Sunday, June 26, 2016

Articles of Faith Six, Seven, and Nine

The sixth, seventh, and ninth articles of faith outline the organizations, callings, importance of revelation, and some of the gifts or talents that exist to build the kingdom of God on earth and bring all to Christ. These three articles are related in nature, and expound on already established truths of the previous articles of faith. The eighth article of faith will be highlighted at a later time.

The sixth article of faith states, 

We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive Church, namely apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth. 

The seventh article of faith states, 

We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth. 

The ninth article of faith states, 

We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.  

Elder L. Tom Perry clarified these articles of faith in this way,Building on the foundation established in the first five articles of faith, the sixth article tells us that an organization is necessary, and the same organization that existed in the primitive Church has been restored. The restored Church exists on the earth today, with the sacred power received through the restoration of the holy priesthood.
The seventh and ninth articles profess that the heavens are not closed, that God continues to reveal His will to mankind; as He has in the past, He does now in the present, and He will in the future. Spiritual gifts are received by mankind today, just as they were in days past."
These three articles are filled with beautiful blessings that are in full force on the earth today , and will always have the purpose of bringing Heavenly Father's children to Christ. God is so very generous with His children. They never need wonder if He has a plan laid out and in place wherein they can come unto Him and are provided with the organization, gifts, and revelations necessary to obtain and qualify for the gift of eternal life. 
Posted by Brooke Kamalu- Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

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