The Covenant – Mosiah 5:1-15

1 And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had thus spoken to his people, he sent among them, desiring to know of his people if they believed the words which he had spoken unto them.

2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually. [There were no disputations among them. That is amazing. They were unified in Christ. Such will be the case for those who gather to Zion.]

3 And we, ourselves, also, through the infinite goodness of God, and the manifestations of his Spirit, have great views of that which is to come; and were it expedient, we could prophesy of all things. [They felt the spirit of prophecy fall upon them. An outpouring of the Spirit. This is common amongst those who have received the baptism of fire.]

4 And it is the faith which we have had on the things which our king has spoken unto us that has brought us to this great knowledge, whereby we do rejoice with such exceedingly great joy.

5 And we are willing to enter into a covenant with our God to do his will, and to be obedient to his commandments in all things that he shall command us, all the remainder of our days, that we may not bring upon ourselves a never-ending torment, as has been spoken by the angel, that we may not drink out of the cup of the wrath of God. [This is the Sacrament Covenant, the covenant of Christ, that existed even before He came to the earth.]

6 And now, these are the words which king Benjamin desired of them; and therefore he said unto them: Ye have spoken the words that I desired; and the covenant which ye have made is a righteous covenant. [To choose Christ is the only covenant required in this life to be exalted. Other covenants are made before the foundation of the world, and many more will come hereafter. It is important to understand that a covenant with God can only be given by God Himself. Men do not set the terms for this.]

7 And now, because of the covenant which ye have made ye shall be called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters. [This is an important scripture because it defines the relationship we have with Christ after we have been spiritually begotten of Him. The gift of the Holy Ghost is the turning point in our relationship with Him. From this point we are called His Sons and Daughters, and He is our Father. This is the same relationship that existed between Christ and His Father. This is the At-one-ment of Father and Son/Daughter.]

8 And under this head [position of authority] ye are made free [from the 2nd estate], and there is no other head whereby ye can be made free. There is no other name given whereby salvation cometh; therefore, I would that ye should take upon you the name of Christ, all you that have entered into the covenant with God that ye should be obedient unto the end of your lives. [Again, this is the Sacrament Covenant, to take His name upon us. This means that we abide in His light, to follow Him in this life and the next.]

9 And it shall come to pass that whosoever doeth this shall be found at the right hand of God [divine power and omnipotence], for he shall know the name by which he is called; for he shall be called by the name of Christ. [This Father/Son/Daughter relationship will never change from hence forth. D&C 121:46]

10 And now it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall not take upon him the name of Christ must be called by some other name; therefore, he findeth himself on the left hand of God. [Cut off from His presence.]

11 And I would that ye should remember also, that this is the name that I said I should give unto you that never should be blotted out, except it be through transgression; therefore, take heed that ye do not transgress, that the name be not blotted out of your hearts. [What is transgression? It is more than sin. It is to take another path, to circumvent the will of God. It is a premeditated act, that is not always what you might expect. In this lies a mystery.]

12 I say unto you, I would that ye should remember to retain the name written always in your hearts, that ye are not found on the left hand of God, but that ye hear and know the voice by which ye shall be called, and also, the name by which he shall call you. [Our hearts are the fountain of truth that will judge us. It is our hearts that will protect us from falling after having received all that the Father has.]

13 For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart? [This is part of the purpose behind the 4th estate, to serve the Master and save the House of Israel. These are the Saviors on Mount Zion, the Just Men and Women Made Perfect by that which they sacrifice and suffer.]

14 And again, doth a man take an ass which belongeth to his neighbor, and keep him? I say unto you, Nay; he will not even suffer that he shall feed among his flocks, but will drive him away, and cast him out. I say unto you, that even so shall it be among you if ye know not the name by which ye are called. [If you do not know Christ you will have no direction.]

15 Therefore, I would that ye should be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his [The gift of the Holy Ghost], that you may be brought to heaven, that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life, through the wisdom, and power, and justice, and mercy of him who created all things, in heaven and in earth, who is God above all. Amen.

The Gospel is rather simple – “come unto Christ.” King Benjamin is one of many witnesses in the Book of Mormon that teach the Doctrine of Christ, or the Doctrine of Salvation. Weaved into these incredible sermons are many of the mysteries of the kingdom. He who has eyes to see shall see, and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded to them.

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9 Responses to The Covenant – Mosiah 5:1-15

  1. Rhoda Christensen says:

    Oh my … this is so beautiful. Thank you for your continued insights into the scriptures. Truly, my testimony of Jesus and the BOM is increasing. Praise God!

