The following can be found in:
Journal of Discourses 6:1-11
History of the Church 6:302-317
Joseph Smith, April 6, 1844
†CHARACTER AND BEING OF GOD - CREATION - SALVATION OF THE DEAD -
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN - RESURRECTION - BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT, ETC.
A Discourse, by President Joseph Smith, delivered at the Conference held
near the Temple, in Nauvoo, April 6, 1844. Reported by W. Richards, W.
Woodruff, T. Bullock, and W. Clayton
Beloved Saints, - I will call the attention of this congregation while I address you on
the subject of the dead. The decease of our beloved brother, Elder King Follett, who
was crushed in a well by the falling of a tub of rock, has more immediately led me to
that subject. I have been requested to speak by his friends and relatives; but inasmuch
as there are a great many in this congregation who live in this city, as well as
elsewhere, who have lost friends, I feel disposed to speak on the subject in general,
and offer you my ideas so far as I have ability and so far as I shall be inspired by the
Holy Spirit to dwell on this subject.
I want your prayers and faith that I may have the instruction of Almighty God and the
gift of the Holy Ghost, so that I may set forth things that are true and which can be
easily comprehended by you, and that the testimony many carry conviction to your
hearts and minds of the truth of what I shall say. Pray that the Lord may strengthen
my lungs, stay the winds, and let the prayers of the Saints to heaven appear, that they
may enter into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth; [sic] for the effectual prayers of the
righteous avail much. There is strength here; and I verily believe that your prayers will
Before I enter fully into the investigation of the subject which is lying before me, I wish
to pave the way and bring up the subject from the beginning, that you may understand
it. I will make a few preliminaries, in order that you may understand the subject when
I come to it. I do not calculate or intend to please your ears with superfluity of words,
or oratory, or with much learning; but I calculate to edify you with the simple truths
In the first place, I wish to go back to the beginning - to the morn of creation. There
is the starting-point for us to look to, in order to understand and be fully acquainted
with the mind, purposes, and decrees of the great Eloheim, who sits in yonder heavens
as he did at the creation of this world. It is necessary for us to have an understanding
of God himself in the beginning. If we start right, it is easy to go right all the time; but
if we start wrong, we may go wrong, and it will be a hard matter to get right.
There are but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of
God. The great majority of mankind do not comprehend anything, either that which is
past or that which is to come, as respects their relationship to God. They do not know,
neither do they understand the nature of that relationship; and, consequently, they
know but little above the brute beast, or more than to eat, drink, and sleep. This is all
man knows about God or his existence, unless it is given by the inspiration of the
If a man learns nothing more than to eat, drink, and sleep, and does not comprehend
any of the designs of God, the beast comprehends the same thing. It eats, drinks,
sleeps, and knows nothing more about God: yet it knows as much as we, unless we
are able to comprehend by the inspiration of Almighty God. If men do not comprehend
the character of God they do not comprehend themselves. I want to go back to the
beginning, and so lift your minds into a more lofty sphere and a more exalted
understanding than what the human mind generally aspires to.
I want to ask this congregation - every man, women, and child, to answer the question
in their own heart, what kind of a being God is? Ask yourselves; turn your thoughts
into your hearts, and say if any of you have seen, heard, or communed with him. This
is a question that may occupy your attention for a long time. I again repeat the
question - What kind of a being is God? Does any man or woman know? Have any of
you seen him, heard him, or communed with him? Here is the question that will
peradventure from this time henceforth occupy your attention. The Scriptures inform
us that "This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus
Christ whom thou hast sent."
