[W. Cleon Skousen. In a final aside to readers—also addressed as “my brethren”—Nephi goes on to urge them to seek knowledge and understanding, to “pray always and not faint” (2 Nephi 32:7–9). The gospel of Jesus Christ articulates the only way by which a person can access eternal life. . Omni. In the ancient temple or tabernacle, after passing into the sacred space, the first thing you would encounter would be the altar of sacrifice. Since 2005 the Church has officially recognized this warning and promise as an articulation of a fifth basic gospel principle.[15]. That the Holy Spirit is God is shown by Peter's accusation of Ananias, "Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost" . . if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.” (2 Nephi 32:3-4) Here, Nephi explains that it is not just enough to pray, nor is it enough to just ponder and read the words of Christ. the [baptism] is only valid when performed by immersion in a natural fountain or stream or in a properly constructed [vessel]. 2 Nephi 15:1-2 A winepress (Illustration): An ancient winepress. Jarom. . . But as he clarifies, no convert could have made it onto this path “save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save” (v. 19). The repeated emphasis on “plainness” in these passages will now be examined to show how these references play an important role in Nephi’s framing of that text. 153-155] [See the commentary on 2 Nephi 9:23-24]. For those of us who still cannot understand what he is saying (v. 4), he boils the gospel message down to this: “If ye will enter in by the way (repentance and baptism) and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:5; emphasis added). He cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name” (2 Nephi 9:41). 2 Nephi 25. 2 Nephi 2:4 The way is prepared from the fall of man (Illustration #1): He Offereth Himself unto Those with a Broken Heart. 2 Nephi 31: 21: "And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. Christ’s new followers have only made it “thus far by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save” (v. 19). See Reynolds, “The Gospel According to Mormon,” 226–27. The Second Book of Nephi (/ ˈ n iː f aɪ /), usually referred to as Second Nephi or 2 Nephi, is the second book of the Book of Mormon.The original translation of the title did not include the word "second". Nephi has told us that his “soul delighteth in the scriptures” and that he “pondereth continually upon the things which [he has] seen and heard” ( 2 Nephi … . Copyright © 2020 Alan C. Miner. 2 Nephi 4. 2 Nephi 31 Nephi's discourse on the doctrine of Christ 2 Nephi 31:3 My soul delighteth in plainness. 2 Nephi 27. Enos. Nephi quotes Father in Heaven who urges us “Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son” (2 Nephi 31:11). He or she must now “press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ and endure to the end,” in order to receive eternal life (v. 20). The Holy Ghost comes to a man or a woman at the choice of the Father, to bring the remission of sins and other essential blessings. 1) Elder Jeffrey R. Holland explained the meaning of “the doctrine of Christ” as used in 2 Nephi 31: “Although a phrase like ‘the doctrine of Christ’ could appropriately be used to describe any or all of the Master’s teachings, nevertheless those magnificently broad and beautiful expressions spread throughout the Book of Mormon, New Testament, and latter-day … . (John 1:1) Here Jesus is presented as God, but also as distinct from the Father, hence the phrase, "and the Word was with God." . 2 Nephi 27. In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Latter-day Saints are directed at least five times to look to the Book of Mormon for “the fulness of the (everlasting) gospel” (D&C 20:9, 27:5, 42:12, and 135:3) or “all those parts of my gospel” (D&C10:46). 2 Nephi 8. However, not a single word of criticism concerning the baptism of Jesus Christ is found in the entire New Testament! Nephi is going change subjects-from the workings of the … Enos. [12]. As Nephi later realizes he needs to explain, this means that they can “speak the words of Christ” as they “speak by the power of the Holy Ghost,” even as angels speak (32:3). For a briefer version, see also “Nephi1,” 3:1003–5. Angela Crowell noted the following in her article entitled "Hebraisms in the Book of Mormon": The Prophetic Perfect is a common usage in the language of the prophets. For example, very few of my BYU honors students realized without some help that 2 Nephi 31 is intentionally set up as a flashback, and that the material it contains constitutes a previously