Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Greatest Among Equals

I noticed when doctors want to highly compliment another doctor, they say, “he/she is a doctor's doctor." This is a way of saying that the doctor is greatest or first among equals. The Bible uses this same idea to communicate God’s greatness and glory as the Most High God:

Josh. 22: 22 The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this day,)
Deut. 10: 17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
Ps. 136: 2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Dan. 2: 47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
Rev. 19: 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

The Bible continually refers to God as the Holy of holies, God of gods, King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is not just a God of degenerate being or subservient angels. God is the Most High God of glorified, exalted, god-like beings like himself who worship, praise, honor, and adore only Him. Does it give God more glory for him to be the God of fables, or the God of idols, or to be Greatest among lesser beings, or does it honor him to realize that he is the Greatest among equals. The Book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price says that exalting man to eternal life is the glory God.

Moses 1: 39: For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

You may say that this doctrine is blasphemy. We will always only worship, praise, glory, and honor the Most High God. But as children of God, he has promised to make us joint-heirs with Christ; heirs of God. This is Eternal Life and Exaltation (Ps. 82: 6),(Rom. 8: 9-19),(Acts 17: 29).

John 10: 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

LDS recognize that man can do nothing of himself, and salvation cometh in and through Jesus Christ the Son of God. There is no other way to eternal life; but through Christ all things are possible (Mark 10: 27),(Matt. 17: 20),(Matt. 19: 26),(Luke 1: 37),(Luke 18: 27).

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