If any man does not know God, and inquires what kind of a being he is, - if he will
search diligently his own heart - if the declarations of Jesus and the Apostles be true
- he will realize that he has not eternal life; for there can be eternal life on no other
My first object is to find out the character of the only wise and true God, and what kind
of a being he is; and if I am so fortunate as to be the man to comprehend God, and
explain or convey the principles to your hearts, so that the Spirit seals them upon you,
then let every man and woman henceforth sit in silence, put their hands on their
mouths, and never lift their hands or voices or say anything against the man of God
or the servants of God again. But if I fail to do it, it becomes my duty to renounce all
further pretensions to revelations, inspirations, or to be a Prophet; and I should be like
the rest of the world - a false teacher, be hailed as a friend, and no man would seek
my life. But if all religious teachers were honest enough to renounce their pretensions
to godliness, when their ignorance of the knowledge of God is made manifest, they will
all be as badly off as I am, at any rate; and you might just as well take the lives of
other false teachers as that of mine, if I am false. If any man is authorized to take
away my life because he thinks and says I am a false teacher, then, upon the same
principle, we should be justified in taking away the life of every false teacher; and
where would be the end of blood? and who would not be the sufferer?
But meddle not with any man for his religion; and all governments ought to permit
every man to enjoy his religion unmolested. No man is authorized to take away life in
consequence of difference of religion, which all laws and governments ought to tolerate
and protect, right or wrong. Every man has a natural and, in our country, a
constitutional right to be a false prophet as well as a true prophet. If I show, verily,
that I have the truth of God, and show that ninety-nine out of every hundred
professing religious ministers are false teachers, having no authority, while they
pretend to hold the keys of God's kingdom on earth, and was to kill them because they
are false teachers, it would deluge the whole world with blood.
I will prove that the world is wrong, by showing what God is. I am going to inquire
after God; for I want you all to know him and to be familiar with him; and if I can bring
you to a knowledge of him, all persecutions against me ought to cease. You will then
know that I am his servant; for I speak as one having authority.
I will go back to the beginning, before the world was, to show what kind of a being God
is. What sort of a being was God in the beginning? Open your ears and hear, all ye
ends of the earth; for I am going to prove it to you by the Bible, and to tell you the
designs of God in relation to the human race, and why he interferes with the affairs of
God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted Man, and sits enthroned in
yonder heavens. That is the great secret. If the vail was rent to-day, and the great God
who holds this world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by his
power, was to make himself visible, - I say, if you were to see him to-day, you would
see him like a man in form - like yourselves, in all the person, image, and very form
as a man; for Adam was created in the very fashion, image, and likeness of God, and
received instruction from, and walked, talked, and conversed with him, as one man
talks and communes with another.
In order to understand the subject of the dead, for the consolation of thosewho mourn
for the loss of their friends, it is necessary that we should understand the character
and being of God, and how he came to be so; for I am going to tell you how God came
to be God. We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity, I will
refute that idea, and will take away and do away the vail, so that you may see.
These are incomprehensible ideas to some; but they are simple. It is the first principle
of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God and to know that we may
converse with him as one man converses with another, and that he was once a man
like us; yea, that God himself the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth the same as Jesus
Christ himself did; and I will show it from the Bible. I wish I was in a suitable place to
tell it, and that I had the trump of an archangel, so that I could tell the story in such
a manner that persecution would cease for ever. What did Jesus say? (Mark it, Elder
Rigdon.) The Scriptures inform us that Jesus said, "As the Father hath power in
himself, even so hath the Son power" - to do what? Why, what the Father did. The
answer is obvious - in a manner, to lay down his body and take it up again. Jesus,
what are you going to do? To lay down my life, as my Father did, and take it up again.
Do you believe it? If you do not believe it, you do not believe the Bible. The Scriptures
say it, and I defy all the learning and wisdom and all the combined powers of earth and
hell together to refute it.
Here, then, is eternal life - to know the only wise and true God; and you have got to
learn how to be Gods yourselves, and to be kings and priests to God, the same as all
Gods have done before you, - namely, by going from one small degree to another, and
from a small capacity to a great one, - from grace to grace, from exaltation to
exaltation, until you attain to the resurrection of the dead, and are
able to dwell in everlasting burnings and to sit in glory, as do those who sit enthroned
in everlasting power. And I want you to know that God, in the last days, while certain
individuals are proclaiming his name, is not trifling with you or me.
