He teaches us to follow his example and do likewise. The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". It is the laws of God that define what sin is. This range of meaning not only exists in the Bible but in the ancient Near Eastern literature. As you read the Book of Mormon notice that there is never a third option given. 25:3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all they that shall receive hereafter these things which I write, that they may know the judgments of God, that they come upon all nations. Though every effort is made to present information according to official Church doctrine, the statements made here are not to be construed as official pronouncements of LDS Church doctrine. We do know that it was different than it is here. 14 And now, my sons, I speak unto you these things for your profit and learning; for there is a God, and he hath created all things, both the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are, both things to act and things to be acted upon. Like his older brother Nephi, Jacob seems to love Isaiah and beginning in 2 Nephi 7, Jacob reads Isaiah 50 to testify of Jesus Christ and to shed his thoughts on what Nephi had shared in 1 Nephi 20 and 21.Then in 2 Nephi 8, he continues by reading Isaiah 51–52:2. These were Isaiah’s words. Nephi then prophesies that Christ himself will visit the Nephites in America after his death and resurrection. They look at the plan of salvation and ask the question, “What if?” What if there was no opposition in all things? Available in three sizes. 19 And after Adam and Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit they were driven out of the garden of Eden, to till the earth.  He also predicts that the remainder of the people, the Lamanites and others, will be smitten by the immigrating Gentiles in the last days. Lehi reminds us in verse 25 that the whole purpose of our existence to God is for us to experience joy. Even the damned are loved perfectly by our Father in Heaven and by Christ. (see 2 Nephi 11:2-3) In the following pages I have examined the different meanings of the word "redeem" and shown how they are used in the scriptures.  The remainder of Second Nephi is a recording of their (Jacob's and Nephi's) teachings and prophecies. (See 1 Nephi 19.23-24; 1 Nephi 22.8; 2 Nephi 6.5; 2 Nephi 11.2, 8.) It included what kind of behavior we need to be able to exhibit, what kind of attitudes we must develop, and the character traits that define someone who is worthy to enter the celestial kingdom. Many are perfectly happy with the idea of just having a glorified body; a resurrected body. They are eternally damned. I will refer to him mainly as the Christ or Messiah. All materials appearing on this website (www.gospelstudy.us) may not be reproduced without prior written permission of the publisher. We would all be cut off from His presence. What is conveyed by this phrase? Remember that the punishments of hell are necessary, because we cannot ignore the laws of God. We are each in the middle of our time in mortality. This means that not everyone will want to be exalted, to be a god, to have a family. Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. This is the “end of the laws”, the purpose or reason for all the laws that are encompassed in His great plan of happiness. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. 2 Nephi 7 (Isaiah Text & Commentary): ... there was a range of meanings for such terms as (1) "a generation" (which can equal forty, eighty, one hundred or more years), (2) "begat," (3) "son of," (4) "father of," and (5) "she bore [yalad] a son." That is sufficient for them. Immortality already belonged to us, for we are as immortal as God, Himself. 2 Nephi 27:7 “And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.” This is talking about the sealed portion of the plates. They have only been transferred from our Father to Christ. In every way conceivable Christ stands between us and God, and we can only get to God through Christ. Those who seek godhood are but a small minority among the children of God. 2 Nephi 1-4 Father Lehi counsels and blesses each of his sons. Nephi (1 Nephi 20-21, 2 Nephi 12-24, 2 Nephi 27) Jacob (2 Nephi 7-8) Abinadi: (Mosiah 14) Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 22, and in much of 3 Nephi 20). Like our Heavenly Parent, he pleads with them to choose the better part and follow the Savior. That means they have already been built, and all that has been made has been made by the hands of Christ, our Savior. But what exactly is a Savior? It is important to remember that just because Christ paid for our sins it doesn’t mean that all accountability for our sins have disappeared. Alma always refers to our final facing of our Savior as a restoration of all things. These are the final wishes of Lehi. I. