In the spring of , one of the most important events in the history of the world occurred. The time had come for the marvelous work and wonder of which the Lord had spoken. As a young boy, Joseph Smith wanted to know which of all the churches was the true Church of Jesus Christ. He went into the woods near his home and prayed humbly and intently to his Heavenly Father, asking which church he should join.
On that morning a miraculous thing happened. The Savior told him not to join any church because the true Church was not on the earth.
Beginning with this event, there was again direct revelation from the heavens. The Lord had chosen a new prophet. Since that time the heavens have not been closed. Revelation continues to this day through each of His chosen prophets. Joseph was to be the one to help restore the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Why was the First Vision one of the most important events in the history of the world?
Why was the restoration of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods necessary? In restoring the gospel, God again gave the priesthood to men. Through the Restoration, the priesthood was returned to the earth. Those who hold this priesthood today have the authority to perform ordinances such as baptism. Christ is the head of His Church today, just as He was in ancient times. Later the First Presidency was organized, and he was sustained as President. When the Church was first organized, only the framework was set up.
The organization would develop as the Church continued to grow. The Church was organized with the same offices as were in the ancient Church. That organization included apostles, prophets, seventies, evangelists patriarchs , pastors presiding officers , high priests, elders, bishops, priests, teachers, and deacons. These same offices are in His Church today see Articles of Faith A prophet, acting under the direction of the Lord, leads the Church.
This prophet is also the President of the Church. Oh I listened to podcast, just saying. I love you and your ministry, I do have a saying that I confess often as it paints a picture of what I want my life to be. Thank you for your hard work and tender heart, Frank Your brother and servant in Christ Jesus.
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Jul 1, Note: This is part 2 of a 3 part series on Jesus now—read part 1, 'Who Jesus is in heaven but he is also with us; he is at God's right hand but. Mar 15, So where is Jesus right now? He is seated in heaven, bodily. He is omnipresent as God. And he is especially present in believers. 1. Jesus is.
I checked my junk folder and nothing there. He is not everywhere. This comes out in chapter 3 of Philippians.
Jesus remains a human being and he retains a human body. It is this body that means he is absent from us. There is really nothing gained by trying to pinpoint where in the universe Jesus is. The doctrine of the absence of Christ stresses the fact that he is not with us because he has a body and is somewhere else—beyond the realms of this universe.
This doctrine actually places Christ beyond the realms of our universe. Modern science since Copernicus and Kepler has sought to describe the inner structure of the universe itself. It cannot say anything meaningful about existence beyond the created universe or multiverse, if you prefer and so does not stand in tension with the idea of Christ in heaven. Positively, we need to remember that while Jesus is absent from us, he is with God.
Therefore we can be encouraged that he has gone before us and prepared a place for us John with God. Because our risen Lord is with God as a human being, we know that one day we will be too. In the meantime we are absent from Christ.
It is very easy to keep in touch with people, even on the other side of the world. Two people who live in London and Sydney can phone, email, Skype, text or Facebook any time they like, and so the sense of absence can be diminished. And yet the absence still remains.
You might be able to see them and speak with them, but you are still not with them in the fullest sense. We will see below that Christ is with us by the Spirit. As good as that is, it is not everything. The Christian life is one of waiting to be reunited with our Lord and Saviour. It is a life of separation and longing. Jesus is not here, and we are not with him in the fullest sense. We are not in his physical presence. We are absent from him. Now, that might seem a bit counterintuitive. No, Jesus is absent but he will return. Think of the teacher who tells the class he is going to the admin office, and that they are to get on with exercise 3b.
The students know if the teacher returns to find they are not doing exercise 3b that they are going to be in trouble. If we forget his absence and concentrate only on his spiritual presence with us, we can all too easily forget the fact that he is coming back. Some people have argued that Jesus rose only in a spiritual sense.
They believe that he sort of dissolved into the heavens so that he is everywhere at the same time. Not only is this untrue, but it diminishes his authority. Jesus simply becomes vague and abstract and not much of a threat. But the absent Jesus rules as king from heaven. Their authority is only a derived authority. The true king of the world is in heaven. He may be absent, but one day he will return. What exactly do we mean when we say that Jesus is present in or through the Spirit?
It is one of the phrases that we can easily rattle off without pausing to think about exactly what it means. Romans 8 helps us to think more carefully.
Paul starts the chapter by spelling out the differences between walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh—one leads to life and the other death. He then moves to reassure the Roman Christians in verses You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you.