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 May 17 – God’s Glory v. Celestial Glory. 2 Corinthians 4:6; “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

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October 1 –– God’s Glory is… Hebrews 1:3 “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (more…)

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Psalm 62:7 “In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

witnessing-tip-of-the-day-02072017 Ensign, ‘Children,’, Nov. 2011, 28; “When a child is born to a husband and wife, they are fulfilling part of our Heavenly Father’s plan to bring children to earth. The Lord said, ‘This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man’ [Moses 1:39]. Before immortality, there must be mortality” – Neil Andersen

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December 27 – Philippians 2:10-11; “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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The Angels and God’s Glory

John 10:11; “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

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Herod the Great was living in Jericho when the magi paid him an unexpected visit asking where they could find the King of the Jews. That visit was all it took to put Herod’s paranoia over the edge. At the same time in Rome, Caesar Augustus was pretending he was the savior of the world.

Meanwhile, the Messiah was given birth to in a little town called Bethlehem. No fanfare from the locals, or national holidays called for. However, on the outskirts of town, God summoned a miraculous event to take place on the hillsides of Judea that neither Herod, nor Caesar could reproduce if they tried.

Unbeknownst to everyone, a group of shepherds were sitting in a dark field taking a well deserved respite from another long day. Suddenly and out of nowhere, the Christmas 7blackened sky turned ablaze with the thundering voice of an angel from heaven.

Luke 2:9-10; “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”

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The Shepherds and Their Sheep

Today and tomorrow we’re looking at the exciting events of Holy Night! Today we’re taking a look at the life of a shepherd. Who were they and what does their story have to do with you personally? You’ll be amazed as we take a deeper look at what this message means – I know I was!

1 Samuel 17:15; “But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.”

shepherds-fieldFrom the days of Jacob living in Egypt with his sons, shepherding had been the family business. Genesis 46:34 While the Bible gives us stories of great heroes who were shepherds, David, Amos, Abel, Abraham, and Isaac, society looked down on them. The stereotype of the hireling shepherd being shiftless, uneducated, and worthless, was general knowledge that had been passed from one generation to the next for centuries.

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 Glory of God

Mormon Decisions 10Gospel Standards, pg. 160; “We, of course, seek after knowledge, light, and intelligence and to inform ourselves upon all matters of importance. The glory of God, we have been told by the Prophet Joseph, is intelligence; and we desire to gain knowledge and to become as intelligent as we possibly can…—Era, 24:866.” – Heber J. Grant

Hebrews 1:3; “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

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December 27 – Philippians 2:10-11; “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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These two verses summarize the glory of God.  The Glory is God Incarnate; Jesus Christ.  Actually, we should read the entire passage in context so go all the way back to verse 5 and go on to verse 11.  It is an amazing passage of scripture and one that every Mormon should be shown and taught. 

Mormons believe the glory of God is intelligence, but we see throughout scripture that intelligence leads to pride and the fall; whereas wisdom understands she doesn’t know everything. 

LORD:  The Greek word for LORD is kurios.  The transliteration means supreme authority, God, Lord, Master, Sir. 

It would mean that every tongue should confess  Jesus is God. 

Gnosticism:  It is understood and accepted by many that Paul’s writings to the Corinthian church was in response to what was going on in society at that time.  Gnosticism crept in and made an appearance in the church by the early second century.  This heretical teaching created heated debates and was a major threat to the body of Christ.  By the end of the 2nd century many Gnostics belonged to alternative churches.  Ireanaeus, Tertullian and Hippolytus wrote extensively about the dangers of Gnosticism.  Holman Bible Dictionary also has this to say about pre-Christian Gnostics:  

…was not an organized religion but was more a general attitude among thoughtful persons that although ignorance abounded, one could through knowledge come to understand one’s true identity and find union or relationship with the absolute deity. This way of conceiving of a pre-Christian gnosticism supplements the classic view by providing an explanation for the rapid and widespread development of so many diverse gnostic heretical sects so quickly. This view also offers an explanation of why the New Testament could so easily be exploited by gnostic sects.

Glory of God:  While there are many explanations and uses of the word glory, the New Testament limits its use to “doxa”, which in classical Greek means dignity, honor, praise and worship.  

Nowhere in New Testament thought or implication does it mean “intelligence”.

See here in the example of the Mormon writings where they believe that intelligence is not created, is eternal and the way to the ultimate level of salvation.  The truth is completely opposite of what is taught here in their works.

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“According to latter-day scripture, “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth” (D&C 93:36). Mankind, too, may be glorified by gaining intelligence…As Christ did not receive a fulness of intelligence at first but continued from “grace to grace” until he received a fulness …so it is with all persons. Whatever principles of intelligence they gain in mortality will rise with them in the Resurrection…

To gain increased intelligence, individuals must be agents to act for themselves, which means that they must be tried and tempted (D&C 29:39), and at the same time, the works of the Lord must be plainly manifest to them …so that they will have choice. In premortal life, men and women were intelligent beings (Abr. 3:21-22) who were given agency by God (Moses 4:3; D&C 29:36)…Intelligence is lost through disobedience, hardening of hearts, and clinging to false traditions (Mark 8:21; D&C 93:39)…Intelligence, however defined, is not created or made (D&C 93:29); it is coeternal with God (TPJS, pp. 353-54).”  Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 1-4 vols, edited by Daniel H. Ludlow, pg, 692.

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