Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2009, March 13

“Book of Mormon: Jesus Christ Was a Spirit Before Coming into the World” by grego

Book of Mormon: Jesus Christ Was a Spirit Before Coming into the World
by grego

Following closely the last post…

In Ether we read of the account of the brother of Jared seeing the Lord Jesus Christ before He was born:
Ether 3:6 And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.
Ether 3:7 And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?
Ether 3:8 And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.

If one were to stop there, it would seem that the Lord had a body of flesh and blood at that time; but continuing…

Ether 3:9 And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood…
Ether 3:14 Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ…
Ether 3:16 Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.

Jesus Christ had a spirit (body) at that time, but did not have a body of flesh and blood until His birth. This should also make mute any doctrine that supposes that Jesus Christ was a resurrected person before His birth.

But would it be possible that he had a resurrected body, then didn’t/ “gave it up”?

The following scriptures come to mind:
*Alma 11:45: “…that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided…that they can see no more corruption.”
*Alma 12:18: Alma: “and they cannot die, seeing there is no more corruption.”
*Alma 29:17 And now may God grant unto these, my brethren, that they may sit down in the kingdom of God; yea, and also all those who are the fruit of their labors that they may go no more out, but that they may praise him forever.
*Alma 34:36 And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out;
*Helaman 3:30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.
*3 Nephi 28:40 And in this state they were to remain until the judgment day of Christ; and at that day they were to receive a greater change, and to be received into the kingdom of the Father to go no more out, but to dwell with God eternally in the heavens.
*Doctrine and Covenants 63:49: “…they shall rise from the dead and shall not die after…”
*Doctrine and Covenants 88:116: “…and they shall not any more see death.”
*Doctrine and Covenants 138:17: “the spirit and the body to be united never again to be divided…”
(*Guide to the Scriptures: Resurrection After resurrection, the spirit and body will never again be separated, and the person will become immortal.
*Bible Dictionary: Resurrection The resurrection consists in the uniting of a spirit body with a body of flesh and bones, never again to be divided.)

All of that seems to put a limit on certain speculation regarding God (either the Father or Jesus Christ) having a resurrected body, but then giving it up.

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