19 And the Lord said unto me: These two facts do exist, that there are two spirits, one being more intelligent than the other; there shall be another more intelligent than they; I am the Lord thy God, I am more intelligent than they all. What is conveyed by this phrase? It is the greatest expression of God’s love and the enjoyment that only exalted beings can experience. This is opposed to the cost and misery that accompanies sin. He wanted his children to choose goodness over evil, and to worship God above anything and everything. First and Second were added to the titles of The Books of Nephi by Oliver Cowdery when preparing the book for printing. 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. Thanks for the heads up Glen. 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. 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. 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. 2 Nephi 2:27 Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. 2 Nephi 11:2-8 Why So Much Isaiah? 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). Now is the time to liken the scriptures unto ourselves and see how they apply in our own lives. Click the image to learn more about this self-study guide. Nephi was the fourth of six sons of Lehi and Sariah.He is believed to have been born in 615 BC. I deliberately avoid lots of references and scholarly quotes and citations so that we can focus on the principles behind the doctrine. If we are exalted it is because it is our choice. 2 Nephi 31–33. There could be no misery, because evil causes misery. He provided us with a Savior. I can’t imagine that Lucifer was as good as he could be, but then woke up one morning and decided to lead a crusade against the Creator Himself. Lehi repeats this aim in verse 25 when he says that the purpose or goal of our existence is that “men, We don’t know what the nature of our agency was in the premortal world. byTammy Uzelac Hall | Feb. 13, 2020. 12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. 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. And the law is given unto men. There is more to it than that, but that is the best case scenario. To go to the official Church website go to www.lds.org. Eternal life is exaltation. Amen. This is the point of all that is contained in the plan of salvation. 2 Nephi 2:14 Things to act and things to be acted upon. To be redeemed is to be taken from a fallen state and to receive our original worth once again. But He is able to take even the least of us and exalt us if that is the true desire of our heart. Everything in the plan of salvation has this state of being as the ultimate goal for God’s children. However, we needed to exercise moral agency to prove where the true desire of our hearts lay. 2 Nephi 2:7- “Broken heart and contrite spirit” This is an Old Testament phrase, found in Psalm 51:16-17. 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. The structure of Jacob’s mighty speech is quite simple. Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me curriculum, and Once paid or satisfied, God can never demand more from the one who paid the price to satisfy those laws. What we don’t have is immortality AND eternal life, which is God’s way of life. There are conventions Lehi uses in describing the plan of salvation that can make it likely we miss important points along the way. Kapitel 2. This is a general blessing and curse upon all peoples who inhabit the land where Lehi and his family lived. Then the verbs ransomed and redeemed in verses 10 and 11 take on a broader meaning, and of course “sorrow and mourning shall flee away” (verse 11), because of the infinite atonement that overcomes death and hell. (2 Nephi 23:6-8, Isaiah 13:6-8) Faith in God can help us avoid being paralyzed by the challenging experiences we face. Beatrice, Thanks for the question, Beatrice. This is why missionary work is so important to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [5] He talks about the importance of The Fall of Man and how without it, man would lose his free will, and salvation would ultimately be impossible. Jacob appropriately quotes Isaiah 50 at this moment in his discourse. While the references suggest he is Joseph Smith, this seems contradictory as he is not a descendant of Lehi. [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. The atoning sacrifice would have been worthless suffering if there was no resurrection to make exaltation possible. He directs us and prompts us in all things spiritual in nature. He currently writes for gospelstudy.us. 20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth. 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. For now, most of what we know has only to do with our time in our bodies. In order for him to become our Savior we would have to leave our Father’s presence, most never to return. Originally 15 chapters in length, the book was reformatted in 1879 by Orson Pratt to its current length of thirty three chapters long.[2]. In the passage above, the prophet Isaiah predicts the panic which would overwhelm the people of Babylon more than 150 years later when their … The laws of God require that those who turn to Christ and follow him be rewarded, while those who do not turn to Christ receive a punishment for their refusal to obey the commandments. Now Satan is just doing as much damage to as many of God’s children as he can before his final consignment to perdition. “Arise from dust.” Who lies in the dust? Here is a comment received from one reader in Chile. He has paid for our sins. But what exactly is a Savior? Nephi then records in the book more of Isaiah— chapters 2[30] through 14[31] of Isaiah. 18 And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. This particular phrase is one o 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. They are eternally damned. I. The light of Christ fills the immensity of space and all that occupies that space. Christ has become our one and only path back to God, back to our home. See. No one else can successfully become like Christ. 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. The second part of the article is the same explanation, but is said with the assumption you have already read the first part, and is a running commentary on the actual verses of the chapter. The rest of the family was, and is, too weak to be able to become gods on our own. Then on verse 24, most likely referring to his posterity it says "there shall rise up one mighty among them, who shall do much good, both in word and deed (...)". These two Isaiah chapters Jacob quotes in 2 Nephi 7 & 8. 2 Nephi 2:25 Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy. Eternal life is exaltation. 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. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. Nephi’s reasons can help us in our study. The views expressed in this website are my own. 2 Nephi 2:27 Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. 