That person was our eldest brother, who goes by many titles. Nephi then records in the book more of Isaiah— chapters 2[30] through 14[31] of Isaiah. He has paid for our sins. That is my person opinion. Now I, Nephi, end my prophesying to you, my beloved people. When he paid for our sins, satisfying the laws of God, our personal forgiveness for the mistakes and willful rejection and breaking of God’s laws are only able to be forgiven based on our turning to Christ and obeying the commandments he gives us. [33] 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 just wanted what God wants for us, for his children to be happy, eternally. 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. Um 588–570 v. Chr. In 2 Nephi 6:8-10, Jacob talks about the latter-day gathering of the Jews, as follows: 2 Nephi 6:8: “Those who were at Jerusalem… have been slain and carried away captive.” These words refer to the Babylonian captivity in 587 B.C. See Job 21:25-26 and Job 20:11. In 2 Nephi, Nephi quotes extensively the words of Isaiah regarding the House of Israel. 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. Now that we are all guaranteed a resurrected body, we can be brought back into the presence of the Savior to be judged. The atoning sacrifice would have been worthless suffering if there was no resurrection to make exaltation possible. Sometimes we refer to the Savior’s payment for our sins as the ultimate gift from God. We were all able to exercise that agency in the sphere in which we had been created as spirit children. I have created a PDF file and placed it at the bottom of the article where I normally put them. 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. This is what we refer to as accepting his atoning sacrifice or his atonement. In the passage above, the prophet Isaiah predicts the panic which would overwhelm the people of Babylon more than 150 years later when their … Because we have a Savior that we agreed to follow before we were cut off from our Father in Heaven, our Savior has promised each and every one of us that he would guarantee us a resurrected body and eventual forgiveness for our sins. Every time I think I have a grip on the doctrine I discover more to hold onto. ", Nephi ends his record by pleading with the reader to follow the Savior's example and be baptized,[40] but emphasizes that baptism is the beginning of the way and not the end, underscoring the need to enduring to the end. The first part, directly below, talks about all the parts of the plan of salvation discussed in this chapter, but without all the scripture quotes from the chapter. Those who sought to be like Christ will have goodness restored to them again in their new and eternal bodies. He teaches us to follow his example and do likewise. But there is a silver lining here. Glen, I have sent a copy of the PDF to your email. And all good comes from God. No neutral state between happiness and misery. It requires all three members of the Godhead to get us back home to God. Nephi’s reasons can help us in our study. This is why there is a Godhead, consisting of God, the Savior, and the Holy Ghost. 2 Nephi 31–33. 2 Nephi 2:27 Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. Jacob quotes passages from Isaiah. 2 Nephi 11:2-8 Why So Much Isaiah? 5 And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. Because Christ paid for our sins, he becomes our final judge. [32] He prophesies the destruction of his own people due to wickedness. Question: What does it mean in 2 Nephi 7:1 when it talks about a “bill of divorcement” and “being put away”? 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. At the time of the great discourse recorded in 2 Nephi 9, Jacob would have been 35–45 years of age. His love prohibits any violation of the agency we have been granted. It is important to recognize that it is the nature of humanity that no two people are identical in desire, capability, propensity, etc. Conscience  The Lord has given us each a conscience that helps us recognize good from evil. This leads to the punch line tying back to 2 Nephi 2:26-27: There is a “punishment of the law” (2 Nephi 2:26) that is going to act on people. 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. 24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. 15 And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter. They will be able to live with God and Christ forever. 2 Nephi 2:7- “Broken heart and contrite spirit” This is an Old Testament phrase, found in Psalm 51:16-17. Kapitel 2. He was trying to show them why there had to be opposition in this life, why things have to be hard. In the chapters preceding chapter 14, we see that these chapters are Nephi’s quotation of Isaiah. It is the laws of God that define what sin is. Here is a comment received from one reader in Chile. Beatrice, Thanks for the question, Beatrice. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. It is this light that gives us our conscience. 13 And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. It is important to recognize that it is the nature of humanity that no two people are identical in desire, capability, propensity, etc. 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). About 559–545 B.C. I hope you will be glad that you stopped in for a visit, and I hope you come back often. We must now answer to Christ for our behavior and choices. 