(2 Pet 1:4-7). The very elements out of which our bodies were created are by nature fallen and ever subject to the pull of sin, corruption, and death. (2 Nephi 9:23-24.) Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. 2 Nephi 19. The notion then evolved to the assumption that all mankind inherited their evil tendencies. The phrase "which the Holy One hath given" simply states that in the plan of the Father and the Son, man is made subject to the "ends of the law. We are all totally and abjectly dependent upon him. This type of salvation is not free. 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). Neither was created, and neither can be destroyed. 2 Nephi 13. They could then possess a more comprehensive knowledge of good and evil and grow spiritually at a rate limited only by their own willingness to overcome their natural self and obey the Lord's commands. The first is that all things were not subject to death or change. After the flood, something happened. The ends of the law are not answered for all, only those with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. He has given us the privilege of parenthood, that we may "have joy and rejoicing" in our posterity. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 181). 2 Nephi 18. From the context of this passage, the "Spirit" is Jesus Christ. The plan was laid from the very beginning. They can only be organized, reorganized, or disorganized. . Whatever the fruit was, it was rendered enticing, at least to Eve, by Satan's verbal manipulations. As he repeated the familiar words, the rabbi's eyes glowed in appreciation of this great truth he understood but had not heard so succinctly expressed. Man is that he might have joy, and that joy will come to us as we keep God's commandments! The term, "salvation," can be used to mean many different things. Hence, here in mortality-"according to the flesh"-man has his agency. . No matter how evil or rebellious the individual is, he or she will be resurrected at the last day. Atonement is also another word for sealing. In order to avoid these terrible sufferings, a broken heart and a contrite spirit must be laid upon the altar of discipleship. Joseph Smith taught that the "knowledge" that Peter was talking about was a personal knowledge (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.305). This is normal. If there had been no atonement, the fall of man would have been permanent. 2 Nevertheless, Jacob, my first-born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain. 2 Nephi 14. There would be no purpose in creation. Closely related is the Aramaic and Arabic word kafat, meaning 'a close embrace'-no doubt related to the Egyptian ritual embrace....While the words atone or atonement, in any of their forms, appear only once in the King James translation of the New Testament, they appear 35 times in the Book of Mormon. The scriptures also teach us that the Spirit will bring us joy, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy (DC 11:13). This verse contains the succinct "bottom line." "because of the rudeness of thy brethren" Though "rude" has come to mean "impolite" in twentieth-century English, at the time Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, it meant "wild" or "savage.". Jacob. He would have no reason to be God. verse 20 "the family of all the earth" We believe that all human inhabitants of the earth are lineal descendants of Adam. September 24, 2016 …they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of... LDS Scripture of the Day September 24, 2016. In order to understand this verse, it is important to distinguish between two separate concepts. 2 Nephi 33. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world. This period may well have lasted millions upon millions of years, and included the period of the dinosaurs and other ancient life forms. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren. 5 And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. 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. Even if we break the least of all of God's commandments, we become unworthy of our Father's presence. There would be no purpose in creation. A specific example of this timelessness would have been particularly pertinent for Jacob. The simplest answer is that Joseph did not decide to use the word atonement. 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. It is not found in the scriptures. 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. 2 Nephi Chapter 2 « Previous Next » Book of Mormon Annotations; Chapter 2 . 24 But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. 2 Nephi 5 Nephi and his followers separate from the Lamanites and move to the land of Nephi. The implications of a different interpretation are enormous. "men are that they might have joy" It is the purpose of man's very existence to obtain true joy. 2 Nephi 25. Man has agency and can choose for himself, but he cannot escape the consequences of the eternal law. "happiness . 2 Nephi 13. Search the record of Genesis! "and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit". 12 Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Apparently, it was the Lord himself or his assigned agent who was actually clothing the concepts on the plates with English words. ", In the previous two verses, Lehi urged his sons to choose good over evil. The second part of his statement, "Ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil," is, of course, true. McConkie and Millet wrote: "No virtue can exist without its corresponding evil: without the evil of danger there could be no courage, without suffering there could be no sympathy, without poverty there could be no generosity, and so forth. "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. McConkie and Millet wrote: "No virtue can exist without its corresponding evil: without the evil of danger there could be no courage, without suffering there could be no sympathy, without poverty there could be no generosity, and so forth. 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. 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. Agency is a free gift. 2 Nephi 2:27 Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. Jacob. 2 Nephi 5. KnoWhys KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 1 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 2 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 3 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 4 KnoWhys on 2 Nephi 5 Recommended Resources Learn about the Book of Mormon with verse by verse commentaries from renowned Book of Mormon scholars like John W. Welch and Brant A. Gardner in the ScripturePlus app. