History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​May 14​> some remarks. Add to your faith, knowledge &c. The principle of knowledge, is the principle of salvation, this principle can be comprehended by the faithful and diligent, and every one that does not obtain knowledge sufficient to be saved will be condemned. The principle of Salvation is given us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Salvation is nothing more or less, than to triumph over all our enemies, and put them under our feet <​and when we have power to put all enemies under our feet​> in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil Spirits in the world to come, then we are saved; as in the case [HC 5:387] of Jesus, who was to reign until he had put all enemies under his feet, and the last enemy was death. Perhaps there are principles here that few men have thought of. No person can have this salvation, except through a tabernacle. Now in this world, mankind are naturally selfish, ambitious, and striving to excel one above another, yet some are willing to build up others as well as themselves, so in the other world there are a variety of Spirits; some seek to excel, and this was the case with Lucifer, when he fell, he sought for things which were unlawful, hence he was cast down, and it is said he drew away many with him, and the greatness of his punishment is, that he shall not have a tabernacle; this is his punishment, so the Devil thinking to thwart the decree of God, by going up and down in the earth, seeking whom he may destroy, any person that he can find, that will yield to him, he will bind him, and take possession of the body, and reign there glorying in it mightily, not thinking that he had <​got​> a stolen tabernacle, and by and by some one having authority will come along, and cast him out and restore the Tabernacle to its rightful owner, but the Devil steals a Tabernacle because he has not one of his own, but if he steals one, he is always liable to be turned out of doors
Now there is some grand secret here, and keys to unlock the subject. Notwithstanding the Apostle exhorts them to add to their faith virtue, knowledge, temperance &c. yet he exhorts them to make their calling and election sure, and though they had heard an audible voice from heaven bearing testimony that Jesus was the son of God, yet he says we have a more sure word of Prophecy whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light shin-ing in a dark place. Now wherein could they have a more sure word of prophecy than to hear the voice of God saying this is my beloved son &c. Now for the secret and grand key. Though they might hear the voice of God, <​& know that Jesus was the son of God​> this would be no evidence that their election and calling was made sure that they had part with Christ, and were joint heirs with him: they then would want that more sure word of prophecy, that they were sealed in the heavens and had the promise of eternal life in the kingdom of God, then having this promise sealed unto them, it was as an anchor to the Soul sure and stedfast, though the thunders might roll, and lightnings flash, and earthquakes bellow, and war gather thick around, yet this hope and knowledge would support the soul in every hour of trial, trouble [HC 5:388] and tribulation. Then knowledge through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the grand key that unlocks the glories and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Compare this principle once with Christendom at the present day, and where are they with all their boasted religion, piety and sacredness, while at the same time they are crying out against Prophets, Apostles, Angels, Revelations, Prophesyings, [p. 1549]
May 14 some remarks. Add to your faith, knowledge &c. The principle of knowledge, is the principle of salvation, this principle can be comprehended by the faithful and diligent, and every one that does not obtain knowledge sufficient to be saved will be condemned. The principle of Salvation is given us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Salvation is nothing more or less, than to triumph over all our enemies, and put them under our feet and when we have power to put all enemies under our feet in this world, and a knowledge to triumph over all evil Spirits in the world to come, then we are saved; as in the case [HC 5:387] of Jesus, who was to reign until he had put all enemies under his feet, and the last enemy was death. Perhaps there are principles here that few men have thought of. No person can have this salvation, except through a tabernacle. Now in this world, mankind are naturally selfish, ambitious, and striving to excel one above another, yet some are willing to build up others as well as themselves, so in the other world there are a variety of Spirits; some seek to excel, and this was the case with Lucifer, when he fell, he sought for things which were unlawful, hence he was cast down, and it is said he drew away many with him, and the greatness of his punishment is, that he shall not have a tabernacle; this is his punishment, so the Devil thinking to thwart the decree of God, by going up and down in the earth, seeking whom he may destroy, any person that he can find, that will yield to him, he will bind him, and take possession of the body, and reign there glorying in it mightily, not thinking that he had got a stolen tabernacle, and by and by some one having authority will come along, and cast him out and restore the Tabernacle to its rightful owner, but the Devil steals a Tabernacle because he has not one of his own, but if he steals one, he is always liable to be turned out of doors
Now there is some grand secret here, and keys to unlock the subject. Notwithstanding the Apostle exhorts them to add to their faith virtue, knowledge, temperance &c. yet he exhorts them to make their calling and election sure, and though they had heard an audible voice from heaven bearing testimony that Jesus was the son of God, yet he says we have a more sure word of Prophecy whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light shin-ing in a dark place. Now wherein could they have a more sure word of prophecy than to hear the voice of God saying this is my beloved son &c. Now for the secret and grand key. Though they might hear the voice of God, & know that Jesus was the son of God this would be no evidence that their election and calling was made sure that they had part with Christ, and were joint heirs with him: they then would want that more sure word of prophecy, that they were sealed in the heavens and had the promise of eternal life in the kingdom of God, then having this promise sealed unto them, it was as an anchor to the Soul sure and stedfast, though the thunders might roll, and lightnings flash, and earthquakes bellow, and war gather thick around, yet this hope and knowledge would support the soul in every hour of trial, trouble [HC 5:388] and tribulation. Then knowledge through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the grand key that unlocks the glories and mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Compare this principle once with Christendom at the present day, and where are they with all their boasted religion, piety and sacredness, while at the same time they are crying out against Prophets, Apostles, Angels, Revelations, Prophesyings, [p. 1549]
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