Priesthood

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 12:01 am

Bible

Follow Gramps:

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail
Print Friendly

I have a problem when giving blessings by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood when the priesthood is the priesthood of Jesus Christ. We say that we don’t want to use his name too much. I think we don’t say his name enough. When was the authority changed and by who? Brigham Young never used the Melchizedek Priesthood name. He always said the priesthood of the Son of God.

Jim

____________

Let me quote the relevant scripture, then talk with you a bit.

Doctrine and Covenants 107:1-4

1 There are, in the church, two priesthoods, namely, the Melchizedek and Aaronic, including the Levitical Priesthood.

2 Why the first is called the Melchizedek Priesthood is because Melchizedek was such a great high priest.

3 Before his day it was called the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.

4 But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church, in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Okay, so guess who told Joseph Smith this? That’s right, Jesus Christ himself. I understand that you feel uncomfortable with using a mortal man’s name in connection with authority that actually comes from Christ. However, the purpose behind the change is honorable. Also, the very fact that Christ never objected to the practice shows that he accepted the gesture for what it was, and that was sincere reverence for his name.

melchizedek mormonAlso consider that Melchizedek was acceptable as a worthy person to be used as a ‘name proxy’ if you will.

The change actually occured either during or shortly after Melchizedek’s mortal life, so it’s been in effect nearly from the beginning. Joseph Smith recieved the Melchizedek Priesthood under the hands of Peter, James, and John.

The Aaronic Priesthood is also named after a man, and it comes from the same source as the Melchizedek Priesthood. The Law of Moses was nothing of Moses’ creation, nor was the Book of Mormon anything of Mormon’s creation so much as of his editorial labors (With the noted exception of his own book within the Book of Mormon).

The one thing Christ is inseparably connected to is the Atonement. Even the Gospel of Jesus Christ is found in books titled “The Gospel according to…Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John”. Why? Because if Jesus did write down his Gospel, there is no surviving record of it happening, much less a copy to translate. Does this detract from the record we do have in the bible?

In other words, there is a practice throughout scriptural history that significant items be named after the men in connection with them. It is not to slight the name of Christ, but by omitting it the intent is to honor the name of Christ and what he has done from the beginning through these great men, and I hope you can see this.

-Gramps

Summary
Article Name
Priesthood - Ask Gramps - Q and A about Mormon Doctrine
Author
Description
I have a problem when giving blessings by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood when the priesthood is the priesthood of Jesus Christ. We say that we don't want to use his name too much.

Follow Gramps:

Is Mormon underwear magic?

October 22, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps, I am not a Mormon, but a Born Again Christian faithfully attending a Protestant church.  I have recently been involved in a study in which we (more)

Why was the purchase of slaves allowed during Biblical times?

October 21, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, I have been discussing matters of misinterpretation with Bible versus with friends and was wondering, why are there parts of the Bible that allow the purchase (more)

If my father is the Branch President, can I repent to someone else?

October 20, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps, Hello.  I have broken the Law of Chastity and the Word of Wisdom. I’ve been doing better and reading my scriptures and praying for forgiveness but (more)

How many Priesthoods are there?

October 19, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, How many priesthoods are there?  I know there is the Aaronic and Melchezidek, but someone mentioned there was also the Patriarchal Priesthood? Don   Answer Don, (more)

Will the church rescind the ban on coffee due to Alzheimers studies?

October 18, 2014 6:00 am

Question Gramps, I am a member and wonder why the church does not rescind the ban on coffee when scientific studies over the past 20 years have shown (more)

Can physical intimacy and spirituality be compatible?

October 17, 2014 11:37 am

Question Dear Gramps, When I am reading my scriptures or saying my prayers, I have no interest in physical intimacy with my spouse.  And when we do come (more)

Is God a respecter of persons sometimes?

October 16, 2014 12:47 am

Question Gramps, Why does the Lord seem to bless some of the faithful with prosperity? It seems that others who are faithful and also pay their tithes and (more)

In the Princess Bride, should Wesley have pursued a married woman?

October 15, 2014 10:28 am

Question Dear Gramps, Was it appropriate for Wesley from the Princess Bride to pursue a married woman? Fezzik   Answer Fezzik, The question is not whether Westley was (more)

How can I learn about the church as a teenager?

October 13, 2014 12:04 am

Question Gramps, Hello. I am 16 and I have zero affiliation with the church. I was interested in learning about the Mormons, so I got a copy of (more)

Was Joseph Smith just a con man?

October 12, 2014 8:18 am

Question Gramps, In 1971 Joseph Smith was arrested and brought before a Justice of the Peace for that practice of a “glass looker”. Before this he was in (more)

Is there a reference that people filled with the Spirit of Christ can heal?

October 9, 2014 5:00 am

Question Gramps. Is there a reference that people with the Spirit of Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost can heal people with faith? My granddaughter who is (more)

Since Lehi had left, how did the people know Jerusalem was destroyed?

October 8, 2014 5:25 pm

Question Gramps, Helaman 8:21 And now will you dispute that Jerusalem was destroyed? Will ye say that the sons of Zedekiah were not slain, all except it were Mulek? (more)