2 Nephi 6-10 Jacob delivers an important two-day sermon to the Nephites. 9 Wherefore, he is the firstfruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved. They became damned and without a way back into the presence of God. Everything Jesus the Christ does is under the direction of our Father in Heaven. I call them “Guides” because not only do they quote Isaiah, but thankfully, they also comment on what they’ve quoted. Conscience  The Lord has given us each a conscience that helps us recognize good from evil. 2 Nephi 2 and 2 Nephi 3 both end with “Amen,” 2 Nephi 1 does not, again arguing for a continued discourse. 6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". Hey Brother Merrill, I would like a pdf version of an Explanation of the Plan of Salvation, pretty please. 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. But there is a silver lining here. The Savior’s role includes providing all of God’s children who enter mortality with immortal and resurrected bodies. If we prefer not to have to deal with all of that then we will be judged in the end by what portion we were willing to accept when we were taught the truth. [36] He prophesies the conversation that Martin Harris has with Professor Charles Anthon. Lehi relates a vision whereby he knew that Jerusalem was destroyed, and he says that had they remained in the city they would have perished. All must come to understand that forgiveness and lasting spiritual growth cannot happen unless we rely on “the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.” Remember that there is no other way to return to God and be saved in His kingdom without Christ. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But this redemption is conditional. This is the basic outline of the plan of salvation as given to us by our Father in Heaven. John W. Welch Notes 2 Nephi 31 2 Nephi 31:1–2 — Nephi Writes His Last Words of Prophecy. The one would have had no purpose without the other. But God’s plan must provide a way for any of His children to become gods if they choose to do so, yet still have fitting rewards for those who want less than that. But according to the terms of God’s laws, if the rest of us would turn to Christ and obey his commandments, he could bring us back home. 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. 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. 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. 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. If we only wanted temporal happiness during mortality then that level of goodness will be restored to us again in a resurrected body of more limited capacity. Joseph predicted that the Lord would raise up Moses to free the people of Israel. We choose either one or the other, either life or death. But our Savior hasn’t taken over the plan God gave us and made it his own. 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. [11][12] Warned by the Lord, Nephi leaves the area with those who listen to him and travel far away to establish another settlement. Jacob quotes passages from Isaiah. [22] He reads from Isaiah 50[23] and 51. We had agency of some sort in the premortal world. And when we become justified we also begin to become pure of heart, which makes us holy. Our conscience teaches us the basics of what is good and what is not. Alma always refers to our final facing of our Savior as a restoration of all things. The scriptural reference at the beginning of the name seems to be getting hijacked by my LDS Scripture plugin. This is the natural result of the moral agency our Father has given to each of us to exercise. The Text 25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. This much they have already been promised before ever coming to earth. Therefore, without opposition in all things there is no point to our creation or the creation of the universe or the earth. 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. 2 Nephi 1-4 Father Lehi counsels and blesses each of his sons. All three are Gods in their own right. This section is the same as chapter 13 from the 1830 edition. 2 Nephi 5 Nephi and his followers separate from the Lamanites and move to the land of Nephi. Before their flight, Nephi's father prophesied the impending destruction and captivity of Jerusalem by the armies of Babylon. What does 2 Nephi 19:17 mean and why does it seem so contradictory? 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 is no possibility that such a brilliant concept could have been invented by a human. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God. 11 For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. [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. 2 Nephi 2:25 Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy. We needed help; divine help. 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. Um 588–570 v. Chr. February 23, 2016 …I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great... LDS Scripture of the Day February 23, 2016. 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. This website is NOT an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Connecting 2 Nephi 2:7-8 to 2 Nephi 2:3 and 2:10. Christ guaranteed us redemption from our separation from God. According to the book, it was written by the ancient prophet Nephi, son of Lehi, who lived around 600 … The great and spacious building seen by Lehi, which represents the pride of the world (see 1 Nephi 11:36), was shown “in the air, high above the earth” (1 Nephi … We do not understand how this is possible, but it is a requirement of the plan. They have only been transferred from our Father to Christ. 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. [4] He speaks about opposites—that without evil there is no good; without sin there is no righteousness; that without these things there is no God; and if there is no God there is no earth. This is what we refer to as accepting his atoning sacrifice or his atonement. We also had to be taught the difference between the two. 2 Nephi 7—God Will Fulfill His Covenants. So 2 Nephi 1-2 constitute one unit and 2 Nephi 3 a separate unit. Our Savior redeemed us from the Fall, our first separation from God. The scope of the plan is so perfect, and inclusive, so vast, yet so sublime as to provide room for endless fascination. This is a private website maintained by a member of the Church. It has been a constant inspiration and source of good ideas. The one difference is that we have been given a Savior, whereas Satan and his followers cannot have the use of a Savior. Therefore, it is not clear who this person may be. He prophesies that the destruction of the people in Jerusalem has already happened. Available in three sizes. Because our Savior is also our Intercessor, our go between. A-A; A+; 2 Ne 8 Introduction. Perhaps what Nephi liked about Jacob was his plainness and clarity (see 2 Nephi 