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever. The "forbidden fruit" is "in opposition to the tree of life" since failing to overcome the world leads to failure to achieve the presence of God. happiness". These are incapable of acting for themselves and are instead acted upon. 2 Nephi 2 Lehi's counsel to his son Jacob includes teachings on the atonement. There is no other way. Whereas, before I possessed the spirit of the Gospel I was troubled with that which I hear others complain of, that is, with, at times, feeling cast down, gloomy, and despondent; with everything wearing to me, at times, a dreary aspect." All will be resurrected, and all will live forever. verses 22-26 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. In addition, by virtue of His atonement, Jesus will qualify himself to become the perfect judge of all mankind. 2 Nephi 29. Since God's children are the ones transgressing His laws, justice demands that they pay the appropriate price. verse 5 "And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil." Lifespans began to be cut much shorter. He knew that in their original created state, he and Eve could not have posterity (. 20 And they have brought forth children; yea, even the family of all the earth. 2 Ne 14:2 the branch of the Lord [shall] be beautiful and glorious. In the previous two verses, Lehi urged his sons to choose good over evil. As he attempts to deceive her, he does so in a most effective manner. 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. Intuitively it is easy to understand that if law didn't exist, there would be no sin. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. 2 Nephi 9. Since all people will experience adversity, this is a vital doctrine for all to know. 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 . The atonement of the Savior has a dual character. April 25, 2015 …the king said: What shall I do … 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). These verses continue Lehi's defense of the proposition that there "must needs be" opposition. They will be justified and cleansed from sin and perfected and return to his presence for eternity where they will receive a fulness of happiness or joy (see D&C 45:3-5). The individual will then be left to suffer personally for his own sins in the spirit prison (see D&C 19:4; D&C 19:15-17). He would have no purpose. The phrase first fruits may be used to mean the first action as a consequence of another action or principle. The predicament here is that all are guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), and therefore unworthy to return to the celestial presence of the Father or any other kingdom of glory. Yet, the atonement is retroactive. Biblical references to the fall of Lucifer are very scarce and veiled (Isaiah 14; Revelation 12). They can only be organized, reorganized, or disorganized. It seems if there is one concept that is well appreciated it is this one-that the trials and tribulations of mortality serve God's purpose because they become the refining fire which purifies the soul and gives us experience. 2 Nephi 5. 2 Nephi 24. Paul is also of the opinion that his eternal power and Godhead 'are clearly seen in the creation.' It is provided free of charge. '...In Hebrew, the basic word for atonement is kaphar, a verb that means 'to cover' or 'to forgive.' 2 Nephi 28. "who layeth down his life according to the flesh". The expression "dispensation of the fulness of times" was also spoken of by Paul (Ephesians 1:10). Now, I want to tell you that he does not hold any power over man, only so far as the body overcomes the spirit that is in a man, through yielding to the spirit of evil. Enos. (Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. There are "unconditional" blessings or benefits of the atonement and "conditional" blessings of the atonement. Sometimes our circumstances here in mortality are such that limitations are imposed upon us by forces from without ourselves, forces that we cannot control. All accountable people are provided a level of understanding that allows them to intuitively know good from evil. Indeed, the natural self of man is the greatest source of evil in the universe. 2 Nephi 26. Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. 2 Nephi 32. Scripture Mastery. 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). This natural side of man will lead all men to commit sin. (“The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality,” Ensign, April 2012), As our minds are opened through our study of the plan of salvation, each of us comes to see that our life means that the "real me," or the "spiritual child of God," created in innocence and beauty, is engaged in a fight for life or death with the elements of the earth, the "flesh," which in its present unredeemed state is enticed and influenced by the enemy of God. It actually says, "And the way is prepared from the fall of man" (italics added). The same concept is restated later in this verse-"their time was lengthened." 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). The individual is thereafter unworthy to be exalted or to enter any degree of glory. We have always possessed it, and it cannot be taken from us. They point out that, while Elder McConkie's interpretation of 2 Nephi 2:22 is one possible interpretation, "It has not received official sanction as a doctrine; and it has no explicit foundation in scripture. No exceptions. Lehi's teaching on the principle of agency. Thus, "men are free," that is, they have their freedom "according to the flesh"-according to the circumstances of their mortality. In this case part of his underlying "natural" inclinations were profound fears that he would fail to return to his former place of prominence. verses 6-13 Please do not take these verses for granted. Was Joseph himself-or any other man-the author of these materials? Rather that blessing is freedom. Apparently it had been made manifest to father Lehi, presumably by the Holy Ghost, that the "callings and elections" of both Jacob and his brother Nephi have been made sure. How is it going with men and women in the world? Hence there could be no misery or happiness. 2 Nephi 25. Scripture Mastery. verse 16 "the Lord God gave unto man that he should act for himself" We often say that God has given to man his agency. Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. To those who manifest "a broken heart and a contrite spirit," in other words, to those who are obedient. 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. Lehi explains that Jerusalem will be destroyed, and he bestows a general curse and blessing upon Jerusalem. ", This important principle applies only to those who reach the age of accountability. "Within the covers of the Bible we can read an account of the Creation, of Adam's fall, and of the events that surrounded Christ's atoning sacrifice. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. This is where our doctrine differs. He speaks about opposites—that without evil there is no good; without sin there is no righteousness; that without these things there is no God; and if there is no God there is no earth. This important principle applies only to those who reach the age of accountability. 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." Enos. 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