Published on February 12, 2018
1. Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #4 Moses 4; 5:1-15; 6:48-62 “Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened”
2. Elder Bruce R. McConkie said that our salvation is made possible because of, “Three divine events” He calls them wait for it…..
3. “The Three pillars of eternity”
4. What are the events that are important enough to be the “pillars of eternity?”
5. CLUES They are interwoven to form one grand plan of Salvation and they are doctrinally interrelated. If we can gain an understanding of them, then the whole ETERNAL SCHEME OF THINGS will fall into place and we can work out our SALVATION.
6. The Three Pillars of Eternity The Creation The Fall The Atonement
7. The Creation
8. “If there had been no creation, we would not be, neither the earth, nor any form of life upon its face…God would have not spirit children; there would be no mortal probation; and none of us would be on the way to immortality and eternal life.” The Three Pillars of Eternity-Bruce R. McConkie
9. The Fall
10. The Fall was a necessary part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life. The fall was good. It was planned by the Lord as a vital step in preparing the way for us to be born on earth…and receive mortal bodies. The fall brought temporal separation from the physical body The fall brought spiritual death. Separation from God’s presence. We are partakers of misery and woe. Reminds me of a scene in Harry Potter when Ron is ready Harry’s tea leaves and sees a cross: trials and suffering, Sun: happiness. “You’re gonna suffer…but..you’re gonna be happy about it.” Dark and dreary wilderness. We are capable of sinning. To FALL: Move downward-from a higher to a lower level. TWO CONFLICTING COMMANDMENTS; Genesis 1:28 “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (Have children) Moses 3:16-17 “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat…but…of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, NEVERTHELESS, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou latest thereof thou shalt surely die. The Fall It’s effects on them and us
11. –Uncle Ben on Spider-Man Remember with great power comes great responsibility
12. Thus we see why the Lord gave two conﬂicting commandments—one to become mortal and have children, the other to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil out of which mortality and children and death would result. The issue is one of choosing between opposites. Adam must choose to become mortal so he could have children, on the one hand; on the other hand, he must choose to remain forever in the garden in a state of innocence. He chose to partake of the forbidden fruit so that the purposes of God might be accomplished by providing a probationary estate for his spirit children. Adam must needs fall so that he would know good from evil, virtue from vice, righteousness from wickedness. He could not have done this without breaking a law and becoming subject to sin. He chose the Lord’s way; there was no other way whereby salvation might come unto the children of men.
13. Some believe that the circumstances presented to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were a part of the divine method used by God to introduce the doctrine of moral agency to mankind.
14. And I, the Lord God, commanded the man, saying: Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, nevertheless, thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee; but, remember that I forbid it, for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Moses 3:16–17).
15. The Garden
16. v3 Satan wants to destroy the agency of man…One plan, two ideas of how to carry out that plan. Jesus humble Satan…it was all about him. “I” v4 Satan father of lies…deceives us, blind us, lead us captive at his will…take the ones that would to hearken to Heaven father’s voice v5 Subtile: (cunning, tricky) v6 Beguiled Eve Charm or enchant (someone) sometimes in a deceptive way. Trick (someone) into doing something, to deceive. v6 “For He (Satan) knew not the mind of God wherefore he sought to destroy the world. (Apparently, one of the things he did not know was that by tempting Eve, he would help to carry out God’s plan of salvation. Moses Chapter 4-Thirty-two verses
17. v11 READ MOSES 5:10-11 “Your eyes will be opened” v12 THE TREE: “was pleasant” in Genesis to “became pleasant” in Moses….One vital lesson we can learn from this change is that, over time, if we do not ﬂee from temptation, it can “become” attractive and our ability to resist can become compromised. v13 eyes of both Adam and Eve were opened, NAKED: exposed to harm unprotected or vulnerable. v22-25 “Thou shalt be cursed” “sorrow” Can mean the trails and tribulations of mortality, or mortality itself. (Growth and development) “Thy husband will rule over thee” President Kimball “I would prefer to use the word “preside” because that’s what he does. A righteous husband presides over his wife and family” v31 READ Alma 42:2-8
18. “And in that day Adam blessed god and was ﬁlled and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying; Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the ﬂesh I shall see God. And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient. Moses 5:10-11
19. The Atonement
20. -Joseph B. Wirthlin “The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in his own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.”
21. “Latter-day Saints believe that eternal life entails more than being with God; it also includes being like him. God will always be mankind’s Father and God, but the central reason for the Creation of this world, the Fall of Adam and Eve, and the Atonement of Jesus Christ is to enable humankind to become like God.”
22. “Soul-Making” Modern scholars have used the phrase “soul-making” to describe how God allows evil and consecrates suffering to help transform mankind from God’s image to his likeness
23. Mortality and its attendant challenges, including the presence of evil, provide the means by which man can learn the lessons of life not available in the premortal existence and that are necessary for mankind to truly and eternally worship the Father and the Son. Like the mortal Jesus, “though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8).
24. It is glorious and heartwarming to know that God our Father has a plan for his children, a plan of recovery, a plan of renewal and reconciliation, a plan of salvation, a plan by which those who wander—and that includes all of us—can pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and, through the cleansing and enabling power of the Atonement, return home. No one of us is bright enough or powerful enough to do it alone; we must have help. And were it not for divine assistance, each of us would falter and fail, would lose the battle of life. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57). Our God offers us “so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3) through the inﬁnite intercession of the only completely pure and perfect being to walk the earth.
25. -Elder Orson F. Whitney No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, puriﬁes our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven.
26. We are created in his image ...but are we like him?
27. “The things of God can be understood only by the power of the Holy Spirit” -The Three Pillars of Eternity, Bruce R. McConkie
28. —D&C 101:32-34 “Yea, verily I say unto you, in that day when the Lord shall come, he shall reveal all things- Things which have passed, and hidden things which no man knew, things of the earth, by which it was made, and the purpose and the end thereof- Things most precious, things that are above, and things that are beneath, things that are in the earth, and upon the earth and in heaven.”