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"The Law Which Ye Shall Do," 2 Nephi 26:1-13

2 Nephi 26:1-13

After going to considerable lengths to explain why it is that they observe the law of Moses, even though they regarded it as a "dead law," Nephi begins this chapter with a prophecy of a future law which Christ himself will bring: "and the words which he shall speak unto you shall be the law which ye shall do." (vs. 1)

There must be an opposition in all things. The verses that follow this introduction at the beginning of the chapter delve into the fate of the wicked at the time of Christ's coming. Then in verse 8, Nephi returns briefly to those that will "look forward unto Christ with steadfastness." There are promises given to those that will believe in Him: He shall appear unto them, He shall heal them, and they shall have peace with Him.

(The Spirit testifies to me that such are the blessings extended to all those who diligently look to Christ the Lord for their deliverance.)


Verses 10 and 11 are explanation of what happens when a righteous civilization turns from its righteousness. Destruction is eminent. This is because "the Spirit of the Lord will not always strive with man," (vs. 11).  I have been tempted with thoughts of apathy and indifference. Reminders such as these help me to realize the importance of continual vigilance and diligence towards the things of God. I do well to remember that there is no coasting into Heaven.

Then in verses 12 and 13, Nephi addresses the universal spread of the Gospel. "It must needs be that the Gentiles be convinced that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God ...He manifesteth himself  unto all those who believe in him, by the power of the Holy Ghost;" The verses that follow separate this spread of the Gospel from that which would take place in the last days. So in going back to these verses, this seems to suggests that there are even more peoples, that we do not have accounts of,  joining and converting to a true knowledge of Christ according to the power of the Holy Ghost. 

I won't speculate on this too much, but I am certain that there are entire civilizations that have been hidden from our present knowledge among whom the Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught.

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