Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

"By the Blood Ye Are Sanctified": The Symbolic, Salvific, Interrelated, Additive, Retrospective, and Anticipatory Nature

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
3/24/2017
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Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
200 pages Perfect-bound
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, covenants, lds, mormon, Mormonism, ordinances, rebirth

In chapter 3 of the Gospel of John, Jesus described spiritual rebirth as consisting of two parts: being “born of water and of the spirit.” To this requirement of being “born again into the kingdom of heaven, of water, and of the Spirit,” Moses 6:59–60 adds that one must “be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; … For … by the blood ye are sanctified.” In this article, we will discuss the symbolism of water, spirit, and blood in scripture as they are actualized in the process of spiritual rebirth. We will highlight in particular the symbolic, salvific, interrelated, additive, retrospective, and anticipatory nature of these ordinances within the allusive and sometimes enigmatic descriptions of John 3 and Moses 6. Moses 6:51–68, with its dense infusion of temple themes, was revealed to the Prophet in December 1830, when the Church was in its infancy and more than a decade before the fulness of priesthood ordinances was made available to the Saints in Nauvoo.

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