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Max Skousen-Looking Beyond the Mark

Max Skousen-Looking Beyond the Mark

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A book written about the Mormon temple ceremony and its hidden allegories.
A book written about the Mormon temple ceremony and its hidden allegories.

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A Blessing Hitherto UnknownBook ILooking Beyond the MarkBy Max B. Skousen
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PREFACE—SECOND EDITION
In 1986, when President Benson spoke at his first conference as president of the Church, heannounced a revelation he had received from the Lord calling the Church and all the children of Zion outfrom under the Lord’s “condemnation, scourge and judgment” by allowing the sacred pages of the Book of Mormon to become the center of our spiritual lives. He promised that each child of Zion who did so would“receive a blessing hitherto unknown.”
(Ensign, May 1986, p. 78)
WHAT BLESSING WOULD BE HITHERTO UNKNOWN?This book is the first of a four-part series which describes my own journey in deeper understandingwhich led to a wonderful blessing which I, personally, had never known before. I had desired and soughtfor that blessing much of my adult life, but, up to that time, had yet to see those desires fulfilled. Theblessing I had sought was what Mormon promised when he declared, that
“YE CAN ENTER INTO THE REST OF THE LORD FROM THIS TIME HENCEFORTH until ye shall rest with Him in heaven.” 
 
(Moroni 7:3)
ENTERING THE REST OF THE LORDI was thrilled by President Benson’s promise because I thought that
“entering the rest of theLord”
might be the blessing he was promising the Saints. If so, he would be in harmony with thosescriptures in all four of the Standard Works which bear abundant testimony to the critical nature of thisheavenly blessing.So I followed the prophet’s counsel, having faith that there might be such a special blessing for thosewho would, as he instructed, sup daily from the pages of the
Book of Mormon
and ABIDE BY ITSPRECEPTS. Wonderfully, it was not long before I began to have a series of surprising experiences. Ifound, as Mormon promised, that we
enter His rest 
when we receive the gift of the pure love of Christbecause that love, as John declared,
casts out all fear 
. For the first time I understood what it must meanto walk in the light
as Christ is in the light 
. I began enjoying a
totally 
new relationship with both our Savior and this world He has created for us, Just as He has promised, this new-found relationship had none of the old spiritual burdens I had carried so long.As I continued searching the scriptures, they began to expand into deeper meanings, clearlydescribing what to me had been this “hitherto unknown,” deeper relationship with Christ.IS THE “REST” ONLY FOR THE NEXT LIFE?Not many of us have focused our attention on
entering into the rest.
Perhaps the reason is that wehave not believed Christ was talking about a blessing for this life when He said
“Come unto me all yethat labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”
(Matthew 11:28)
Yet, I found that many of His prophets have testified that
entering into the Lord’s rest 
is a blessingthat we are invited to let Christ bestow upon us during our earthly probation. For example, Paul testifiedthat he and many others of his fellow Saints had
already entered into this rest,
even though mostmembers in his day were still failing to do so. Paul pled with them to enter into His rest before it was toolate. He wrote:
Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest,any of you should seem to come short of it...for we which have believed DOENTER INTO REST.
(Hebrews 4: 1&3)
It appears that Paul also used other labels to describe
entering the rest 
, such as being in
“thefellowship of the mystery of Christ.” 
Paul mourned that he was not allowed to teach such adeep, spiritual level to the zealous Saints at Corinth, but he was joyfully permitted to talk plainly to theSaints at Ephesus because they had already experienced
being sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise.
Here are his profound words to the spiritually advanced Ephesians:
Whereby when ye read,
ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ...
[That to me,]
who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace
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given...to make all men see what is the
fellowship of the mystery 
...that CHRISTMAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS by faith; that ye, being
rooted and grounded in
[Hispure]
LOVE, may be able to comprehend with ALL SAINTS what is the breadth, andlength, and depth and height; and to KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST, WHICH PASSETHKNOWLEDGE, THAT YE MIGHT BE FILLED WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD.
 
(Ephesians 1: 13, 3:4-19—As will be the case with all quotations throughout this book, theemphasis by capitalization, italics and brackets are added by the author unless otherwisenoted.)
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