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Relationship to Section 76. The relationship of Verses 76:50-70 to the rest of Section 76 is discussed at D&C 76.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Verses 76:50-70 include:
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- D&C 76:51: The testimony of Jesus. This phrase is found four times in the KJV of Revelations (Rev 1:2, Rev 1:9, Rev 19:10, Rev 12:17, and once in Alma 6:8. Joseph F. Smith also uses it in what appears to be a paraphrase of a verse in this section D&C 138:12. The phrase as used in these scriptures seems to refer to more than just a belief in Jesus, but a spiritual power referred to as "the spirit of prophecy" (Rev 19:10; Alma 6:8. There are many references to the "spirit of prophecy" in the Book of Mormon, where it is related to obtaining a foreknowledge of Christ's mission and sacrifice--but also seems to be an authorizing power that backs up gospel teaching.
- D&C 76:53: Who overcome by faith. The phrase "overcome by faith" does not appear anywhere else in ancient or modern scripture. The English word "overcome" does occur over 20 times in the KJV of the bible, where it is often the translation of the Greek verb nikao which also means to conquer or vanquish (see discussion here).
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- D&C 76:50. What is the "testimony of the gospel of Christ"? What does testimony mean in this case? What does it mean that the testimony is "concerning" those of the resurrection of the just?
- D&C 76:51. What does it mean to "receive the testimony of Jesus"?
- D&C 76:51. What does it mean to believe "on his name"?
- D&C 76:51. What does it mean to be "buried in the water in his name"? Why do we have to be buried?
- D&C 76:52. Why is authority necessary for baptism and confirmation?
- D&C 76:53. What does it mean to "overcome by faith"?
- D&C 76:53. What does it mean to be "sealed" by the Holy Spirit of promise? What is the Holy Spirit of promise? How does this sealing occur?
- D&C 76:56. Is there a difference between these kinds of priests and those ordained as priests in the Aaronic priesthood?
- D&C 76:56. How do we become priests and kings? How might this relate to temple worship?
- D&C 76:56. How do priests and kings receive "his fulness, and...his glory"?
- D&C 76:57. Is there a difference between these priests and those ordained as High Priests in the Melchizedek Priesthood in this life?
- D&C 76:57. What does it mean for the priesthood to be referred to here as an "order"?
- D&C 76:59. What does it mean that Celestial beings have all things, including "whether life or death"? Does this imply that Celestial beings have power to choose death after receiving Celestial glory?
- D&C 76:59. How might "things present, or things to come" be given to Celestial beings? What does this mean?
- D&C 76:60. What does it mean that Celestial beings "shall" overcome all things? Does that mean that they still have things to overcome after they reach the Celestial Kingdom?
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