Enos. Jacob. 100-101] 2 Nephi 2:8 How Great the Importance to Make These Things Known unto the Inhabitants of the Earth: Search the record of Genesis! "In the first place the spirit is pure, and under the special control and influence of the Lord, but the body is of the earth, and is subject to the power of the Devil, and is under the mighty influence of that fallen nature that is of the earth. "And the law is given unto men" The "law" here is apparently the law of the gospel of Jesus Christ-all the commandments of the Lord. Man would never have had the freedom to return to God's presence and realize his ultimate potential. Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given, unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed, which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed, to answer the ends of the atonement-. 2 Nephi 17. With no ethical issues, could we learn to use our agency in an edifying manner? 2 Nephi 8. . He received two great revelations about the process of affliction: If thou art called to pass through tribulation...if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good. 24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body" (1 Corinthians 15:44). 2 Nephi 14. DC 93:1 states, Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am. 2 Nephi 12. (1 Tim. Indeed, would we in fact possess any meaningful agency? Before studying this chapter, please review the introductory commentary for 2 Nephi 26. The Israelites knew that newlyweds were to have joy in their marriage, When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife (Deut 24:5). "righteousness of thy Redeemer" One of the ways in which Jesus qualified to be able to atone for our sins was that he was perfectly righteous and "justified by the law." If, for example, we wanted to emphasize the poetic structure of this verse we may arrange it: 26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. His journeyings in the wilderness, and so forth. 16 Wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself. The eternal joy of God's love is likened to the fruit of the tree of life, for it is the final reward of the righteous. It is not found in the scriptures. The followers of Christ who are worthy to come forth in the first resurrection will be "presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God" (Jacob 4:11). Please recall that because of Adam's transgression, all men will suffer a physical death, and all will also be temporarily separated from God-they will suffer a temporary spiritual death. Here we are taught that if Adam had not fallen, "all things" would have remained forever in the state in which they had been created. A-A; A+; 2 Ne 13:1 The Lord ...doth take away. A brief outline of 2 Nephi, worth committing to memory, is as follows: 2 Nephi 1-4 Father Lehi counsels and blesses each of his sons. 17 And I, Lehi, according to the things which I have read, must needs suppose that an angel of God, according to that which is written, had fallen from heaven; wherefore, he became a devil, having sought that which was evil before God. (Journal of Discourses, 2:255-256), The journey from bad to good is the process of putting off the natural man or the natural woman in each of us. Its benefits apply to Jacob just as much as they apply to any people who have ever lived on the earth in any dispensation, before or after Jesus's mortal ministry. Could God exist even if there were no law? One of the poignant phrases in these verses is in 1 Nephi 17:1 where Nephi reports, "And we did travel and wade through much affliction in the wilderness." Were it not for the atonement, we must be cast off forever. His body was mortal and had to undergo the obligatory terminal physiologic phenomena necessary to terminate life common to all mortals. The term, "salvation," can be used to mean many different things. Every intelligence has a "natural" self and a "spiritual" self. Cast on the ground, it is seen in perspective. ("Truth is the Issue," Conference Report, October 1993). Nephi’s brethren rebel against him. In giving his son Jacob a father's blessing, Lehi delivers a doctrinal discourse on the fall of man, the atonement, and the agency of man. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10). The ultimate joy man seeks is the joy of exaltation in the celestial heaven for eternity. "according to the things which I have read" Obviously Lehi had learned something of the plan of salvation from reading the brass plates. This period may well have lasted millions upon millions of years, and included the period of the dinosaurs and other ancient life forms. (Alma 34:32-24). They are capable of exercising their agency or acting for themselves. 4, pp. In spite of the implication of this verse, both of these entities are eternal. Lehi correctly explains, there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation (v. 12). 2 Nephi 14. Lacerations of the flesh could heal themselves. We believe that all human inhabitants of the earth are lineal descendants of Adam. 6 Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. The "law" here is apparently the law of the gospel of Jesus Christ-all the commandments of the Lord. Without an opportunity to excel in obedience, he cannot be exalted. The justice of Almighty God demands that whenever a law is broken, that an irrevocably decreed price be paid for that transgression. One can learn a great deal. By this grace or great love for us, the Savior is inclined to apply the power of his atonement to mankind. b. 2 Nephi 8. Wherefore, men are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might … 2 Nephi 15. In other words they are assured of their exaltation, barring any unforeseen and unlikely spiritual mishaps. "I have chosen the good part, according to the words of the prophet. Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: "they would have remained in a state of innocence". The war that began in heaven is not yet over. In fact we will learn that without opposition, man and God cannot even exist. The "things to be acted upon" are the elements or matter. The "tree of life" is symbolic of Christ and eternal life in his presence (see 1 Nephi 11:7). 