Overview of the Role of Adam as Father & Head of Patriarchal Holy Order of THIS World, but NOT over Christ
We must have a proper understanding of God as shown by the revelations, and as taught by the church past and present:
How Adam and God are seperate, yet Adam is our father and God:
Adam presides over the patriarchal order on THIS sphere. He, you could say, is our God, all of us who are on THIS earth. Christ however, is over ALL worlds of this eternity system, being the redeemer of it and the creator of it.
Adam is the god of this world, and he is our father, but not the father of our spirits. He is below Christ. Christ is the creator of many worlds. Adam is just the chief assistant in creating this one. Adam’s assignment was particularly for this one, Adam is the leader (God) of this world, while Christ’s was to manage the operation of the whole system of worlds, under the direction of the Father.
Adam presides over the holy patriarchal order for all on this world, but he is below Christ, saved by Christ, resurrected after Christ, and is not a member of the godhead. Adam presides over us as our physical father and the father in the holy patriarchal divine order of the righteous, he is a dual father. The godhead preside over the Kolob system of worlds (likely the galaxy), whereas the work of Adam, Joseph Smith, Moses, Abraham, etc., their work centers on the redemption of THIS earth.
It’s true their work can extend beyond this earth, but this is their chief assignment.
Many scriptures attest that Christ has made and redeemed many worlds. D&C 88, D&C 76, Moses 1, Hebrews 1, etc.
We also read of Jesus as being Jehovah God in this eternity system of worlds for the past 2.5 billion years, as WW Phelps taught and Joseph Smith approved of, referencing the unpublished portion of the Book of Abraham in Egypt.
Furthermore, Adam was a spirit before coming to this earth, them he died on this Earth, and after his resurrection when Christ arose, he can never die.
“Daniel 7 speaks of the Ancient of days, he means the oldest man, our Father Adam, Michael; he will call his children together and hold a council with them to prepare them for the coming of the Son of Man. He, (Adam) is the Father of the human family and presides over the Spirits of all men, and all that have had the keys must stand before him in this great council. This may take place before some of us leave this stage of action. The Son of Man stands before him and there is given him glory and dominion. Adam delivers up his stewardship to Christ, that which was delivered to him as holding the Keys of the Universe, but retains his standing as head of the human family.” [Words of Joseph Smith, 8-9. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 157]
Here we see that Christ has keys of the universe. Adam only has keys of this world.
Here we see the order clearly, as it says:
Adam delivers to Christ.
Then it says, repeating what it already said:
He (Adam) delivers to him (Christ).
Thus, the one who has keys of the universe is clearly Christ, not Adam.
Adam is under The Holy One (Christ), D&C 78:15-16:
“15 That you may come up unto the crown prepared for you, and be made rulers over many kingdoms, saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Zion, who hath established the foundations of Adam-ondi-Ahman; 16 Who hath appointed Michael your prince, and established his feet, and set him upon high, and given unto him the keys of salvation under the counsel and direction of the Holy One, who is without beginning of days or end of life.”
Adam is the father of Jesus through Mary’s lineage, but not Jesus’ direct (paternal) father, that was The Man of Holiness, who is the Father of our spirits.
Further analysis of Christ making and saving this Kolob system of worlds:
Further analysis of Adam (who fell in Eden) and God the Father (Elohim, father of our spirits) as seperate beings (I’ve written much more about this):
(If that link doesn’t work, an updated version of the booklet is found easily enough at richardsonstudies.com)
See also Hyrum Andrus pogp commentary p353