Our First Estate or Pre-Earth Life: Part III

1 Feb

In the article titled “The Gospel part II: The Plan of Salvation” I spoke of three different estates that we must pass through in order to attain exaltation in Celestial Glory. Of these the first estate is our Preexistence as spirit children of our Heavenly Father. This series is written to give a more in depth explanation of what that estate was, and what happened there.

Having already shown the doctrine from the Bible, and discussed the generalities of what happened there, I will now turn to a specific event that occurred in our First Estate. The event that I wish to discuss in the counsel that was held in heaven. As we have seen, we had been taught and tested, and through all this we had progressed, until there came a point at which we could progress no more as spirits. At this time God began His preparations for our mortal life. From Abraham we get the greatest knowledge of these events, as recorded in the third chapter of the Book of Abraham, verses 22-28.

22-23 “…the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the [spirits]…before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones; And God saw these souls that they were good, and he said: These I will make my rulers…”

Here we have the first step of the counsel, in which God selected from among his children those who had gained the most talents, and had proven themselves through their faith to be good. These he chose out of all the others to hold positions of authority in mortal life. We read further:

24-25 “And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them”

Once the rulers were chosen from among the most faithful of the spirits, Christ, himself being among them and being like unto God himself, took the floor and the plan was set for those rulers to join with Christ in forming this world so that we could be born into mortal life, in which we would again be tested in our obedience to the laws of the Father.
I find this important to note: Christ was like God in heaven, and held great authority in this counsel, for it was he who lead the great and noble spirit children of the Father; but even in this he still defers all law back to the Father.

The last part of this counsel is touched on only briefly by Abraham. He writes in verses 27-28 “And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first. And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day, many followed after him.”

It was in this great counsel that God asked all of us who we would accept as the savior of the world. Two stood up to vie for the position, and when Christ was chosen (one like unto the son of man) the other rebelled against God, and drew many after him. Much can be said concerning this contest, but for our purposes we need only understand this. Christ was the savior, chosen by God, and having the right to it as our eldest brother. The choice was given as our final test, to see who would uphold the plan set by God, and who would not. As Abraham shows one stood up to challenge that plan, and “many followed after him.”

(See Also Moses 4: 1-4)

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