Cleansing the Inner Vessel - God's Power 4
After His Kind
Once a man had made a baby
What will he be? Just wait and see.
It will be a horse, maybe
Once a man had made a baby
What will it be? We all want to see.
It's a duck after all this waiting.
Once a man had made a baby
What will it be? Let us see.
It was a little man as it should be.
On Becoming Divine
What do you want to be when you grown up? That is the question each kid gets when trying to figure out life. Kids want to be police, firefighters, doctors, lawyers. Very few imaging being just Mother or Father. Even less probably imaging growing up to become God.
That is right! No more than a child can become his parents can an individual become God. Parents will always be parents no matter what level or status a child reaches. President Donald Trump's parents are no less his parents since his entrance into the White House and arguably the most powerful position in humanity. Yet, Donald Trump is a parent, just as equal in authority and power to his children as they were to Donald.
So, all children grow up to become adults if they are fortunate enough to survive childhood. Some of those children marry and create families of their own to nurture and the process repeats. Does it work that way with God and His children? Yes!
Who thinks of growing up to become God? Jesus Christ thought about that, and He was God in the flesh. He thought that because it is possible by His own admission. In this article is discussed how the regular man or woman can become a god--not like a god, but a god indeed.
Each human born has the potential to godhood at the right hand of Jesus Christ who declares that all He has will belong to the faithful children of Christ.
Power to Become Like God
A unique doctrine associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the teaching: As man is now, God once was; as God is now, man may become. Other Christians do not formulate it that way. Jesus Christ is God, one of the three members of the Godhead. He came to mortality to take on flesh and set the example for humanity.
Each human born has the potential to godhood at the right hand of Jesus Christ who declares that all He has will belong to the faithful children of Christ. Paul instructed the Romans that the natural or carnal man who gives in to the desires of the body will die spiritually with the body, spiritual death is eternal separation from God.
He then taught that those who seek after holy things, spiritual things will live eternally, life with God. Living in the Spirit of God allows the righteous to discern that
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16-17
If humanity is willing to bear the burden of suffering as Christ did, not suffering for the sins of the world, but the suffering that comes when wicked people who chose to die eternally persecute or when sickness and disease emaciate the body, or when all manner of trials consume mortal life. Power to become God with Christ is given to all people who willing suffer through their personal Gethsemane without turning away from the plan that God has for humanity to have His type of Joy, His type of Love, His type of Sorrow, and His type of Power.
What is an Heir? A person who obtains stewardship of property, owning at the death of another or receives a legacy to perdure, as does the legacy of one who is called of God and given heirship with Christ.
Children do not grow up and become dolphins. They become full adults with the responsibility of adults. Some fare better than others but fare they will. The children of God grow up to become gods. God did not promise all that He has with limitations on it. He promises all power and all glory to those who seek after love, for none else can have the power of God except he or she that loves as God loves. It does not happen in a minute.
All people born of the Church of the Lamb of God are heirs of the kingdom. The power is in the grace of Christ who provided the way for eternal life for all of those who keep the commandments of God.
What a bold assertion to claim that all humans have the potential to be gods. The creative power of God is already in each individual. Life is about preparing to meet God as a joint-heir with Christ. Does this mean that He will disappear? No! It does mean that the work of God will continue as long as life in any form is to continue. Since God lives forever, so shall the work of God be forever. The only thing that changes is who He has to assist Him in that work. God has called each human to assist Him.
Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson—That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness. That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man. (Doctrine and Covenants 121:34-37)
The power of God, the priesthood authority must be handled by meek, humble, repentant servants or it is worth nothing to anyone.
A captain with no ship is still a captain, but he or she has nothing to command but a title only. Power to become a captain with a ship (servant with the power of God) for humanity is going to only manifest itself in the way we live our lives. The inside of the vessel must be as clean as the outside for the power of divinity to avail itself to the common man.
© 2018 Rodric Anthony Johnson