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"We Knew of Christ and His Kingdom," Jacob 1

Jacob 1

Jacob paints an interesting picture of the state of the Chruch of Christ in his day, some 540 years before the coming of the Messiah.

In verse 5, Jacob observes that because of great faith and much anxiety for the welfare of their own people, they had been shown what would come of their own people. Christ does that for those who sincerely desire to know of and seek after the welfare of their fellowmen.

Then in verse 6, Jacob makes an even more interesting observation: "And we also had many revelations and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come." I feel that as I read these verses that, because of their diligence and faith, they were lacking in nothing in regards to the spiritual knowledge required to establish the kingdom of God among their own people.

This strikes me as being very important for the very fact that time and location are irrelevant in regards to establishing the kingdom of God among a people. Understanding this makes even more important personal diligence in all things related to the kingdom of God. In other words, I must do my duty and work as if the establishment of the Kingdom of God were dependent upon my own labors. For surely, within my own small sphere of influence, this is how His kingdom is to be established.

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