This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll wrap-up our look at 3 Nephi with chapters 28 to 30. We saw last week that Yeshua defined His Church through the processes and doctrines of redemption and sanctification. As a perfect complement now in chapter 28, we see Yeshua introduce us to exaltation or those who will enter the realm or kingdom of the Father – v. 8,10. Though we won’t see exaltation commonly reached until the Endtime Servant arrives, this doesn’t mean that individually we can’t receive this knowledge now. Consider this -
This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll look at chapters 22-27 of 3 Nephi. We saw last week God’s Endtime Servant possesses the spirit and power of Elijah, which we see also in chapter 26 where Yeshua quotes Malachi. But our focus will be on chapter 27 where Yeshua presents basic concepts on the Gospel and states that My Church is built on My Gospel – v.8-10. So then to identify His church, we must know His gospel. The Gospel essentially is the process to become like God. Some Believers have simplified the Gospel down to the point that very little is required for us to become like Him. But the Apostle John stated that we need to search the scriptures to have eternal life and hanging our hat on one or a few verse doesn’t meet this standard – John 5:39. Here in chapter 27, we are tempted to do just that when Yeshua sets out His gospel in a few verses, but what He is doing is providing a few general concepts and it is up to us to fill in the gaps.
This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll wrap-up with our look at chapter 21 of 3 Nephi when Yeshua prophesies of the Endtimes. The single most important event we see in Yeshua’s Endtime scenario is the arrival of His Servant. His arrival sets into motion a sequence of events that prepares this world for the return of the resurrected Messiah. Properly identifying this Servant then is paramount in our understanding of Endtime events. Central to understanding God’s Servant is the spirit and power of Elias/Elijah.
This week in our review of the Book of Mormon we’ll continue with our look at chapter 21 of 3 Nephi when Yeshua prophesies of the Endtimes. Yeshua opens His prophecy of the Endtimes by declaring that a “great and marvelous work” is about to come forth – v.9. As an adherent of “restored” Christianity, I was led to believe that this “great and marvelous work” was the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the founding of a latter-day church. