Monday, March 12, 2018

Reminder: Testimony of St. John

He that treasures my teachings, and stands ready, watching for every communication I send him, is he who shows love for me. To those who show love for me, my Father will show love to them, and I love all those, and I will personally minister to them.
—TSJ 10:12


It’s been a little over a year since the newly revealed Testimony of St. John became available. Our local fellowship has spent much of the last year studying this incredible record, and we’re still not close to finished with it. The depth of what can be gleaned from its careful study is truly astonishing. If you haven’t looked at it lately, or if you’d like additional resources to help you get the most from John’s testimony, the following website will prove helpful:





The fact that newly revealed scripture has come to us, and more will yet come, should cause us great rejoicing. It is a blessing to us, and a sign of God’s love and continuing marvelous work. Our attention to it is a sign of our Love for God.

Judas (not Iscariot), asked, Lord, how is it you will manifest yourself to us, but not to the world? Jesus answered and said to him, If a man loves me, he will stand ready, watching for every communication I will send to him; and my Father will also love him, and we will come visit him, and continually abide by his side. Whoever claims to love me but does not stand ready, watching for every communication I will send, indeed does not love me. These teachings are not from me, but come from the Father who sent me. 
—TSJ 10:13-14

2 comments:

  1. The KJV says "...if ye love me, keep my commandments." The contrast between "keep my commandments," and "...stand ready, watching for every communication I will send to him" produces a drastic difference to the doctrine, taking it from an institutional commandment issuing organization, to an individual relationship between mortals and deity. Nibley called it the primordial unity between men and Gods.

    There is a proving. And I believe the work we are currently engaged in is a proving ground, to see who will wait, expecting and receiving communication from the Lord, before moving forward. Naturally, there must be another choice provided to make available another option. Our love is what is in question, not God's or the Lord's.

    Those who claim to love the Lord, but do not stand ready, watching for every communication that he sends, whether by his voice or by the voice of a servant He sends carrying a message, they do not love the Lord. Even when they claim that they do. Even when they claim to cast out devils in His name, perform miracles in His name, etc.

    I am surprised when people call me scared and acting out of fear, when they are frustrated by my not participating in a vote for acceptance of a guide and standard, supported by a majority. They have this scripture. I am living true to it. But they call me dark for doing as I have been instructed. There is a lot of things that we can find in common, and believe in common, but when the time comes to act on it, ...well, that's just another story.

    Rob

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