D&C 93 Thoughts

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul [not just some] who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me [turn their full heart to God], and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice [follows the revelations they receive], and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;

This is a very direct promise regarding the “Second Comforter.” They key element of the above verse is to follow the revelations received. This is why learning to hear the voice of the Lord is so important. Asking questions, as led by the Spirit, and then acting upon the revelations received will lead a person in a direct course toward having a personal witness of the Lord. This is the perfect beginning to this profound section of the Doctrine and Covenants.

2 And that I am the true light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world; [The Lord is the One that shows us the way.]

3 And that I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one— [Meaning that they abide in the same Holy Spirit that guides all light and truth.]

4 The Father because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men.

Here is the definition of Father: the being that makes it possible to receive of their higher glory. The Son: to condescend to the world and dwell among telestial beings so the Son can become their Father.

5 I was in the world and received of my Father, and the works of him were plainly manifest. [The works of the Father were made known in the works of the Son. All was because of the glory of the Father.]

6 And John [the Baptist] saw and bore record [witness] of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed. [This witness that John beheld will also be revealed to you.]

7 And he bore record, saying: I saw his glory, that he was in the beginning, before the world was;

8 Therefore, in the beginning the Word [The identity of the Only Begotten, in His name was Salvation and Creation.] was, for he was the Word, even the messenger of salvation—

9 The light and the Redeemer of the world; the Spirit of truth, who came into the world, because the world was made by him, and in him was the life of men and the light of men.

10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.

11 And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace [resurrection, ascension] and truth [power of God], even the Spirit of truth, which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among us.

I have learned that the word grace in scripture often is in reference to the divine ladder of progression that all follow as they receive of Father and Mother what is needed to ascend to a higher resurrection.

12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;

13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness; [And so it is with us, as we develop through the Everlasting Covenant of our Father.]

14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.

15 And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my beloved Son. [This was John’s initial witness of the divinity of Jesus, a vision and a voice.]

16 And I, John, bear record that he received a fulness of the glory of the Father;

17 And he received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.

18 And it shall come to pass, that if you are faithful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John. [This is the Lord’s promise to us that if we are faithful to the revelations we receive, acting upon the Word given to us, that we will have the same “witness” of John. This record will be the reception of a personal Second Comforter experience.]

19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship [approach God], and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. [In order to properly approach God, it requires that we know more clearly who He is, and how to do it. There is a proper way that often is curtailed by unbelief.]

20 For if you keep my commandments [follow the revelations you receive] you shall receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you shall receive grace for grace. [Can it be any more clear than this? The mystery is laid before you.]

21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn;

The Lord announces that He was in the beginning of this world and the Chosen Messiah.

22 And all those who are begotten [Become His Only Begotten] through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn. [A clue to its purpose and end.]

23 Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth;

24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;

The Everlasting Covenant is this “knowledge” of the plan, fate, and progression of the Sons and Daughters of God.

25 And whatsoever is more or less than this is the spirit of that wicked one who was a liar from the beginning. [If you are outside of that description, you would belong to Lucifer and have no place in God’s Kingdom.]

26 The Spirit of truth [God’s power] is of God. I am the Spirit of truth, and John bore record of me, saying: He received a fulness of truth, yea, even of all truth;

27 And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments.

28 He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.

We tend to think of commandments as basic guidelines given in scripture or from the pulpit. The Lord sees “commandments” as every word given to us by the power of His Spirit. This is personal revelation. It is critical that we learn to hear His voice.

29 Man was also in the beginning with God. Intelligence, or the light of truth [what responds to God’s power], was not created or made, neither indeed can be.

30 All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it, to act for itself, as all intelligence also; otherwise there is no existence.

Think of the word “truth” in the scriptural sense to represent “Law.” Every kingdom or realm of God’s creation abides by a law which directs who, what, and how it is to be administered. In that realm, each intelligence or spirit and matter is free to act for itself.]

31 Behold, here is the agency of man, and here is the condemnation of man; because that which was from the beginning is plainly manifest unto them, and they receive not the light. [This is referring to that intelligence which would not respond to God’s command. It would not receive light, and thus remained in its unorganized condition.]

32 And every man whose spirit receiveth not the light is under condemnation.

33 For man is spirit. [an entity with the ability to act or be acted upon] The elements are eternal [without beginning or end, the means by which God creates], and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fulness of joy; [Without the ability to coinhabit with element it is without form and incapable of exercise faith to meet the full measure of its creation.]

34 And when separated, man cannot receive a fulness of joy. [no purpose]

35 The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatsoever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple. [All creation must abide by the laws of its creation, or it is destroyed.]

36 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth. [In other words: the means by which God’s power is manifest is the creation of tabernacle for intelligence, to give life and purpose to it.]

37 Light and truth forsake that evil one.

38 Every spirit of man was innocent in the beginning; [before the world] and God having redeemed man from the fall, men became again, in their infant state, innocent before God. [the effects of the Atonement]

39 And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers. [This is unbelief, the misunderstanding of the true nature of God, and the blind following of paths that do not lead us to Him.]