unreported section of the great vision given to Nephi—and presumably to his father before him—at the first camp in the wilderness while Nephi was probably still a teenager. Are there three Gods or one? Then a benediction was pronounced, and he plunged beneath the water, taking care to be entirely submerged" (see Vol. 185 Heber J. 2 (May 2015): 218–34, presents a much more technical analysis of the same materials, written for non-LDS scholars. This long first section includes the original chapters 11 and 12 from the 1830 edition—chapter divisions that were made by Nephi and that come to modern-day readers directly from the original translation. This section is the same as chapter 13 from the 1830 edition. 2 Nephi 30. These seem in this verse to be the ingredients for eternal life. The Pharisees were very quick to criticize the Savior whenever He did anything which was contrary to their law. So life is a little crazy over here :) But I am so excited to share these lesson helps with you! This rhetorical technique of using selected items from a known list to invoke the whole complex or list in the mind of a reader is the literary device called merismus and is commonly used in the Bible. In the second half (verses 17–20), Nephi restates the entire complex in his own words, developing in more detail his understanding of faith, the functions of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end more fully. 8. The Restoration revelations all send us to the Book of Mormon for that. 2 Nephi 7. This passage may have served the Nephite dispensation in much the same way that Joseph Smith’s first vision has served this last dispensation by providing the highest possible authority for its central claims—including the prophetic claims of the first leader. For “he shall bring forth his words unto them . Nephi then creates the envelope that will contain the long first section of his sermon by beginning with: “I will proceed with mine own prophecy (2 Nephi 25:7),” and then ending with: “And now I Nephi make an end of my prophesying” (2 Nephi 31:1). Nephi’s concluding comments in chapter 33 make it clear that all his specific prophecies and teachings are meant to inspire his descendants, his brethren, and indeed, all mankind to respond to this greatest and universal promise and prophecy from their father in heaven. It also seems clear that he now goes beyond those sources to include new prophecies “according to the spirit which is in me” (2 Nephi 25:4). 14–15). 1 Nephi 13:7-9. The prophet so transports his mind ahead that he describes a future event as if it had been already seen or heard by him. [31]. About 559–545 B.C. 2 Nephi 6. For the baptism, each candidate was taken to "a pool, in which he stood up to his neck in water, while the great commandments of the Law were recited to him. The chapter began with an explicit reminder of the prophecy given to both Lehi and Nephi in their separate visions received at the first camp in the wilderness that a prophet would baptize Jesus Christ. 3 (2013): 82–83. [28] It is the act of repentance that binds us to him as his “covenant people.”. Nephi begins his long sermon/prophecy by describing the future coming and ministry of Jesus Christ among the Jews, who “will reject him because of their iniquities and the hardness of their hearts and the stiffness of their necks” (2 Nephi 25:12). [13]. It then becomes clear that Nephi understands that his own writings will play a key role in this restoration of Israel “from their lost and fallen state” as the Lord proceeds “to do a marvelous work and a wonder among the children of men” (v. 17). 68-69). [7]. The Father endorses these words as “true and faithful” and goes on to state the principle positively: “He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved” (v. 15). 2 Nephi 8. In the process of telling us what the Father and the Son taught him on the original occasion, Nephi presents the basic gospel message five times using a total of twenty-three short-hand statements of the gospel. “Whosoever is of my church and (5) endureth . This sermon and the prophecies it includes will convey to Nephi’s brethren the key messages that he has distilled from that vision—with added insight from Isaiah’s prophecies—in more than four decades of teaching the gospel and the scriptures to his people. And the unity of the Father and the Son in their teaching is evident, just as their separate individuality as divine beings is explicit. . 