Abraham 1:18 Behold, I will lead thee by my hand, and I will take thee, to put upon thee my name, even the Priesthood of thy father, and my power shall be over thee.
We are told to take upon us the name of Christ, but here we see something different. The Lord says he will put his name upon Abraham.
And the point of these verses is that the Lord is saying:
“Look, Abraham, I am taking you as my own son. I will therefore lead you by the hand the way a father leads his little son. Just as a father teaches his son how to grow up to be a man, I will teach you how to be like me, to grow up to be just like me. I am offering you my family name, and offering to give you the same priesthood that was held by your father Adam (not by his apostate father).”
Now is there any reason the Lord would be unwilling to say the same to you or to me if we were to be as righteous as Abraham. Not one bit. But he won’t say it to either of us unless we prove as worthy as Abraham did. And if God won’t offer to make us his son, I don’t think we have two bits of evidence that we are going to obtain exaltation. There is no exaltation outside of the family of God. When we say we must be born again, we mean that we must be born into God’s family, the same family that Adam and Eve were cut off from.
Sure we can be born of water. But we cannot be justified until we are born of the spirit, and I think the annals of my life and the wards I have lived in could justly record “for as yet, the Holy Ghost had fallen upon none of them”. We have had our little spiritual experiences, but we have not yet gone about healing the sick and casting out devils as Peter, James, and John did during Christ’s ministry. We have had our little spiritual experiences, but nothing that would count as receiving the Holy Ghost by the measure of John the beloved. We need quest to live so as to receive the Holy Ghost in earnest, and we need to even continue beyond that and be sanctified.
For by the water we keep the commandment, by the spirit we are justified, and by the blood we are sanctified. And then, when God is willing to bear record that we are his son, just as he bore record that Father Adam was (for thus may all become his sons) then God will certainly say to us, not differently than to Abraham:
“I will lead thee by my hand, and I will take thee, to put upon thee my name, even the priesthood of thy father, and my power over thee.”
He will offer to raise us up as a proper father raises his own children up to be worthy of the family name, to learn the ways to be proper men like their dad is.