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. 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). Not all resurrected bodies are the same. He uses terms that take some thinking or explaining to help us grasp the bigger picture for those terms. No one else can successfully become like Christ. We would all be cut off from His presence. 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. He may be speaking specifically to Jacob, but his message is to his whole family, and by extension to each of us. (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. It is the greatest expression of God’s love and the enjoyment that only exalted beings can experience. The other tree maintained the status quo of Adam and Eve living forever in their innocent condition. He is referring to willful ignorance. 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. To disobey a law, either by commission or omission is to sin. Oh how lovely was that morning16×20 image to celebrate the bicentennial of the Restoration, on framed canvas. This would violate and nullify the wisdom and the justice of God. 25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy. To go to the official Church website go to 2 Nephi 8. Jacob quotes passages from Isaiah. He uses terms that take some thinking or explaining to help us grasp the bigger picture for those terms. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from…. In 2 Nephi chapter 2, Lehi expounds to Jacob about the redemption and salvation through Jesus. In the Come, Follow Me lessons we are told that Lehi in this chapter was expressing to his son the desires of a dying father’s heart. [16] They also prosper exceedingly, and build a temple like the temple of Solomon. 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. 2 Skousen, Analysis of Textual Variants, 4–2:897, appears to follow the suggestion that there was a physical change in skin color. That is my person opinion. Every time I read 2 Nephi 2 I see things I didn’t see before. 2 Nephi 1-4 Father Lehi counsels and blesses each of his sons. Remember that the punishments of hell are necessary, because we cannot ignore the laws of God. We either choose eternal life or eternal death – either life eternally with God in happiness, or life eternally somewhere else without that happiness that comes from being like God. It is only because of his personal worthiness that our Father answers our prayers. As you study, practice asking questions. This is the basic outline of the plan of salvation as given to us by our Father in Heaven. 17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God. 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. And he prophesied concerning us, and our future generations; and they are written upon the b plates of brass. What does 2 Nephi 19:17 mean and why does it seem so contradictory? Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever. In order for our earth life, as short as it is, to work, we had to be put in a neutral space. Throughout scripture, marriage is used as a metaphor for our relationship with Christ because marriage was something that everyone understood. As Richard N. and R. Kendall Soulen explained, “The function and purpose of textual criticism is of a dual nature: (1) to reconstruct the original wording of [a given text]; and (2) to establish the history of the transmission of the text through the centuries 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 are told over and over again in the scriptures that in the Father’s house are many mansions. Joseph predicted that the Lord would raise up Moses to free the people of Israel. 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 8. He also predicted that a seer named after Joseph, and whose father's name is also Joseph, would the Lord raise up, for the purpose of restoring Israel.[7]. [11][12] Warned by the Lord, Nephi leaves the area with those who listen to him and travel far away to establish another settlement. 2 Nephi chapter 8, has this same enthusiasm! He took us from the sphere of Intelligences and gave us spirit bodies as the first step towards his aim of helping us achieve what He has achieved – ultimate joy and an exalted and glorified life in a family setting. 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. Eternal life is a life of community and happiness that no individual sorrow can overshadow. This is not the condemnation we often think of. [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]. The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". Question . This website is NOT an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We choose either one or the other, either life or death. 2 Nephi 2:14 Things to act and things to be acted upon. 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. He is just honoring the agency as we choose to use it. When he talks about the “ends of the law” this is what He is referring to. Hey Brother Merrill, I would like a pdf version of an Explanation of the Plan of Salvation, pretty please. 2 Nephi 2:28. [22] He reads from Isaiah 50[23] and 51. Nephi and his family lived in Jerusalem, circa 600 BC, during the reign of King Zedekiah, until Lehi was commanded by God to take his family and flee into the wilderness. You'll get the latest posts from! The only direct access we have to our Father in Heaven is through the act of prayer. [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. 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. More than anything he wanted his children to understand the nature of our mortal lives, and what is at stake here. 2 Nephi 2:7- “Broken heart and contrite spirit” This is an Old Testament phrase, found in Psalm 51:16-17. 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). Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. [10], After the death of Lehi, Laman and Lemuel and others rebel against Nephi and try to kill him. 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. These laws were still not something any of us could measure up to without making many mistakes along the way. 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. 2 Nephi 7-8 Isaiah 50-51 Now is the time to liken the scriptures unto ourselves and see how they apply in our own lives. To be redeemed is to be taken from a fallen state and to receive our original worth once again. This is what we refer to as accepting his atoning sacrifice or his atonement. Every living soul has it. This was the sealing of Satan’s defeat. Let’s carefully look at 2 Nephi chapter 31. Verse 15 tells us why there were two trees in the garden of Eden. We had agency of some sort in the premortal world. There are conventions Lehi uses in describing the plan of salvation that can make it likely we miss important points along the way. 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. There are conventions Lehi uses in describing the plan of salvation that can make it likely we miss important points along the way. By “textual criticism” scholars do not mean negatively judging the text, but rather using scholarly tools to study it closely. 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. From this point forward in the Book of Mormon the name/title Christ is used … We have always existed. 2 Nephi 2 Lehi's counsel to his son Jacob includes teachings on the atonement. Only through obedience to the Savior and the commandments he has given us, through continual repentance, can we receive the mercy we need to bypass the judgment of God’s laws and become like Christ. 