The origin of evil resides deep within each of us and has always done so. 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. ", This expression has reference to the period of Christ's mortal ministry (see, As has been mentioned previously, the word, "And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory", Jacob and his brother Nephi were both blessed to see the Lord Jesus Christ as had the prophet Isaiah many years previously (see also, "the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever". Please recall that because of Adam's transgression, all men will suffer a physical death, and all will also be temporarily separated from God-they will suffer a temporary spiritual death. Chapter 1. The "tree of life" is symbolic of Christ and eternal life in his presence (see 1 Nephi 11:7). He is a grand example of the sweet uses of adversity. Since all people will experience adversity, this is a vital doctrine for all to know. 2 Nephi 6. The apostate doctrine of original sin seems to be based in part on the notion that Adam and Eve's disobedience was an act of overt rebellion against God, an attempt to usurp the knowledge available only to the gods. And, unto whom will he extend this absolution? Something that is "spiritual" in this context is not just temporal but has eternal implications. Chapter 2; And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last born. 2 Nephi 2:14 Things to act and things to be acted upon. All will be resurrected, and all will live forever. When the individual's penalty for sin is removed, he or she is said to be "justified.". The scriptures also teach us that the Spirit will bring us joy, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy (DC 11:13). Such a man might as well "remain as dead"-he might as well not even exist. And miraculously, leaks in the circulation could be sealed off by components activated from the very blood being lost. First, it refers to the fact that he is "the first that should rise" from the dead-the first to be resurrected. Without an understanding of the Fall there can be no meaningful understanding of the Atonement. The eternal joy of God's love is likened to the fruit of the tree of life, for it is the final reward of the righteous. b. The word spiritual in this context may have two possible meanings: 1. Here he seems to be saying that. No one will live with God in the celestial kingdom or in any kingdom of glory "save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah." Lehi is referring to the state of probation which began with the fall of Adam. The Lord said that if Adam "wished to remain as he was in the garden, then he was not to eat the fruit, but if he desired to eat it and partake of death he was at liberty to do so" (Joseph Fielding Smith, "Was the Fall of Adam Necessary?" 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. And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. God did place man in a situation where his agency is operational-in mortality, man may use his agency to progress spiritually. They can only be organized, reorganized, or disorganized. It was only in this way that they could become as God, knowing good and evil. He is qualified to be our Savior by (1) his "merits"-he lived a sinless life and suffered the agony of the atonement; (2) his "mercy" his willingness and inclination to provide each of us blessings greater than we actually merit; and (3) his "grace"-his unparalleled love for us, particularly that aspect of his love that inclines him to give us blessings we don't fully merit. ", "all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him". They are drowned by them. (Moses 4:1-4). Without the ability … By this unconditional atonement, the effects of the fall of Adam are completely overcome. His assertion is that all that which can be known by mortal man concerning God has been made manifest by our Lord himself, for 'God has showed it unto them.' . (“Struggle for the Soul,” New Era, Mar. (Discourses of Brigham Young, compiled by John A. Widstoe, p. 452). The Creation was past, but mortality as we know it lay ahead. Doctrine and Covenants 76:106 employs the phrase "fulness of times" to refer to the end of the Millennium. "righteousness of thy Redeemer" One of the ways in which Jesus qualified to be able to atone for our sins was that he was perfectly righteous and "justified by the law." 2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain. The predicament here is that all are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), and therefore unworthy to return to the celestial presence of the Father or any other kingdom of glory. God also cannot remove a man's agency. 2 Nephi 2:27 Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. Even something like the Fall of Adam and Eve, which appears to be a failure and a tragedy, turns out to be part of God’s plan of happiness. "Standing alone, these verses (verses 22-26) would justify the eternal worth of the Book of Mormon. The term "salvation" here may refer to the "unconditional" aspect of Christ's atonement, the gift of resurrection and immortal life. There was no mortal flesh upon the earth for any form of life. If there were no opposition, the world would have been created in vain or "for a thing of naught." "even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life" The "forbidden fruit" is symbolic of the world and its worldliness. That is, by his own merits, each and every man is shut out of God's heavenly kingdom and shut out also of any degree of glory. Because of the workings of the law of justice each man is "cut off"-that is, subject to two types of death: This phrase refers to the idea that if the states of death (physical and spiritual) are not reversed, then all men will become sons of perdition and live with Satan forever (, Please do not take these verses for granted. They were now able to have children. This same meaning was intended by Paul. Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. . There is no clear explanation of this vital doctrine found in the Old Testament, and a study of the New Testament has led to much confusion (see also 2 Nephi 9:6-16; Alma 34:13-16; Alma 42:13-26; and Mormon 9:13-14). I can assure you, however, that with repeated study, all of the concepts in this chapter are compatible with one another. The conflict continues on the battlefield of mortality. They fit together seamlessly into "one great whole.". In the first place the spirit is pure, and under the special control and influence of the Lord, but the body is of the earth, and is subject to the power of the devil, and is under the mighty influence of that fallen nature that is of the earth. Man is the center and essence of the universe. Hence, here in mortality-"according to the flesh"-man has his agency. '...In Hebrew, the basic word for atonement is kaphar, a verb that means 'to cover' or 'to forgive.' It is suggested that the reader study the chapter, Agency and Freedom found in Ye Shall Know of the Doctrine, volume 1, chapter 13, prior to continuing. verses 28-29 "choose eternal life . A brief outline of 2 Nephi, worth committing to memory, is as follows: 2 Nephi 1-4 Father Lehi counsels and blesses each of his sons. "If we can bear our afflictions with the understanding, faith, and courage,...we shall be strengthened and comforted in many ways. … 6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Remember that his... LDS Scripture of the Day February 18, 2015. The first is that all things were not subject to death or change. He only wants us to experience the negative so that we can appreciate the beautiful things He has in store for us. There is nothing more fundamental to religious living than joy. Read on! And the firmament showeth his handywork. All things had been created in a state of paradisiacal immortality. 