These are the first principles of consolation. How consoling to the mourners, when they
are called to part with a husband, wife, father, mother, child, or dear relative, to know
that, although the earthly tabernacle is laid down and dissolved, they shall rise again,
to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory, not to sorrow, suffer, or die any
more; but they shall be heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. What is it? To
inherit the same power, the same glory, and the same exaltation, until you arrive at
the station of a God and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who
have gone before. What did Jesus do? Why, I do the things I saw my Father do when
worlds come rolling into existence. My Father worked out his kingdom with fear and
trembling, and I must do the same; and when I get my kingdom, I shall present it to
my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt him in glory.
He will then take a higher exaltation, and I will take his place, and thereby become
exalted myself. So that Jesus treads in the track of his Father, and inherits what God
did before; and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all
his children. It is plain beyond disputation; and you thus learn some of the first
principles of the Gospel, about which so much hath been said.
When you climb a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step until
you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel: you must begin
with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a
great while after you have passed through the vail before you will have learned them.
It is not all to be comprehended in this world: it will be a great work to learn our
salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave. I suppose I am not allowed to go into
an investigation of anything that is not contained in the Bible. If I did, I think there are
so many over-wise men here, that they would cry "treason" and put me to death. So
I will go to the old Bible and turn commentator to-day.
I shall comment on the very first Hebrew word in the Bible. I will make a comment on
the very first sentence of the history of creation in the Bible - Berosheit. I want to
analyze the word. Baith - in, by, through, and everything else. Rosh - the head. Sheit
- grammatical termination. When the inspired man wrote it, he did not put the Baith
there. An old Jew, without any authority, added the word. He thought it too bad to
begin to talk about the head! It read first, "The head one of the Gods brought forth the
Gods." That is the true meaning of the words. Baurau signified to bring forth. If you
do not believe it, you do not believe the learned man of God. Learned men can teach
you no more than what I have told you. Thus, the head God brought forth the Gods
in the grand council.
I will transpose and simplify if in the English language. Oh, ye lawyers, ye doctors, and
ye priests, who have persecuted me, I want to let you know that the Holy Ghost knows
something as well as you do. The head God called together the Gods and sat in grand
council to bring forth the world. The grand counsellors sat at the head in yonder
heavens, and contemplated the creation of the worlds which were created at that time.
When I say doctors and lawyers, I mean the doctors and lawyers of the Scriptures. I
have done so hitherto without explanation, to let the lawyers flutter, and everybody
laugh at them. Some learned doctor might take a notion to say the Scriptures say thus
and so; and we must believe the Scriptures; they are not to be altered. But I am going
to show you an error in them.
I have an old edition of the New Testament in the Hebrew, Latin, German, and Greek
languages. I have been reading the German, and find it to be the most correct
translation, and to correspond nearest to the revelations which God has given to me
for the last fourteen years. It tells about Jachoboy, the son of Zebedee. It means
Jacob. In the English New Testament it is translated James. Now, if Jacob had the
keys, you might talk about James through all eternity, and never get the keys. In the
21st verse of the fourth chapter of Matthew, my old German edition gives the word
Jacob instead of James.
The doctors (I mean doctors of law, not of physic,) say, "If you preach anything not
according to the Bible, we will cry treason." How can we escape the damnation of hell,
except God be with us and reveal to us? Men bind us with chains. The Latin says
Jachabod, which means Jacob; the Hebrew says Jacob, the Creek says Jacob, and the
German says Jacob. Here we have the testimony of four against one. I thank God I
have got this old book; but I thank him more for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I have got
the oldest book in the world; but I have got the oldest book in my heart, even the gift
of the Holy Ghost. I have all the four Testaments. Come here, ye learned men, and
read, if you can. I should not have introduced this testimony, were it not to back up
the word Rosh - the head, the father of the Gods. I should not have brought it up, only
to show that I am right.
