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#1 joheri

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:08 PM

When talking about the gospel one cannot escape talking about God's laws. For instance, we have the law of sacrifice, the law of obedience and the law of consecration. There are other laws as well, but one in particullar has caught my mind lately. The law of the gospel. Can anyone explain to me what that is? Remeber, it is not the lawS of the gospel but the LAW of the gospel (singular).

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:24 PM

I'm confused as to what, exactly, you're looking for. I guess the LAW of the Gospel is obedience to Christ in all things, times, and places. However, that law is only as good as the person who if following it (if one doesn't know Christ's laws, then one cannot follow them). Perhaps you could provide more information on what you're looking for?
2 Nephi 2:25: Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
2 Nephi 25:23, 26: For we labor diligently... to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do... And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:31 PM

I am a little reluctant as to how much I should elaborate on this as I have only heard this phrase in the Temple. Searching the scripture doesn't give any perfect match to that phrase. If you have been through the Temple, you know what I am pointing to...

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:33 PM

Nope, unfortunately. I guess I'll leave this to others. Your weariness is good: it's against site rules to talk about the things that happen in the temple. So, good luck with your discussion!
2 Nephi 2:25: Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
2 Nephi 25:23, 26: For we labor diligently... to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do... And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 01:55 PM

When talking about the gospel one cannot escape talking about God's laws. For instance, we have the law of sacrifice, the law of obedience and the law of consecration. There are other laws as well, but one in particullar has caught my mind lately. The law of the gospel.

Can anyone explain to me what that is? Remeber, it is not the lawS of the gospel but the LAW of the gospel (singular).


All laws come with covenants - The law of the gospel is a covenant to accept scripture. Not any particular verse but the stand works and in particular the Doctrine and Covenants.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:22 PM

I think part of the answer you may be looking for is in recognizing the difference between a law and a commandment. There are commandments that are part of the Gospel, but the law of the Gospel is pretty straightforward... if you understand what a law is and what the Gospel is.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:39 PM

Traveller, are you saying that the law of the gospel is of a general nature as opposed to commandments which are more specific? If so, how about the other laws? I find them more specific than the law of the gospel. Or maybe the answer is, as you say, in understanding what the gospel really is about.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:49 PM

I don't know if I am getting this right or not but I think the law of the gospel stems from the laws that demanded a sacrifice for sin in place of total justice -- the reason we have a savior in the first place. And then because of the Atonement we then have the conditions of repentance or the "gospel" which is faith repentance baptism and the gift of the HG. And our covenants make us bound to working within this process in obedience.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:40 AM

Traveller, are you saying that the law of the gospel is of a general nature as opposed to commandments which are more specific?

If so, how about the other laws? I find them more specific than the law of the gospel. Or maybe the answer is, as you say, in understanding what the gospel really is about.


I believe the first and great principle is covenant. For this example we covenant to “keep” the Law of the Gospel. Within the law there may be several commandments. It is a worthwhile effort to associate commandments with the corresponding law. But the Law goes beyond commandments in what many view as the spirit of the law verses the letter of the law. In the same context covenant goes beyond the law when one realizes that divine laws are not confining or a type of bondage but liberating and the path to freedom.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:56 AM

Is there a short one paragraph description of all these laws somewhere on the net? I have heard them mentioned occasionally on various forums, but everyone defines them a bit differently and they haven't been discussed in much detail in the Gospel Doctrine class.
Jesus said, "The first in importance is, love the Lord God.'
And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.'
There is no other commandment that ranks with these."


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Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:13 PM

I think if you take the scriptures as a whole, particularly the teachings of the BoM and the D&C, you are taught you should and should not do, how to 'run' the church (organizationally), the manner of prayers, ordinances, the importance of covenants, the importance of sharing said Gospel with everyone, both in and out of the church, etc. This is a good question. I've never thought much of it, as I always considered said law as all-encompassing. We know that the Gospel is the 'good news' of Christ's mission and the saving ordinances that allow us to return and live with our HF. Perhaps it is as Traveler stated: the spirit of the Law. IOW, we commit to be as Christlike as possible in our dealings with each other and with our HF. We serve, we teach, we exhort, we learn, etc., all in an effort to become like the Master and bring as many others as we can to Him so that they too may be saved...

