This world did not come into existence by chance, rather it was created by God for the mortal probation of man. All life forms placed upon the earth at the outset of this era (human, animals, and plants) initially existed in a paradisiacal or "spiritual" state. However, he was apparently not taught as many of the specific details of that plan as we have today in this final dispensation. 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. Lehi is referring to the state of probation which began with the fall of Adam. (“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. This longevity changed with the Flood (see Genesis 6:3), and it then became possible for people to die in ignorance. 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). "in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow" The Book of Mormon account of the travels of Lehi's colony in the wilderness, after their departure from the valley of Lemuel, is reported in 1 Nephi 16 and 1 Nephi 17:1- 4. The second Article of Faith contradicts this foolish and erroneous doctrine." There is a "timelessness" to the Lord's eternal plan for us. Note that the adjectives ("sweet" and "bitter") modifying the phrases "forbidden fruit" and "tree of life" are in reverse order. . The "eternal purposes" of God are "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (, "even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life", The "forbidden fruit" is symbolic of the world and its worldliness. From the context of this passage, the "Spirit" is Jesus Christ. February 18, 2015. 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. 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. Man cannot be "justified by the law." 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. 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." 2 Nephi 20. 2 Nephi 3. 2 For I, Nephi, have not taught them many things concerning the manner of the Jews; for their a works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations. 2 Nephi 10. The use of the word "atonement" here is the first usage found in the text of the Book of Mormon. Only in the Garden were living things all created in a "spiritual" or paradisiacal state. The word "salvation" here might refer to exaltation or to salvation in the lesser two degrees of glory. It seems clear that man's natural self has always existed. We are only to deprive ourselves of those worldly pleasures which enslave the human mind, body, and spirit. 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. Be a cork. 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. "Adam's transgression was banishment from the presence of God and bringing the physical death into the world. These are the people who repent of their sins. There is probably a scripture written by a major prophet which refers to "choosing the good part" and which is lost to us today. Thus, "men are free," that is, they have their freedom "according to the flesh"-according to the circumstances of their mortality. Yet, the atonement is retroactive. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Rather, the scriptures use the term, "agency of man" (Moses 4:3). Priesthood ordinances both in and out of the temple may be viewed as a progressive sealing of ourselves to the Lord until the atonement is complete and we are embraced in the arms of the Savior. 2 Nephi Chapter 28. (1 Tim. 2 Nephi 26. 8 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. The plan was laid from the very beginning. (McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. The blessings of the Lord's atoning sacrifice are not contingent on when one is born during this earth's history. If you do that, I will promise that you will overcome all evil, and obtain eternal lives. How important is it that those doomed to suffer are warned of what is to come? And a loving Creator blessed them with healing power by which the life and function of precious physical bodies could be preserved. This important principle applies only to those who reach the age of accountability. True joy exists only when there is spiritual growth. Jacob. He is qualified to be our Savior by (1) his "merits"-he lived a sinless life and suffered the agony of the atonement; (2) his "mercy" his willingness and inclination to provide each of us blessings greater than we actually merit; and (3) his "grace"-his unparalleled love for us, particularly that aspect of his love that inclines him to give us blessings we don't fully merit. 2 Nephi 23. Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. (Moses 4:1-4). In his "Conduct of Life" essays he says that the trying times are occasions a good learner would not miss. 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. They can only be organized, reorganized, or disorganized. In order to understand this verse, it is important to distinguish between two separate concepts. Strictly speaking, this is not true. To this end, few verses have ever been penned that are more instructive than those here written by father Lehi. He has satisfactorily repented of his sins and therefore is qualified to receive the Savior's absolution or forgiveness. Like Nephi, Enoch, Joseph Smith, and others, the Lord called him to the work from his youth. You are aware that many think that the devil has rule and power over both body and spirit. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. Without darkness there could be no light, without cold there could be no hot, without depths there could be no heights. verses 6-13 Please do not take these verses for granted. The phrase first fruits may be used to mean the first action as a consequence of another action or principle. "even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life" The "forbidden fruit" is symbolic of the world and its worldliness. The predicament here is that all are guilty of sin (, "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. It would seem that the phrase "ends of the atonement" refers to the ultimate fulfilling purpose of the atonement-exaltation in the eternal presence of the Father. We must look to modern-day revelation for a clear understanding (Moses 4:1-4 which is the same as JST Genesis 3:1-5). Lehi makes it clear that if they choose the plan of Satan, they are choosing captivity and death. "they would have remained in a state of innocence" "Innocence" means that they lived in a bland and naive state where there was little opposition and they had a limited concept of the difference between good and evil. The specific nature of the forbidden fruit has not been revealed. Hence, there would be no earth and no man, indeed nothing would exist. It was probably this lost scripture to which Jesus referred to in Luke 10:42 when he spoke of choosing "that good part. Remember that to be "justified" is to have one's penalties for sin removed. That is, by his own merits, each and every man is shut out of God's heavenly kingdom and shut out also of any degree of glory. 2 Nephi 10. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. Wherefore, man could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other. "unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else" Doesn't Christ's atonement apply to all men? The Atonement came in answer to the Fall. "the way is prepared from the fall of man", There is a tendency to read this phrase, "And the way is prepared for the fall of man." And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. The "things to act" are the vast host of intelligences. For a more detailed discussion of adversity, see, "thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother Nephi". 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." He could have become God in no other way. 2 Nephi 21 . If you do that, I will promise that you will overcome all evil, and obtain eternal lives. I don’t know that I’d ever refer to myself as an airhead, but I did go from feeling quite lost in these chapters to feeling like I finally had some firm footing. 13 And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. 59-60 as taken from the Book of Mormon Student Manual, 1981 ed., p. 69). ... Do you pay your tithing?" Cast on the ground, it is seen in perspective. This is certainly a provocative independent observation. 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