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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By : Dad 
In studying about unity for my High Council talk yesterday, I found these verses… They discuss so well how we need everyone in the Kingdom because we are all unique and different...1 Corinthians 12 :

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
 14 For the body is not one member, but many.
 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
 19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
 21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
 22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
 23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
 26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
Verse 22 lept out at me!  The parts of the body which “seem” more feeble are necessary!  I started to think of members of the Church who are feeble… perhaps they are not as strong a teacher or leader as others.  Perhaps they are very shy or anti-social.  Perhaps they are poor, widowed, divorced or mentally ill.  The feeble ones are necessary… One reason may be because that is where we practice being like the Savior… helping those who truly need Him the most…

From my patriarchal blessing:
“I bless you that you will have a sensitivity to the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted, the down trodden and depressed.  I bless you that you will be able to encourage them and lift them up and bring them to a higher station in life.”

I want to be aware of and help the feeble more in my life for they are necessary in the Kingdom of God!

4/26/2015 - By : Dad 

One of the reasons the Jews did not believe that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah was because of the law in 

Deuteronomy 21

22 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:
 23 His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
The law states that anyone hung on a tree (or cross) is “accursed of God” therefore Jesus could not be the chosen one of God because he was obviously accursed of God by being crucified… This logic and reasoning is absolutely right by the Jews… Jesus was accursed of God, but not because of His own sins…

Galatians 3

 13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Paul uses this law to explain, "yes he was accursed of God, because of us!"  He took upon Himself our sins…  Vicariously, the best among us became the worst among us and suffered an infinite atonement!  He descended below all things...

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