Tuesday, June 9, 2009

II Nephi 30-33

II Nephi 30: Nephi admonishes us against the pride of believing that just because we were born into the gospel we are automatically saved or conversely that a person without the gospel is condemned. Only those who repent and believe in Christ are saved regardless of how we started. Nephi prophesizes of conditions during the millennium.-- God’s power will be over all the earth, all creatures will live in peace, Satan will have no power during the millennium, and all things will be made known.

Application: Remember that being pure in heart and righteous is what will bind Satan. And he can be bound in my own life today!--if I have faith, and am righteous and pure in heart. I don’t have to wait for the millennium for Satan to be bound in my life.

II Nephi 31: “Repent” “Follow the Son with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ by baptism-…. Then ye shall receive the Holy Ghost-the baptism by fire… He that endureth to the end the same shall be saved…. Wherefore press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all mankind….There is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby a man can be saved in the kingdom of God.”

Application: As listed above—Repent, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost and endure to the end.

II Nephi 32: Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Remember that after we receive the Holy Ghost we can also speak with the tongue of angels. The words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. So study the scriptures and hearken unto the spirit which teacheth a man to pray---for a man MUST pray (but Satan teaches us not to pray). Pray about all your actions and the Lord will consecrate them to your benefit.

Application: Study the scriptures and pray always, remember your baptisimal covenants and the bestowal of gift of the Holy Ghost and let it guide you

II Nephi 33: A beautiful testimony born by Nephi as he closes his record and bids us goodbye. He testifies that it is only by the power of the Holy Ghost that anyone’s words can be carried into the heart. He mourns that many men harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit. He prays that we will hear and hearken unto these words and if we believe in Christ we can judge and also believe his words for they ARE the words of Christ as He has given them to Nephi.

Application: I must live worthily so that one day when I kneel at the bar of God I may meet and greet Nephi face to face; and thank him for his faithfulness, his prayers, his sacrifice and efforts on my behalf to bring me and my family the gospel and into the family of Christ.