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017 2012 B of M: God's Indwelling Relationship Podcast by Mike Stroud (Transcribed by Carol Crisp) I appreciate your sacrifice to be in class this morning. You could be so many other places instead of here. I'm going to call today's lesson: The Indwelling Principle of the Godhead. That's the best name I can think of to call this. The lesson is a little complicated, but it helps us understand some doctrines. Once we understand the doctrine, then it can happen to us. If we don't understand the doctrine, then it can't happen. This thing called "indwelling", the "in" is the part we want to concentrate on, and then "dwelling" means to live inside, or to be inside. We're talking about the Godhead, which is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. So, there's something about these scriptures that I want to talk about, that shows us how the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost can be in us. How can they be inside us? That's what we want to talk about today. If I'm able to teach this the way I would like to, you'll read the scriptures differently. You'll understand them differently. Let's look at the true doctrine of the Godhead. It's found in D&C 130: 22-23. This is the true doctrine of the Godhead. There is false doctrine of the Godhead, but we want to look at what the true doctrine is. 22 The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. That's a great truth there about Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father has a body of flesh and bones, and the word tangible means that I can touch his body, I can feel it. So, if Heavenly Father were to walk in here today, and shake my hand, or hug me--give me an embrace, I would feel his body. That's what tangible means. The Son also has a body of flesh and bones, as tangible as man's. But, the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, is a spirit man, he doesn't have a tangible body of flesh and bones. Notice also, it says the Holy Ghost can be 'in us'. If it were not so, he could not dwell in us. You see that? So, when you have a physical body of flesh and bones, it makes it impossible for you to dwell inside another person. So, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ cannot live inside of each other's bodies. They can't do it. They are 2 separate and distinct persons. And, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ cannot dwell in us, either. That is a law that makes it impossible for them to indwell/dwell inside us. But the Holy Ghost can. Why? Because he's a spirit. A spirit person can go inside of our body--good spirits and evil spirits. Evil spirits can also dwell inside us, because their spirits. The early apostles at Jesus' time, knew this doctrine. This is the same doctrine in the N.T. that we have in the D&C. If you were to ask Peter, James or John--any of the apostles, and say, "What does God look like?", they would say, "He has a body of flesh and bones, as tangible as man's." "What does a resurrected Christ look like?" "He has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's." "What does the H.G. look like?" "He's a spirit." They knew that. But, something happened. Let's go to John 10:30. Let's look at something here. I and my Father are one. See that? You've heard that scripture before, haven't you? So, Jesus says, "I and my Father are one." What does this mean? They are one in purpose. They are one in will--the Father's will is the same as the Son's will. They are one in unity. Is that correct? They are united in everything. They are one in mind. So that's right and true. We have no problem with this. As LDS, do we believe the Father and Son are one? Yes we do. As a matter of fact, Jesus said, "If you are not one, you are not mine." So, we must become one in purpose, in will, in unity and in mind. That's a commandment. Now, let's go over and look at John 10:38: But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. Now we have an interesting thing here. Now it doesn't say they are 'one', now it says, the Father is in me, and I in him. Is that what it says? How are we to understand this? What does this mean? That's a good question, isn't it? That's what my lesson is about today. I want to help us understand what this means. At the time of the apostles, there was true doctrine and false doctrine, about John 10:38. We want to know what the true doctrine is. After the apostles were all killed, after we go into the 'great apostasy', and there is no more apostles, no more mortal men with priesthood keys, there are no men to answer doctrinal questions, people start to stray away from the truth. This is a little history now. When we get to 325 A.D., and that's 200 years after the last apostle is murdered, we have an emperor by the name of Constantine. He was the Roman Emperor. He was a pagan. He did not believe in Christ, but he converts and becomes a Christian. Now he wants the whole Roman Empire to become Christians. So, in 325 A.D.

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