His yoke

We believe that we are the spirit children of God. But the scriptures identify a designation that some have achieved in which they become classified specifically as the “sons of God.” This designation entails reconnecting with God in this life, and securing a formal declaration from heaven of your standing before Him. Let us consider Adam’s experience:

“And thus he was baptized, and the Spirit of God descended upon him, and thus he was born of the Spirit, and became quickened in the inner man.  And he heard a voice out of heaven, saying: Thou art baptized with fire, and with the Holy Ghost. This is the record of the Father, and the Son, from henceforth and forever; And thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.

Behold, thou art one in me, a son of God; and thus may all become my sons. Amen.”            (Moses 6:65-68)

God’s voice declared from heaven that Adam had been baptized with fire and the Holy Ghost, that he had been born of the Spirit, and that he had become “a son of God.”  This is, apparently, how we can know that we have become one with Him.  This promise is clearly extended to all: “thus may all become my sons.”  We too must seek interaction with the heavens, hoping to hear His voice declare that we have become His.

John taught the same principle , that “as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God”.  Yet note the important distinction between the traditional translation and the JST. I think it teaches us something very important about Jesus:

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Traditional translation:

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:9-13)

JST

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name.

13 He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (JST, John 1:11-13)

Is John telling us that Jesus had to go through this process Himself and be born of God?

Again: “He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (JST, John 1:13)

In D&C 93 we receive further evidence from John that Christ’s development path was more like ours than we might have otherwise understood.  Jesus advanced grace to grace, as must we:

12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;

13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;

14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first. (D&C 93:12-14)

Is that part of why Jesus knows how to succor each of us, as He too walked the path He requires of us?  Can we imagine the meekness and submissiveness of a God who lays aside His glory to come to earth and walk the same path He ask us to pursue?  “Come, follow me” was not just a rhetorical phrase; it was a literal invitation. (see Luke 18:22)

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

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