In the beginning God called Adam by his own voice See Genesis 3 Chap 9 & 10 verses. And the Lord called unto Adam and said unto him where art thou, and he said I heard thy voice in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked and hid myself. Adam received commandments and instruction from God. this was the order from the begining: that he received revelations, Commandments, and ordinances at the begining is beyond the power of controversy, else, how did they begin to offer Sacrifices to God in an acceptable manner? And if they offered sacrifices they must be authorized by ordination. We read in Gen 4th Chap. v. 4, That Abel brought of the firstlings of the flock and the fat thereof and the Lord had respect to Abel and to his offering. And again Heb 11 Chap 4 verse. By Faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent Sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous God testifying of his gifts and by it he being dead yet speaketh. how doth ye yet speak?

Why he magnified the Priesthood which was confired upon him and died a righteous man, and therefore has become a righteous man an angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, therefore holding still the keys of his dispensation and was sent down from heaven unto Paul to minister consoling words & to commit unto him a knowledge of the mysteries of Godliness and if this was not the case I would ask how did Paul know so much about Abel and why should he talk about his speaking after he was dead. How that he spoke after he was dead must be, by being sent down out of heaven, to administer.

 

 

Abel holds the keys of “his dispensation”.  He lived and died in the time of Adam, supposedly under the time period referred to as “the dispensation of Adam”,  yet he held his own dispensation.  More properly, he lived under the covenant God established with Adam, but was also expected to obtain his own dispensation. We live in the last days under the covenant God established with Joseph Smith as the head of the dispensation.  Yet each of us must obtain their own covenant with God by the sacrifice of all earthly things, and obtain our own dispensation.

The case of Hyrum Smith is illustrative (DC 124:94-96).    Hyrum had to obtain a dispensation directly from  heaven to be qualified to lead the church as Joseph’s successor.  Though he held it, Joseph couldn’t give Hyrum the necessary priesthood, because it can only be obtained from God directly.  Joseph could show him the keys, but, it Hyrum’s duty was to use those keys to obtain “blessing, and glory, and honor, and priesthood, and gifts of the priesthood“.  In the process of obtaining those things, Hyrum would be shown things that he would allow him to bear testimony in his role as a prophet, seer, and revelator.  Hyrum was ordained by Joseph 6 days after the revelation was given, but whether he pressed forward and qualified himself was up to him. He was called, but still had to be chosen.  This was the order from the beginning.

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