One Eternal Round

In the fireside last evening, even though I had planned on saying something quite different, the words that came to my heart, were that there is only one gospel, and one pathway back into the presence of God, and any person, in any dispensation, who arrives there will have traveled that path. The fact that this process, and this eternal set of rules governing these blessings, never changes, and is in fact used over and over in every generation, is part of the reason we say that God’s works are “One Eternal Round”. (D&C 35:1, D&C 3:1-2,)

19 For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round. (1 Nephi 10:19)

This means that when the scripture records a vision wherein the recipient saw the creation of the world, no matter if it was Adam, or Moses, John the Beloved, or some other, that this was the same vision, given according to the same set of laws over and over again.

The glory of this truth is that when we identify and obey these same laws, that the same vision will unfold before us as it always has, in every generation.

This means that any blessing we can read about in scripture, every vision and miracle and blessing which God ever offered to they of old, He is also offering to us in its fullest and richest form. Whether we realize or accept this as true or not, or believe it is intended for you individually, nevertheless it is yours to claim. Almost all of the notable and great ones of history achieved what they achieved in spite of the fact that very few, if any others, believed and achieved the same stature. Most often they stood alone.

Since the works and truths and mysteries of the gospel are available to us “in these times as in times of old” we have a tremendous opportunity, and a weighty obligation to view these things with an eye of faith, and then to obtain them. Can it be any less unfaithful of the Jews who could not, or at least did not recognize Christ walking among them, than for us to not see Christ in our day, walking among us, offering us entry to His presence and His greatest blessings?

This one precious thing I do know, that besides the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the most important thing I have ever learned is that not only is the Gospel true, but that it works – it functions as in days of old – and if we obey the requisite laws, it will bring us to the fullest blessings God has ever offered mankind.

Brother John

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4 Responses to One Eternal Round

  1. Jared Eastley says:

    John, this is one of your strongest and most powerful and most vital messages. You cannot play this record too often! I want to shout it from the housetops!



  2. cheyenne brashear says:

    How amazing it is to think that there is a church upon the earth that administers the everlasting gospel in its fullness, including all the blessings, gifts, and powers that have always been enjoyed when the church of Jesus Christ has been upon the earth.

    I remember when reading the Lectures on Faith, coming to the part where it speaks of things about God’s character that a person has to know in order to have faith unto salvation. Three of these really stood out to me. They are: 1)that God does not change, but is the same yesterday, today, and forever 2)that He is a God of truth and cannot lie, and 3)that He is no respecter of persons.

    I felt amazed at the power of knowing these truths about God; I realized through knowing these truths about Him and His character, I can receive and enjoy everything that any righteous person has ever enjoyed at any time in the earth’s history. The great and precious promises that were made to them, enabling them to put off the world and be made partakers of the divine nature, I can also receive because the gospel never changes,so I can also put off the world and be made a partaker of this Godlike nature because I have access to these same great and precious promises that these saints and prophets in the scriptures had.

    I loved what you said in TTOZ about how you view the scriptures as a mail order catalogue, how exciting this makes reading the scriptures. I came across a scripture in D&C 128:18, in the second half of this verse, that seems to me to state that the faithful in our dispensation will not only be able to receive what the saints of former dispensations received, but they will also have things revealed to them that are reserved only for this dispensation. If my understanding of this scripture is correct, it sure makes me wonder what these things are. What is so wonderful about it, is I can know for myself if I’m faithful in Christ. How beautiful the gospel really is!! Thanks again. Brother C.

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  3. Charlotte Fleming says:

    Brother Pontius,
    Sunday night fireside was the first fireside I have been to with you presenting. Thank you for coming to Santaquin.
    The contents you presented were perfect for me, to reminded me that the blessing of old are still available for any of us that desire them, live a life such that would qualify for the blessings. When the atonement is the central focus our lives and as we strive to learn and apply it we begin the approach of claiming the blessing that are available. Thank you for reminding me.
    I know the things you presented are what we need to establish Zion, to be given the blessing of translation or what ever blessing it is that is needful for our lives. Thank you again.
    Charlotte in American Fork
    would love to know how to tap into all the blogs you have posted, and or any of the other material that is online. Thanks


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