The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R McConkie Volume 3

The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R McConkie Volume 3

-Jesus paid a tax he did not owe with money he did not earn via the insight to use the fish. Jesus is a Lord not a commoner- he is not to pay the tax, but did so so as to not offend anyone.

-All infants are innocent.

-though there were varying degrees of sin in pre-mortality, at birth all infants are clean from sin because of the Atonement which was prepared “from the foundation of the earth”

-those who preach false doctrines shall be thrust down to hell.

-it is better to remove one member of the body of Christ, one person that is evil, than to leave him on the body and cause the whole be become evil and cast into hell.

-if some go down to hell, so be it. don’t go there yourself.

-every member of the church will be tested in all things to see if he will abide the day, regardless of what happens to others in his family.

-Some taught Jesus was Lucifer in carnate.

-The leaven of the pharacies was the damning doctrine they taught which would bring the death of the Son of God.

-Bone healing slowly is as much a miracle as immediate healing.

-Who preach against the truth can never agree on things. What they believe doesn’t matter, their master the Devil only cares that they don’t believe the truth.

-Deep doctrine often comes to new converts to prove them. It may not fit with their prior religious understandings.

-When Peter said be it far from thee he was appealing to Jesus’ human side like Lucifer.

-When those closest to you turn against you they can become your worst enemies.

-Peter could fall even a moment from his testimony and was rebuked accordingly in the above instance.

-If we suffer with Christ we will also be with him when all tears cease.

-Break not the commandments for to save your lives for who save their lives here loose them in the life to come.

-Were it possible to gain the whole world by losing your soul you would have chump change in comparison, merely a pauper to what you could have had should you have kept your soul.

-Eternal Life is the greatest gift of God because those who receive it become like him.

-What we know is sufficient to get us eternal life.

-When Christ said some among him would not die until his Second Coming that they would see such in the flesh, he was referring to John and we know not who else.

-There is much we know not because we have not reached the spiritual status of the ancients.

-The 2nd Comforter is Jesus Christ visiting you from time to time.

-On the mount of transfiguration, Elohim (Heavenly Father) in a cloud certainly did appear, and Jesus certainly saw him on that occasion. This cloud is anciently called the Shakinah, which God uses to hide himself from our sight. On this occasion at transfiguration mount Jesus could see the Father but others could not.

-We can’t understand the visions he had at that mount unless we have the Holy Ghost.

-The earth itself will be transfigured at the Millennial day.

-Jews know not if all or some will rise in the resurrection, nor when it will be (we do know these things).

-7 Commandments were given to Noah at least as we see from an ancient record.

-Many people left the messiah when he did not give them manna that their bellies might bulge.

-Sinners always fear the righteous indignation that may burst forth from the righteous at any time.

-All evil spirits are evil beyond imagination.

-Those who suffer for Christ’s sake know he is their Lord.

-Even those who know Christ is their Lord need reassurance that he will help them in their time of need.

-Just as there are levels of governing in heaven, so there are in hell some demons in charge of others.

-Just as there are levels of heaven, there are levels of hell.

-Joseph Smith said there are levels of faith; although one may not have the faith to move a mountain he may still have the faith to heal a person.

-By experience with Christ, Peter’s rough edges were smoothed and he was prepared to guide the Church after Christ.

-The Apostles thought of who should be best but it was directly in opposition to Jesus’ selfless service. We should not seek any position making us above another person.

-To be a kind and wise father is better than to lead an army or corporate business; there will be many who will be greatest in the kingdom of heaven for the is something any may achieve, it is something shared there.

-This is a work of cooperation, those who wrote the scriptures plant the seeds, and we go out and harvest from their efforts.

-The Apostle is to be as the Seventy, and the Seventy to be as the Elder.

-The brethren of the Church should be as one flesh.

-Deny lusts of the flesh and keep all commandments is to take up your cross.

-Christ permitted himself a righteous man to be slain, thus we see that sometimes he lets other righteous persons be slain as well.

-The 12 Apostles are the people God would trust to lead the entire Church.

-All of the 12 Apostles have the keys and can exercise them under the leadership of the senior Apostle, the President of the Church.

-No power to the 12 Apostles that won’t come to any member be they righteous!

-If we want more revelation on a topic let the Brethren know and God will loose the information to them.

-God’s servants are the members of His Church.