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. This is the natural result of the moral agency our Father has given to each of us to exercise. To disobey a law, either by commission or omission is to sin. If we are exalted it is because it is our choice. And he prophesied concerning us, and our future generations; and they are written upon the b plates of brass. We needed to be free to make choices that demonstrated that even under the most strenuous circumstances we would choose to obey our Father and choose to live the kind of life He wanted for us. When he talks about the “ends of the law” this is what He is referring to. We just need to remember that He will never force Himself or His ways on any of us. He prophesies that the destruction of the people in Jerusalem has already happened.  Nephi challenges that assumption, and encourages the Gentiles to believe that God would speak to more than one nation. The only direct access we have to our Father in Heaven is through the act of prayer. Why? The atoning sacrifice would have been worthless suffering if there was no resurrection to make exaltation possible. KnoWhys KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 31 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 32 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 33 Recommended Resources Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholars like John W. Welch and Brant A. Gardner in the ScripturePlus app. (2 Nephi 23:6-8, Isaiah 13:6-8) Faith in God can help us avoid being paralyzed by the challenging experiences we face. We needed help; divine help. In this chapter God reveals he will not forget Israel, he will not forget his covenants. He provided us with a Savior. Christ guaranteed us redemption from our separation from God. Perhaps what Nephi liked about Jacob was his plainness and clarity (see 2 Nephi 31:3). Note: Nephi's prophecies (2 Nephi 25:7, 30:17) were not directed to the people of his day, but to future members of the house of Israel. We admire your efforts to make the Gospel even brighter." This is where we are first introduced to this idea that there are only two real choices we make in this life. It was not possible to remain in the presence of the great lawgiver and break the laws He gave us. Click the image to learn more about this self-study guide. He says that both the matter which He used to form our bodies and our souls/intelligence are both formed of eternal material. To God that bountiful harvest is the return of as many of His children as he can get. The rest of the chapter describes God’s mighty saving power … And if these things are not there is no God. You'll get the latest posts from Gospelstudy.us! 25:2 For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations. The laws He gave us that govern our spirit life and our mortal life are all designed with but one goal in mind, to bring about the exaltation of God’s children. 27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. Our Savior redeemed us from the Fall, our first separation from God. We really don’t have a complete understanding of what will happen to us or what our opportunities will be once we leave this part of mortality, before the resurrection. On 2 Nephi verses 23 and 24 mentions that the descendants of Joseph (Lehi's son) would not be destroyed "for they shall hearken unto the words of the book" (this books seems to be The Book of Mormon). Well, if there weren’t opposition in all things then how could we make appropriate choices between good and evil, which is one of the main tests we must all face in mortality. Christ has prepared the way for us to return to God, our Father. I just had to get rid of the copies held in the computer’s memory by reloading the page. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away. The rest of the family was, and is, too weak to be able to become gods on our own. For willful ignorance is the same as rebellion. This plan is why our Savior is at the center of everything we do. September 24, 2015 …that they may believe the gospel and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and... LDS Scripture of the Day September 24, 2015. Our mortal death is the first death. There are conventions Lehi uses in describing the plan of salvation that can make it likely we miss important points along the way. His desire is that all of us will choose to return to Him, though He knows full well most of us will not make that choice. 2 Nephi 8. Amen. Scot Let’s carefully look at 2 Nephi chapter 31. This is opposed to the cost and misery that accompanies sin. Come Follow Me Helps and Resources for LDS Sunday School 2020 “We Lived after the Manner of Happiness” We hope that these LDS Sunday School discussion questions over 2 Nephi 1-5 enrich your Come, Follow Me study and increase your testimony of the Savior. When describing His children to Abraham the Lord told Abraham that for every two spirits you put side by side, one of them will always be greater than the other one, and that Christ is greater than all of them. So there are only really two basic outcomes of this plan. Discussing the change of white to pure in 2 Nephi 6:30 for the 1840 edition, he notes: “Of course, the 1840 change of white to pure avoids . Only a God could come up with something so vast and