Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Gospel Study - Hie to Kolob
Today was thinking about symbolism and I read something Gospel Symbolism by Joseph Fielding McConkie that was a bit of a revelation for me.
In the book Brother McConkie stated that Abraham (Abraham 3) through the use of the Urim and Thummim had the heavens opened to him and that he learned about the glory and revolutions of the sun, moon, and stars, in particular Kolob and other great heavenly bodies that are closest to God's throne. In that same chapter we also learn about the nature of spirits and concludes with a brief account of the council in heaven and Satan's rebellion.
Now what I've missed all this time is the phrase, "as, also" in verse 18.
This phrase ties the revelation on stars to the revelation of spirits!
Knowledge of astronomy is not essential to salvation. Knowledge of the government of heaven is!
Abraham learning about Kolob is really Abraham learning about Christ. Kolob is in similitude of Christ. How have I missed that? The stars are in the likeness of spirits.
We are told that Kobob was the first to be created. Kolob is nearest to the throne of God. Kolob is the greatest of all the stars. Kolob is described as being "after the manner" or in the likeness of God - first in government and governs all those of the same order. Even though there are many great one near it, all receive their light from Kolob. Kolob holds the key of power.
This description and language is the same language used to describe the Savior!
This is BIG!
... well at least to me...