GOOD TIDINGS of GREAT JOY
entreated by Don R. Hender
Upon the backlite sky of the black heaven of stars
shone the Star of David, the Star of Christ's birth. The Shepherd hills were bright with the light
of the great star and then that of the heavening host in heaven that sang 'Glory to God in the
Highest and Peace Good Will Towards Men.' The angel's message had been:
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.
"And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in
~ New Testament | Luke 2:10-12
They had waited long for the blessed Savior, the Great Deliver, the Anointed One, Immanuel, even
Jesus/Jehoshua who by name was Jehovah Deliver or Saviour. Isaiah reference the event with such as,
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The
Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6) And also he had given this sign unto King Ahaz, "Therefore the Lord
himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his
name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the
good." (Isaiah 7:14-15)
Yet did the shepherd of Israel recognize the full significance of what had come to pass and where it
would lead? Even the vast learning the the Priests, Pharisees, Scripts and Saducees of the Sanhedrin
would not recognize and accept him, but reject him and called to have him crucified and took the
full responsibility for it upon themselves and their children the Jews.
The Condescension of God
Some 600 years before the event another angel ask a teenage young man by the name of Nephi, "Knowest
thou the condescension of God?" (1 Nephi 11:16) And Nephi asked truthfully that he did not know the
meaning of all things. So now, "Knowest thous the condescension of God?" Understandest thou the enigma,
the mystery of the Godhead?
That night the Old Testament Spirit God Jehovah was born to earth in the flesh, the son of the virgin
Mary. But he was also the Only Begotten Son of God in the flesh, a God was also his Father. The
ancient Jews of Israel would persecuted, imprison and even kill the prophets of old for testifying
of the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, to come as the Son of God. Even as they did to Jesus,
who claimed to be him, they did charge them with blasphemy for says the the Great God Jehovah would
come down to earth as a man, take upon himself the sins of the world, and redeem man kind. And that
he would be the very Son of God.
Yes the learned men of innovation have long sought to catch the true prophets of God out for seemingly
phrophesying of this great truth. Like Zeezrom did to Amulek in the Book of Mormon, he would attempt
to confuse the case by pretending not to understand how God could be the Son of God, and how God
himself could come to earth as a man. This enigma of the nature of the Godhead is what was used by
the the false Bishops and early 'Chrisitain' leaders who through their love of innovation, to
proclaim themselves the 'discoverers' of such hidden knowledge would act falsely as Bishop Eusebius
of Caesarea did identify as the fierce or grievous wolves of prophesied scripture (Acts 20:29 &
2 Thes. 2:3 & see Eusebius' Ecclecessactical History of the Church, Book 1, Paragraph 2.) that would
unmercifully devastate the flock of Christ.
Understanding the Mystery of the Condescension of God
When Jesus walked the earth he always spoke of his Father in heaven. He even taught us how to pray to
that Father, that God of Heaven. "Our Father, Who Art in Heaven ... " is how that prayer begins. In
the book of John chapter 17, Jesus offered unto the Father the great intercessory prayer, perhaps
not well understood by many. Now does one begin with the chicken or the egg?
Jesus Christ is the same being and person as Jehovah of the old testament. Indeed that Lord and God
Jehovah did descend, he did condescend from that throne of the Old Testament God Jehovah and come
to earth to suffer and bleed and die for the sins of the world. He being that infinite God, did
give himself as an infinite atonement to suffer for the sins of man if men would come unto him,
follow him in righteousness, live those commandments he has given and obey his word, comform to his
ordinances and performances which he would given unto them to do. And as men would come unto him,
repent of their sins and live by the very word of God, he would impute his righteousness upon them
in the merciful answer to satisfying the justice of God that the sinner is to be punished for his
Now is Jesus is the God Jehovah, and Jesus is the very Son of God; then who is that God who he is
the son of? That God it that Man of Holiness who is God the Father of Spirits whose name is Elohim.
Yes, there is God Jehovah and there is God the Father of Spirit who is Elohim. Jesus/Jehovah was not
the son of himself in some none understandable mystery that the innovative minds of false religion
have imagined up unto themselves.
