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1st Book of Commandments 182


THE KINDGOM AND ITS CONSTITUTION
Revelation Received In the early Summer of 1882
By President John Taylor
(John Taylor Papers, LDS Archives)
At Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

Am I not King of kings, and Lord of lords?
Do I not rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath, as I will, saith the LORD?
And though men do not acknowledge Me, yet do I control them; and I will control them according to My will and purposes;
And I will make use of the kings of the earth, and the rulers and powers of the earth to accomplish My purposes, saith the Lord God your Redeemer-- and none shall stay My hand.
And I will build up My kingdom as I have heretofore decreed and made known through the mouth of Mine holy prophets, so far as they have declared My purposes pertaining thereto;
And I have many other things to make known and to proclaim relative to My church, and to My kingdom, and to the building up of My Zion on the earth.
Behold, you are My kingdom, and rulers in My kingdom, and then you are also, many of you, rulers in My church according to your ordinations therein.
For are you not of the First Presidency, and of the Twelve Apostles, and some Presidents of Stakes, and some bishops, and some high priests and some seventies and elders therein?
And are ye not all of My church, and belong to My holy Priesthood?
10 And then are ye not all of My kingdom, and do you not belong to My kingdom, and are ye not the representatives thereof, even My constitution?
11 And am I not your God, even your Redeemer and your King?
12 Behold, I have told you to do as I command you, and have I not a right to dictate in the affairs of My kingdom?
13 And is it not incumbent upon you to obey Me as your LORD, your lawgiver, and your King?
14 Behold thus saith the LORD, I will be obeyed by My council, and if they do not acknowledge Me, I will not acknowledge them, saith the Lord of Hosts, the God and King of the whole earth.
15 Speaking of My church, behold I established My church that I might reveal unto them My word, and My will, and the law of the Gospel, and the order of the Holy priesthood.
16 And I set in order My priesthood, even the Aaronic and Melchizedek;
17 And I have sent forth Mine elders to the world to preach this gospel of the kingdom to all people and to gather Mine elect from among all nations.
18 That a people might be prepared through My gospel, through the manifestation of My Spirit, even the Spirit of Truth, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and through the teachings of My holy priesthood, and the revelations of My will, to comprehend the law of My gospel;
19 To be one with each other, and to be one with Me as I am one with the Father.
20 To comprehend and obey the principles of righteousness, virtue, holiness, purity, and the love and fear of God;
21 And to assist in building My Zion unto Me, saith the Lord of Hosts, and to prepare for the salvation and redemption of the world, even the living and the dead.
22 And again, it required this gospel, this priesthood, this revelation, this unity, this Spirit, to introduce the kingdom of God, the law of God, the authority and dominion of God, that the will of God might be done on earth as it is done in heaven.
23 I rule now among the nations, but not by their consent, and the rulers of the earth do not know Me or My law, nor recognize My authority.
24 They have their free agency and use it; so have also My people, and they use their agency through My gospel to serve Me, to obey My law, and to build up My church and kingdom.
25 For outside of My church there is no people on the earth who will listen to My law.
26 And if there was no people who would listen to My law, how could I have a kingdom, and how could I be their ruler?
27 I have established My kingdom to be a shield and protection to My church, to learn and comprehend My law, and to carry out My purposes, that My will may be done on earth as it is done in heaven;
28 The church through the law and Spirit of the gospel to preserve the virtue and purity of the kingdom.
29 And the kingdom to preserve and protect the church from the aggressions of the wicked and ungodly.
30 And behold, I do not want My own will, but the will of My Father;
31 The same is My Father and My God, and your Father and your God, and we are One: I in Him, and you in Me.
32 Am I and My Father with the church? Yes.
33 Am I not your God, your Ahman Christ? You so acknowledge Me.
34 My Father is King of kings, and Lord of lords.
35 I rule as My Father directs Me, and if ye rule and direct according to My will, under the direction of My servant who is your President and head, are we not one, and is it not the rule and government of God?
36 And any kingdom, or government, or dominion that is not under My direction, and does not acknowledge Me, I will not acknowledge, saith the Lord of Hosts;
37 And if they fight against Me and My laws, and My church, and My kingdom, they shall be overthrown in Mine own due time, for I have so decreed.
Even so, Amen.
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