2 Nephi 2. No exceptions. Some committed members of the Church, because of their scientific backgrounds, have questioned whether or not all things on the earth in every age of the earth were, in fact, created in an immortal or paradisiacal state (Trent D. Stephens and D. Jeffrey Meldrum, Evolution and Mormonism, 134-38). For example, bones, if broken, could become solid again. These are incapable of acting for themselves and are instead acted upon. He would have no agency. The natural law would be his sole determinant. We were meant to be happy. The ends of the law are not answered for all, only those with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. 2 Nephi 28. 2 Nephi 2 Lehi's counsel to his son Jacob includes teachings on the atonement. Turning to Brother Rasmussen he said, "Say it again, but not so fast." If they hadn't, we would all still be in the pre-mortal existence while Adam and Eve remained in the Garden renaming the animals. "Recollect, brethren and sisters, every one of you, that when evil is suggested to you, when it arises in your hearts, it is through the temporal organization. Thus man is said to perish by the "spiritual law.". verses 6-13 Please do not take these verses for granted. Such a man might as well "remain as dead"-he might as well not even exist. 2 Nephi 32:8-9 And now, my beloved brethren, if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray. "salvation is free" There are at least two possible interpretations of this phrase: 1. This verse contains the succinct "bottom line." ... Do you pay your tithing?" 2 Nephi 2. And when we have finished eating that magnificent dinner to ask him if he believes there's a cook." (Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. verse 12 The pronoun "it" here seems to refer to the earth and the sum total of all creation. Note Satan's statement to Eve. "Do you pay it with a joyful heart?" The notion then evolved to the assumption that all mankind inherited their evil tendencies. BOOK OF MORMON AUDIO LINK http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=enghttp://ComeUntoChrist.orghttp://ChurchofJesusChrist.org His powers and other virtues would be negated. His motivation is a profound application of the old saw: "misery loves company.". From what great evil does man need redemption? In turn, to understand the Fall one must understand the nature of the Creation, for it is from the original state in which things were created that they have fallen and to which, through the Atonement, they are in large measure intended to return. The term, "free agency" is redundant. 2 Nephi 3. The Book of Mormon does not teach the doctrine of human depravity, but it does teach that man has a "fallen" or "natural" nature that is prone to disobedience and ingratitude. Actually two other variations of the term "firstfruits" are used also in the Book of Mormon, first-fruits, and first fruits. verse 5 "And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil." It actually says, "And the way is prepared. The Lord has explained in D&C 29:34: "Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father, whom I created." verse 24 "all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things" The fall of man was planned in advance by God. This is where our doctrine differs. This phrase does not, of course, mean to imply that man automatically has the freedom to choose eternal life. Without the ability … Because of the workings of the law of justice each man is "cut off"-that is, subject to two types of death: 1. He could have become God in no other way. Without the Fall, there is no need for a Savior. Read on! (DC 19:4,15-19). l:22)-contradicts this self-evident truth, and his negation is determined by the heart rather than the intellect; that is to say, he wishes that there were no God, and he talks accordingly. And the law is given unto men. 2 Nephi 20. In this case part of his underlying "natural" inclinations were profound fears that he would fail to return to his former place of prominence. Also we are instructed that in order for man to exercise fully his agency, both good and evil choices must be associated with some enticement. No matter how evil or rebellious the individual is, he or she will be resurrected at the last day. 2 Nephi 6. 2 Nephi 18. What a simple concept? The phrase "according to the flesh" in the Book of Mormon is often used to remind the reader that the current topic is literal and practical and not referred to in any figurative or symbolic sense. They are vital and contain some of the clearest teachings on the doctrine of the atonement found in all of the scripture. Lehi may have considered Jacob to be something of a replacement for his eldest son, Laman, with his younger son Joseph being a replacement for the second son, Lemuel. In fact, the entire plan of salvation would be spoiled if they had never partaken of the fruit. ", We know it is a righteous desire of all who cleave to gospel truths to seek to one day "be as God.". Another essential ingredient is necessary for a man's exaltation. Ultimately, however, all men will be blessed or not blessed according to their obedience to the commandments of God. No one will live with God in the celestial kingdom or in any kingdom of glory "save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah." Simply stated, they are that a man guilty of sin is unworthy to return to his celestial home, or in fact, unworthy to return to any degree of glory. Try to imagine, if you can, a world without opposition. If the spirit yields to the body, the Devil then has power to overcome the body and spirit of that man, and he loses both. Two other plausible explanations have been proffered for 2 Nephi 2:22: 1. In all of the scripture, these five verses are unique in that they make clear truths about the Creation, the Fall, and the Atonement that are found nowhere else in scripture. 