Let’s ring the same bell one more time. This same key, spoken of below, is mentioned by Moroni when speaking of the brother of Jared, and why he was able have such great faith sufficient to see Christ and ultimately partake of every blessing mankind is offered.
The promise is that in the day that we, the Gentiles, exercise faith in Christ, even as the brother of Jared did, that we become sanctified in Christ, then Christ will manifest unto us everything the brother of Jared saw. (Ether 4:7)
The reason this is significant to this day and to you and I personally, is because we are the Gentile church – according to the Lord’s view of things. We are spiritually adopted into the house of Israel through baptism and covenant making, but we are the latter-day church of the Gentiles. Another great reason is because the Gospel is one – not many. If the brother of Jared obeyed a set of laws and thus obtained certain blessings – the justice of God demands that if we obey the same laws that we must likewise obtain.
Moroni goes on in Ether 12 to discuss what he terms “The Heavenly Gift”, which is that mortals may be called after the “holy order of God” and thus enter into the presence of God while yet mortals. He then discusses the brother of Jared specifically by saying that “so great was his faith in God” that He could not hide his finger from the brother of Jared’s sight. We accept that the brother of Jared had unusual and powerful faith, what we miss is the next statement of why he had it; which was “because of his word which he had spoken unto him, which word he had obtained by faith.” (Ether 12:20)
Since the gospel always operates the same, and since God’s path is “one eternal round” then what the brother of Jared experienced either has or will happen to everyone who seeks to approach the veil. The brother of Jared had been promised (the word which had been spoken unto him) by God, that he could and actually would be admitted into God’s presence.
The brother of Jared knew God could not give empty promises, and he just believed it was true. This hearkens to yesterday’s discussion about actually and powerfully believing the things our faith tells us are true. The brother of Jared just believed so powerfully that he had no doubt. He knew God would, when the brother of Jared properly petitioned, appear to him and grant him the desire of his heart.
This is the same pedestal every soul of greatness stood upon when they succeeded in parting the veil and conversing with Christ. They believed in a promise they had received beforehand.
Our question should be, have we also received such a promise? If we have, then we can begin to have the same caliber of faith in that promise that the brother of Jared had, and our belief can then become sufficiently profound to part the veil and call forth heaven’s richest gifts.
The answer is – yes. If you have been inside holy walls, then you have been given this promise. The Un-Blog format requires great care in the words I can use. There is only one spot where promises are given that are too sacred to repeat except at that one place. Think on those words and you will find the promise.
When you accept that the whole temple experience is a metaphor for our spiritual journey from before birth until we stand before our Savior at the veil. It is instruction, guidance, and promise which aligns our souls with the true North of Jesus Christ’s atonement and gifts us with faith sufficient to part the veil. What you heard in the temple were promises programmed by ceremony to be spoken at that moment. However, if we seek it diligently, there is a real event, one that follows in a private moment, when equally significant words are repeated with eternal power. Millions have heard them. We refer to this moment as “Having your Calling and Election made sure”. The point is, these are the same words the brother of Jared heard. They contain the same promise he heard, which he believed so strongly that God Himself did not keep him from seeing his finger, and then his whole person.
In the temple we step back, and then almost immediately return to the veil to complete our journey. In the mortal world, we receive the promises of C&E, and then step back for what may be years, decades or longer. It takes that long to realize what you just received. You have to ponder those sacred words to realize what they mean and what they are actually promising you. When the Holy Spirit finally reveals to your mind and heart what you were in fact given in that moment, then a fire burns in the soul that the brother of Jared understood well. It is the fire of knowing – not merely hoping or believing – but knowing, because of the promises you, like the brother of Jared, have received by faith – that when you return to the veil (in this life) you will be admitted.
This is not only the power of inspired believing, but the reason it exists, and how to use it.
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