Some more Joseph Smith ouch to John’s Gospel

John 6:65 – And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

John 13:10 – Jesus saith to him, he that has washed his hands and his head needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit:  and ye are clean, but not all.  Now this was the custom of the Jews under their law: wherefore, Jesus did this that the law might be fulfilled. (JST)

John 14:30 – Hereafter I will not talk much with you:  for the prince of darkness, who is of this world cometh, but hath no power over me, but he hath power over you. (JST)

John 19:17 – And he was bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:


And what in the world?  How do these interpretations jive with John’s Gospel?

John 14:1-5 – “Of this passage the Prophet Joseph Smith taught, ” ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions.’ It should be–‘In my Father’s kingdom are many kingdoms,’ in order that ye may be heirs of God and joint-heirs with me. . . . There are mansions for those who obey the celestial law, and there are other mansions for those who come short of the law[,] every man in his own order (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 366).”

John 17:20-26 – “To establish Zion, then, we must become of one heart and one mind.  God seems to be celebrating not diversity but unity.  That may not be too popular a notion in the world, but the Godhead is encouraging us to become as they are–to feel and to think as they do.  And where are we more united, as one, than any other place?  In the House of God.  In his Holy Temple we present ourselves equally before the Lord, all dressed in the same white clothing symbolic of cleanliness and purity, not one better than anyone else (no matter how much money we possess, what executive position we have, or what Church position we serve in)–all are alike before God.  As we learned from Joseph Smith about the washing of feet, that ordinance and all ordinances of the Temple unite us, helping us to become one. . . . Surely the three Gods are teaching us mortals the fundamental and indispensable principle that will lead us to become as they are.  In this great intercessory prayer, our Advocate with the Father is pleading:  ‘Holy Father, keep . . . those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are’ (John 17:11).”

John 20:14-17 – ” ‘Hold me not,’ he gently explained to her, ‘for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God’ (JST John 20:17).  There would now be a respectful separation between immortals and mortals.  Jesus taught: He is first my Father and God, then your Father and God.  And Jesus himself was now more than mortal friend and associate in the divine work; he was Savior, Lord, and God to those brethren and sisters and to all mankind.  If, as the Savior indicated, he had not yet ascended to his Father, where had he been?  The answer is more gloriously and plainly presented in Doctrine and Covenants 138 than anywhere else in scripture.  The Lord Jesus Christ had not yet ascended to the home of his Father but had gone only to the spirit world, which is the place of all spirit beings and living things occupying the very same space as this physical Earth.  He had organized in the world of spirits, among the billions of the Father’s children who had lived from the days of Adam and Eve until his own day, that same missionary effort that he had organized on earth during his mortal ministry.  ‘And there he preached to them the everlasting gospel, the doctrine of the resurrection and redemption of mankind from the fall, and from individual sins on condition of repentance’  (D&C 138:19).”

John 21:23-25 – “The word spread:  John the Beloved was not going to die a mortal death but would continue to live as a translated being in the mortal sphere until the Lord returned to reign during the Millennium (Matthew 16:28).”

– taken from Verse by Verse: The Four Gospels  (Deseret, 2006) by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner

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