-God’s Kingdom on earth is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it prepares people for the heavenly Kingdom.

-It is always the wicked who seek to put people who sin against them into prison.

-In our day the first Seventy were who had laid their all on the altar of Zion’s Camp.

-A Seventy is like an Apostle and where he is the Church and Kingdom of God are and where he is not they are not.

-Work for the living takes precedence over work for the dead.

-When Christ’s servants speak before people it’s like Jesus were there addressing them.

-There always are more people that would hear the message of the gospel than messengers to tell it with exception to the days of Noah (*The last days are to be as the days of Noah).

-Seek not to be banqueted and feasted in the homes of the rich, but eat with the meek, the common.

-Jesus did many more miracles than are recorded. What are recorded are merely types of what Jesus did.

-The gospel always divides people (*recall Jesus’ saying “I came not to bring peace but a sword”)

-True learning can stand totally independent and ignorant of what is taught in schools.

-People long make the mistake of knowledge for wisdom, or degrees for education.

-Spiritual darkness is the worst kind of darkness.

-There are no limits to the power of faith.

-When two are united and ask something of the Lord not amiss the answer will come. Ask and receive.

-When you want new revelation ask the Brethren together and God will tell the Brethren.

-We will always be in debt to God.

-Not knowing what a Seventy is is a sign of apostasy.

-When Jesus cleansed the temple he spoke so loud that all therein heard him.

-Satan is great at quoting scripture to explain himself.

-Were Jesus on earth today, people would o the same things to him as they do to his servants.

-When ignorant of how to interpret scriptures we can be lead on my superstitions.

-Prejudice from supposed learning in divinity is the worst.

-When Christ said “I am the light of the world” he was declaring that he is the Messiah, for the ancient prophets taught the Messiah would bring light to Israel and the Gentiles, and unto them that sit in darkness hath the light shined. But although Israel had been waiting four thousand years to hear someone come along and say that they were the light of the world, they rejected Jesus Christ, he who taught that he indeed is the Son of God.

-Just because you don’t know something does not mean that thing is not true. Those who do know truth will testify of such.

-Only those who are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost can go where Jesus is.

-If you believe not in Christ ye shall die in your sins and be damned in eternity.

-They (*the Jewish leaders of Christ’s day and those who carry on their work) knew Jesus was damning them for their contempt with him.

-Jesus’ identity was of record. They knew who he was. Their inquiries about who he was were signs of lack of belief in what he had already plainly declared.

-Apostate people always claim allegiance to the past prophets but reject the current ones of their day.

-Our families and nations we are born into are direct result of premarital behavior.

-Disability can come to anyone and is not related to premarital behavior.

-We become the seed of Abraham in the full sence as we obey the gospel law. Religious Jews at Jesus’ time thought they were Abraham’s seed, and they were, but they fell from that since they tried to kill Jesus. Abraham did not try to kill Jesus or his prophets, and so they were really not acting like Abraham whom they professed to have as their father. Jesus said that if they did the works of Abraham they were the seed of Abraham.

-Christ said “before Abraham was I am” this is to say “before Abraham was I, Jehovah.” They wanted to stone him seeing as he had openly proclaimed that He is Jehovah. The self existent one. The Son of God whose name was known unto Abraham as Jehovah.

-The Seventy and the Twelve Aposltes were rugged forthright not tainted by theology of the time.

-In the eternal sence, there is nothing but glory and triumph for the faithful ministers.

-Most of the Seventy and Twelve were Galileans, and were less involved with the ritual rabinisism and the damning scribal theology.

-Christ taught people the truth that he, the Son, is as the Father, and the Father is as him.

-Christ is not proud and pompous and austere as the Rabbi’s who then lead the people.

-Mary Magdelene was a traveling missionary companion of Jesus.

-Marth was as spiritual and righteous as Mary, she witnessed of the Messiah when Lazarus was to be risen from the dead, but in the instance of wanting Mary to cease to hear Jesus to help her with household chores, she learned a lesson from the Master’s gentle rebuke. After the needed temporal food the only needful thing remaining is spiritual food.

-The Jewish leaders ascertained their doom when they said we know Moses spoke with God but not this Jesus.

-Christ opening physical eyes showed that he has power to open spiritual eyes. Obedience to his gospel opens spiritual eyes.