2 Nephi 27. A male candidate was first circumcised. The importance he placed on this part of that vision is reflected not only in its placement at the end, but also in the density and the complexity of its composition. The strait gate that allows people onto this “straight and narrow” path “is repentance and baptism by water, and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost” (v. 17). Mosiah. 1, p. 191) 2 Ne 2:26 that he may redeem the children of men from the fall [Barry Robert Bickmore, Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith & Early Christianity, pp. The voices of both the Father and the Son are quoted in the second variation pointing out to the young Nephi the elements of Christ’s example that are expected of all individuals; repentance and baptism are required for all who would receive the Holy Ghost (vv. 2 Nephi 31:15-21 -- LeGrand Baker -- a sacred conversation In these verses Nephi tells us part of a sacred conversation between himself, the Father, and the Saviour. 4–10). "Repenting of your sins" (2 Nephi 31:13), 4. [17] The striking fact is that exactly this same method is used by the Savior in his two presentations of the gospel as reported by Mormon in 3 Nephi 11 and 27, suggesting again that this method may have also been used when the Father and the Son presented their gospel to Nephi in that original vision given at the first camp in the wilderness. (2 Nephi 31:19-20) After teaching us that repentance and baptism are the gate to enter the path of discipleship and after urging us to enter through that gate, Nephi asks us what we should do next. [Gerald N. Lund, "The Fall of Man and His Redemption," in The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, p. 98] 2 Nephi 2:4 The way is prepared from the fall of man (Illustration #2): Lehi's And of the three accounts we have of Christ teaching his gospel to Nephites, this is the only one presented by the prophet who received that teaching in the first instance and in his own original words. Before their flight, Nephi's father prophesied the impending destruction and captivity of Jerusalem by the armies of Babylon. ^ 2 Nephi 28:32 The phrases “saith the Lord God of hosts!” is the same in Jeremiah 50:31, and “I shall lengthen” is the same in 1 Kings 3:14, and “I will be merciful” is the same in Hebrews 8:12. 31:9) and straight (2 Ne. [4]. Other evidence exists, in the scriptures and elsewhere, that baptism was also performed by other groups before the birth of Christ. . . Those who enter sincerely will receive “a remission of [their] sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost. 2 Nephi 25. Again we are referred back to Nephi’s great vision in which he was shown that after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, when the Bible first went forth from the Jews to the Gentiles, “it contained the fullness of the gospel of the Lamb” (1 Nephi 13:24). Jarom. 2 Nephi 31:4-7 If the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, how much more need have we, being unholy, to … which necessarily includes a discussion of the influence of and the balance between God's grace and man's works . When Nephi quotes the Father saying, “He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved (v. 15),” only the last two gospel elements are stated explicitly. [9]. “Whosoever (2) repenteth and cometh unto me (3 and 4) [baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost], the same is my church” (D&C 10:67). In verses 14–16, Nephi reports in detail the powerful emphasis made by both the Father and the Son that none of our positive responses to this gospel invitation will lead to eternal life except for those who “endure to the end.” The point is made first negatively by the Son who states clearly that if someone who has repented and been baptized sincerely and then receives the blessing of the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking with the tongue of angels—and after all this should deny (reject or turn against) him, “it would have been better for” that person “that [he] had not known me” (v. 14). He Humbleth Himself Before the Father – 2 Nephi 31:5-7 (6/14/2016) All Things What Ye Should Do – 2 Nephi 31:1-3 (1/17/2016) The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost Are One – 3 Nephi 11:27, 2 Nephi 31:27 (1/3/2016) Ye Must Press Forward – 2 Nephi 31:19-20 (3/23/2015) The Straitness of the Path – 2 Nephi 31:9 (3/22/2015) Chapter 32 2 Nephi 12. The voice of Heavenly Father is not often heard in the scriptures. (3) Third, there is a person called the Son in the New Testament, namely Jesus Christ, who is called God. 2 Nephi 31 Nephi's discourse on the doctrine of Christ 2 Nephi 31:3 My soul delighteth in plainness. All rights reserved. No one can be saved that will not