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Law of Consecration
"To dedicate, to make holy, or to become righteous." (Guide to the Scriptures). The law of consecration involves voluntarily dedicating or time, talents, and material wealth to the church and the establishment thereof.
In verse 3 of section 85 reminds us of the principle of the law of consecration. It the verse, it has a cross reference that sends us to D&C42: 30 which says “And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and deed which cannot be broken.”
Preparing for the Law of Consecration
What can we do to prepare?
Receiving Their Inheritance
It should be noted that throughout chapter 85 the saints were condemned not for disobedience per se, but for not receiving their inheritance.
History of D&C 85
When Christ comes again, we will live the Law of Consecration. Doctrine and Covenants 85:3 mentions that tithing prepares us for the second coming.
This section comes from an excerpt of a letter written by Joseph Smith in Kirtland, Ohio to W. W. Phelps on November 27, 1832. It was first published in the
Evening and Morning Star
in 1833 and added to the Doctrine and Covenants in 1876 after being edited by Orson Pratt.
The prophet is speaking for the Lord to the church in the form of a letter to a church leader. It is addressing the commandment to consecrate and those that chose to not “receive their inheritances.”
Steady the Ark?
What does it mean to steady the ark? Why is there such harsh punishment?
The term of steadying the ark comes from when the Ark of the Covenant was found and it was being brought back to Jerusalem in a cart being pulled by an ox.
The ark almost fell over, and the driver, Uzzah who had good intentions to stop the ark from falling, touched the ark and was immediately killed.
Why was Uzzah Killed?
However well-meaning Uzzah’s intentions, he approached casually what could only be approached under the strictest conditions. He had no faith in God’s power. He assumed that the ark was in danger, forgetting that it was the physical symbol of the God who has all power. We cannot presume to save God and His kingdom through our own efforts.However well-meaning Uzzah’s intentions, he approached casually what could only be approached under the strictest conditions. He had no faith in God’s power. He assumed that the ark was in danger, forgetting that it was the physical symbol of the God who has all power. We cannot presume to save God and His kingdom through our own efforts.
Your Potential, Your Privileges
Receiving Our Inheritance
Not Receiving Our Inheritance
D&C 97:26 gives us a good interpretation of what the day of vengeance will hold for those that do not "observe to do whatsoever" the Lord commanded them.
In the context of D&C 85:3 it is talking about how the Lord tithes us to help prepare us against the day of vengeance, so that we may not receive the vengeance of the Lord.
Good Resource :"Now is the time to prepare" by Russel M. Nelson.
D&C 85:3 (e)
Those who receive not their inheritance are not recorded in the book of the Law of God. This footnote indicates that this book is also called the Book of Life. The Book of Life is a heavenly record kept of the faithful. To not be in this book could indicate that one is not one of those faithful.
D&C 85:5 (a)
God has given us laws for a reason and we need to keep sacred things sacred.
God will not be mocked and if you do not keep sacred the things that He has made sacred, sacred or there will be sever consequences.
As we look in the topical guide under tithing, we see each book of scripture shows the importance of tithing. We are to give the best of our inheritance to the Lord as tithing. Proverbs 3:9 says, “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:” We can show our devotion to God by loving Him more than our possessions.
D&C 85:2 (d)
Law of Consecration:
“The law of consecration is that we consecrate our time, our talents, and our money and property to the cause of the Church: such are to be available to the extent they are needed to further the Lord’s interests on earth.”
–Bruce R. McConkie, April 1975
Tithing: a preparatory law
When the law of Consecration was given, The people of the Church were not ready to live it completely (Doctrine and Covenants 119.) Instead, they were given the law of tithing and asked to serve one another. We still live this standard today. While this is required of us now, when Christ comes again, we will be asked to live the Law of Consecration in its completeness. By paying tithing and consecrating our lives to the Lord, we will be more prepared to live the Law of Consecration when that time comes.
Elder Dallin H. Oaks describes the importance of tithing in the following video.
How does tithing prepare us?
Tithing prepares us for the law of consecration. In the days of Moses, the people were not prepared for the complete commandments of God. They needed a time of preparation before they could live the commandments with exact obedience. The Law of Moses prepared the people to one day live the higher law. We see other examples of a preparatory law with the Word of Wisdom and the Law of tithing.