inclusive as to be just, fair, and equitable for that diverse a group of people. From this point forward in the Book of Mormon the name/title Christ is used … Q: “LDS Church: What is the meaning of 2 Nephi 2:22?” > “And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. Doctrine & Covenants 3:20. Life eternal comes from choosing good, and spiritual death comes from rejecting good in favor of evil. No, I think his pride grew and developed over a long period of time, until he was finally faced with the fatal choice to either rebel or concede, but his pride would not allow his concession to God’s will. 3 Nephi 7:24-25 There Were None Who Were Brought Unto Repentance WhoWere Not Baptized (12/2/2014) Chapter 8 “If There Was No Mistake” – 3 Nephi 8:1-2 (9/15/2020) To be redeemed is to be taken from a fallen state and to receive our original worth once again. To go to the official Church website go to www.lds.org.  He prophesies the conversation that Martin Harris has with Professor Charles Anthon. And the Spirit is our tutor, he who teaches us and molds us to be as much like Christ as we are willing to become. 2 Nephi 2:1 In Thy Childhood Thou (Jacob) Has Suffered Afflictions and Much Sorrow, Because of the Rudeness of Thy Brethren: When Lehi blessed Jacob, he mentioned that, "in thy childhood thou [Jacob] hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren" (2 Nephi 2:1). To live a teaching in the gospel of Christ we have to first have a basic understanding of what is wanted or expected of us and how it will affect our life when we live it. Moses 1:39 tells us why God has a family – his purpose and goal for having children. There will be more about the Godhead at the end of the article. But being the Savior of all of God’s children means saving ALL of God’s children according to the individual choices for goodness each person makes. Now Satan is just doing as much damage to as many of God’s children as he can before his final consignment to perdition. This site is specifically for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We had to be in a place where we were completely free to choose between ultimate or complete good and all it stands for, and ultimate or complete evil, and all it stands for. There are conventions Lehi uses in describing the plan of salvation that can make it likely we miss important points along the way. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. – 2 Nephi 32:1-9 Posted on February 14, 2019 by Pure Revelations 1 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way.  He reads from Isaiah 50 and 51. This is why we do all things in Christ’s name.  He prophesies that the Gentiles will establish many different churches and also practice priestcraft, or the practice of preaching the gospel for money rather than for the love of the gospel. Each body’s capacity is based on the worthiness or righteousness of the person entering that body. When you click on the link, if the PDF fails to load, try reloading your page. Nephi gives several reasons for quoting Isaiah again, this time for 13 chapters (adding to his three other chapters in 1 Nephi 20-21 and 2 Nephi 27; others who quoted Isaiah in the Book of Mormon are Jacob, Abinadi, Moroni, and Jesus Christ). “Wherefore, all those who are proud, and that do wickedly, the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, for they shall be as stubble” (2 Ne 26:4, Malachi 4:1). 2 Nephi 2:25 Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy. In 2 Nephi 1-2, Lehi teaches his sons foundational truths about God's great plan of happiness for His children. We choose either one or the other, either life or death. He has shown us that to successfully become like him, our Savior, we must seek after and worship our Father in all things, and do all that we do in our Savior’s name, the Christ, our Messiah. 28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit; 29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom. See. Lehi and his family escaped from this when they left Jerusalem in 600 B.C.  Then he prophesies about the birth, life, infinite atonement and death of Christ, calling on his people to repent and believe in the Savior. He is referring to willful ignorance. 2 Nephi 31–33. It is this light that gives us our conscience. Resurrection for all of humanity was the final step in the Savior’s mortal work. It is the nature of the laws of God that cause us all to be condemned. The structure of Jacob’s mighty speech is quite simple. We also had to be taught the difference between the two. 2 Nephi 2:14-15 - Meaning of Creation So I was reading through the Book of Mormon and came across a couple of verses that confused me.According to the teaching of Joseph Smith, God did not create us out of nothing. So let’s get started with the 5 minute lesson prepared thousands of years ago for us! This is the same condition of Lucifer, now Satan, and the one third of the hosts of heaven who followed him. Now I, Nephi, end my prophesying to you, my beloved people. As the lawgiver, it is not possible for our Father to directly forgive us of our mistakes or our rebellions. We call Christ “the firstfruits unto God” because God often refers to his harvest in the scriptures. The light of Christ fills the immensity of space and all that occupies that space. 