In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came
together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it. When we begin to
learn in this way, we begin to learn the only true God and what kind of a being we
have got to worship. Having a knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach
him and how to ask so as to receive an answer.
JD 6:5, Joseph Smith, April 6
When we understand the character of God and know how to come to him, he begins
to unfold the heavens to us and to tell us all about it. When we are ready to come to
him, he is ready to come to us.
Now, I ask all who hear me, why the learned men who are preaching salvation say that
God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing? The reason is, that they are
unlearned in the things of God and have not the gift of the Holy Ghost. They account
it blasphemy in any one to contradict their idea. If you tell them that God made the
world out of something, they will call you a fool. But I am learned, and know more than
all the world put together. The Holy Ghost does, anyhow; and he is within me, and
comprehends more than all the world; and I will associate myself with him.
You ask the learned doctors why they say the world was made out of nothing; and
they will answer, "Don't the Bible say he created the world?" And they infer, from the
word create, that it must have been made out of nothing. How, the word create came
from the word baurau, which does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to
organize - the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence we
infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos - chaotic matter, which
is element, and in which dwells all the glory. Element had an existence from the time
He had. The pure pprinciples of element are principles which can never be destroyed:
they may be organized and re-organized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning,
and can have no end.
I have another subject to dwell upon, which is calculated to exalt man. But it is
impossible for me to say much on this subject. I shall, therefore, just touch upon it;
for time will not permit me to say all. It is associated with the subject of the
resurrection of the dead - namely, the soul, the mind of man, the immortal spirit.
Where did it come from? All learned men and doctors of divinity say that God created
it in the beginning. But it is not so. The very idea lessons man in my estimation. I do
not believe the doctrine. I know better. Here it, all ye ends of the world; for God has
told me so; and if you don't believe me, it will not make the truth without effect. I will
make a man appear a fool before I get through, if he does not believe it. I am going
to tell of things more noble.
We say that God himself is a self-existent being. Who told you so? It is correct enough;
but how did it get into your heads? Who told you that man did not exist in like manner
upon the same principles? Man does exist upon the same principles. God made a
tabernacle and put a spirit into it, and it became a living soul. [Referred to the old
Bible.] How does it read in the Hebrew? It does not say in the Hebrew that God created
the spirit of man. It says, "God made man out of the earth, and put into him Adam's
spirit, and so became a living body."
The mind or the intelligence which man possesses is coequal with God himself. I know
that my testimony is true; hence, when I talk to these mourners, what have they lost?
Their relatives and friends are only separated from their bodies for a short season:
their spirits which existed with God have left the tabernacle of clay only for a little
moment, as it were; and they now exist in a place where they converse together the
same as we do on the earth.
I am dwelling on the immortality of the spirit of man. Is it logical to say that the
intelligence of spirits is immortal, and yet that it had a beginning? The intelligence of
spirits had no beginning, neither will it have an end. That is good logic. That which has
a beginning may have an end. There never was a time when there were not spirits; for
they are co-equal with our Father in heaven.
I want to reason more on the spirit of man; for I am dwelling on the body and spirit
of man - on the subject of the dead. I take my ring from my finger and liken it unto the
mind of man - the immortal part, because it has no beginning. Suppose you cut it in
two, then it has a beginning and an end; but join it again, and it continues one eternal
round. So with the spirit of man. As the Lord liveth, if it hada beginning it will have an
end. All the fools and learned and wise men from the beginning of creation, who say
that the spirit of man had a beginning, prove that it must have an end; and if that
doctrine is true, then the doctrine of annihilation would be true. But if I am right, I
might with boldness proclaim from the housetops that God never had the power to
create the spirit of man at all. God himself could not create himself.
Intelligence is eternal and exists upon a self-existent principle. It is a spirit from age
to age, and there is no creation about it. All the minds and spirits that God ever sent
into the world are susceptible of enlargement.
