Alma 13: 17-18

Alma 13: 17-18

Alma 13: 17-18: “Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination; yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickedness;  But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the
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Alma 13: 16

Alma 13: 16

Alma 13: 16: “Now these ordinances were given after this manner, that thereby the people might look forward on the Son of God, it being a type of his order, or it being his order, and this that they might look forward to him for a remission of their sins, that they might enter into
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Alma 13:15

Alma 13:15

Alma 13: 15:“And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.” Abraham, father of the righteous, paid tithe to this Melchizedek. Not the reverse.   I’ve already commented that I believe Melchizedek (whose name means “king and priest”) was in
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Alma 13:14

Alma 13:14

Alma 13: 14:   “Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchizedek, who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken, who also took upon him the high priesthood forever.”   We have named a portion of the priesthood after Melchizedek. (It is not, however, the
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Staying On Topic

Staying On Topic

Straying from the topic is a universal defect in the blog/comment world. My goal, and it is a goal I take seriously, is to stay on topic. I don’t wish to offend anyone. I am trying to be very careful and methodical in my discussion of doctrine and the Book of Mormon. I want to
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Alma 13:13

Alma 13:13

Alma 13: 13:  “And now, my brethren, I would that ye should humble yourselves before God, and bring forth fruit meet for repentance, that ye may also enter into that rest.”  Think about what you’re reading here.  Alma is essentially declaring himself as one of those possessing this priesthood because he is inviting others to
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Alma 13:12

Alma 13:12

Alma 13: 12:   “Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.”  
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Alma 13:11

Alma 13:11

Alma 13: 11: “Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified, and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.” If you understand these phrases, this verse clarifies the matter. Being called into this holy order requires a person to be more than a church member, or a follower,
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Alma 13:10

Alma 13:10

Alma 13: 10: “Now, as I said concerning the holy order, or this high priesthood, there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God; and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance, and their righteousness before God, they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;” Immediately
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Alma 13:9

Alma 13:9

Alma 13: 9:   “Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.” Several things about this formulation are interesting.  Most interesting is the closing
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