“Be Reconciled Unto Him That Ye May Obtain a Resurrection”

Bryan Richards

This wording is curious because it implies that the individual must be reconciled unto God in order to be resurrected. That is not what Jacob means at all. We know that all mankind will be resurrected without so much as lifting a finger. What Jacob is saying is that we must be reconciled unto God in order to receive the resurrection of the first-fruits, ye may obtain a resurrection…and be presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God. This phrase, “first fruits”, applies only to the recipients of the Celestial kingdom. Therefore, Jacob is exhorting us to be reconciled unto God so that we can obtain the glorious resurrection of a celestial heir. Speaking of the “first fruits”, the D & C says, They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel of God (DC 88:98).