2 Nephi 9. True joy exists only when there is spiritual growth. Although animal sacrifice is no longer performed, the new law requires as regular a sacrifice as the children of Israel were required to offer in the tabernacle of Moses. Why does this verse say that his "sacrifice" applies only to those who qualify? 79-82 as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p.92). "who layeth down his life according to the flesh" Jesus's agony and death in Gethsemane and on the cross was not mitigated by his being the God Jehovah and his being sired by the Father. There will be no intercession. Joseph Smith taught that the "knowledge" that Peter was talking about was a personal knowledge (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.305). Each will be meted out "happiness (reward)" or "punishment" according to his merit. Jesus's agony and death in Gethsemane and on the cross was not mitigated by his being the God Jehovah and his being sired by the Father. But many, very many, let the spirit yield to the body, and are overcome and destroyed." He suffered the unbelievable agony just a man would suffer. verse 7 Through his atoning sacrifice, Christ "answer[ed] the ends of the law," that is, he fully qualified himself, according to the eternal law, the law of justice and the law of mercy, to absolve men of their sins. In addition, by virtue of His atonement, Jesus will qualify himself to become the perfect judge of all mankind. 27 Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. Thus there must be wickedness so there might be righteousness, death so there might be life, that which is satanic so there might be that which is godly" (Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, volume 1, 195). Here we learn that Satan's very objective is to bring about "the misery of all mankind." Finally, as in this verse, the term firstfruits refers to the fact that "he shall make intercession for all the children of men.". Intelligences have also always existed. "they that believe in him shall be saved" This rather understated passage might be rephrased, "those that accept Christ and his gospel with all their hearts and repent of their sins and persist in obedience to the end will be exalted in his presence. 21 And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. By this unconditional atonement, the effects of the fall of Adam are completely overcome. Each man will be judged by the Lord according to the individual's intentions and actions relative to the law of the gospel. What would life be like? If there were no opposition, the world would have been created in vain or "for a thing of naught." Adam transgressed, and by this transgression he brought two types of death into the world: physical death (all men must eventually die) and spiritual death (all men are temporarily separated from God during mortality). A man's own sins result in his "permanent" spiritual death or separation from God. One other essential step remains. Brother Rasmussen responded, "There's a passage in the Book of Mormon ... , 'Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.' "nor corruption nor incorruption" The words corruption and incorruption are used in the Book of Mormon to contrast the nature of mortal things (corruption) and spiritual things (incorruption). 2 Nephi 13. a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit, Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, he shall make intercession for all the children of men, For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things, for there is a God, and he hath created all things, an angel of God....had fallen from heaven, And the days of the children of men were prolonged, If Adam had not transgressed...they would have had no children, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that, the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein… giveth the spirit of the devil power. 2 Nephi 17. This verse is a good example. When one shall say to the other, behold I, I am the Lord's, and the other shall say I, I am the Lord's. verse 26 Here again is the expression "fulness of time" which refers to the period of Christ's mortal sojourn. The identity of "the prophet" is unknown but probably is Isaiah or perhaps Moses. As Albert Einstein said, 'The harmony of natural law reveals an intelligence of such superiority that compared with it all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection' ("Search for Truth" 7). There are "unconditional" blessings or benefits of the atonement and "conditional" blessings of the atonement. The spirit that the Lord puts into a tabernacle of flesh, is under the dictation of the Lord Almighty; but the spirit and body are united in order that the spirit may have a tabernacle, and be exalted; and the spirit is influenced by the body, and the body by the spirit. Without an opportunity to sin, man cannot progress. Ye must pray always, … For clarity, we might even add to this phrase as follows: "men are free or not free according to the flesh.". Lehi opens Second Nephi with his prophecies concerning the future of his posterity. It is suggested that the reader study the chapter, Agency and Freedom found in Ye Shall Know of the Doctrine, volume 1, chapter 13, prior to continuing. '...In Hebrew, the basic word for atonement is kaphar, a verb that means 'to cover' or 'to forgive.' The price would still have to be paid, but an allowance would be made such that the price could be paid by someone else. How much more ennobling and soul-satisfying is the true doctrine of the fall and the true notion of Adam, the assurance that Adam "fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy." "[Satan] sought that which was evil before God.". This ingredient is "free" and given to man without his having earned it. "all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things", The fall of man was planned in advance by God. And miraculously, leaks in the circulation could be sealed off by components activated from the very blood being lost. For example, "the first fruits of repentance is baptism" (Moroni 8:25). It talks about the receipt of blessings by obedience to the law upon which the blessing is predicated. Happiness is "affixed" to the blessings of the Lord's atonement. Such a man might as well "remain as dead"-he might as well not even exist. Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. As the Lord deals with us in this dispensation, so he has dealt with all people in all dispensations of time since the human family inhabited the earth. He would have no purpose. The reader should also be reminded that there is much poetry in the Book of Mormon but it is printed in prose form. We ascribe to God the epitome of intelligence and the quintessence of spiritual gifts. verse 21 "the days of the children of men were prolonged" The use of the word "prolonged" here is a curiosity since the time a man spends on this earth is certainly a relative thing. Elder Bruce R. McConkie suggested that when Adam and Eve partook of this fruit they "complied with whatever the law was that brought mortality into being" (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 86). verse 2 "he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain" Here is an important doctrine: The Lord will turn suffering and tribulation into blessings. Lehi's reference is instructive because he gives us at least one reason why the lifespans were so long for the early fathers, that they might repent while in the flesh...and their time was lengthened. . Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. 2 Nephi 29. Further, it would seem that in that dispensation the Lord was particularly inclined to send to the earth angels to preach his gospel (Moses 5:58; Moses 7:27). All will be resurrected, and all will live forever. Because Christ's intercession has completely overcome the effects of Adam's transgression, all men will be resurrected and all will be brought back into the presence of God at least long enough to be judged. That is a very important question. It is our "natural self" or "natural-man self" (see Ye Shall Know of the Doctrine, volume 1, chapters 5 and 6, The "Natural Self" and "Spiritual Self" and The Gospel and the Two Natures of Man). Thus the word intelligence teaches that an intelligence possesses agency or the ability to choose. Day unto day poureth forth speech, And night unto night showeth knowledge. See Ye Shall Know of the Doctrine, volume 1, chapter 16, The Role of Satan. The presence of God that we seek, however, is not just a brief audience during which we will be judged but rather an eternal sojourn with him in the celestial kingdom. These commandments, when obeyed, will eventually result in the freedom to choose to enter the celestial heaven. "[Satan] sought that which was evil before God." His body was mortal and had to undergo the obligatory terminal physiologic phenomena necessary to terminate life common to all mortals. 2 Nephi 29. 2. is affixed, to answer the ends of the atonement". Indeed, God might as well not exist. . 28 And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit; 29 And not choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom. Atonement is also another word for sealing. 2 Nephi 24. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. Wherefore, men are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself . Their line is gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the World." verse 15 The "eternal purposes" of God are "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). It has no Greek or Latin root. … In an analogous way, Christ's life was lived and given up as a sacrifice to the Father. Chapter 1. God did not give to any man his agency, as every man has always possessed agency. In the premortal world, these were the spirit children of God and came into mortality on the path to progress toward godhood. This sort of joy can only come when the body and spirit are joined together, the elements are eternal, and spirit and element, inseparably connected, receive a fullness of joy; And when separated , man cannot receive a fullness of joy (DC 93:33-34). Hence, here in mortality-"according to the flesh"-man has his agency. 2 Nephi 10. These guaranteed alternatives are here in the form of commandments of the Lord. These are the unconditional blessings of the Savior's atonement. While Satan did not create our natural self, he certainly rejoices in it. This chapter explains the role of the Book of Mormon in the latter days. Knowing first hand of the existence and preachings of the Father and the Son, he not only gave in to his "natural self," but he began to contend openly against the teachings of the Father and the Son. "man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other" Also we are instructed that in order for man to exercise fully his agency, both good and evil choices must be associated with some enticement. It would seem that the trail from Nahom to Bountiful was the most difficult leg of the trip. The issue may not have been so much one of sin versus righteousness. Afflictions will be imposed upon us from without by the very nature of this mortal experience, and perhaps on occasion by a loving God who wishes to try and test us. 7 Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered. . The origin of evil resides deep within each of us and has always done so. This free gift may be referred to as the light of Christ or the spirit of Christ (D&C 88:7; D&C 93:2; Moroni 7:16-17). When the individual's penalty for sin is removed, he or she is said to be "justified.". Chapter 2; And now I speak unto you, Joseph, my last born. 15 And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter. The Latter-day Saint doctrine regarding Lucifer comes from multiple sources. If man were only a natural or physical or temporal being ("if it should be one body"), then he would be entirely subject to natural law. [Gerald N. Lund, "The Fall of Man and His Redemption," in The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi, The Doctrinal Structure, pp. There are at least two possible interpretations of this phrase: "And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. The ultimate joy man seeks is the purpose of man is the and. 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