endure to the end. This rule was, of course, also preserved in the temple at Jerusalem" (Vol. 3, p. 1594] 2 Nephi 17:3 The conduit of the upper pool (Illustration): The Gihon Spring at the entrance of Hezekiah's Tunnel, Jerusalem. At this point they are “in this straight[16] and narrow path which leads to eternal life.” The image of a path introduced here not only informs Nephi’s presentation of the gospel, but is also used repeatedly by his successors. However, he also incorporates his own commentary that most likely developed during his forty-plus years of reflection and teaching. But what exactly does it mean … Second Nephi 31 is clearly the most authoritative and unfiltered statement of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Father anywhere in known scripture. He Cannot Be Saved: The doctrine of endurance to the end is taught twenty-two times in the Book of Mormon in teachings by Christ, an angel, and seven prophets. . Only now, at the conclusion, does Nephi finally introduce the requirement of faith in Christ. Jacob. In 2 Nephi 27, Nephi adds a wealth of prophetic detail not found in Isaiah--about events that will occur thousand of years after his time. It is clear from the text that Nephi wrote this account at least forty years after the great vision was received at the first camp in the wilderness (compare 2 Nephi 5: 28 and 34). But here Nephi chooses to speak about the main elements in the all-important doctrine of Christ. the [baptism] is only valid when performed by immersion in a natural fountain or stream or in a properly constructed [vessel]. 2 Nephi 4. And now behold, this is the doctrine of Christ. Hence the importance of Nephi’s teachings in helping to illustrate the difference between the experience … 1 (Spring 1991): 123. He then offers a verbal diagram or image to help us understand the gospel as it had been taught to him. But, Nephi was informed, the Lord will also manifest himself unto the Nephite prophets who would “write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious”—writings which will feature “my gospel . Seeking understanding, to be "brought into the light," through prayer and effort (2 Nephi 32:4, 8-9), 3. . This scripture is not a blanket statement that implies we should not work. 179. . Nephi understands clearly that the reason he was shown the example of Jesus Christ’s baptism in vision was so that he and his people “might know the gate by which ye should enter” (v. 17). ... Denver said: Even understanding the meaning of these words is challenging. (Acts 5:3-4) The New Testament also teaches that the Holy Spirit is a person, distinct from the Father and Son: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." The groups themselves provide a metaphor for the relationship that will exist between each individual member of any such group and their Father in Heaven. 2 Nephi 26:29, 31… 14–15). Small wonder that Joseph was instructed in several revelations that the Book of Mormon contains “the fulness of the everlasting gospel” (D&C 42:3). And the essence of baptism is also an action of the convert and not something done to him. 2 Nephi 6. Read this week's KnoWhy connected with the Come Follow Me curriculum, 32:20 2 Nephi 31:21 But then two chapters later he does include Lehi’s long explanation to his sons of things that he had learned about “a prophet which should come before the Messiah to prepare the way of the Lord” (1 Nephi 10:7). Noel B. Reynolds (noel_reynolds@byu.edu) is a professor emeritus of political science and frequent Book of Mormon teacher at BYU. [Tyndale House, The Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Vol. 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. Previous: 2 Nephi Chapter 29 | Book Home | Next: 2 Nephi Chapter 31. (John 14:26; see also Acts 13:2), Naturally, these propositions present a problem. 2 Nephi 15:1-2 A winepress (Illustration): An ancient winepress. [26] Later, Alma also appears to take his instruction on this point directly from Nephi as he uses faith, hope, and charity to characterize the lives of the faithful (Alma 7:24). The long discussion of prophecies about different peoples and what would happen to them in the future, depending on whether or not they accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ, turns out to depend in turn on the choices made by individual members of those groups. This year’s Mutual theme helps us see how we can move forward while standing firm. Enos. 2 Nephi 28:3, 12, 18 (note the similarity between the description in v. 3-6 and Joseph Smith’s own experience; also note v. 10) 1 Nephi 22:13-14, 23 (note the Malachi quotation, as well) 2 Nephi 26:20-21. 