What makes someone part of Gods people?
Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:35 AM
I believe that the second principle (fruit) of a disciple is to covenant with G-d. Perhaps one of the best examples of this is when Jesus went to John the Baptist to be baptized. To covenant with G-d one must receive the ordinance of the covenant from a divine proctor - which is either G-d or one sent by G-d to act as his proxy replacement. There is no doubt that Jesus represented more divine authority than John but Jesus submitted himself to John who was serving as G-d's proxy as proctor of G-d's covenant. I always smile when many non-LDS say that they find the LDS doctrine of man becoming a G-d unreasonable in one breath and then in the next breath take upon themselves the title of G-d as the proctor of divine covenant and perform, as though they were G-d, the ordinance of baptism to establish what they think is the same covenant between G-d and man as was manifested between Jesus and John.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:20 AM
How does someone become part of Gods people?
In scripture I believe we are informed of three important matters which constitute God's people: obedience, sacrifice, and love.
Obedience is the first law in heaven, which ultimately leads to sacrifice and love for our fellowmen. In other words, the two great commandments.
Obedience was first shown in scripture with our Savior, as a young boy, at the temple when he said to his mother, "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?" (Source)
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we recognize the covenant we make at baptism which first introduces to the concept of becoming fellow citizens with the saints of God. Baptism is a outward expression of our obedience, sacrifice and love for God.
In conclusion, I would think however the first step is "desire," without desire to be apart of God's people an individual will not be concerned with obedience, sacrifice, or a love for God.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:40 AM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:08 AM
Gospel Principles Chapter 42: The Gathering of the House of Israel
LOVING IS CEASING TO BE AFRAID♥
"Next to God we are nothing. To God we are Everything." Marcus Tullius Cicero
Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:49 AM
How does someone become part of Gods people?
I think you answered your own question. You join them. You walk with them, break bread with them, journey with them.
Perhaps your real question is, "Who are God's people?" Sadly, for the majority of those who identify as some kind of Christian, the focus is on finding the right group and merely identifying with them. To really belong we must love one another.
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." -- Lord Acton
Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:10 PM
8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:26 PM
You apply to university.
You get in.
& Now it's time to work your tail off.
AKA anyone can enter, but then you have to do the work.
To me it matters not which university.
It's the work you do after you get there.
Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:22 AM
I think a lot of people in America prize individualism above community, and make the mistake of confusing "united in one heart and one mind" as being equivalent to losing one's identity and joining the "Borg" or the "Morg" as some call it.... but joining a community does not equate to losing one's identity -
(New Testament | 1 Corinthians 12:20 - 21)
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the ahead to the feet, I have no need of you.
The eye is still an eye, the foot is still a foot - the only difference comes from working together - synergy - emergence - to create an entity where the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts.
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