Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Isaiah 45:22 -- On Unity and One Good Option

"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else."
Isaiah 45:22

I like the clarity of the statement "there is none else."  Sometimes I think we get caught up in the idea of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost being distinct people, and we think that somehow because of that the universe becomes a superhero movie where everyone has godlike powers and we just choose sides and go for it.  The truth is, the members of the Godhead are united, and maybe rather than emphasizing their separateness, we should think about the plethora of very real ways that they are one God (1 Corinthians 8:6).

We don't have a pantheon of deities to choose from, and even though God's "oneness" might be more like a corporate entity than an individual entity, there are no human frailties there; no uncertainty, no doubt.  We have the example of Christ and know that we should pray to God the Father in the name of his son.  We know how the Holy Ghost works to support, comfort, help, and inspire us.  Even beyond that, we can become part of that oneness.  When we work with and for God, we become his representatives (like on a mission), and the prophet speaks for the Lord (D&C 1:38).  Basically, going back to the corporate analogy, when we work for God we represent his company... his will, his plan. 

Obviously, I don't know everything that the Lord has in store for us in the eternities, but it seems to me that the overall ideal here is a perfect, righteous community, where we live together in love, enhancing that oneness and that togetherness, not a future in which we all split up and make up our own rules.  Maybe today we should try to stop trying to come up with other alternatives to living the Lord's commandments and really let the oneness of God settle into our souls.  There is none else... he is the *only* path to salvation, our only good option, and working for him is definitely the best job in the universe.  God wants us to come and work with him.  Why not join up? :)

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