2 Nephi 9. "choose eternal life . An individual qualified to enter any of the three degrees of glory is said to be "saved.". (Ensign, May 1996, pp. 3 Wherefore, I write unto my people, unto all those that shall receive hereafter these things which I write, a that they may know the judgments of God, that they come upon all nations, according to the word which he hath spoken. Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, Methusaleh has the record with 969 years, and Noah lived 950 years. Man is in need of redemption from his own sins. 4 And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh; for the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Through his atoning sacrifice, Christ "answer[ed] the ends of the law," that is, he fully qualified himself, according to the eternal law, the law of justice and the law of mercy, to absolve men of their sins. There is a parallel to this situation in Genesis 48:5; Genesis 48:16 where Jacob adopted Joseph's sons Manasseh and Ephraim in place of Reuben and Simeon who had sinned (see Genesis 34:30; Genesis 35:22; Genesis 49:3-5). 2 Nephi 15. For example, "the first fruits of repentance is baptism" (Moroni 8:25). In both of these are men "cut off," or separated, from something important. verse 8 This verse contains the succinct "bottom line." Those who do not understand this meaning of the word spiritual have concluded that Paul was saying that in the world to come we will exist only as spirits. Agency is a free gift. verses 22-26 In all of the scripture, these five verses are unique in that they make clear truths about the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement that are found nowhere else in scripture. 2 Nephi 15. verse 10 "all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him" One of the unconditional blessings of Christ's atoning sacrifice was the complete overcoming of the effects of Adam's transgression. The falsehood is, "Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die." For example, bones, if broken, could become solid again. (1 Tim. Thus there must be wickedness so there might be righteousness, death so there might be life, that which is satanic so there might be that which is godly" (Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, volume 1, 195). Mosaic law required the consecration of the choicest and initial part of the harvest to God-the "firstfruits." Man has agency and can choose for himself, but he cannot escape the consequences of the eternal law. Since no man can live the law to perfection, no man can be justified and saved by virtue of his own merits. 2 Nephi 30. (“The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality,” Ensign, April 2012), As our minds are opened through our study of the plan of salvation, each of us comes to see that our life means that the "real me," or the "spiritual child of God," created in innocence and beauty, is engaged in a fight for life or death with the elements of the earth, the "flesh," which in its present unredeemed state is enticed and influenced by the enemy of God. God did not give to any man his agency, as every man has always possessed agency. In addition, by virtue of His atonement, Jesus will qualify himself to become the perfect judge of all mankind. Another explanation is that the creation story applies selectively to only a specific location on the earth-the Garden of Eden. 2 Nephi 8. verse 16 "the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself" We often say that God has given to man his agency. Lehi may have considered Jacob to be something of a replacement for his eldest son, Laman, with his younger son Joseph being a replacement for the second son, Lemuel. See Ye Shall Know of the Doctrine, volume 1, chapter 16, The Role of Satan. Would growth be possible if there were no adversity and no need to strive? 23 And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin. He would have no agency. The presence of God that we seek, however, is not just a brief audience during which we will be judged but rather an eternal sojourn with him in the celestial kingdom. (Conference Report, Oct. 1969, pp. (2 Nephi 2:25) Heavenly Father wants us to be happy. verse 2 "he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain" Here is an important doctrine: The Lord will turn suffering and tribulation into blessings. "[Satan] sought that which was evil before God." 2 Nephi 7. Even if you have already read these articles, yet their vital concepts are not fresh on your mind, please re-read them before you study the rest of this chapter. "because of the rudeness of thy brethren" Though "rude" has come to mean "impolite" in twentieth-century English, at the time Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, it meant "wild" or "savage.". We did nothing to earn it. As another testament of Jesus Christ, it sheds precious light on His Atonement." Since all people will experience adversity, this is a vital doctrine for all to know. There will be no intercession. 2 Nephi 4:16-35 The Psalm of Nephi. … 2 Nephi 27 Isaiah 29. verse 25 "Adam fell that men might be" This statement implies that Adam knowingly fell (transgressed) in order to enable the human family to come into mortality. It was necessary for him to "suppose" some of the details, while today we have been taught many of the specifics of the Grand Council, the rebellion of Lucifer, and his being cast out of heaven with a third of the hosts of heaven. Jacob had been born "in the days of [Lehi's] tribulation." Rather redemption is found in the combination of the two. "In the first place the spirit is pure, and under the special control and influence of the Lord, but the body is of the earth, and is subject to the power of the Devil, and is under the mighty influence of that fallen nature that is of the earth. See particularly the section titled "How Might We Categorize Adversity and Suffering?". 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