30 I have spoken these few words unto you all, my sons, in the last days of my probation; and I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. The scope of the plan is so perfect, and inclusive, so vast, yet so sublime as to provide room for endless fascination. They will be able to live with God and Christ forever. A-A; A+; 2 Ne 8 Introduction. This is a private website maintained by a member of the Church. "Which Easily Doth Beset You" - Alma 7:15; 3 Nephi 11:29-30 He That Hath the Spirit of Contention Is Not of Me This website is NOT an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By “textual criticism” scholars do not mean negatively judging the text, but rather using scholarly tools to study it closely. 1: The Journey, http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2010-fair-conference/2010-restoring-the-original-text-of-the-book-of-mormon, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/1?lang=eng, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Second_Nephi&oldid=990725984, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 04:30. At the time of the great discourse recorded in 2 Nephi 9, Jacob would have been 35–45 years of age. This was the sealing of Satan’s defeat. 2 Nephi 10:24 – LeGrand Baker – Meaning of In and Through 2 Nephi 10:24 24 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved. It is only because of his personal worthiness that our Father answers our prayers. Lucifer was able to grow into the embodiment of evil before he came out in open rebellion against God when he was finally tossed out from God’s presence.  He also explains the resurrection; that the body lies in the grave and the spirit either in torment or in a state of paradise, and that without Christ there could be no resurrection, and that because of Christ all men will be resurrected with their spirit being freed from either paradise or torment and their body raised from the grave, and then they are judged according to their works in life. These laws were still not something any of us could measure up to without making many mistakes along the way. Keep this in mind as you work through all the parts of the plan for our salvation. Hey Brother Merrill, I would like a pdf version of an Explanation of the Plan of Salvation, pretty please. If it wasn’t eternal in nature then he who “satisfied” the demands of justice would have to do so again. We can only return to where He is if we have a resurrected body like His. In the passage above, the prophet Isaiah predicts the panic which would overwhelm the people of Babylon more than 150 years later when their … Every time I think I have a grip on the doctrine I discover more to hold onto. 2 Nephi 2:28. The one difference is that we have been given a Savior, whereas Satan and his followers cannot have the use of a Savior. Repentance is the only way to activate the atonement and be made clean and pure before the laws of God. To get it back someone must come back to the shop and buy it back in order to give it its original worth once again. Die Erlösung kommt durch den heiligen Messias – Freiheit der Wahl (Entscheidungsfreiheit) ist für das Dasein und den Fortschritt wesentlich – Adam fiel, damit Menschen sein können – Den Menschen steht es frei, Freiheit und ewiges Leben zu wählen. Jacob continues reading from Isaiah: In the last days, the Lord will comfort Zion and gather Israel—The redeemed will come to Zion amid great joy—Compare Isaiah 51 and 52:1–2. The Second Coming of Christ will usher in the great Millenium. Every time I think I have a grip on the doctrine I discover more to hold onto. It requires all three members of the Godhead to get us back home to God. Israel can trust in him; he will save them, “O house of Israel, is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem, or have I no power to deliver?” (2 Nephi 7:2). The advantage of being damned, and cut off from God’s presence is that we are now able to make any choice we want, and it doesn’t really matter, because we are already damned. 39 For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. But that forgiveness that we all seek if we want to be like Christ can only come to those who are willing to be humble and penitent, which is to have a broken heart and a contrite spirit. But these are just means to an end. Isaiah 51-52:2 ", Nephi ends his record by pleading with the reader to follow the Savior's example and be baptized, but emphasizes that baptism is the beginning of the way and not the end, underscoring the need to enduring to the end. If we become sensitive to our conscience and always follow it, when we are taught the truth about Christ, our Savior, we will find joy in it, and accept it. Lehi just wanted what God wants for us, for his children to be happy, eternally. 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