D&C Section 76 (Part 2)

This is a continuation of a previous post (D&C Section 76 Part 1).

This section was recieved by the prophet, Joseph Smith, and Sidney Rigdon, in a vision. It is regarding some of the truths that were taken from the translation of the Bible. It is a revelation that teaches us about the nature of heaven and the exaltation of men. These truths came after they had been pondering over the translations they had done. There were others who witnessed them receiving this vision and have testified to the glory that was with them when it was received.

Worlds without Number Were Created by the Lord

“That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God (v. 24).” This scripture does not say that a single world was created by the Lord, but that the worlds were created. We learn here that there are multiple worlds. We also learn from this scripture that the creation of worlds did not end with the beginning of our world, but that worlds are created presently and inhabited by children of God. In Moses 1:33 we read, “And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten.” The creations of the Lord are eternal and without number. It is an overwhelming thing to think of the idea of countless worlds being created and inhabited by the children of God. God is eternal and it would be selfish to think that we were all he had created throughout all eternity.

Lucifer Was an Angel of God, a Son of the Morning

“And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son (v. 25), And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning (v. 26). And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning (v. 27!” In this revelation we learn that Satan, formerly called Lucifer, had been a son of the morning. The manual I am studying points out that it does not say the son of the morning, the way it says the Only Begotten, so he was likely one of many with that title, where Jesus was the one and only. Lucifer had authority to be with God and to give his own plan at the great counsel in heaven. He did not, however, have the authority to take away the agency of the children of God and his plan was refused. He had enough authority and importance, that when he was cast out, a third of the host of heaven chose to follow him. He was important enough for the heavens to weep over his fall.

What Do the Names of Lucifer and Perdition Mean?

Satan was once called Lucifer and at his fall was called Perdition. In the Bible Dictionary, the word Lucifer says, “literally the Shining One; also Lightbringer or Son of the Morning”. Perdition is defined in my manual as “loss or destruction”. Lucifer had great position in heaven and then fell and was a spirit who had complete loss as in he lost all of his glory and status. He fell to a state of destruction. When we hear the word perdition, it is usually in the phrase sons of perdition. If Satan is Perdition, then sons of perdition are those who become servants of Satan and are entirely separated from God.

Who Has Satan Singled Out As His Enemies?

“And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ (v. 28 )—Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about (v. 29).” Satan’s enemies are the saints of God. He attempts to make war with those who believe in God. But, with his fall, he lost the power to have more authority than any who choose to follow Jesus and gain a mortal body. All men, have the power and ability to be victorious over Satan. However, he still has the power and authority to tempt us all and to draw us away from God. His side only wins when we forget that we are children of God and have a divine inheritance in place for us.

To What Extent Must a Person Know God’s Power and Be a Partaker Before He Becomes a Son of Perdition?

“And we saw a vision of the sufferings of those with whom he made war and overcame, for thus came the voice of the Lord unto us (v. 30): Thus saith the Lord concerning all those who know my power, and have been made partakers thereof, and suffered themselves through the power of the devil to be overcome, and to deny the truth and defy my power (v. 31)—They are they who are the sons of perdition, of whom I say that it had been better for them never to have been born (v. 32); For they are vessels of wrath, doomed to suffer the wrath of God, with the devil and his angels in eternity (v. 33); Concerning whom I have said there is no forgiveness in this world nor in the world to come (v. 34)—Having denied the Holy Spirit after having received it, and having denied the Only Begotten Son of the Father, having crucified him unto themselves and put him to an open shame (v. 35).”

Only one who has received the gift of the Holy Ghost, and has been touched to the very soul by Its power, can become a son of perdition. When the gift of the Holy Ghost bears witness to the soul, it become a knowledge to our own soul. If, with this spiritual knowledge, one denies the truth, he commits the greatest sin. To deny the spiritual and eternal knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, earns the title of son of perdition and the reward is outer darkness in an unforgivable state for eternity.

(This section will be continued.)

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