Abraham Is One of “the Noble and Great Ones”

Abraham 3:22–23

22 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the noble and great ones;
23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham, thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.

Elder Mark E. Petersen wrote:

“It seems reasonable to believe that there must have been many spirits who were less valiant [in the premortal life]. But for the faithful in that pristine period, a notable reward was in store. They were to be born in a lineage on earth with a divine promise and great opportunities. The Lord would provide for them a special progenitor, a man of God, and through his lineage they would receive the ‘believing blood’ to help them accept the truth once they arrived in mortality.

“Abraham—the friend of God even in the premortal life, one of the great ones, one of the leaders in the host of righteous spirits—was selected to be that progenitor. Through his posterity would all the peoples of the earth be blessed.

“Although the Lord gave a special status to the preexistent faithful, He was not showing any unearned favoritism, for He is fair and just to all. Notably, He is no respecter of persons.

“Abraham, by his faithfulness in the premortal life, earned the right to be the progenitor of the faithful spirits who themselves had earned the right to be born in that lineage.

“They would not only be born in the ‘believing blood’ line, but they would also become the ministers of the Lord in the mortal world. They would hold His priesthood; they would lead His Church when it was established.”

(Abraham: Friend of God [1979], 34–35.)

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