King David under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost spoke or sang in the Psalm 110:1, which states:
"THE LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy
~ Old Testament | Psalms 110:1
Jesus and the apostles did reference that scripture often, particularly in sorting out the matter of
the Father and the Son (Mark 12:26; Luke 20:42; Acts 2:34; Hebrews 1:13). The truth, in the
preexistent realm of our pre-mortal existence, God the Father, that Man of Holiness, our Father of
all of our spirits, did call, select and empower His firstborn spirit son, Jehovah, to be the
Empowered God of the temporal mortal realm of man to stand in the stead and in the behalf of the
Father in all things. That Celestial Glorious advanced God of the Celestial Heavens called upon 'one
of us', his spirit children, to act in His Name and by His Power, be our Anoited God of the temporal
Only one who did pertain to, that is who do belong or have belonged to it, may be given to minister
unto it. That is God the Father of spirits, who was of the Celestial Order, would not retrogress from
that Celestial advancement, and revese the order of heaven and return or come again to a mortal
temporal earth to personally minister the requirements of the atonement of death. It was required to
be one from among us who where his spirit children, to take it upon himself to do this for the rest of
us. And the heir to the responsibility was upon the firstborn spirit son of the Father. And that was
Thus as a empowered God of Spirit was Jehovah raised up, and by that very empowerment of the priesthood
of God, did Jehovah as a Spirit God, create, that is orgainize and form, this temporal earth for the
use of mortal temporal man. And he did so under the direction of the commands of the Father. As
Bishop Eusebius so stated it, " ... the Father and Maker as Ruler of all, commanding with a kingly nod,
and the second to him the divine Word, none other than the one who is proclaimed by us, as carrying
out the Father's commandments." (Eusebius, EHC, Book 1, Chapter 2, Paragraph 4)
Those who have been through the Latter-day temple for their own endowment ought to recognize that this
was exactly the manner in which all things were done between the Father in Heaven and our Ministering
God and Lord Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament. And those who have not so done this to come to
know of these things, you ought to 'turn' and come unto Christ and become worthy to do so.
A Book of Mormon Change?
At this point to further explain and/or further review this point of the Father and the Son, there is
a change that has been made to the Book of Mormon by the authorization of the Prophet Joseph Smith
in respect to this very matter. And it will be used as an introduction to the question as to whether
the Son is also the Father and how that is also the truth. A hint, if you don't already suspect, is
that Jehovah and Jesus are the Father of the temporal creation of the temporal heaven and earth, he
is also to stand as the Father of his gospel sons and daughters, and by that authorized Divine
Investiture, he is also called by the Father to stand in the stead of the Father in all things
pertaining to the administration of his calling of the Ministering God to this probationary estate.
Is that spelling the beans? But he is not the Father of spirit, only Elohim stands as God the Father
of the Spirits of mankind. In all other things, they both may be properly addessed and so called by
the name title of Father. And that is even with Jesus/Jehovah also being as it were, our elders
1830 Book of Mormon
Today's Book of Mormon
" ... Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother
of God, after the manner of the flesh."
Q: Is Mary the mother of God or is Mary the
mother of the Son of God?
A: Yes. Mary was both the mother of God
and the mother of the Son of God.
" ... Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the
mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the
flesh." 1 Nephi 11:18
By wordiness it is explained but not by any great and mystic mystery that cannot be understood.
Mary was the mother of the Spirit God Jehovah of the Old Testament as he took upon himself for the
very first, last and only time the flesh of this mortality. Thus Mary was the mother of that God.
Now our Spirit God Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Firstborn Spirit Son of Elohim, that Man of
Holiness, who is our Father in Heaven, the Father of Spirits. So in that Jehovah was the firstborn
son of all in the spirit (Col. 1:15) and when he was born in the flesh, he became the Only Begotten
Son of God in the flesh.
And thus Mary was at the same time also the 'mother of the Son of God.' That Father being Elohim of
Jehovah in the flesh, as well as being the spirit Father of Jehovah is the spirit as well.