The first principles of man are self-existent with God. God himself, finding he was in
the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute
laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself. The relationship
we have with God places us in a situation to advance in knowledge. He has power to
institute laws to instruct the weaker intelligences, that they may be exalted with
himself, so that they might have one glory upon another, and all that knowledge,
power, glory, and intelligence which is requisite in order to save them in the world of
This is good doctrine. It tastes good. I can taste the principles of eternal life, and so
can you. They are given to me by the revelations of Jesus Christ; and I know that
when I tell you these words of eternal life as they are given to me, you taste them, and
I know you believe them. You say honey is sweet, and so do I. I can also taste the
spirit of eternal life. I know it is good; and when I tell you of these things which were
given me by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, you are bound to receive them as sweet, and
I rejoice more and more.
I want to talk more of the relation of man to God. I will open your eyes in relation to
your dead. All things whatsoever God of his infinite wisdom has seen fit and proper to
reveal to us, while we are dwelling in mortality, in regard to our mortal bodies, are
revealed to us in the abstract and independent of affinity of this mortal tabernacle; but
are revealed to our spirits precisely as though we had no bodies at all; and those
revelations which will save our spirits will save our bodies. God reveals them to us in
view of no eternal dissolution of the body, or tabernacle. Hence the responsibility - the
awful responsibility that rests upon us in relation to our dead; for all the spirits who
have not obeyed the Gospel in the flesh must either obey it in the spirit or be damned.
Solemn thought! - dreadful thought! Is there nothing to be done? No preparation - no
salvation for our fathers and friends who have died without having had the opportunity
to obey the decrees of the Son of Man? Would to God that I had forty days and nights
in which to tell you all! I would let you know that I am not a "fallen prophet."
What promises are made in relation to the subject of the salvation of the dead? and
what kind of characters are those who can be saved, although their bodies are
mouldering and decaying in the grave? When his commandments teach us, it is in view
of eternity; for we are looked upon by God as though we were in eternity. God dwells
in eternity, and does not view things as we do.
The greatest responsibility in this world that God has laid upon us is to seek after our
dead. The Apostle says, "They without us cannot be made perfect;" for it is necessary
that the sealing power should be in our hands to seal our children and our dead for the
fulness of the dispensation of times - a dispensation to meet the promises made by
Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world for the salvation of man.
Now, I will speak of them. I will meet Paul half-way. I say to you, Paul, you cannot be
perfect without us. It is necessary that those who are gone before and those who come
after us should have salvation in common with us; and thus hath God made it
obligatory upon man. Hence God said, "I will send Elijah the prophet before the coming
of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; and he shall turn the hearts of the fathers
to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the
earth with a curse."
I have a declaration to make as to the provisions which God hath made to suit the
conditions of man, made from before the foundation of the world. What has Jesus said?
All sins, and all blasphemies, and every transgression, except one, that man can be
guilty of, may be forgiven; and there is a salvation for all men, either in this world or
the world to come, who have not committed the unpardonable sin, there being a
provision either in this world or the world of spirits. Hence God hath made a provision
that every spirit in the eternal world can be ferreted out and saved, unless he has
committed that unpardonable sin which cannot be remitted to him either in this world
or the world of spirits. God has wrought out a salvation for all men, unless they have
committed a certain sin; and every man who has a friend in the eternal world can save
him, unless he has committed the unpardonable sin. And so you can see how far you
can be a saviour.
A man cannot commit the unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, and there
is a way possible for escape. Knowledge saves a man; and in the world of spirits no
man can be exalted but by knowledge. So long as a man will not give heed to the
commandments, he must abide without salvation. If a man has knowledge, he can be
saved; although, if he has been guilty of great sins, he will be punished for them. But
when he consents to obey the Gospel, whether here or in the world of spirits, he is
A man is his own tormentor and his own condemner. Hence the saying, They shall go
into the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. The torment of disappointment in the
mind of man is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire and brimstone. I say, so is the
torment of man.