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." When we have any question about the meaning of a verse of scripture, it is important to have proper context. Nephi then prophesies that Christ himself will visit the Nephites in America after his death and resurrection. – 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. [1] According to the book, it was written by the ancient prophet Nephi, son of Lehi, who lived around 600 BC. It is only because of his personal worthiness that our Father answers our prayers. 2 Nephi chapter 8, has this same enthusiasm! We will be judged, in part by our willingness to choose to follow the light of Christ within us as our conscience. He has also published multiple works, including Premortal Promises, and Contributions to the Kingdom, both available on In such usage, the word “gentile” means essentially “non-Jew” (see Introduction to the Book of Mormon; 1 Nephi 13:25–26, 42; 15:17; 2 Nephi 26:33; 27:1; 30:3). Lehi reminds us in verse 25 that the whole purpose of our existence to God is for us to experience joy. Eternal life is exaltation. This is opposed to the cost and misery that accompanies sin. What Next? He still does all in His power to help us want to make that choice. Everything Jesus the Christ does is under the direction of our Father in Heaven. Question . It is through missionary work that we teach the plan of redemption God gave us in the premortal councils to all the nations of the earth. And if these things are not there is no God. “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). byTammy Uzelac Hall | Feb. 13, 2020. One of the purposes of the conscience is to lead us to greater light and knowledge that is inherent in anything that is good, which comes from God. [24] Then he prophesies about the birth, life, infinite atonement and death of Christ, calling on his people to repent and believe in the Savior. The … With the atonement completed, we will all be held accountable for our behavior and choices during our time away from God, our Father. And he prophesied concerning us, and our future generations; and they are written upon the b plates of brass. So our Father provided us with a set of laws that spelled out what would be necessary for us to become like Him. This was the sealing of Satan’s defeat. Robert Matthews writes that the tone of these verses suggests that certainly Jacob and possibly … As you study, practice asking questions. Click the picture to learn more about this mug. There is no way to become like God without a Savior, and without complete obedience to him. The other point Lehi makes here is that salvation, the process of helping us return to God is without price, unless you consider experiencing the love of God as something undesirable and costly. 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. Verse 15 tells us why there were two trees in the garden of Eden. Yes, there will literally be hell to pay first, but even the punishment of hell is temporary, and Christ will save them from that eventually. Remember that the punishments of hell are necessary, because we cannot ignore the laws of God. Click the image to learn more about this self-study guide. Afterall, we can’t really be held justly accountable for our choices if we don’t understand them or even what choices we have. 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. This is where each of us are in the plan of salvation. This range of meaning not only exists in the Bible but in the ancient Near Eastern literature. The other tree maintained the status quo of Adam and Eve living forever in their innocent condition. 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. We are each in the middle of our time in mortality. [39] The House of Israel is described as having three parts, and Nephi prophesies that one day all their writings would be restored and made known one to the other. 25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.” (more…) If we are damned, meaning to live away from His presence for eternity, it is because of our choice. Jacob appropriately quotes Isaiah 50 at this moment in his discourse. That worked for me and it appears to be working fine now. 6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. That is sufficient for them. It is the nature of the laws of God that cause us all to be condemned. We also had to be taught the difference between the two. This is what christ did for us, he redeemed us from our fallen state. We are always told we are free to choose eternal life or eternal death, meaning separation from God. 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. Also, numerous references speak of the “Jews and gentiles” as though these words include all humans. Christ has prepared the way for us to return to God, our Father. I deliberately avoid lots of references and scholarly quotes and citations so that we can focus on the principles behind the doctrine. And that payment must stand absolute forever and ever. We had to leave His presence. Jesus, to this day, still seeks to know and then do our Father’s will. His final punishment won’t happen for a long time yet, but the resurrection signaled Satan’s ultimate loss. Why is it repeated so many times and always seems contradictory? This is why he wants us to choose His goodness, so we can become righteous and experience the same joy He lives with all the time. Every time I read 2 Nephi 2 I see things I didn’t see before. This website is NOT an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe mortality also includes what happens to us in the spirit world once we leave our mortal frame. Enjoy! He is still in charge of everything that takes place. In 1812, Methodist minister Asa Shinn gives us a typical indirect argument used by both Calvinists and Arminians to defend the satisfaction theory of the atonement, as Lehi does in 2 Nephi 2: Justice is an essential and eternal attribute of God. Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. The remainder of 2 Nephi 8 continues to sustain the theme of the atonement that so clearly informs Jacob’s commentary. Nephi was the fourth of six sons of Lehi and Sariah.He is believed to have been born in 615 BC. Those who chose evil in mortality will have evil capacities restored to them in the resurrection. 2 Nephi 2:14 Things to act and things to be acted upon. 10 And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him. 20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth. Indeed, chapters 31, 32, and 33 are relatively short, only 45 verses in … Connecting 2 Nephi 2:7-8 to 2 Nephi 2:3 and 2:10. Nephi consecrated Jacob a priest and teacher to the people and also appointed him as his successor in keeping the sacred records (Jacob 1: 1–3, 18). KnoWhys KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 1 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 2 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 3 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 4 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 5 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. Now is the time to liken the scriptures unto ourselves and see how they apply in our own lives. Think of something in a pawn shop. 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). Life eternal comes from choosing good, and spiritual death comes from rejecting good in favor of evil. 2 Skousen, Analysis of Textual Variants, 4–2:897, appears to follow the suggestion that there was a physical change in skin color. Moses 1:39 tells us why God has a family – his purpose and goal for having children. 7 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. Every time I think I have a grip on the doctrine I discover more to hold onto. All materials appearing on this website ( may not be reproduced without prior written permission of the publisher. It seems if there is one concept that is well appreciated it is this one-that the trials and tribulations of mortality serve God's purpose because they become the refining fire which purifies the soul and gives us experience. "Which Easily Doth Beset You" - Alma 7:15; 3 Nephi 11:29-30 He That Hath the Spirit of Contention Is Not of Me 2 Nephi 17:3 — The Covenant Meaning Behind the Name of Isaiah’s Son. Christ has become our one and only path back to God, back to our home. But we now must answer to Christ for our lack of obedience. Originally 15 chapters in length, the book was reformatted in 1879 by Orson Pratt to its current length of thirty three chapters long.[2]. Some of the better quotes on this subject are included, … Because of our parent’s behavior (Adam and Eve) we came into this world and upon our first transgression or sin we became cut off from the presence of God, for no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. From this point forward in the Book of Mormon the name/title Christ is used … Note: I have divided this article into two parts. [26] Jacob continues by teaching about the various sins, such as lying, murdering, whoredoms, idol worship. 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 Savior’s role includes providing all of God’s children who enter mortality with immortal and resurrected bodies. 22 And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. 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. 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. 1 And now, I, Nephi, speak concerning the prophecies of which my father hath spoken, concerning a Joseph, who was carried into Egypt.. 2 For behold, he truly prophesied concerning all his seed. As the lawgiver, it is not possible for our Father to directly forgive us of our mistakes or our rebellions. But in His mercy he provided a way for us to receive mercy, even though He couldn’t give it to us directly. In effect we all became temporarily damned, stopped in our eternal progress, and without a way back home. 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. Learning about this plan is what helps us live after the “manner of happiness.”. The passage under investigation, 2 Nephi 2 in the Book of Mormon, presents a unique philosophy pertaining to the role of the Adamic fall, sin in the cosmos, and the role of sin in relation to God. Click here to read the Isaiah Chapters in the Book of Mormon. [10], After the death of Lehi, Laman and Lemuel and others rebel against Nephi and try to kill him. He is just honoring the agency as we choose to use it. Many are perfectly happy with the idea of just having a glorified body; a resurrected body. [14] They call this new place Nephi, choose Nephi to be their king, and call themselves the people of Nephi, or Nephites. This site is specifically for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I just had to get rid of the copies held in the computer’s memory by reloading the page. Alma always refers to our final facing of our Savior as a restoration of all things. 