“Mine Own Purpose”
The Lord’s purposes are forever the same. He gathered his people anciently in an effort to make them “a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). For that selfsame reason God gathers Israel in the last days-that he might make with them the same covenant he made with their fathers of old, that they too might have the opportunity to become a kingdom of priests and kings, a holy nation (see Revelation 1:5-6; Revelation 5:9-10). In capsulizing his “own purpose” to Moses, the Lord explained: “This is my work and my glory-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).