Introduction: The unlimited power of the heavens
The sea has limits. The heavens no. It is wise that it be so. The sea belongs to the earth. The heavens are the dwelling place of God.
The power of God It is unlimited. It regulates everything that exists. God has no limits, but he has chosen to limit himself. This is because God is not only Almighty. It is also wise. In his wisdom, God has chosen to follow an order.
God knows that if the sea were to overflow its children would perish. That is why it maintains the limits of the sea. God does not do everything he can all the time. He is wise. He follows his own rules.
The limits of authority and its relation to the power of the priesthood
The power of God is called priesthood. The priesthood of God, then, because it is his power, is unlimited. But the authority of the priesthood it must be limited by means of the rules that God has set for this purpose. So that whoever holds the priesthood must follow the order of God to be able to represent God.
It is because of this balance that man does not receive all the power of God in a single moment, but gradually. Man can advance in authority, receiving offices. But it is only as you follow the rules of this authority, submitting to the order of God, that you can advance in power.
The doctrine of the priesthood and personal dignity
The doctrine of the priesthood it is that knowledge that allows you to know the limits and the order that God has set for the authority of the priesthood. Part of this doctrine is written. Part is received through the execution of ordinances. Part must be known through revelation. The personal dignity and the commitment that man makes to seek and know God through the exercise of faith are the key to access this revelation.
Why limit the authority of the priesthood
It is one thing to have the authority, through the trade that one possesses, to impose hands on a sick person and another thing is to heal it. Man can possess authority and not power.
The authority of the priesthood is something that must be regulated and, like the sea, impose limits before power can be obtained and exercised. The authority includes the power to command. It is sent over the disease, it is sent over the sea, it is also sent over other men. According to the office that a man possesses, he can receive calls, which are functions according to the authority that is possessed. And those calls may involve presiding and directing others. The appeals are rather small and limited faculties, but to some the slightest authority goes to their heads. This disproportionate exercise of authority is known as unfair domain and it expels us immediately from God's favor.
When growing can be decrease
When a man exercises unjust dominion, he immediately loses the power of the priesthood that he could have attained if he had acted fairly. Believing that he grows his authority, he has lost his power. Sooner or later he will notice that he is spending too much effort on asserting his authority and that, although his authority is reinforced, his influence is lost. It is then necessary to acquire the doctrine of the priesthood to restore balance.
Priesthood rights are inseparably linked to the powers of heaven and can not be governed or managed except in accordance with the principles of righteousness. Some of these principles of righteousness they are reviewed in the 121 section of the Doctrine and Covenants.
How to grow in the power and authority of the priesthood
So, instead of expending efforts and investing resources in strengthening authority, it is convenient to spend those efforts and invest resources in the knowledge of the doctrine of the priesthood and in the exercise of the principles of righteousness that are, in reality, Christian attributes that bring us closer to the character and nature of Jesus Christ. In this way, the holder of the priesthood will be recognized in the exercise of his call and will find that he obtains "the power of God to convince men" and the power to command over diseases, over conflicts, over unrest, over life itself. And still on the sea.
Having authority through an office in the priesthood or a function within it (a calling) is not enough. Man can be satisfied with collecting trades and appeals, but this does not guarantee him to know and understand God, which is what eternal life consists of, because the obtaining of offices and callings does not guarantee the acquisition of God's power and without that power is impossible to know or understand. So by many trades and appeals that a man possesses, he is in danger of losing eternal life. It is necessary that man eliminate the limits of "normal" growth within the Church, shake off conformism and seek the order and counsel of God. If we ever ask ourselves why, within our varied callings, we exercise only a limited influence, let us remember the counsel the Savior also gave to his disciples:
And then we can achieve the same power attained not by the "conventional" or "normal" member of the Church, but by the true disciples of Jesus Christ in all times, those who follow the model of the Savior incorporating in their nature and character the principles of righteousness and all the Christian virtues to be more like him. It is necessary to know these virtues, through the acquisition of the doctrine of the priesthood, acquired both by study and by personal and direct revelation to our spirit:
And once we understand the limits of the sea we can understand and appreciate the magnitude of the unlimited power of the heavens. And we can acquire that power.
Originally posted 2015-09-27 08: 46: 12.