Section 50 was given to the “elders” of the church. They had all been ordained Elders, which comes UNDER the Melchizedek priesthood.
Being an Elder is not the same as holding the Melchizedek priesthood.
See Section 107:
63 Wherefore, from deacon to teacher, and from teacher to priest, and from priest to elder…
64 Then comes the Highest Priesthood, which is the greatest of all.
Section 50 was given to the elders of the church who had not received the fulness of the priesthood.
In that section, God puts forth a question.
The question is: “unto what were ye ordained?”
He then says, “ye shall answer this question yourselves.”
Meaning God is not answering the question–
We are to answer it.
Unto what have we been ordained? Do we hold the Melchizedek priesthood, or are we just elders?
16 Behold ye shall answer this question yourselves; nevertheless I will be merciful unto you; he that is weak among you hereafter shall be made strong.
I believe the Lord is telling the first elders and us that we must admit we have not been ordained to the fulness of the priesthood. Yet in our weakness, as elders, we will made strong as high priests!
God says, “he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? And if it be by some other way, it is not of God.” Verse 17-18
Those that are not ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood are not OF God!
“He that receiveith of God, let him account it of God, and let him rejoice that he is accounted of God.” Verse 34
Who are OF God?
The sons of God!!!!
How do you become a son of God? By receiving a baptism of fire.
The Melchizedek priesthood is the baptism of fire.
After Adam was baptized by fire, he entered the Melchizedek order.
66 Thou art baptized with fire, and with the Holy Ghost…
67 Thou art after the order of him who was without beginning of days or end of years.
This is the same terminology for the high priests in The Book of Mormon.
8 …. taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood is without beginning or end–
9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years.
11 Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified.
We know that sanctification occurs with the reception of the Holy Ghost, a baptism of fire.
So when someone receives the baptism of fire, the other Comforter, they are part of the holy order of God.
THAT is the Melchizedek priesthood.
Section 50 says that, “he that is ordained of God… is possessor of all things… but no man is possessor of all things except he be cleansed from all sin.” Verses 26-28
You need to be cleansed from all sin before you are ordained of God.
The elders were told in Section 50 that they, “cannot bear all things now.” Verse 40
This is evidence that the Melchizedek priesthood was not yet given to the church!
It was only until the Morley Farm Conference in June 1831 that the Melchizedek priesthood was restored to the earth.
As Elders/Apostles of the church, they held the KEYS of the Melchizedek priesthood, but needed to receive a baptism of fire before being ordained to the fulness of the priesthood.
Section 52– received at the Morley Farm Conference– is to the elders of the church who have been called AND chosen. (Verse 1)
Being called is the calling to receive the ordination of Elder.
Being chosen is God choosing his servants to enter the holiest order of God.
Section 53 shines light on the distinctions between this. The revelation is to Sidney Gilbert, concerning his, “calling and election in the church.”
Sidney was called to be an elder, to PREACH faith and repentance. He was not yet ELECTED to ADMINISTER the gospel.
“These are the first ordinances which you shall receive; and the residue shall be made known in a time to come, according to your labor in the vineyard.” verse 6
The next ordinance Sidney Gilbert would receive was an ordination to High Priest.
That was his calling and election/being chosen.
Once he received his calling AND election, he could do more than just preach; he could administer the saving ordinances.
So how do you make your calling and election made sure? This the question so many Mormons have stumbled around.
It as simple as this: Your calling and election is made sure when you receive the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth.
This happens through a baptism of fire.
That is the gospel. That is the doctrine of Christ.
2nd Nephi 31
17 … the gate by which ye should enter is repentance, and baptism of water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and and by the Holy Ghost.
18 And then are ye in this strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life.
We are only in the strait and narrow path if we have received a baptism of fire!!!!!!!
Receiving the baptism of fire puts us in the order which has no beginning of days or end of years.
Lastly, I want to take a look at Section 43 and it’s implications now that we understand what the Melchizedek Priesthood really is.
“For verily I say unto you, he that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate.” verse 7
What is the gate?
The doctrine of Christ.
“This I give unto you that you may not be deceived.” verse 6
Did the LDS church receive the teachings and leadership of someone who did not come in at the gate, receiving a baptism of fire to be properly ordained?
Brigham Young did not receive sanctification like the first elders of the church.
He was only an Elder.
Section 20 tells us that an elder is the same as an apostle.
So Brigham being an apostle doesn’t count as coming in through the gate.
Who did come in at the gate?
The first elders of the church!
They are who Section 84 and 88 are speaking of.
“Wherefore, I now send upon you another Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of Promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John. The Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom.”
The Comforter is the Holy Spirit of Promise!
Those that enter into the celestial kingdom must receive the Holy Spirit of Promise.
52 That by keeping the commandments they might be washed and cleansed from all their sins, and receive the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands of him who is ordained AND sealed unto this power.
53 And who overcome by faith, and are sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise.
57 [they] are priests of the Most High, after the order of Melchizedek…
We need to receive the Holy Ghost by someone who is ordained AND sealed unto that power.
To be sealed unto that power is to receive the Comforter, which is what the first elders received, and the original Twelve Apostles, as well as the Three Nephites & others.
We cannot receive a baptism of fire until someone who has already received a baptism of fire lays their hands on us.
Being an Elder is not enough to administer the gospel in power. It is only enough to PREACH the gospel.
We must be watching for those the Lord has properly ordained. Those that have come in at the gate, been baptized, and received the one and only Comforter, the Spirit of Truth.
When the final servants go forth to bind up the law of consecration among the (true!) Saints, they will also seal us up to eternal life the way Joseph sealed up the first elders as recorded in Sections 84 and 88.