Come, Follow Me: Christ as Our Eternal Father
We have a fundamental understanding of the Godhead no one else in the world has.
This week in our Come, Follow Me studies, we read about the back and forth between Amulek, Alma the Younger’s companion, and the cunning lawyer, Zeezrom. This passage is particularly fascinating:
Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father?
And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;
This would seem to fly in the face of the Latter-day Saint understanding of the Godhead. Amulek immediately proceeds to explain how Christ is our Father:
And he shall come into the world to redeem his people; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life, and salvation cometh to none else.
Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged according to their works. (emphasis added)
I served a mission prior to the implementation of Preach My Gospel, and I recall the sixth discussion being a lesson about Jesus being the Creator, Redeemer, and Judge. It is a doctrine fundamental to our core beliefs and necessary to understand for us to grow our relationship with Christ.
The Church released a doctrinal exposition in 1916 titled, The Father and the Son. The document is important studying for every Latter-day Saint as it outlines the roles of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the scriptures. One of the foundational blessings of the restoration is truly having the opportunity of knowing our Father and Christ as they really are. There is no reason for us to be driven to and fro by the whirlwinds of doctrinal confusion our fellow Christians suffer from as they read the Bible.
Take advantage of our resources, the scriptures and the living prophets, and develop a relationship with our Creator, Redeemer, and Judge.
- Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Book of Mormon 2020, June 8 – June 14.
- “The Father” -Elder Brian K. Ashton, October 2018
- “Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God” -Elder John M. Madsen, April 1993
- “Our Belief in Christ” -Elder Bruce R. McConkie, October 1970