohim or Jehovah as the One True God?
This was where Zeezrom was going with Amulek, it is that corrupt confusion
which fostered the doctrine of the trinity. But the answer to the question
of, 'Who do we worship Elohim or Jesus/Jehovah?', is but as simple as merely
stating, "YES!" We worship Elohim, We Worship Jehovah/Jesus, and we do
this because when we worship Jesus we are but worshipping God the Father,
for it is Jehovah/Jesus who God the Father of Spirits, Elohim, did install
to stand in His stead in all things. And whether it was by the mouth of
Jehovah/Jesus the Son or by the mouth of God the Father, Elohim, it was,
is and will be the same for Jesus/Jehovah stands in the stead of the Father
in all things. He is the Father's Advocate. He holds the Father's Power of
Attorney. He speaks, acts and is effectively the same as the Father, the
Father's representative, the God of this temporal creation under the direction
of the Father. This principle was presented in the workings and functionings
of the Temple and Tabernacle ever since the days of Moses as so represented
and stated in Leviticus 16:32 where it states what the shadow typing pattern
of the tabernacle/temple is:
And this pattern of the temple of Moses shadowed, that is was a type of that
order which was in heaven as did much if not all of the performances of the
tabernacle/temple under the Law of Moses so shadow or type the workings of
God and his Redeemer, even the Holy One of Israel Jesus Christ, who is the
same as Jehovah; Jehovah being that Ministering God so appointed, anointed,
consecrated and ordained by the Father before the foundation of the world.
"And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall
consecrate to minister in the priest's office in
his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on
the linen clothes, even the holy garments:" ~ Lev. 16:32
Of interest, this very instance of this question of who do we worship came
to the front of events when Jesus visited the Book of Mormon people as recorded
in 3 Nephi of the Book of Mormon. The occassion was when Jesus had removed
himself a bit of a distance away from the concregation of the people to pray
to his/our Father who is/was in Heaven. In his pray Jesus noted to the Father,
that the people were actually directly worshipping him, Jesus Christ the Son,
even though they were aware that Jesus was praying unto God the Father. The
disciples which Jesus had chosen did continue to pray unto Jesus as their
Lord and God even as Jesus prayed unto the Father (3 Nephi 19:13-36). That
this was totally proper was confirmed by the words spoken by Jesus to the
Father which I will quote:
"Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because they
believe in me; and thou seest that they believe in me because thou hearest
them, and they pray unto me; and they pray unto me because I am with them."
~ 3 Nephi 19:22
Now Jesus had taught them the same as he had taught them of Jerusalem, that
they were to pray unto God the Father who 'Art in Heaven'. But that
divine investiture which places Jesus as the Ministering God of this temporal
creation in the name and in the stead of the Father, in behalf of the Father,
by the power of the Father and in the name of the Father, is that which makes
it right that whether we do worship the Father and/or the Son, it is but the
same. And the son, Jehovah/Jesus, returns the glory back unto the Father.
And this is not how Lucifer would have established it if he, Satan, had been
chosen in the stead of the firstborn son Jehovah (see also Abraham 3:23-28;
Now Jehovah/Jesus stands as the intercessor between us and the Father, he is
the mediator and our advocate with the Father. And all things go by way of
the son Jesus Christ/Jehovah and there is no other way under heaven so given.
He and he only is the truth, the way and the light. He stands in the stead
of the Father in all things. At time he will speak as the Father as though he
is the Father for the Father has placed him in that position whereby he
acts in the stead of the Father in all things. And in all things due to this
apointment by divine investiture is it the same wither it is the Father or
the Son standing in the stead of the Father, that is in all things but for
the one thing that God the Father of Spirits is in that one thing, being
the Father of the spirits of man, not the same as the positional deligations
bestowed upon the son by the very powere and endowment of the Father upon
Jehovah before the world was.
And Jesus/Jehovah will continue to represent the Father in all things. Only
upon the occassion of an introduction such as recieved by Joseph Smith, where
the Father introduced the Son as His Son, does the Father speak directly
unto man. And this is until that day of final judgment when through out
ministering God and King Jehovah, even Jesus Christ, we are brought before
the throne of the Most High God the Father in Heaven to be presented to Him
by the introduction of the Son in our behalf as being worthy to enter back
into the Father's Kingdom and presence.
And thus it is well said by John the Apostle, 'That this is life eternal,
that we might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast
sent.' (John 17:3). 'And though it does not yet appear exactly what we shall
be, yet when we come to see him as us being the sons of God, when he appears,
we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.' (John 3:2 & Moroni 7:48)
Now today, Jesus/Jehovah is no longer a God of just spirit, for he has now
risen and been resurrected to glory and he too now has a glorified celestial
body of flesh and born (D&C 130:22). And thus even at that time when the
Savior shall appear and we see him, we shall see that he is a man like
ourselves and there shall be that same 'sociality' which exists here, only
it will be coupled with eternal glory, which glory we do not here now enjoy
Thus now, when faced with such as the entrapings of a lawyer or even a
Christian leader as was Zeezrom, the Jewish Sanhedrin or those of the
false doctrine of the trinity, we may always know and understand the true
nature of our God. That is that Jesus who is Jehovah is the firstborn in the
spirit and the Only Begotten Son in the flesh. And he does minister unto this
temporal estate in the name and in the stead of the Father as though he were
the Father. And as that Ministering God so positioned by the divine investiture
of the Father, we may worship Him as the One True God even as we do so
worship the very Father which is in Heaven. They are one united in the
purpose of God, that being to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life
of man. And there is no other God or way given under heaven but his for the
exaltation of man.
And we are to worship this God and none other. There is no other God that
is to be placed before our God. As Jesus/Jehovah in and of this temporal
existence there is no other God to be place before him. And we worship him
and we worship through him in his name, Jesus Christ, even that very God,
God the Father in Heaven who has placed Jesus/Jehovah in that postion to
act in his stead pertaining to this mortality and ages of time in all things
whatsoever, the Son returning the glory to the Father, they being one in mind
and purpose yet not in person or entity, for they are indeed two separated
corporal beings, Father and Son.
Revised October 9, 2013