A Priesthood Model Part VII

Church of the FirstBorn

The church of the 1st born are all the collective groups of the celestial seed of God. They progress from generation to generation, from probation, to probation. They have eternal lives. The goal is to become perfection, to receive all the father hath, to become an Elohim.

(3 Nephi 12:48) 48 Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

  • the children saints, 1st probation, high priests after the order of Melchizedek

  • the angel fathers, 2nd probation, high priests after the order of Enoch

  • father Adam, 3rd probation, Michael the 1st man, of the order of the Son of God

  • Jesus Christ, 4th probation, the Savior of Mankind, our Lord and Savior, the Son of God

Christ is the firstborn of every creature. But this doesn’t mean that Christ is our elder brother. Christ is not our elder spiritual brother, he is our God! Christ is the firstborn and oldest through the four probation’s he has experienced.

(Colossians 1:15) 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 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, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church (of the firstborn): who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

(D&C 93:21 – 22) 21 And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn; 22 And all those who are begotten through me are partakers of the glory of the same, and are the church of the Firstborn.

Christ is the first of all the heavenly host before the world was.

(D&C 38:1) 1 THUS saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I AM, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, before the world was made;

Father Adam has the right of the firstborn of his generation and is therefore the first man on earth.

(Abraham 1:3) 3 It was conferred upon me from the fathers; it came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time, yea, even from the beginning, or before the foundation of the earth, down to the present time, even the right of the firstborn, or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me.

The angels belong to the church of the firstborn of their generation.

(Hebrews 12:22 – 23) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

The angels belong to this earth because they helped create the earth with Christ and father Adam.

(D&C 130:5) 5 I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it.

The children saints are the new generation of the seed of God and are brought to the church of the firstborn by the angel fathers.

(D&C 77:11) 11 A. We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn.

The children saints have communion with the church of the firstborn.

(D&C 107:18 – 19) 18 The power and authority of the higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church—19 To have the privilege of receiving the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, to have the heavens opened unto them, to commune with the general assembly and church of the Firstborn, and to enjoy the communion and presence of God the Father, and Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.

The children saints become members of the church of the firstborn.

(D&C 76:54 – 57) 54 They are they who are the church of the Firstborn. 55 They are they into whose hands the Father has given all things56 They are they who are priests and kings, who have received of his fulness, and of his glory; 57 And are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of Enoch, which was after the order of the Only Begotten Son.

The firstborn children saints are caught up into heaven at the first resurrection

(D&C 78:21) 21 For ye are the church of the Firstborn, and he will take you up in a cloud, and appoint every man his portion.

(D&C 76:64) 64 These are they who shall have part in the first resurrection.

All the generations of the church of the firstborn dwell in the presence and receive all the Father hath.

(D&C 76:94) 94 They who dwell in his presence are the church of the Firstborn; and they see as they are seen, and know as they are known, having received of his fulness and of his grace;

(D&C 88:4 – 5) 4 This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom; 5 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son

The Right of the Firstborn

In the great pre-earth council God the Father chooses the firstborn Christ over the claim of the anti-Christ, to be the Savior.

(Moses 4:1 – 2) 1 AND I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. 2 But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.

Then Christ the Lord chooses the firstborn Adam to be the 1st man over the claims of Satan.

(Abraham 3:24, 27 – 28) 24 And there stood one (Jesus Christ) among them that was like unto God (the Father), and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; … 27 And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one (Father Adam) answered (who is) like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And (Satan) another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. 28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.

Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Ephraim

On earth great efforts are expended so that the right of the firstborn goes to the heir. Today, we laugh at such excess, but in the eternal scheme the birthright is sacred.

Sarah gives Abraham, Hagar to wife and she bears Ishmael, but as soon as Isaac is born, who is the spiritual firstborn seed, Hagar and Ishmael are cast off.

(Genesis 21:9 – 10) 9 ¶ And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

Isaac give birth to Jacob and Esau. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a mess of pottage (Genesis 25:29 – 34), then Rachel concoct this plan (Genesis 27) so that Jacob also receives the blessing, which is his right from the pre-existence.

(Genesis 27:32 – 36) 32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy firstborn Esau. 33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed. 34 And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. 35 And he said, Thy brother came with subtilty, and hath taken away thy blessing. 36 And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two times: he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?

Then there’s Jacob and his 4 wives and 12 sons, what a mess! Reuben, Simeon and Levi all lost the birthright through transgression. The scepter was given to Judah, through whom Christ the King is to be born, and Joseph receives the blessing of the firstborn.

(Genesis 49:10, 26) 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be…. 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

There was no competition between the 1st born Manasseh and his brother Ephraim. But Joseph protested when Jacob placed his right hand on Ephraim and not Manasseh.

(Genesis 48:13 – 14, 17 – 20) 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him.14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. … 17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

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