-Those who think they can spiritually see but reject Christ are actually spiritually blind.

-People who come into this earth with premortal spirtual talent will follow Jesus Christ.

-The Sheepfold of Christ is not to be found with the Christian sects of our day. The Kingdom of God is the Church of Jesus Christ. It is his earthly kingdom that serves to prepare people to live in his heavenly kingdom (*plainly he is here referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as quoted earlier, salvation is of the Latter-day Saints).

-All ministers who testify not of Christ including those of Jesus’ day are not of Christ and are thieves and robbers.

-The true sheep of God will not heed the ministers who testify not of Christ.

-Jesus didn’t let people revel in polemics by contending with them on points of religion that never apply to our lives.

-People wanting to kill Jesus, having seen him work good, heal the sick, cure the blind, this is parallel and is just as the people wanting to kill God for creating the earth and giving them life.

-To them who would not believe him, Christ told them to believe in his works, the which could only come from the power of the divine.

-Holy God would not let an unholy man do the kind of things Jesus did. It would not be possible. The power of God would not enter into an evil person to enable him to do the things that Jesus did. Only a holy man could do what Jesus did, for he did it by the power of God.

-Good works means good man.

-The most helpless stupidity was when the man rebuked the multitude for letting a person be healed on the Sabbath. Not only is the Sabbath for such, but the multitude was not even involved, he was merely avoiding the Master.

-It’s easy to live a set of rules, like the Rabbi’s and Pharacies of Jesus’ time; but it’s difficult to do what the gospel asks,that is to be humble, spiritual, self sacrificing, a disciple, one who loves God and all people.

-Those who were unwilling to come to the Lord’s supper (see Luke 5) are the people who aren’t willing to take time away from their business for religion, or away from pleasures of this world, for a better to come.

-There is a day when the door to the kingdom is closed with finality and no more people are let in to the Celesital Kingdom.

-People who rejected the prophets and see them with crowned heads working for God will weep and howl.

-We must be willing to die or give up our family members for the Kingdom of God. Duty to God takes precedence over personal or family obligation. All is to be forsaken if retaining them means losing eternal life.

-Should we need to leave family friends or possessions for the Kingdom of God, friends we will find in the Kingdom of God will be closer to us than the blood relatives that we had had would have been to us. The property of the Saints will be at our disposal, and all things will be ours. What we lose in sacrifice for the Kingdom of God is like clay in our fist, and we need to let it go, for it’s nothing compared to what we will receive.

-Apostate people always think they are treading where the Saints have trod when in reality ancient prophets foretold of modern ones whom they, the supposed followers, reject.

-Rabbi’s teach people to rejoice when one who opposes God perishes, but Jesus taught that there is greatest rejoicing in heaven over the soul that repents. This is a stark contrast!

-What was given to the prodigal son was concession not legal petition.

-To inherit all the father has is for the son who served the father; the prodigal who returns is a ruler, but not like the son who served the father, for that son inherits all that the father has.

-Friend the mammon of unrighteousness shows that people set worldly goals and fight to attain them; shall not we who have heavenly goal be more valiant in our fight for those than are the people of the world toward their goals?

-Use your wealth as a servant, don’t let it become your master.

-Jesus taught that no man who trusts in riches will make it to heaven.

-At death, those who are inclined toward God remain so, and those who are inclined toward rebellion remian so. There may and will be some change with time, but not at first.

-When you’ve done all asked of you, say you are an unprofitable servant, having done no more than that which was your duty to do.

-Lazarus was in the tomb for four days, it was at four days that the Jews believed the spirit left the body and the person was totally dead. Jesus intensionally waited this long to raise Lazarus from the dead.

-Once Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead the people were even more set on slaying him, fearing that the people would follow him as their Messiah, and that they would lose their leadership positions. The then High Priest suggested that they kill Jesus to save the nation thinking that the Romans would take over otherwise; he was wrong in his thought, but the Lord did speak through him to make a Messianic prophecy of Jesus Christ that by the death of Christ, the nation would live.

-In spiritual things there is no difference between men and women.

-Jesus could find the tomb of Lazarus and remove the stone in front of it, he even had power to raise him from the dead; but he asked people to do these things to build and test their faith.