40 But I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth.

41 But verily I say unto you, my servant Frederick G. Williams, you have continued under this condemnation;

42 You have not taught your children light and truth, according to the commandments; and that wicked one hath power, as yet, over you, and this is the cause of your affliction.

43 And now a commandment I give unto you—if you will be delivered you shall set in order your own house, for there are many things that are not right in your house.

44 Verily, I say unto my servant Sidney Rigdon, that in some things he hath not kept the commandments concerning his children; therefore, first set in order thy house.

The Lord gives instruction to two disciples to focus on their children and own house, that this was hindering their ability to receive their own “witness” of Him. This is something to ponder in our own lives.

45 Verily, I say unto my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., or in other words, I will call you friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall have an inheritance with me—

The Lord takes a moment to define His relationship with us. “Friends” is a very familiar term to use. It implies a similar standing.

46 I called you servants for the world’s sake, and ye are their servants for my sake—[He sets the stage for their callings as His servants and the servants of the world for His’ sake. This reminds me of the ordinance of Washing of Feet in section 88.]

47 And now, verily I say unto Joseph Smith, Jun.—You have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord; [The Lord often rebukes his prophets.]

48 Your family must needs repent and forsake some things, and give more earnest heed unto your sayings, or be removed out of their place. [to lose the stewardship and mission in which they are called, and be given over to the buffetings of Satan]

49 What I say unto one I say unto all; pray always lest that wicked one have power in you, and remove you out of your place.

50 My servant Newel K. Whitney also, a bishop of my church, hath need to be chastened, and set in border his family, and see that they are more diligent and concerned at home, and pray always, or they shall be removed out of their place.

51 Now, I say unto you, my friends, let my servant Sidney Rigdon go on his journey, and make haste, and also proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the gospel of salvation, as I shall give him utterance; and by your prayer of faith with one consent I will uphold him.

52 And let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Frederick G. Williams make haste also, and it shall be given them even according to the prayer of faith [This is a kind of prayer in which one uses their creative imagination, allowing the Spirit to guide them.]; and inasmuch as you keep my sayings you shall not be confounded in this world, nor in the world to come.

53 And, verily I say unto you, that it is my will that you [Joseph] should hasten to translate my scriptures, and to obtain a knowledge of history, and of countries, and of kingdoms, of laws of God and man, and all this for the salvation of Zion. Amen. [Joseph is given the topics he is to study. Not that he will learn more than his peers by doing so, but that he will know what questions to ask the Lord.]

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14 Responses to D&C 93 Thoughts

  1. FireWalk.7 says:

    1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul [not just some] who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me [turn their full heart to God], and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice [follows the revelations they receive], and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am;

    Does every soul include perdition? [No, just those who meet the qualifications listed in that verse. PR]

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  2. Justin Wentzell says:

    You probably saw this question coming, but I always took for granted that the John referenced here was John the Beloved, because these verses are nearly the same John wrote in his witness in the fourth gospel. Was John plagiarizing the Baptist?

    Thanks for doing this commentary – very inspiring! [There were those who saw John the Baptist bear record, or witness that such things occurred. The Gospel of St. John is presumed to be written by John the Beloved because it reads in many places “the one whom Jesus loved.” I have not asked the Lord the details regarding its authorship, but I know that it is referring to John the Baptist’s witness in this part of section 93. PR]

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  3. humblebg says:

    Wow… can’t be more clear than this! Thank you so much. 2 Nephi 32: 3-6 says the same about
    asking, listening then doing…. Thanks again..

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  4. truthseeker1820 says:

    Sheesh…. you brought out a lot of gems in this section. I almost feel like I’m reading God’s love letter to His friends, His servants, His fellow laborers of salvation.

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  5. FireWalk.7 says:

    Why is Christ called the “Word”? [It is the identity of the Only Begotten, in His name was Salvation and Creation. The name that is identified as Yahweh, is the Hebrew attempt to duplicate the name of God, the very Word that is spoken to invite creation. It doesn’t sound like Yahweh at all. PR]

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  6. S Silver says:

    D&C 93:1 is one of my favorite scriptures ever since the Lord first showed me how it proved, in scripture, that we could obtain the Second Comforter and see His face. Thank you for doing this section!

    Thank you, also, for the note under verse 28:

    “We tend to think of commandments as basic guidelines given in scripture or from the pulpit. The Lord sees “commandments” as every word given to us by the power of His Spirit. This is personal revelation. It is critical that we learn to hear His voice.”

    This is so clear and succinct, it is like finding a sparkling precious gemstone that I’ll keep in my mind forever, where it glitters and reminds me of the truth. I adore this truth that the arm of flesh was never intended to stand between us and God in any way.

    It seems that every single thing when it comes to salvation hinges on personal revelation. That prayer then personal revelation is the first step.

    Did righteous people in the past (like the righteous generations after Christ appeared in Bountiful) teach their children prayer and personal revelation as a first step? I’m wondering how this is properly taught from step one?

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  7. Mike Ross says:

    52 And let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Frederick G. Williams make haste also, and it shall be given them even according to the prayer of faith [This is a kind of prayer in which one uses their creative imagination, allowing the Spirit to guide them.]; and inasmuch as you keep my sayings you shall not be confounded in this world, nor in the world to come.