I know the Scriptures and understand them. I said no man can commit the
unpardonable sin after the dissolution of the body, nor in this life until he received the
Holy Ghost; but they must do it in this world. Hence the salvation of Jesus Christ was
wrought out for all men in order to triumph over the Devil; for if it did not catch him
in one place, it would in another; for he stood up as a Saviour. All will suffer until they
obey Christ himself.
The contention in heaven was - Jesus said there would be certain souls that would not
be saved; and the Devil said he could save them all, and laid his plans before the grand
council, who gave their vote in favour of Jesus Christ. So the Devil rose up in rebellion
against God, and was cast down, with all who put up their heads for him.
All sins shall be forgiven except the sin against the Holy Ghost; for Jesus will save all
except the sons of perdition. What must a man do to commit the unpardonable sin?
He must receive the Holy Ghost, have the heavens opened unto him, and know God,
and then sin against him. After a man has sinned against the Holy Ghost, there is no
repentance for him. He has got to say that the sun does not shine while he sees it; he
has got to deny Jesus Christ when the heavens have been opened unto him, and to
deny the plan of salvation with his eyes open to the truth of it; and from that time he
begins to be an enemy. This is the case with many apostates of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When a man begins to be an enemy to this work, he hunts me; he seeks to kill me,
and never ceases to thirst for my blood. He gets the spirit of the Devil - the same spirit
that they had who crucified the Lord of Life, - the same spirit that sins against the Holy
Ghost. You cannot save such persons; you cannot bring them to repentance: they
make open war like the Devil, and awful is the consequence.
I advise all of you to be careful what you do, or you may by-and-by find out that you
have been deceived. Stay yourselves; do not give way; don't make any hasty moves:
you may be be saved. If a spirit of bitterness is in you, don't be in haste. You may say
that man is a sinner. Well, if he repents, he shall be forgiven. Be cautious: await! When
you find a spirit what wants bloodshed - murder, the same is not of God, but is of the
Devil. Out of the abundance of the heart of man the mouth speaketh.
The best men bring forth the best works. The man who tells you words of life is the
man who can save you. I warn you against all evil characters who sin against the Holy
Ghost; for there is no redemption for them in this world nor in the world to come.
I could go back and trace every subject of interest concerning the relationship of man
to God, if I had time. I can enter into the mysteries; I can enter largely into the eternal
worlds; for Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I
would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14th chap., 2nd v.) Paul
says, "There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory
of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the
resurrection of the dead." (1st Cor. 15th chap., 41st v.) What have we to console us
in relation to the dead? We have reason to have the greatest hope and consolations
for our dead of any people on the earth; for we have seen them walk worthily in our
midst, and seen them sink asleep in the arms of Jesus; and those who have died in the
faith are now in the celestial kingdom of God. And hence is the glory of the sun.
You mourners have occasion to rejoice (speaking of the death of Elder King Follett);
for your husband and father is gone to wait until the resurrection of the dead - until
the perfection of the remainder; for at the resurrection your friend will rise in perfect
felicity and go to celestial glory, while many must wait myriads of years before they
can receive the like blessings; and your expectations and hopes are far above what
man can conceive; for why has God revealed it to us?
I AM AUTHORIZED to say, by the authority of the Holy Ghost, that you have no
occasion to fear; for he is gone to the home of the just. Don't mourn; don't weep. I
know it by the testimony of the Holy Ghost that is within me; and you may wait for
your friends to come forth to meet you in the morn of the celestial world.
Rejoice, O Israel! Your friends who have been murdered for the truth's sake in the
persecution shall triumph gloriously in the celestial world, while their murderers shall
welter for ages in torment, even until they shall have paid the uttermost farthing. I say
this for the benefit of strangers.
I have a father, brothers, children, and friends who have gone to a world of spirits.
