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Gramps,

When Christ was on the earth who did he receive the priesthood from? I do realize he was the Son of God But he too would of needed hands laid on him in this Physical world Just as Peter James and John Who were also involved in the creation process. As there is no respecter of persons.

Gene

 

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Gene,

The name of the priesthood, itself, should be a key.

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.  (D&C 107:2-4)

So, the priesthood that we hold is actually the authority that Christ gives us because it is HIS to give.

I would ask you, what is “Priesthood”?  It is two things:

  • It is what we call the power which God wields.
  • Authority to act in the name of God.

Jesus Christ IS God.  So he has that power by virtue of being God. Even in the mortal coil, He was God. And authority?  We are all agents unto ourselves.  Jesus was no exception.  He didn’t need anyone to confer the authority to act in his own name.

Any priesthood holder today can look up their priesthood line through the Church website.  At the top of that line is Jesus Christ, himself. That’s it. It is HIS priesthood to give.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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