-Jesus lead a movement; he brought his kingdom to earth; the people asked him when the kingdom would come and he told them it already had, that he brought it, and that they rejected it by rejecting him. The movement Jesus was leading was not to be done by men taking up weapons of war, but it was to change people’s lives and offer them salvation eternal.

-The Church is a widow until Christ return, for it is betrayed to him.

-Satan wants none to marry, but that we go around having sex with each other like cattle, becoming like animals, living in sin, not having a family. God wants us to have a family, and for that family to grow and remain eternally.

-If all men and women lived in accordance to the gospel there would be no divorce.

-At times God allows divorce and plural marriage but in the perfect situation there is no divorce. That is the higher law. Today it’s not adultery to marry a divorced person or to divorce, but in the Millennium it will be adultery to get a divorce.

-only God is good; so when a person called him good master, he asked why do you call me good for only one is good even my father. He was saying that the only person that is good is God. He was saying that he is God,and that he is good for he makes no sin, but asked the person why he called him good seeing as the man rejected Christs teachings that he is God. Christ was saying, only call me good if you believe I am God, for only God is good. Only God is without sin, and I am such.

-Many are called but few are chosen, this is a daunting statement. Only few become as God. Many go on missions, but few reap the reward of those missions in full.

-Those who are called but don’t live up to being chosen are as people walking in darkness though they be in the noon day sun.

-Life with Jesus for his disciples was like a refiners fire, day after day getting their dross burnt off by the decicivnes of his sayings.

-The disciples thought of the crown of glory, but Jesus was humble and though of the bitter cup he would have to drink, and the cross he would be hung on. The people did not understand that such the crown is not without the bitter cup.

-Jesus usually taught doctrine before performing miracles, for the miracles could then act as a divine sealing upon his words.

-All who do good deeds will eventually learn that those deeds were done unto Christ.

-Living Lazarus was a sign of deadness of the Mosaic Law. He walked with Jesus.

-There always is a Judas to complain about how money we use to serve God could have been given to the poor.

-Judas complained of Mary’s money on ointment for Jesus’ feet but for 1/3 of that cost he sold Jesus.

-The Hosannah shout to Jesus was something only sung to Jehovah; to God to save them. Thousands of believing people shouted such to him. The Rabbi’s thought is gall and wormwood, and asked Jesus to stop them, but Jesus knew it was destined and said if they didn’t shout it the very rocks would.

-Cursing the fig tree by Jesus was for mans good. If a man sees a tree that does nothing he likewise cuts it down. All on earth is for the benefit of man and to teach man. It’s no crime to get rid of a tree that does no good.

-Mary anointed Jesus as a king and for his burial.

-The people knew Christ was the suffering servant as Isaiah said but wanted position, so they slew him.

-Religious people of Jesus’ day had a form of godliness to cover their inner greed and love for money and property and prestige, the things of this world.

-The questions that the Rabbi’s and scribes and Pharaces asked Jesus must have been formed in the council rooms of Lucifer himself.

-(*I see great conspiracy that people who are wolves wear lamb masks but actively are evil.)

-The top goal in life for a Melchizedek Priesthood holder is to raise an eternal family.

-The opinions of those who know not the scriptures nor the power of God are begrudging.

-When Jesus spoke of people who neither marry nor are given in marriage, he was referring to the wicked, the people of this world who life after the ways of this world. The ungodly (*He is saying they can’t marry in the next life).

-The point of the entire law was the spirit of obedience. We must remember the merciful God is also a God of Vengance with not only the power to bless but the power to curse.

-The Lord said to my Lord; here he is referring to God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ. David’s son Jesus was his Lord since Jesus was of divine birth.

-Scribes and Pharisees loved their blindness for their deeds were evil.

-If one plot of the Scribes and Pharisees failed they went stubbornly and with vengeance into another stage of attack.

-Scribes and Pharisees say and do not. They make heavy burdens for others which they won’t tough with one finger.

-(*Oh when will we believe that they were evil and that there are like evil men today in sheeps clothing!)

-At the judgement bar it will not be an excuse if we have followed false doctrine from a false minister who taught such and worked evil. Let such be damned if that is what they have merited.

-False ministers want self ennoblement not to help the lost sheep.

-False ministers rule over the sheep with wrath and cruelty.

-False ministers love robes of color etc. are their desires. They cover up their desires for such with priestcraft.

-Jesus declared the damnation of hell upon Jewish rulers of his day.

