Alma's Mini-Lecture on the High Priesthood of God.
|In Chapter 12 Alma spoke of the Plan of Redemption, and the sending out of
the Garden Adam and Eve for partaking of the forbidden fruit. Alma spoke how the Plan of Redemption
did benefit man in their probationary state. And Alma's perspective spans from before the foundation
of the earth where the Plan of Redemption was set out, and concernng whosoever would repent and come
unto God as opposed to those of a hardness of heart who would not exercise their agengy in selecting
good to do good rather than evil to do evil. Is does seem that Alma has seen from all eternity to all
eternity, and he knew of where he spoke concerning not only the Plan of Redeption but in Chapter 13
he seems to know and understand much about the priesthood of God.
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The Lord God is Our Father in Heaven, the Father of Spirits. In Heaven He did set out the Plan of Redemption and He also grave his children His Commandments and He did ordain priests, after His only order, which was after the order of His Son. And His Holy Order was to teach these thing unto the people. The events and pattern is Heaven is also that which Jesus has seen his Father do and what he, Jesus who is also Jehovah, has contintued to do here of earth to carry the WORD forth unto all people.
The WORD was first preached in Heaven by this Power and Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God. It was established by God the Father of Spirits as just set out, in Heaven before it was upon earth. And it was as stated by John:
~ JST | John 1:1
And that Priesthood of the Holy Order of God was before the foundation of the world and was without beginning or end, being the very eternal and everlasting Priesthood and Power of God. It is that very Priesthood and Power by which heaven and earth under the power of God is set up as the Patriarchal Order of the Priesthood of God. And it was first on earth established with Adam and Eve, the first Patriarch and Matriarch of man on earth as it also was so set out and designed in heaven.
It was that priethood of the Patriarchal High Priest Enoch which raised his city unto heaven, as was also accomplished by Melchizedek, that Prince of Peace of Salem. And it is by that same priesthood and power by which the promises and blessings have remained in Joseph, Jacob, Isaac and Abraham (D&C 27:10). And it is by those promises and blessings that have continued to come in and through those priesthood covenants of the Last Great Patriarchal Father Joseph (JST Genesis 50:24-34 & 2 Nephi 3:5-16 | See Josephs Blessing).
We understand that in the preexistence that a third part of God the Father's spirit
children were inflenced by and followed after Lucifer, who by the hardness of their hearts and the
closing of their eyes and the stopping of their hears, came not to understand and accept the Plan
of Redemption as set out and taught by those hold God's priesthood in heaven. That is the war in
heaven was that of words and ideas, the Plan of Redemption by the prieshood of God so being opposed
by Lucifer and his angels. And Lucifer and his angels were cast out of heaven and down to earth
without ever to receive a body of flesh and bone to house their spirit.
And just as what Lucifer and his angels did in heaven has resulted in their being cast out from the presence of God, so it was the intent of God that all the rest of his children would pass through a time of maturation, clothed with a tabernacle of clay, to exercise their agency here on earth as to whether they would here chose the good or the evil. And whether they would of themselves chose the way of truth and light and righteousness and goodness. The Pre-mortal realm was but out first estate. All those who kept that first estate are those who are born unto this second temporal estate of separation and maturation of testing and probationary time to allow further selection of the good or the evil of the natural man, whether the strength of the spirit will control the natural man in and unto the ways of righteousness or whether the natural man, who is an enemy of God will prevail and come to die the second death out of the presence of God forever.
In heaven there were positions of priesthood held and exercised and may were foreordained that man might continue to receive such blessing from God here below in his earthly realm. And also whether those of heaven, that would choose to come down to earth, would continue to walk in the ways of God by the power of the righteous control of the spirit righteousness over that of the natural man on earth, so as to return to the high Celestial Kingdom of God or unto some lesser realm where God does not reside. They having been measured and found lacking.
But all is provided the way of mercy over judgment, of forgiveness as a result of coming unto Christ in repentance. And by the power of the atonement for the righteousness of the Savior to be imputed unto them, that they might be judged according to their good works, having their sins remitted by their faith in Christ and their choosing to live the commandments of God. It is the pattern of righteousness that man must subject their self to by the control of the spiritual over the natural man. And the sooner man will turn himself unto God and live by God's word, the better are his chances and his developed degree of intelligence which will be to his advantage in the world to come.