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A question all Christians have at some point asked is, “How can Jesus be both Father and Son? JFS taught, and I want to preserve it here, as my old file system isn’t working FOR me any more:
Jesus as Father and Son

Jesus Christ is called the Father.
The term “Father” as applied to Deity occurs in sacred writ with plainly different meanings.
Jesus Christ is the Father of heaven and earth.
Jesus Christ is the Father of those who abide in His gospel.
Jesus Christ is the Father by divine investiture of authority.

The lesson uses quotes from a doctrinal exposition 30 June 1916 titled “The Father and the Son.” This declaration affirmed the unity between God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and clarified the distinct roles of each in the plan of salvation. It also explained the ways in which the term Father is applied in the scriptures to both our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ.

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The Origin of Man

I found a little treasure this morning. It has been around since the beginning of time, and so to help preserve it a little longer I’ve included it in my blog. The Origin of Man

Adam, our first progenitor, “the first man,” was, like Christ, a preexistent spirit, and like Christ he took upon him an appropriate body, the body of a man, and so became a “living soul.” The doctrine of the preexistence—revealed so plainly, particularly in latter days—pours a wonderful flood of light upon the otherwise mysterious problem of man’s origin. It shows that man, as a spirit, was begotten and born of heavenly parents and reared to maturity in the eternal mansions of the Father, prior to coming upon the earth in a temporal body to undergo an experience in mortality. It teaches that all men existed in the spirit before any man existed in the flesh and that all who have inhabited the earth since Adam have taken bodies and become souls in like manner.

It is held by some that Adam was not the first man upon this earth and that the original human being was a development from lower orders of the animal creation. These, however, are the theories of men. The word of the Lord declared that Adam was “the first man of all men” (Moses 1:34), and we are therefore in duty bound to regard him as the primal parent of our race. It was shown to the brother of Jared that all men were created in the beginning after the image of God; whether we take this to mean the spirit or the body, or both, it commits us to the same conclusion: Man began life as a human being, in the likeness of our Heavenly Father.

There is power in knowledge. I wish everyone had the understanding of the origin of man that God has revealed to us in this last dispensation of time. To know the truth about life feels like a blanket of peace. I wonder if the whole world would benefit, and become peaceful again.

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“Regarding Jesus crying out,

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” …

He was calling out the first line of Psalm 22. They didn’t number or title their psalms. They used the first line … and all Jewish men memorized all the psalms … as Jesus cried the first line out, they all knew what the rest of the psalm said … go read it for yourself, particularly v. 27 on, so you can see precisely what He was wanting to convey to them, as His dying breaths prevented Him from saying much more than that.” (Quoted from Morphing perspective of Jesus)

There are two passages of scripture that carry you to the depths of Jesus’ soul, and I hear him crying out, not holding anything back. Jesus wasn’t one to directly complain of His own pains and trouble, but in this Messianic Psalm, these are the words He would have cried to His Father, if He would have had the strength to do so. Mark 15:34 and Psalm 22

The second one that has always struck me this way is Section 122 It is easy to read Section 122 as though Jesus had already experienced it.
Verse 8:

“The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?”

Note, when Jesus is talking about himself he uses, “Son of Man” Who does “Man” refer to here whom Jesus is the Son of? Moses explains Man to mean Man of Holiness, or God the Father.

Understanding Jesus pain is central to being able to comprehend just how He is able to succor us in our deepest need. It is this thought that sustains me in my own. I remember once being in the hospital and having intense pain, and as I was making connections in some way to Jesus, my pain became a joy. I can’t explain it any other way. Even today as I think back on the experience, I think of Jesus. We can transubstantiate our betrayal in much the same way. I have experienced betrayal and pain, through which I have gotten to know and understand the Savior. I mean, really know Him.

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The King and I

TO THE MOST HIGH AND MIGHTY PRINCE
JAMES
BY THE GRACE OF GOD
KING OF GREAT BRITAIN, FRANCE, AND IRELAND,
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH,
The Translators of the Bible wish Grace, Mercy, and Peace
through JESUS CHRIST our Lord

I read the “Epistle Dedicatory” yesterday, (that page in the front of the Bible that explains the gift the translators are giving to the King.) I suppose it hit me about how different life is now in America than it was in England under King James. He was the King of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, and the defender of the faith, next to God himself. Wow. People would bow to him and show him the greatest respect, or else try to kill him, depending on which side they were on.

I’m glad I live in a country where I can rely on myself, and don’t have to lean on government for sustenance. Freedom and agency is the greatest and most empowering gift to man from God. It is the reason America rose. We need wise leaders and expect them to act on their own agency to do what is right, of their own free will and choice. Unfortunately, America today is more like Ben Stein’s latest commercial on tv. You know, every time you poke your head out of the ground someone races to pound it down.

We need to each get back to our covered wagon, find where the leaks are, repair them and travel home to our teepee.

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