-We are all, Christ included, brothers, because we are all the children of the same Father.

-There are only few to thunder the doctrine the word of the Lord from Mt. Sinai, and there are masses of people to hear it.

-The Widows Mite is worth one half a penny today in USA money. The lowest legal amount that could be put in the treasury, but it was her all.

-The only nobility to be saved  is that of righteousness.

-Black white bond free any nationality can be saved by Jesus Christ.

-At Christ’s baptism the Holy Ghost descended in bodily form as that of a dove.

-There never has been nor will be anyone spiritually minded who has doubt about who Jesus Christ is.

-Some believed Christ but the majority rejected him. Not only the leaders rejected him, but many people.

-God the Father is such because he has children. God the Son is such because he has a Father who is God.

-When Jesus said Jerusalem who kills the prophets he did so in great sorrow.

-When Jesus said this house is left unto you desolate speaking of the temple he did so with tears streaming down his face.

-False ministers eventually give way to the evil they are and turn to persecution against the Saints.

-Often people find legal charges to raise against those who bear witness of the truth.

-Robes of silks etc. does anyone really believe that that is the same Christianity that Jesus and his Apostles set up? Has no one read the prophecy that there must be a falling away first before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

-When people go to false churches they say “how can one which builds such beautiful cathedrals as these be false?” We see, all but the very elect will be deceived.

-The gathering of Israel commences before the Second Coming. It is one of the signs of the times.

-All nations must hear the gospel before Christ comes for the grand Second Coming.

-The wars of our days will make all war of the past seem as childrens skirmishes.

-Carnal men will think war is a way of life rather than God rebuking and chastening us.

-At the time of the restoration and before the Second Coming the devil will be of greater influence than ever in the history of the world.

-We live in the times of the Gentiles but that era is soon coming to an end and the era of the Jews, when they will hear the gospel, is coming.

-Sodomic influences will be consumed with fire.

-200 million men will make an army.

-Jesus will come again when all nations are at war and ready for the fire he will send upon them.

-Currently we have flawed and fallible men declaring the gospel, but soon the very angels will be declaring it, and they will make no error, no worthy person will be neglected.

-It will seem as though the very stars hurl themselves out of the heavens.

-All remaining on earth at the Messiahs coming will see him and recognize him for who he is.

-The LDS will be there when Jesus comes.

-Christians will be there.

-Those who don’t watch for Christ to come will be cut off.

-Who mock the Saints will be judged by calamities of earth.

-Those who belittle true believers for their creeds and doctrine will be consumed at the brightness of the coming of the Lord.

-Even the heathen will get a glory tolerable for them.

-Those without law will come forth in the first resurrection.

-We don’t know the day or hour of his coming but the season and generation we know clearly, it is the one wherein the signs of the times are being fulfilled.

-The Saints who don’t pay an honest tithe are counted as among those who will not stand the day of the coming of Christ.

-Though two live by each other the wicked one will be destroyed and the righteous spared.

-The righteous will be taken to where the Saints are gathered.

-Even many of the Saints will be suprized at the time of Christ’s coming.

-Priesthood holders and Apostles who watch over Christ’s Church will reign forever but those of them who are lead astray of them who may even retain their positions, they will be as stubble.

-To who much is given men will expect much.

-Those of Jesus’ day sought to read the signs of the times how much more ought we try to  read them seeing as we are the very people who live in the time of the fulfillment of those signs!

-The oil of righteousness must be bought at the market of obedience.

-Salvation is an individual matter only for who keep the commandments and have the spirit of God in them.

-The Lord will not be appeased with merely Moses’ righteousness he expects Moses to lead the people to Mt. Saini. So it is with us we must help others to salvation.

-People are not born equal but come with talents from premarital obedience to law.

-Those who operate on true principals and succeed in this life shall have opportunity to rule greater in the next life.

-The Apostle who is over the whole church and the bishop who’s realm is hardly a stones cast gain the same reward in the next life is they are both true and faithful.

-No false minister is content to go on his headlong coarse to hell along he tries to get people to go with him.

-Wo to who converts a human soul to a false religion be it Pharacyism Judaism or one of the Christian sects.

-Pharacies made others they converted two fold the child of hell as they were.

-It is the form not substance with which rabinisism is concerned.

-A person can’t reject the light and be saved.

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