Gospel Essentials Class Notes 7-30-2000
(See also Handout on Priesthood: Click Here)
Who gets it?
Hebrews 5:4 And no man taketh this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
What is it? What is it for?
From the Beginning, God’s Spirit rested on others so that they would share their learning, experience, with others.
Passage: Genesis 6:2 - Genesis 6:12
And then began these men to call upon the name of the Lord; and the Lord
blessed them; and a book of remembrance was kept in the which was recorded in
the language of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God, to
write by the Spirit of inspiration;
Does it change?
Hebrews 7:23 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Where in time
Genesis 6:7 Now this same priesthood which was in the beginning, shall be in the end of the world also.
When? (from the foundation of the world)
Alma 9:49 And they began from that time forth to call on his name; therefore God conversed with men, and made known unto them the plan of redemption, which had been prepared from the foundation of the world;
Alma 9:65 And this is the manner after which they were ordained: being called and prepared from the foundation of the world, according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil;
Alma 9:68 Or in fine: in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren; thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of the only begotten Son, who was prepared;
Alma 9:70 This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world:
Why? Perfecting of the saints:
DC 107:46b The above offices I have given unto you, and the keys thereof, for helps and for governments, for the work of the ministry, and the perfecting of my Saints,
DC 136:3a The movements toward better understanding of ministerial responsibilities, duties, and goals, and toward unity of endeavor in teaching, preaching, evangelizing, and the perfecting of the Saints, are pleasing to the Lord.
DC 137:4b And let the church be admonished that the functioning and work of this order is of great importance in the work of perfecting the Saints, and the appointing authorities be reminded that the members of the order so far as possible are to be relieved of administrative work and keep themselves in condition for better functioning as evangelists whose task is to build up faith in the gospel and the church and its work.
How is it to be conferred? Must have Spirit (pattern established in ordinations)
Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
(Ordaining priests in new testament)
Moroni 3:2 After they had prayed unto the Father in the name of Christ, they laid their hands upon them, and said, In the name of Jesus Christ I ordain you to be a priest; (or if he be a teacher;) I ordain you to be a teacher, to preach repentance and remission of sins through Jesus Christ, by the endurance of faith on his name to the end. Amen.
What are duties? How is it to function?
Hebrews 7:3 For this Melchizedek was ordained a priest after the order of the Son of God, which order was without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life. And all those who are ordained unto this priesthood are made like unto the Son of God, abiding a priest continually.
Why is there an Aaronic Priesthood? Melchisedek?
(to wait tables translates to the word ‘Deacon’—here they ordained aaronic priesthood to do the work of home ministry.
Was is really only to the Levites? Which popular person in the Bible held priesthood and was not of the tribe of Levi? (Jesus, of Judah). Nay sayers to BOM say that Lehi could not have had priesthood. Not so..
Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
Was Melchisedek priesthood taken from the earth?
Exodus 34:1 And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof, shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst, lest I destroy them.
Melchisedek found during BC times in America:
Alma 2:11 Now this was the cause of much affliction to Alma, yea, and to many of the people whom Alma had consecrated to be teachers, and priests, and elders, over the church;
Alma 2:23 And he selected a wise man who was among the elders of the church, and gave him power according to the voice of the people, that he might have power to enact laws according to the laws which had been given, and to put them in force, according to the wickedness and the crimes of the people.
Alma 4:1 And now it came to pass that after Alma had made an end of speaking unto the people of the church, which was established in the city of Zarahemla, he ordained priests and elders, by laying on his hands according to the order of God, to preside and watch over the church
Mosiah 13:63 And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the chief judge; he being also the high priest; his father having conferred the office upon him, and had given him the charge concerning all the affairs of the church.
Alma 2:5 Yea, they were baptized by the hand of Alma, who had been consecrated the high priest over the people of the church, by the hand of his father Alma.
Alma 9:73 Thus they become high priests for ever, after the order of the Son, the only begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.
Alma 10:1 Now as I said concerning the holy order of this high priesthood: there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God;
Alma 10:7 Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchisedec, who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken, who also took upon him the high priesthood for ever.
Alma 10:12 But Melchisedec having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood, according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people.
Offices found in Bible?
I Timothy 3:8 Likewise the deacons must be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
I Timothy 3:10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
I Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses will.
I Corinthians 12:28 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.
I Corinthians 12:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
I Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed;
James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
What about turning from priesthood?
Passage: DC 83:6c - DC 83:7d
for whoso is faithful unto the obtaining these two priesthoods of which I have
spoken, and the magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the
renewing of their bodies:
How about Deacons?
from which we get deacon.
"Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes, truly, I say to you, he will gird himself and have them sit at table, and he will come and serve [diakoneo] them" (Luke 12:37).