2 Nephi 2:25-27 | Lehi's Discourse. According to the book, it was written by the ancient prophet Nephi, son of Lehi, who lived around 600 … These two verses are philosophical in nature. [20] The remainder of Second Nephi is a recording of their (Jacob's and Nephi's) teachings and prophecies. It is this change of heart, this loss of desire to be rebellious or stubborn before our maker that makes us more like Christ. The use of our moral agency in mortality hinges on these two things, the enticement to do good and the enticement to do evil. Editor’s note: Tammy Uzelac Hall is the host of LDS Living’s "Sunday on Monday,” a new weekly podcast focused on Come, Follow Me that dives into the hidden treasures of the gospel. We have always existed. [25] 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. 2 Nephi 8. These were Isaiah’s words. What does it mean to liken the words of Isaiah? [16] They also prosper exceedingly, and build a temple like the temple of Solomon. 26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. There is nothing in the whole realm of gospel learning I find as exciting as the perfection that makes up the plan for our salvation. 21 And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. Now that I have given an overview of the plan of salvation and how it works, and why it works, let’s look at what Lehi said to Jacob, his oldest born in the wilderness. So without laws there can be neither righteousness nor wickedness, neither happiness nor misery. First and Second were added to the titles of The Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. Moroni 4:3, 5:2 The Sacrament Prayers; Nephi’s Psalm - 2 Nephi 4:15-35; What Offering Will the Sons of Levi Make in Righteousness? We admire your efforts to make the Gospel even brighter." Every time I read 2 Nephi 2 I see things I didn’t see before. There are as many variations of desire toward goodness as there are children of God to express them. That means they have already been built, and all that has been made has been made by the hands of Christ, our Savior. Even the damned are loved perfectly by our Father in Heaven and by Christ. That is my person opinion. He currently writes for 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. I can only write a few of the things that I know will happen and a few of the words of my brother Jacob. 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. He is speaking to all of his sons and daughters. 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. Copyright 2013–2018 by Mormon Basics, LLC, all rights reserved. [11][12] Warned by the Lord, Nephi leaves the area with those who listen to him and travel far away to establish another settlement. Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me curriculum, and watch a video elucidating an insight in That They Might Have Joy - 2 Nephi 2:25; What Is the Meaning of the Title "Lord of Hosts?" He may be speaking specifically to Jacob, but his message is to his whole family, and by extension to each of us. He has lost his bid to prevent the Savior from fulfilling his promise to the Father to provide us with a way back home. Christ guaranteed us redemption from our separation from God. He is referring to willful ignorance. We just need to remember that He will never force Himself or His ways on any of us. However, we needed to exercise moral agency to prove where the true desire of our hearts lay. 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. Gramps, What does it mean, “For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still”? The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". [3] This particular phrase is one o See Abraham 3:19. Isaiah 51-52:2 (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 one comes from God and the other from the Devil. This is all He wants for us. The one would have had no purpose without the other. Then in 2 Nephi 8, he continues by reading Isaiah 51–52:2. 2 Nephi 6 serves as an introduction to his discourse, outlining the key themes that he wishes to talk about, and establishing a framework for understanding and interpreting Isaiah 50-52:2. The rest of the chapter describes God’s mighty saving power … We simply had no way to do what was required on our own. It had to be an eternal payment. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents. So most of those who come into mortality, even if they never choose to make covenants with Christ again, will still receive a resurrected body and some measure of glory for eternity. And it is our Father who answers our prayers and directs the Spirit to do these things for us. 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. This is the natural result of the moral agency our Father has given to each of us to exercise. 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) Repentance is the only way to activate the atonement and be made clean and pure before the laws of God. And those who obey him in all things, and strive to become like him will be able to be changed, exalted, and fully glorified. 2 Nephi 7—God Will Fulfill His Covenants. H. Nephi said he had charity for the “Jew, because I mean them from whence I came” (2 Nephi 33:8). [41] His final words include another exhortation to pray and seek the Holy Ghost, and a testimony that his words are true.

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