Monday, July 11, 2011
Come unto Christ
Moroni 10:30 "And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing."
Jacob 1:7 "Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as in the provocation in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness."
Come unto Christ. I hear that so much. We are to come unto the Father through Christ. So we must come to Christ. All scriptures exhort us to do this, and to partake of His goodness and enter into his rest.
So what does coming to Christ imply in it's fullness? What happens if we reject the fullness and only embrace a portion?
Have you truly come to someone if you two have never met? I suppose to a degree you can. But I think to truly come to someone means you meet them, converse with them, it's a physical encounter where you are in such a persons literal presence. To me that is what it means to "Come to Christ". Until then, have we come to Christ fully?
We have the privilege of embracing the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not just a portion of it. We should have, live, and enjoy the fullness, should we not? Are there people who have done this? Or is it too sacred to let anyone else know that there are those in our day experiencing the fullness of the Gospel? Is this reserved only for a select few, or are all invited? (2 Nephi 26:33)
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “After a person has faith in Christ, repents of his sins, and is baptized for the remission of his sins and receives the Holy Ghost, (by the laying on of hands), which is the first Comforter, then let him continue to humble himself before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and living by every word of God ... then it will be his privilege to receive the other Comforter, which the Lord hath promised the Saints. ... Now what is this other Comforter? It is no more nor less than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself” ( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 150–51).