They are only absent for a moment. They are in the spirit, and we shall soon meet
again. The time will soon arrive when the trumpet shall sound. When we depart, we
shall hail our mothers, fathers, friends, and all whom we love who have fallen asleep
in Jesus. There will be no fear of mobs, persecutions, or malicious law-suits and
arrests; but it will be an eternity of felicity.
A question may be asked - "Will mothers have their children in eternity?" Yes! yes!
Mothers, you shall have your children; for they shall have eternal life; for their debt is
paid. There is no damnation awaits them, for they are in the spirit. But as the child
dies, so shall it rise from the dead, and be for ever living in the learning of God. It will
never grow: it will still be the child, in the same precise form as it appeared before it
died out of its mother's arms, but possessing all the intelligence of a God. Children
dwell in the mansions of glory and exercise power, but appear in the same form as
when on earth. Eternity is full of thrones, upon which dwell thousands of children
reigning on thrones of glory, with not one cubit added to their stature.
I will leave this subject here, and make a few remarks on the subject of baptism The
baptism of water, without the baptism of fire and the Holly Ghost attending it, is of no
use: they are necessary and inseparably connected. An individual must be born of
water and the spirit in order to get into the kingdom of God. In the German, the text
bears me out the same as the revelations which I have given and taught for the last
fourteen years on that subject. I have the testimony to put in their teeth. My testimony
has been true all the time. You will find it in the declaration of John the Baptist. [Reads
from the German.] John says, "I baptise you with water; but when Jesus comes, who
has the power (or keys), he shall administer the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost."
Great God! where is now all the sectarian world? And if this testimony is true, they are
all damned as clearly as anathema can do it. I know the text is true. I call upon all you
Germans who know that it is true to say aye. (Loud shouts of aye.)
Alexander Campbell, how are you going to save people with water alone? For John said
his baptism was good for nothing without the baptism of Jesus Christ. "Therefore, not
leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying
again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the
doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and
of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit." (Heb. 6th chap., 1st to 3rd v.)
There is one God, one Father, one Jesus, one hope of our calling, one baptism. All
these three baptisms only make one. Many talk of baptism not being essential to
salvation: but this kind of teaching would lay the foundation of their damnation. I have
the truth, and am at the defiance of the world to contradict me if they can.
I have now preached a little Latin, a little Hebrew, Greek, and German; and I have
fulfilled all. I am not so big a fool as many have taken me to be. The Germans know
that I read the German correctly.
Hear it, all ye ends of the earth - all ye priests, all ye sinners, and all men. Repent!
repent! Obey the Gospel. Turn to God; for your religion won't save you, and you will
be damned. I do not say how long. There have been remarks made concerning all men
being redeemed from hell; but I say that those who sin against the Holy Ghost cannot
be forgiven in this world or in the world to come: they shall die the second death.
Those who commit the unpardonable sin are doomed to Gnolom, to dwell in hell,
worlds without end. As they concoct scenes of bloodshed in this world, so they shall
rise to that resurrection which is as the lake of fire and brimstone. Some shall rise to
the everlasting burning of God; for God dwells in everlasting burnings; and some shall
rise to the damnation of their own filthiness, which is as exquisite a torment a the lake
of fire and brimstone.
I have intended my remarks for all, both rich and poor, bond and free, great and small.
I have no enmity against any man. I love you all; but I have some of your deeds. I am
your best friend; and if persons miss their mark, it is their own fault. If I reprove a
man and he hates me, he is a fool; for I love all men, especially these my brethren and
I rejoice in hearing the testimony of my aged friends. You don't know me: you never
knew my heart. No man knows my history. I cannot tell it: I shall never undertake it.
I don't blame any one for not believing my history. If I had not experienced what I
have, I could not have believed it myself. I never did harm any man since I was born
into the world. My voice is always for peace.
I cannot lie down until all my work is finished. I never think any evil, nor do anything
to the harm of my fellow-man. When I am called by the trump of the archangel and
weighed in the balance, you will all know me then. I add no more. God bless you all.
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