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If the purpose of earth life is to prepare for exaltation, what would be the greatest gifts God could give a chosen people?
Most of those who accept the gospel are literal seed of Abraham as was promised him however if we are not of the blood line of Abraham, as a baptized church member we are adopted into the family. And this is a very important gift, for it is through the lineage of Abraham alone that the mighty blessings of the Lord for His children on earth are to be given. However this blessing does not come without great responsibility. As descendants of Abraham we are expected to be like him and to adhere to strict obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Abraham 2: 10-11
There are nine generations between Noah and Abraham. Nineteen generations between Adam and Abraham and it is interesting to note that Noah lived past the time of Abraham's birth and Shem actually outlived Abraham. Here is the Chronology:
- 4000 B.C. - the fall of Adam.
- 2300-2400 B.C. - the flood.
- 1996 B.C. - the birth of Abraham
Abraham lived the early part of his life in Ur, in the land of the Chaldeans, not far from the northern tip of the Persian Gulf (now Iraq, close to the borders of Kuwait and Iran). Ur was the largest city of Shinar or northern Chaldea, as well as the principal commercial center of the country and the center for political power. I think of it much like a Washington DC. However grand it was though, Ur was consecrated to the worship of the Babylonian moon-god, it was consecrated to the worship of sin.
Now the Lord had said unto me: Abraham, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee." Abraham 2:3
Abraham left Ur with his wife Sarai, Lot (his brother's son) and his wife, and his repentant father Terah; as there was sent by God a great famine in the land which caused Abrahams bother to die. His father then became repentant, and followed "father was sorely tormented because of the famine, and he repented of the evil which he had determined against me." Abraham 1:30. "and also my father followed after me" Abraham 2:4
There are many great patriarchal fathers to whom all the faithful look. Chief among them are Adam, Noah, and Abraham. Adam is the first man, the first mortal flesh upon the earth, the Presiding High Priest over all the earth, the head of the mortal and immortal patriarchal chains. He stands next to Christ in the eternal hierarchy. All men on earth are Adam's seed as mortals. Those who gain exaltation and live in the family unit in celestial glory shall live and reign as his immortal children, being thus subject to him forever. Noah is in the same position. He stands next to Adam in priestly power and authority; he is the father of all mortals and will stand preeminent above all who have lived since his day and who gain exaltation. His position in the patriarchal chain of exalted beings will be above that of all who have lived since the flood.
Abraham stands in the same position as Noah for all who have lived since his day, as far as eternal blessings are concerned. Even those who are not his literal seed shall receive their eternal blessings through him and the covenant God made with him. (New Witness for the Articles of Faith Bruce R McConkie)
As the seed of Abraham, Church members are heirs to the blessings and responsibilities of the Abrahamic covenant
How do we become heirs to this covenant? When we are baptized into the Church, the Abrahamic covenant’s promise of salvation is renewed with us. When we are sealed in the temple, the Abrahamic covenant’s promise of exaltation is renewed with us. To receive the blessings of the covenant, we must fulfill the associated responsibilities and live worthily.