One day we will live the Law of Consecration and be willing and able to give all we have to the Lord. We will take care of what has been given to us, and we will desire to give the surplus to the Lord. This is a higher law than the natural man is capable of living. We need to consecrate our lives to God. As we learn to forsake the natural man within us, God will bless us and help us prosper. As we perfect living the preparatory law, we will be ready for the next step in our progression.
God wants us to succeed. In order to attain the highest level of glory, God provides a way for us to become perfected. By living all of God commandments with perfect obedience, we can prepare ourselves for the next step in our eternal progression.
They hymn "Because I have Been Given Much" reminds us to share our blessings.
Tithing with the Law of Consecration
As we learned previously, “The law of consecration is that we consecrate our time, our talents, and our money and property to the cause of the church: such are to be available to the extent they are needed to further the lord’s interests on earth.” (Bruce r. McConkie, Obedience, Consecration, and Sacrifice, April 1975 General Conference)
God asks of to sacrifice the gifts we have been given for the benefit of others. We have a responsibility to care for those in need. We can prepare ourselves for the future by living the Law of Consecration to the best of our abilities.
Giving a Complete Sacrifice
We need to consecrate our lives wholly. When we sacrifice, we are giving up something we want for something better. When we consecrate our lives, we are allowing everything we have to be given and dedicated to the Lord. Doctrine and Covenants 4 mentions we should give heart, might, mind and strength. A lot of people go half way. They give their might and strength, but their hearts and minds is somewhere else. This is a half-way sacrifice. We need to give our complete selves to the Lord.
By giving tithing to the Lord we are preparing His kingdom and enriching the lives of others.
We learn the principles and blessings of sacrifice from Heber J. Grant in this video.
Finding the Doctrine:
D&C 85:8 Humility: To make meek and teachable, or the condition of being meek and teachable. Humility includes recognizing our dependence upon God and desiring to submit to His will.
D&C 85:7 Living by faith: Having confidence in something or someone. As most often used in the scriptures, faith is confidence and trust in Jesus Christ that lead a person to obey him. Faith must be centered in Jesus Christ in order for it to lead a person to salvation. Latter-day Saints also have faith in God the Father, the Holy Ghost, priesthood power, and other important aspects of the restored gospel.
D&C 85:2 Tithing: A tenth part of a person’s annual increase given to the Lord through the Church. Tithing funds are used to build churches and temples, to sustain missionary work, and to build the kingdom of God on earth.
The saints certainly exhibited faith and obedience by making the move to Zion but their failure to be fully obedient made them ineligible to receive their inheritance from the Lord. (D&C 85, Introduction)
In order to receive their inheritance, the saints were commanded to consecrate (D&C 42:30-35) their properties to the church and then receive their (physical) inheritances through the bishop.(D&C 85:1)
While this is referring to material goods necessary for life (D&C 51:3), the inheritance is certainly more than that.
85:3 It is contrary to the will and commandment of God that those who receive not their inheritance by consecration… should have their names enrolled with the people of God.
85:5 Their names shall not be found …written in the book of the law of God, saith the Lord of Hosts
These verses show us two specific things:
1. Receiving your inheritance is necessary for salvation (see footnote 5a, BD Book of Life).
2. This inheritance is received by consecration. The use of the word by (as opposed to after, etc) indicates that it is through and because of this sacrifice that we receive these blessings.
Receiving one’s inheritance requires action on our part, it is not something that is merely bestowed upon us.
Like any father, the Lord wants us to obtain all that He has. As the master of all, the inheritance he wishes to bestow upon us is in fact, everything. As His children, He cherishes us, and that which He would like to bestow upon us is that which is most precious, even eternal life.
"...and the saints shall be filled with his glory, and receive their inheritance and be made equal with him"
The Lord wishes to give this inheritance unto all who would receive it. Indeed, it is our divine right to inherit it, should we accept it. No unclean thing may dwell with God, and as such, our acceptance of this inheritance is made through living a faithful, repentant life.
"Latter-day Saints use the term exaltation to describe the glorious reward of receiving one’s full inheritance as a child of Heavenly Father, which is available through the Atonement of Christ, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel."
Becoming Like God, Gospel Topics, LDS.org
Disobedience to the commandments which the Lord has given us is a direct refusal of this inheritance. If we will not allow the Lord to bless us, He will not force us to receive said blessings.
"...only those 'who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise' would receive the fulness of God’s glory and be 'gods, even the sons of God.'”
Becoming Like God, Gospel Topics, LDS.org, D&C 76:53,58
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