28:51 Doctrine of Christ Part 5: Endure to the End. [16]. Nephi also sees it as fundamental, but mentions it in last place, leading first with repentance, and thereby establishing a teaching model that is often followed by later Nephite prophets. 3 (Summer 1991): 31–50, for my first published discussion of these three passages. A fivefold presentation. But none of the revelations given to him contain a similar account. [30]. Jesus Christ is the Way to Eternal Life (2 Nephi 31-32) In 2 Nephi 31, we learn we need to follow Christ’s example and doctrine. Receiving the promise of eternal life (2 Nephi 31:20). 2 The a mighty man, and the man of b war, the judge, and the prophet, and the c prudent, and the ancient; 2 Nephi Chapter 30. [18] For example, Mark 16:16 quotes Jesus’s statement of his gospel to his disciples as follows: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” This and other similar passages are often used to argue that all that is required for salvation is faith in Christ, or faith and baptism. Before discussing these gospel elements in more detail, we should first examine the context and the approach chosen by Nephi for this key passage. 3 Nephi. This will occur in preparation for the onset of the Millennium which is … 2 Nephi 26. Nephi’s presentation of the gospel of Christ. 2 Nephi 28:9,14,16,20,31; 2 Nephi 29:1 Nephi attributes none of these verses to Isaiah. whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God” (v. 2 Nephi 2. . shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand;” providing for us one example of the promises alluded to by the Lord in the 1828 revelation to Joseph Smith as described above (vv. 2 Nephi 32. [23]. . Neither the authorized ordinances, nor the reception of the Holy Ghost can guarantee eternal life. In the prophetic perfect style of writing, the prophet who speaks of the future describes the event as if it had already occurred. Nephi quotes the voice of the Son restating this promise: “He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me” (v. 12). Pressing "forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men [and] feasting upon the word of Christ" (2 Nephi 31:20; 32:3), 7. The Meaning of Strait- President Spencer W. Kimball ; The Church under Condemnation- Treated Lightly the BOM- President Ezra Taft Benson ... 2 Nephi. In 2 Nephi 31, Nephi artfully combines quotations from the Father and the Son with his own insights and testimony to present the basic gospel message five times in varied ways, which build cumulatively to a comprehensive conclusion. (Isaiah 43:10) This tradition is continued in the New Testament as, for example, when Jesus prayed to the Father he said, "And this is life eternal: that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent." . Nephi starts the presentation off by casting our minds back to that great vision that was given separately to Lehi and then Nephi, in which they had seen the baptism of Jesus by a prophet of God: “I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning that prophet which the Lord shewed unto me that should baptize the Lamb of God” (v. 4). Latter-day Saint discourse has long privileged the requirement of faith in Jesus Christ as the first principle of the gospel. . But this is a conditional form of prophecy, for the outcome will be determined for each person through his or her own willingness to follow Christ and to endure to the end in faithfulness to him. Because of our modern writing methods, we don’t learn the techniques used by ancient writers to signal emphasis. to receive the spirit of God, or to be permitted to stand in the presence of God, man must undergo baptism" (Vol 2, page 499). We are in the middle of tax season (meaning my husband works all the time) and my 2 year has a stomach bug. 2 Nephi 6:12 (focus on the Gentiles, again) Economical Hierarchy. By quoting each of them three times, he makes it clear that this teaching enjoys the highest possible authority and veracity. 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. [1] Most easily recognizable as an authoritative statement of this gospel is 3 Nephi 27:13–21, where Christ comes one final time to his Nephite disciples and clearly states the basic principles of his gospel to them. 2 Nephi 5. 2 Nephi 31-33 Mar. . . We should notice in this connection with Nephi’s earlier vision of Christ’s baptism that 2 Nephi 31 is foreshadowed by the same occurrence in his father Lehi’s vision. This scripture is not a blanket statement that implies we should not work. 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