Now it must be said? If man can artificially insiminate without disturbing virginity, then certainly
God who is over and above all things has so much more the power to do so as well. Mary was a virgin
before conception. Mary was a virgin all the time up to the birth of Jesus. And Mary was still a
virgin after that birth and until the first time she knew her husband Joseph. She had never know a
man until when with her husband Joseph, who was the father of all her other children. Needed to be
" ... Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father!"
Q: Was the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, the Eternal Father or
was he the Son of the Eternal Father?"
A: Yes! Since they share such titles of Father, Christ may
be referred to as either/or.
" ... Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!"
1 Nephi 11:21
The logic is similar here but different. This goes to the fact that by the
Divine Investiture of God, Jehovah is established to stand in the stead of
God in all things. In this they may share or both be addressed by many such
names of the Father except that Elohim is the only one who is God the Father
To the question of why Joseph Smith was inspired to change
the text? One must speculate here, but there are things that seem
obvious. It had been a stumbling block to some to come to this early point
in the Book of Mormon and be faced with this early question of Mary being
the very mother of God. 'Mother of God' had such a Catholic sound about it
and many reformist had not adopted or really understood the false doctrine
of the Trinity. To any one who has not had it previously explained, it may
sound foriegn and beg an answer too early to be given. The Book of
Mormon is consistent in teaching precisely who Jehovah, who is
the same as Jesus Christ, truly is. And in another concept of unity of faith,
they are 'one God' acting to achieve the unified some purpose of 'to bring to
pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39) And further getting
into the concept of Eternal Father and how it holds in the very eternal plan
of God is beyond the present scope of this discussion.
Now, with all this further explained and said, what else is either gained or lost by just
how this matter has been changed in the Book of Mormon in respect to the considering the
matters of the Condescension of God? Glad you asked.
Three Perspectives of the Condescension of God
There are dual asspects of the Condescension of God. Simply said there is the perspective of the
Father and there is the perspective of the Son. But that is not all. There is the third perspective
of Father joined in Son. The way that the 1830 Book of Mormon had originally stated it would have been
more consistent and true, and the the depth of third perspective that Nephi may well have had might
than have gone beyond that of the Jewish scriptures and when father Abraham was the one called upon to
sacrifice his son Isaac.
¶ "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
~ New Testament | John 3:16
With Mary being set as the mother of God, one would have had to dial in a new perspective and realized
that the God Mary was the mother of was Jehovah, the Spirit God, the Great Spirit of the Old Testament.
And that it was literally Jehovah who came down, condescended from his throne on high, to take upon
himself not just a mortal body which he would have eventually done, but that he condescended to take
upon himself the sins of the world. Jehovah has consented to suffer, to bleed and die for our sins,
all of us who would come unto him repent, gain his forgiveness and live according to his word.
And this perspective was both a perspective as Father and as Son, for indeed, Jesus Christ Jehovah
was both in every way both father and son excpet for the one exception that Elohim was the Father of
spirit souls of man and Jesus was not. And it was these two perspective joined in just the one person
Jehovah God and Jesus Christ Son that makes a distinctive thrid perspective. Hopefully this is not
that which the innovative minds of the philosophies of men were set on in their creating the Trinity.
Because in that they sacrificed and falsified the true nature of God.
By writing it as Mary mother of the Son of God, the two separate only perspectives were readily had.
The single perspective of Elohim as the father, Abraham offering his son. And Jesus Christ as Isaac,
the faithful son doing the will of his Father, all though it would cause him to suffer. When only
taken in those two single perspectives of either the Father or the Son, the third actual joint
perspective of Jehovah/Jesus Christ is often entirely missed until and unless it is pointed out.
For instance, only the Father and Son joint perspective does begin to be seen when Jesus/Jehovah
is seen as the Father of Creation and to the end that all things he did create he did thereby then
also come forth to Redeem. What he crates he redeems. And this gets into the then broader consideration
as to the inheritence of the Son, Jehovah, and those who have been given unto him by the Father.
And how it is that these are Jesus' people, even as they where Jehovah's people.
And until one does come to understand that Mary was the mother of the God Jehovah, who did himself
come down, just having the myopic perspective of either the Father in Abraham of the son in Isaac,
it continues to go unappreciated.