2 Nephi 2 and 2 Nephi 3 both end with “Amen,” 2 Nephi 1 does not, again arguing for a continued discourse. Conscience  The Lord has given us each a conscience that helps us recognize good from evil. A farmer in his field seeks his temporal (physical) salvation that comes from a bountiful harvest. What does it mean to liken the words of Isaiah? Resurrection for all of humanity was the final step in the Savior’s mortal work. 26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. We must now answer to Christ for our behavior and choices. If we were able to live all His laws without the need for a Savior then we wouldn’t be here like this, would we? Lehi and his family escaped from this when they left Jerusalem in 600 B.C. In this chapter God reveals he will not forget Israel, he will not forget his covenants. I. Yeah, free is good. 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. If it wasn’t eternal in nature then he who “satisfied” the demands of justice would have to do so again. Afterall, we can’t really be held justly accountable for our choices if we don’t understand them or even what choices we have. We are always told we are free to choose eternal life or eternal death, meaning separation from God. Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me curriculum, and watch a video elucidating an insight in This section is the same as chapter 13 from the 1830 edition. 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. 2 Nephi 5 Nephi and his followers separate from the Lamanites and move to the land of Nephi. Question: What does it mean in 2 Nephi 7:1 when it talks about a “bill of divorcement” and “being put away”? They became damned and without a way back into the presence of God. In the passage above, the prophet Isaiah predicts the panic which would overwhelm the people of Babylon more than 150 years later when their … Um 588–570 v. Chr. Even the damned are loved perfectly by our Father in Heaven and by Christ. We needed help; divine help. Before their flight, Nephi's father prophesied the impending destruction and captivity of Jerusalem by the armies of Babylon. [42], The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. These two Isaiah chapters Jacob quotes in 2 Nephi 7 & 8. (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. Celebrate the bicentennial of the Restoration with this “Oh how lovely was that morning” throw pillow. Now I, Nephi, end my prophesying to you, my beloved people. But because of the sacrifice of Christ, even those in hell will eventually be released and assigned to their kingdom of glory, based on the level of goodness they have been willing to accept and live by. In the end they will be freed from hell and be awarded the glory they were willing to live for in mortality. Eternal life is exaltation. When we have any question about the meaning of a verse of scripture, it is important to have proper context. All three are Gods in their own right. 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). Now that we are all guaranteed a resurrected body, we can be brought back into the presence of the Savior to be judged. This is where each of us are in the plan of salvation. Alma always refers to our final facing of our Savior as a restoration of all things. Everything Jesus the Christ does is under the direction of our Father in Heaven. This is why the Lord tells us we cannot be saved in ignorance. Lesson Helps. Available in three sizes. There could be no misery, because evil causes misery. . The Second Book of Nephi (/ˈniːfaɪ/), usually referred to as Second Nephi or 2 Nephi, is the second book of the Book of Mormon. I hope you will be glad that you stopped in for a visit, and I hope you come back often. Nephi was the fourth of six sons of Lehi and Sariah.He is believed to have been born in 615 BC. 2 Nephi 2:25 Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy. 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. 2 Nephi 11:2-8 Why So Much Isaiah? We must seek for his approval, since he is our final judge. Continual repentance is how we access the Savior’s atoning sacrifice on our behalf. We were all able to exercise that agency in the sphere in which we had been created as spirit children. 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. 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. For willful ignorance is the same as rebellion. [17], Nephi also begins arming his people using the sword that Laban had as a model for production. Please let me know if it doesn’t work and I will email you the PDF. C and M from Chile. Every time I think I have a grip on the doctrine I discover more to hold onto. In order not to infringe on their agency in any way, the choice between these two things had to be freely made by Adam and Eve. 20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth. He currently writes for Another question is to ask, but if there are no laws of God then aren’t we then free to choose? That means they have already been built, and all that has been made has been made by the hands of Christ, our Savior. H. Nephi said he had charity for the “Jew, because I mean them from whence I came” (2 Nephi 33:8). [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. There are as many variations of desire toward goodness as there are children of God to express them. 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. So let’s get started with the 5 minute lesson prepared thousands of years ago for us! Beatrice . 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. [21] He also shows that at a future date the Lord will lift up his hand to the Gentiles, and set up his standard, and then gather the tribes of Israel one final time. Nephi then records in the book more of Isaiah— chapters 2[30] through 14[31] of Isaiah. God’s love is such that He has perfect respect for our choices. We will be judged, in part by our willingness to choose to follow the light of Christ within us as our conscience. Beatrice, Thanks for the question, Beatrice. It takes all three of them to bring about our exaltation. 13 And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. 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. Some of the better quotes on this subject are included, … Why? It is from the Spirit that we receive our testimonies, our revelations, and our changes of heart as we seek to become like our Savior. If we are exalted it is because it is our choice. He assures them he has chosen “the good part” and that his words to them was with one object only, “the everlasting welfare of your souls.”. Here is a comment received from one reader in Chile. 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 . To leave His presence is what it means to be cut off. We call Christ “the firstfruits unto God” because God often refers to his harvest in the scriptures. They will be able to live with God and Christ forever. 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). "Dear Brother, you do not know how much we enjoyed this year of the study with you. But we now must answer to Christ for our lack of obedience. You can find articles by Kelly on,, and as well. The plan of salvation was not haphazard. John W. Welch Notes 2 Nephi 31 2 Nephi 31:1–2 — Nephi Writes His Last Words of Prophecy. And those who obey him in all things, and strive to become like him will be able to be changed, exalted, and fully glorified. 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). A-A; A+; 2 Ne 8 Introduction. As Lehi is old and will soon die, he wishes to bestow blessings upon his children. when he was finally tossed out from God’s presence. In order for the plan to exalt God’s children to work, He had to overcome one giant obstacle. 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. Every time I read 2 Nephi 2 I see things I didn’t see before. While the references suggest he is Joseph Smith, this seems contradictory as he is not a descendant of Lehi. 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. (See 1 Nephi 19.23-24; 1 Nephi 22.8; 2 Nephi 6.5; 2 Nephi 11.2, 8.) 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