Our Ministering God
~ In the Stead of the Father in All Things ~

presented by Don R. Hender

    "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
    "But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
    "And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
    "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
    ~ New Testament | Matthew 20:25-28

The Ministering of Angels

   "We believe in the Ministering of Angels." Indeed, there would be no such thing possible as the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation without such as the Ministration of Angels. That is the communicative administration of visitations between heaven and earth by which such as prophets are called and administered to and as also are men on earth administered to and visited by the Angels of Heaven. And perhaps of the many additional beliefs and plain and precious things of the Book of Mormon left out of the statement of our fundamental beliefs presented in our Articles of Faith, this would be one that could be pointed to as such as could be, even should have been, added to the abridged statement as to the beliefs of The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For certainly the whole of the restoration of the true church of Jesus Christ has been dependant upon this additional fundamental belief in the 'ministering of angels.' (see Apostasy & Restoration)

    "But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
    "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
    ~ New Testament | Hebrews 1:13-14

    "THE LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
    "The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies."
    ~ Old Testament | Psalms 110:1-2

In these two scriptures that God the Father's spirit children, were His angels, and His Firstborn son in the spirit, He did establish to be our Lord, even Jesus Christ who is Jehovah. He was the most intelligent and noble of His Angels, and He placed him to be the highest of His Ministering Spirits. He called and ordained his Firstborn Son in the spirit, Jehovah, to be placed upon a throne over those of the earth to act as the representative of the Father, to stand in the stead of the Father in all things. And he was to Administer Salvation unto the children of God. And he, Jehovah, who is Jesus Christ, was from among us made our Ministering God, who under the direction of the Father did create this temporal creation, the heavens and the earth. And he did place upon him that Mantel of Divine Investiture, empowering him with the power of God to act as the Spirit God of the Old Testamemnt and the Redeemer of the New Testament, that what he hath created so would he have power to Redeem.

The cause of why the Father called, selected and ordined His Firstborn spirit son to be our Ministering God is obviously understood, and is given as followers concerning all those who have been so called to minister unto this earth:

    "I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it." ~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:5

The Celestial Father was beyond condescending to retrogress unto taking upon himself a mortal temporal body, he being that Celestial Being of Celestial Flesh and Bone (D&C 130:22). And even now, 'Our Elder Brother' and our 'Ministering God' from among us, the spirit children of God the Father of Spirits, His Angels, has he been raised from the grave and has a resurrected immortal body of flesh and bone—he it is, even Jehovah who is the same as Jesus Christ.

Jehovah, Even Jesus Christ, Our Ministering God

   So much was the righteousness, intelligence and advancement of Jehovah, the Firstborn son in the spirit, in the preexistence, that he became our 'Ministering God' by Divine Investiture while still yet being a son of spirit prior to his own mortality. And under the direction of God the Father of Spirits, it was Jehovah the spirit God, the Word, who by the power and authority of God, 'created' or 'organized' and formed the heavens and the earth as recorded by Moses and comfirmed by the apostle John (John 1:1-4) and Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea (Eccesastical History of the Church, Book I, Chapter 2, ¶2-4).

And as a type and represention by the temple performances of the Old Testament, it was Jehovah so selected and ordained and anointed to stand in the stead of the Father in all things (Leviticus 16:32) as though he was/is the Father, ministering unto all the needs of the spirit children of God on earth. And there after and part of such, acting as advocate, mediator and intercessor of man unto the Father, thus bringing man unto God. Christ imputes unto man his righteousness if they but come unto him, repent and follow him in living by the commandments of God. And they receive a forgiveness of their sins as they do continue to live Gods law and repent of their weaknesses continually before God until they have come to the fullness of the stature of Christ, being raised to perfection after all they can do by the mercy of God offered by the atonement and unto the imputing of Christ's righteousness upon them that they might stand before the glory of God and live.

Knowest Thow the Condescension of God

It was Jehovah, the very Almighty and 'Ministering' God of the Old Testament that descended from his throne divine to come to earth, not just to gain his body of flesh and bone, but to take upon himself the sins of all mankind of those who would believe in and follow him and his teachings. He came being born of Mary as the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh, who was named Jesus or Jehosuha, meaning Jehovah-Saves/Delivers. And thus the Lord did ministered to the children of God on earth personally, gathering followers not so much by what he said, but how he said it unto them in love, understanding, and service even unto giving himself in death, suffering for all their sins and redeeming them back into the presence of God if they would come unto him.

Can there be any greater love than that of the gift of the Father of his Only Begotten Son, can there be any greater sacrifice of love given but to offer one's own self for another's sins, to suffer, and bleed and die for them? There is no greater condescension but that of a God condescending to come to earth as a mortal man to give himself for the lives and sins of others. Yet, unto all who this 'God' did minister, it was but the unrepentant hypocrites unto whom he did verbally confront and the comman man did he minister unto freely and they did consider him their friend, their Lord and their God.