That would not be difficult to express. I found most helpful to me was going to my knees thanking my HF for life, for experience, for my family, and then directly asking him to go before my face, to be on my right hand, to be on my left hand, and his spirit in my heart, and his angels round about me to bear me up. --Thomas S. Monson, Feb 4 2008 News conference upon becoming President of the LDS church.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:23 PM

This talk seems to suggest that "the Law of the Gospel" is a generic term for all divinely-appointed laws pertaining to this Creation.

I'm not sure how satisfying this explanation is, though; in context of the Endowment it would seem to make certain elements of the ceremony redundant.

Can we find a better explanation?

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:34 PM

May I offer some additional understanding? I tried to give some hints but so many seem to be missing my point. Let me offer some specific commandments associated with the covenant and Law of the Gospel.
First Commandment: Have Faith in the L-rd Jesus Christ and remember him.
Second Commandment: Repent
Third Commandment: Be baptized for the remission of sins.
Forth Commandment: Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.

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PS. I am not really saying this to make anyone feel bad but the the 7 year olds in my primary class all know this answer.

Edited by Traveler, 09 September 2009 - 12:37 PM.


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Posted 10 September 2009 - 06:11 AM

When talking about the gospel one cannot escape talking about God's laws. For instance, we have the law of sacrifice, the law of obedience and the law of consecration. There are other laws as well, but one in particullar has caught my mind lately. The law of the gospel.

Can anyone explain to me what that is? Remeber, it is not the lawS of the gospel but the LAW of the gospel (singular).


D&C 88:78 - Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;

Elder Bruce R. McConkie stated (General Conference OCt 1968) - "In the final analysis, the gospel of God is written, not in the dead letters of scriptural records, but in the lives of the Saints. It is not written with pen and ink on paper of man's making, but with acts and deeds in the book of life of each believing and obedient person. It is engraved in the flesh and bones and sinews of those who live a celestial law, which is the law of the gospel. It is there to be read by others, first, by those who, seeing the good works of the Saints, shall respond by glorifying our Father in heaven, and finally by the Great Judge to whom every man's life is an open book."

Putting in simple terms, the 'Law of the Gospel' = 'Celestial Laws'

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:15 PM

Apparently is is the over-arching law that contains and controls all other laws including the laws of physics:

LDS.org - Ensign Article - The Safety of the Gospel Law
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 02:56 PM

In a word, it is faith. Faith can overcome the law of physics, like when Christ walked on the water. Remember, faith is not to have a sure knowledge. Interesting, huh? I'd like to see a discussion on why the above is true.

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 03:16 PM

In a word, it is faith.

Faith can overcome the law of physics, like when Christ walked on the water.

Remember, faith is not to have a sure knowledge. Interesting, huh?

I'd like to see a discussion on why the above is true.


It is my belief that having a sure knowledge does not mean that a person cannot have faith - a knowledge of one's belief is necessary for faith but faith (even in things of physics - like electrons that people utilize the benefits from and have faith in every time they turn on a light even though they have no clue what electrons really are) stands by itself.

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 09:28 AM

It is my belief that having a sure knowledge does not mean that a person cannot have faith - a knowledge of one's belief is necessary for faith but faith (even in things of physics - like electrons that people utilize the benefits from and have faith in every time they turn on a light even though they have no clue what electrons really are) stands by itself.

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One still has to have faith to believe what has been revealed. Faith is required to know what you are seeing is of The Lord and not from other sources - be it ones brain or the other source.

You never stop having faith as the Prophet Joseph Smith taught the universe was created by faith.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:01 PM

I am trying to understand what is specifically ment by the Law of the Gospel. Is it the general law that is a compilation of the commandments the Savior left us plus those of the Mosaic Law that were not superceded or is it something more?

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:24 PM

It's taken two years to answer this question, lol... It's interesting that Catholics actually know more about the Law of the Gospel (also called the New Law) than Mormons do. In a nutshell, it's the law Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5-7) It's a higher law that works on our thoughts and desires, rather than the Ten Commandments which deals with actions. It is also a progression in spirituality. The world has the Ten Commandments. LDS members live a higher law when they are baptized. That is: Law of Chastity (greater than don't commit adultery), Word of Wisdom (greater than thou shalt not kill - yourself), Law of Tithing (greater than thou shalt not covet), and Keeping the Sabbath to a greater degree (attend church meetings). Living these laws allows members to enter the Temple. In the Temple members commit to the Law of the Gospel. So, in the sense that instead of just keeping the Law of Chastity, Christ says to not lust. Instead of killing, He says don't get angry. These are higher laws, and those who perfect these commandments here will be better off in the world to come.




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