    Does this definition of ‘prayer of faith’ apply generally to each time it is found in scripture? Its in there a lot like that. [There are different kinds of prayer. A “prayer of faith” is where we have to literally exercise our spiritual gifts, which always dips into what is more specifically – sacred imagination. PR]

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  8. Luodi Grover says:

    [This is a kind of prayer in which one uses their creative imagination, allowing the Spirit to guide them]

    How is the creative imagination used here, different from spiritual imagination? (as we seek our Savior) -LGW [They are the same, more specifically “sacred imagination.’ PR]

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  9. Myrsmakeup says:

    My heart was sure happy to see your post!

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  10. FireWalk.7 says:

    “4 The Father because he gave me of his fulness, and the Son because I was in the world and made flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of men.

    Here is the definition of Father: the being that makes it possible to receive of their higher glory. The Son: to condescend to the world and dwell among telestial beings so the Son can become their Father.”

    In your book A Witness of the Heavenly Realm, you wrote that the 3rd Estate angels praise Jesus Christ and Mary at the throne, but the 4th Estate praise the Father and Mother. If Christ becomes everyones Father, why do the 4th E praise the Father above Christ? [They are being prepared for their fifth estate, and how to save the House of Israel. They work closely with Christ and are under His direction, but this is what I saw. I honestly don’t know the details beyond that. PR]

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  11. FireWalk.7 says:

    47 And now, verily I say unto Joseph Smith, Jun.—You have not kept the commandments, and must needs stand rebuked before the Lord; [The Lord often rebukes his prophets.]

    I recall you saying on your blog that the Lord is always very gentle with you and has never been angry. He even tells you “I suggest” you do this”, etc. With how gentle the Lord is, what is a rebuke for you like? [He points out places I need to watch myself. It’s always a gentle reminder. PR]

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  12. FireWalk.7 says:

    “I have learned that the word grace in scripture often is in reference to the divine ladder of progression that all follow as they receive of Father and Mother what is needed to ascend to a higher resurrection.”

    Is grace all the light/Holy Spirit/glory that is extended to us from Father, Mother and Christ? [Yes, in the form of the Everlasting Covenant. PR]

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  13. tekoraa says:

    In the beginning of the world, the being we call Jesus was chosen by the Father to be the Messiah and only begotten (like it says here in D&C 93, the Word who is the messenger of salvation). John says that the Word was with God and considered God, and here we see that Christ’s possession of that estate wasn’t received all at first, but rather by grace for grace, ascending up the ladder by his obedience and alignment of his will to his Father’s. “He received all power, both in heaven and on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, for he dwelt in him.” If we follow after the Savior, by his grace we are made his begotten sons and daughters and heirs to what the Father has to offer, not receiving all at first like Jesus did, but by grace for grace. The Holy Spirit is that same connection to our Father Yeshua (become one with him), as the connection between Yeshua and His Father (he is one with his Father).

    I know the theology here, but I don’t comprehend it. And as I cogitate the nature of God, I often wonder how to reconcile this with what is said in Isaiah that “before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me”, what is said in Mormon that “he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God”, and what is said in Moroni that “he is unchangeable from all eternity to all eternity.”

    Is it similar to Amulek, in that it’s unclear how much of the mysteries of God he knew? Or am I misunderstanding what Isaiah, Mormon, and Moroni are saying?

    Some days I feel like I understand, and other days I feel like I don’t grasp God and his nature.

    19 I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship [approach God], and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. [In order to properly approach God, it requires that we know more clearly who He is, and how to do it. There is a proper way that often is curtailed by unbelief.]

    It says these sayings were given for me to understand and know the being to worship and how to approach God, but I feel more confused than ever.

    [It sounds like your confusion is how these scriptures and their direct reading correlates to the idea that even Jesus must move through the Everlasting Covenant, continuing grace for grace. These scriptures describe an unchanging God, right? Much of my understanding has come from experiences in the Heavenly Realm, as I have shared in my book by that title. Jesus is the God of this world, and there was never one before or will their be one after. He does the works of the Father and gives all glory to Him, and in doing so fills the measure of His Eternal Purpose. Everything is not going to be fully understood in this life. We simply move forward in faith and focus on our relationship with the Lord. PR]

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  14. Mike Ross says:

    “22 And all those who are begotten [Become His Only Begotten] through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn. [A clue to its purpose and end.]”

    Is the reference to ‘begotten’ here a foreshadowing of becoming a future Christ or just chosen after being called. You are saying “only begotten” in the commentary and that usually links up with the sacred Christ title.

    “23 Ye were also in the beginning with the Father; that which is Spirit, even the Spirit of truth;

    24 And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come;

    The Everlasting Covenant is this “knowledge” of the plan, fate, and progression of the Sons and Daughters of God.”

    Is this “ye” in verse 23 global? Or only to whomever was in that room at that time? Or only those who have been reborn? Or those who seek to be reborn? Can we apply the “ye” to us in today’s 2021 time period? [I will have to defer this question for you to ask the Lord. PR]

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