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  2. daniel Dylan says:

    Your comment in verse 13…..[This is part of the purpose behind the 4th estate, to serve the Master and save the House of Israel. These are the Saviors on Mount Zion, the Just Men and Women Made Perfect by that which they sacrifice and suffer.] My question is ….Alma34:36 “And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, “…..to go no more out…..” ; but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.” …..“ To go no more out” ….. ” Does it mean after the progression through all the estates. And I wonder must each progression of a new estate happen after the ending of each millennial period continually till you have completed them all? I appreciate your patience with me in asking. I know that some things are not to be revealed at this time. Thank you so much for all that you are allowed to share with us who love to grow in the knowledge of the Kingdom of God. Your posts and books have totally changed my life. [Once someone has received the Holy Ghost they are 3rd estate. They can “go no more out,” meaning that they cannot lose their inheritance unless they deny the Holy Ghost. The progression of the estates is to rise in glory and help save souls in the Father’s kingdom. PR]

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  3. I am Loving all this wonderful inspired commentary thank you. I have 2 questions.
    1. If transgression is:
    “.. more than sin. It is to take another path, to circumvent the will of God. It is a premeditated act, that is not always what you might expect. In this lies a mystery.”
    Then what would you say the definition of sin is? [Sin is to be out of harmony with God’s law. It is a state of uncleanliness. Transgression is to try and go around God’s law, which brings a certain outcome. Those of a higher estate can transgress by seeking their own will, which can lead to various results; one of which is a son of perdition. PR]
    2. Is transgression ‘more’ than sin because it changes the direction/outcome of life, or is it more in that it is more serious because it is premeditated and sin is not always so? I think I’ve just confused my questions, sorry.

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  4. S Silver says:

    When we become the Sons and Daughters of Christ, after this “earth cycle” when this planet is exalted and it is time to condescend into new bodies on a new planet, is Heavenly Father still over us and there is a new person called into the role of Christ OR are we under our Jesus Christ and He is now a Heavenly Father and selects a Christ? [Jesus Christ will always and forever more be our Father. Heavenly Father will always be above Him and have a place in our heart and duty. I don’t talk of this much because it is a part of the Everlasting Covenant and not permitted to disclose the details at this time. There is a beautiful relationship between the links that bind these exalted relationships. The only thing that we need to know in detail is that when we are spiritually begotten of Jesus, He is our Father. PR]

    I have gotten confused on this progression and I don’t understand if Heavenly Father is always ‘over’ us or if we stay with Jesus as He becomes a Heavenly Father Himself?

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  5. Nate says:

    Transgression can lead to being a son of perdition? How’s that? [Its a series of steps that are used to deny the Holy Ghost. I’ve written much about it. PR]

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  6. Nate says:

    Transgression seems like its more serious than I had thought. Did Adam and Eve sin or transgress when taking the fruit? [They transgressed, but did not deny the Holy Ghost. PR]

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  7. Karla says:

    I get a feeling that we have a condensed version of what King Benjamin said, which is not to say that is not a great one, but I wonder how much more there was that is not written. Also, I can’t imagine he being in his old age getting up on a tall tower, or speaking really laud. The people in the back could not hear his voice so they had to read what he was saying, this sounds like it took a lot of work, and they have to have several scribes and messengers. How awesome it will be to one day watch how this actually happened.

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  8. MRR says:

    Friends are debating this topic elsewhere, maybe you could clarify:

    Is Jesus Christ one version of a multitude of Christs? [There is only one anointed to be the Only Begotten and Redeemer of this world. The creations of our Lord are numerous as the sands of the sea. He is the only God of our salvation and we should not try and put him in a box and think we are His equal, for we never shall be in all creation. His glory is beyond our own. A day will come when we will be able to stand in His presence because we will be “like Him,” resurrected in the Spirit. But, there will always be spirits greater than another. PR]

    Is Christ a general title of a Savior and Jesus a person who becomes a God as He takes upon Himself the title of a Christ? [Jesus is his earthly name and happens to have meaning related to His calling. Christ is a title, but they are still one in the same people. PR]

    Is it even proper to talk about this? [No sin in asking questions, only for me in my answering questions I should not. PR]

    Is Christ some sort of fellowship of Saviors? [No, unless you count the Church of the Firstborn, which includes the 4th estate often referred to as “Saviors on Mount Zion.” They are sent to assist the Only Begotten, or the Christ. PR]

    Are we really that infinitely small compared to the trillions upon trillions upon trillions of souls assigned to work out a salvation with their particular Christ? [That question is a little ambiguous to me. In the eternities there are other universes that follow the Everlasting Covenant and have a separate Only Begotten, yes. But, that has no bearing upon us. PR]

    Are there Christ’s who are more glorious than other Christs, i.e. did more or accomplished more or sacrificed more while they became a Christ for their world? [It is all the same glory and follows a pattern, so the answer is no. There are “Fathers” that do ascend in glory for ever, but that is the mystery of heaven and it is a beautiful truth for you to experience some day. PR]

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  9. Ceilagan says:

    Does the Holy Ghost also ascend in glory like Christ? And has the Holy Ghost ever had a physical body? [I would refer you to this link: https://purerevelations.wordpress.com/our-temporal-progression/ There are links that discuss the different aspects of the Holy Ghost. I would prefer you read those, because I don’t think a short answer will suffice. PR]

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