Skip to main content

"Alive in Christ," 2 Nephi 25:21-30

2 Nephi 25:21-31

The premise for these final verses of chapter 25 is found in the end of verse 20:

...yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.
 Then in verse 21, Nephi explains that this is the reason that the Lord had promised him that the things which he should write would be preserved and made available to future generations.

These verse that follow talk about Nephi's efforts to persuade his children to believe in Christ. He said that he "labored diligently to write, to persuade [his] children, and also [his] brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God;"(See verse 23).

This same verse then concludes with this defining, doctrinal statement: "For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do."

Nephi goes on to make a very interesting set of observations, comparing and contrasting faith in Christ to the deadness of the Mosaic law, and explaining why it is that they put so much emphasis on teaching Christ to their children.

And it is in verse 25 that we read, "we are made alive in Christ because of our faith, yet we keep the law because of the commandments." At first glance, this seems contradictory, as do many doctrines when viewed superficially. But Christ himself said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." These verses of scripture were penned during the period in which the Law of Moses had been given, and was in effect. Nephi understood the "deadness" of the law, which in and of itself had no saving power. Yet the purpose of the Mosaic law was to point the people to Christ, and his higher laws of the Gospel.

The law of Moses was a lesser law given to a people who wouldn't abide the greater law. Thus we see Christ himself repealing that law in the Sermon on the Mount with such phrases as "It hath been said in olden times (insert a Mosaic law), but I say unto you (insert Christ's higher law)."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"The Light of Christ unto Life," Alma 28

Alma 28

Not all missionary experiences end with happy endings.

Earlier I had mentioned how Alma 26 was the unspoken homecoming address that seemed to mark the end of the missionary labors. However chapters 27 and 28 are the "rest of the story" that frequently gets overlooked. In fact, I have read this story many times and had completely disassociated the connection between the large-scale conversion of so many Lamanites and the war that resulted from this major social shift.

The impact that this has had upon me this time has been jarring. So much good had been accomplished. So many Lamanites had been brought to the knowledge of the truth! Why was there such a large scale ramification?

This causes me also to consider the Lord's preferred method of gathering in the last days: "one of a city, and two of a family," (Jeremiah 3:14). Drop by precious drop, little by little Isreal is gathered. Oh how I ought to be more invested, more concerned with the gathering of Zi…

"Your Ground is Barren," Alma 32:30-43

Alma 32:30-43

I am reading through the process of how to nurture the seed of faith. This morning, I am particularly interested in how I can continue to cultivate the principle of gratitude which I have recently made a dedicated study of. As I have studied gratitude and humility, I've found the application over this past week to be proof of the principles and their soundness. I'm past this first step of testing the seed.

Now I want the fruit, but I feel that the seedling is faltering a little. Verse 37 reads:
And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit. I'm grateful that Alma didn't stop there though, and also addressed what happens if we neglect the seed. Verse 38 is a warning that if we neglect the seed, when the heat of the sun comes, which it w…

"Astonished Beyond All Measure," Alma 31:12-20

Alma 31:12-20

I'm starting this reading with the following assumptions:
The Book of Mormon is an ancient text written for a modern audience. This was written for my personal benefit in the period of world history where I presently reside. Satan takes truth and alters it for his destructive or deceptive purposes. The account of the Zoramites as found here is depicted according to the light of Christ and inspiration of the Holy Ghost that the author had at the time of making this account. That will bring particular insights that would not be otherwise available. It is a typical practice that when reading from the Book of Mormon, that if I find no personal application, I ask myself "Where is Christ in these verses?" Perhaps here, as a false worship practice is being depicted, the correct question to ask would be "Where isn't Christ in these verses?" Let's start our discovery.

In a sense, they had crafted a prayer that said: "God, we thank thee that tho…