Thursday, September 4, 2014

2 Nephi 32:6 - 32:9

2 Nephi 32:6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.

This is the doctrine of Christ and this is all there will be from Him until He shows Himself in person. What is recorded in the scriptures and what the Holy Ghost can inspire in you is all that will be available to you until He comes to earth to teach us in person.

2 Nephi 32:7 And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.

Nephi is now commanded to quit writing on this topic on the plates. He wants to reveal more doctrine but the Spirit has told him to stop with what he has said so far. The reason is that if he were to write more, men would then be held accountable for what he wrote and whether they did what these additional writing would have commanded them to do. Because men do not seek to know what the scriptures are referring to and what deeper insights are available to them are, the words will be only words on a page. But words on a page can condemn you if you know about them but do nothing with them.

2 Nephi 32:8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For 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.

Nephi can tell that his audience is still wondering about what he has written concerning the doctrine of Christ. He is sadden that he knows they will not pray about what he has said. Prayer is what is now required of the inquirer to know more of what Nephi would like to reveal to them. Prayer will give them answers they seek but he knows that their wondering apparently is not enough to motivate them to pray. He reminds us that satan is the one that says we don’t need to pray in fact he says that what there is in the scriptures you can learn without praying.

2 Nephi 32:9 But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.

But Nephi says that we must pray all the time. We must be consistent and never let up in our inquiries concerning the scriptures. In fact all that we do in His name must be started with prayer. And all that we do must begin with prayer even doing the ordinary things of life.

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