31:3). [17], Nephi also begins arming his people using the sword that Laban had as a model for production. Now I, Nephi, end my prophesying to you, my beloved people. We examine some of the political issues that Isaiah dealt with in his time period and then work to illustrate how these circumstances are similar to the Saints today. It is important to recognize that it is the nature of humanity that no two people are identical in desire, capability, propensity, etc. He teaches us to follow his example and do likewise. It is this light that gives us our conscience. We are each in the middle of our time in mortality. Verse 7 is where Lehi points out that the Savior couldn’t achieve the point or ends of all of God’s laws, which was to offer exaltation to all His children, unless he was willing to offer himself as a sacrifice for our sins. Come Follow Me Helps and Resources “A Marvelous Work and a Wonder” We hope that these LDS Sunday School discussion questions over 2 Nephi 26-30 enrich your Come, Follow Me study and increase your testimony of the Savior.. Use them individually, in your family study, and in your Sunday School classes to dive deeper into the doctrines presented in the Book of Mormon. The one brought death, and with it knowledge and accountability. 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. As Lehi is old and will soon die, he wishes to bestow blessings upon his children. That means they have already been built, and all that has been made has been made by the hands of Christ, our Savior. Only one of His children was capable of achieving (on his own steam and abilities) what needed to be done to become a God. There are conventions Lehi uses in describing the plan of salvation that can make it likely we miss important points along the way. This is all He wants for us. The use of our moral agency in mortality hinges on these two things, the enticement to do good and the enticement to do evil. 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. This is where each of us are in the plan of salvation. 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. Lucifer was able to grow into the embodiment of evil, before he came out in open rebellion against God. Eternal life is a life of community and happiness that no individual sorrow can overshadow. 2 We can only return to where He is if we have a resurrected body like His. 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. It takes all three of them to bring about our exaltation. In 2 Nephi 31, Nephi artfully ... Nephi further characterizes the process of enduring to the end in terms that give new meaning to the New Testament formula of faith, hope, and charity. If it wasn’t eternal in nature then he who “satisfied” the demands of justice would have to do so again. (See 2 Nephi 31:2-3) And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end.” (2 Nephi 31:21) Let’s go through this carefully so that we all know and understand the doctrine of Christ. He is referring to willful ignorance. Nephi then prophesies that Christ himself will visit the Nephites in America after his death and resurrection. 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) I will refer to him mainly as the Christ or Messiah. So our Father provided us with a set of laws that spelled out what would be necessary for us to become like Him. By faith, Nephi obtained the plates of brass, brought Ishmael’s family from Jerusalem, subdued his brothers time and again, obtained food for his family, received revelation from the Lord, taught the Law of Moses, and following the Lord’s instructions said, “I, Nephi, did build a Temple.” 2 Nephi 5:16. With that in place we can begin to fill in the holes. Answer . Every time I read 2 Nephi 2 I see things I didn’t see before. [20] The remainder of Second Nephi is a recording of their (Jacob's and Nephi's) teachings and prophecies. [10], After the death of Lehi, Laman and Lemuel and others rebel against Nephi and try to kill him. 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. Every time I read 2 Nephi 2 I see things I didn’t see before. Now we will all return to face Christ in our final state as resurrected beings. 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. 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. We must now answer to Christ for our behavior and choices. And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free. Like our Heavenly Parent, he pleads with them to choose the better part and follow the Savior. We would all be cut off from His presence. He says that both the matter which He used to form our bodies and our souls/intelligence are both formed of eternal material. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given. Although the ordinance of baptism is prominently featured in the New Testament, the precise purpose and meaning of baptism is left relatively vague. Keep this in mind as you work through all the parts of the plan for our salvation. • God has a purpose (that men might have joy, 2 Ne 2:25). We don’t know what the nature of our agency was in the premortal world. 5 And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. 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. Mormon Basics, LLC Kelly Merrill 11 West Sunset Circle Rexburg, Idaho 83440. 26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. Because Christ paid for our sins, he becomes our final judge. Basically, the king of Assyria was given a command by the Lord to "take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets" ( 2 Nephi 20:6 ), meaning to be the nation that attacks Israel. 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. Nephi later used his father’s phrase “press forward” ( 1 Nephi 8:24) in a great doctrinal discourse (see 2 Nephi 31:20). 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. For willful ignorance is the same as rebellion. 16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. That alone makes me get goose bumps! The one comes from God and the other from the Devil. C and M from Chile. In order for our earth life, as short as it is, to work, we had to be put in a neutral space. In order for the plan to exalt God’s children to work, He had to overcome one giant obstacle. [15] They observe the Law of Moses as it is recorded in the brass plates. [27] He then continues by prophesying about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ[28] and the establishment of a free people in America in the last days.[29]. It is longer than my usual articles, so be mentally prepared for that when you start. Both of them are on the extreme end of the spectrum, the one being perfectly good and the other being completely evil or opposing all that God stands for and seeking His destruction. Without the ability to choose between these two things we become beings without purpose, for there can be no happiness without goodness, which causes happiness. 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