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"Full of the Spirit of God", 1 Nephi 17:44-55

1 Nephi 17:44-55

Now after having shown how the children of Israel were guided by the hand of God to the land of promise, Nephi turns his comments directly to their present situation and in bold terms testifies of truths pertinent to the moment.
  • Lehi was commanded of the Lord to leave Jerusalem.
  • Lehi's life was in danger at Jerusalem.
  • Lehi's own sons had conspired to murder him and Nephi.
  • Laman and Lemuel had seen angels and experienced the Lord's intervention first hand.
It is stark boldness in the presence of his brothers that stands out to me. Nephi is aware of this as well. This is when he explains in verse 47, "Behold, I am full of the Spirit of God, insomuch that my frame hath no strength."

This effect that being full of the Spirit of God has upon Nephi is what most draws my attention this morning. So strong was God's presence, that it almost consumed Nephi in his mortal frame. This consuming of the flesh is yet another way in which the Lord manifests himself unto his children in power. What is man in the presence of God?