Lecture Fifth on Faith: The Godhead
Questions (Q) and Answers (A)
|1.||Q.||Of what do the foregoing lectures treat?|
|A.||Of the being, perfections, and attributes of the Deity (Section 5:1).|
|2.||Q.||What are we to understand by the perfections of the Deity?|
|A.||The perfections which belong to his attributes.|
|3.||Q.||How many personages are there in the Godhead?|
|A.||Two: the Father and the Son (Section 5:1).|
|4.||Q.||How do you prove that there are two personages in the Godhead?|
a. By the Scriptures:
Gen. 1:27 (Inspired Version)t; (also Section 2:6), “And I, God said, unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me from the beginning, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and it was so.”
b. Gen. 3:28 (Inspired Version)t, “And I, the Lord God, said unto mine Only Begotten, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil.”
c. John 17:5, “And now, 0 Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (Section 5:2).
|5.||Q.||What is the Father?|
|A.||He is a personage of glory and of power (Section 5:2).|
|6.||Q.||How do you prove that the Father is a personage of glory and of power?|
a. Isaiah 60:19, “The sun shall be no more thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.”
b. 1 Chr. 29:11, “Thine, 0 Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory.”
c. Ps. 29:3, “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth.”
d. Ps. 79:9, “Help us, 0 God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name.”
e. Romans 1:23, “And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.”
f. Second, of power. I Chr. 29:11, “Thine, 0 Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory.”
g. Jer. 32:17, “Ah! Lord God! behold thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.”
h. Deut. 4:37, “And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power.”
i. 2 Samuel 22:33, “God is my strength and power.”
j. Job 26, commencing with the 7th verse, to the end of the chapter,
k. “He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
l. “He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
m. “He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
n. “The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
o. “He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
p. “By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand has formed the crooked serpent.
q. “Lo, these are parts of his ways;: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?”
|7.||Q.||What is the Son?|
|A.||First, he is a personage of tabernacle (Section 5:2).|
|8.||Q.||How do you prove it?|
a. John 14:9–11, “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me.”
b. Second, and being a personage of tabernacle, was made or fashioned like unto man, or being in the form and likeness of man (Section 5:2).
c. Phil. 2:5–8, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and, being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
d. Hebrew 2:14,16, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same.... For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.”
e. Third, he is also in the likeness of the personage of the Father (Section 5:2).
f. Heb. 1:1–3, “God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners spake in time past to the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things by whom also he made the worlds; who, being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.”
g. Again, Phil. 2:5–6, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”
|9.||Q.||Was it by the Father and the Son that all things were created and made, that were created and made?|
a. It was. Cot. 1:15–17, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible; whether they be thrones, or dominions, principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist.’’
b. Gen. 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
c. Heb. 1:2, “[God] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”
|10.||Q.||Does he possess the fullness of the Father?|
a. He does. Cot. 1:19; 2:9, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.... For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
b. Eph. 1:23, “Which is his [Christ’s] body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”
|11.||Q.||Why was he called the Son?|
a. Because of the flesh. Luke 1:35, “That holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God.”
b. Malt. 3:16–17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and to, the heavens were opened unto him, and he [Johnl saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
|12.||Q.||Was he ordained of the Father, from before the foundation of the world, to be a propitialion for the sins of all those who should believe on his name?|
a. He was. 1 Peter, 1:18–20, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
b. Rev. 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [the beast], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
c. 1 Cor. 2:7, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”
|13.||Q.||Do the Father and the Son possess the same mind?|
a. They do. John 5:30, “I [Christ] can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
b. John 6:38, “For I [Christ] came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
c. John 10:30, “I [Christ] and my Father are one.”
|14.||Q.||What is this mind?|
a. The Holy Spirit. John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me [Christ].”
b. Gal. 4:6, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts.”
|15.||Q.||Do the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit constitute the Godhead?|
|A.||They do (Section 5:2).
Let the student commit this paragraph to memory.
|16.||Q.||Does the believer in Christ Jesus, through the gift of the Spirit, become one with the Father and the Son, as the Father and the Son are one?|
|A.||They do. John 17:20–21, “Neither pray I for these (the apostles) alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”|
|17.||Q.||Does the foregoing account of the Godhead lay a sure foundation for the exercise of faith in him unto life and salvation?|
|18||Q.||How do you prove it?|
|A.||By the third paragraph of this lecture.|
The Lectures On Faith were developed by the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr., perhaps with the help of others. They were used as a study text in the School of the Prophets at Kirtland, Ohio, in 1834 and 1835. The spiritual nature of these Lectures aided materially in preparing the priesthood of the Church for the Endowment of 1836, which culminated in such extensive missionary work that approximately two hundred thousand people joined the Church during the eight years which followed.
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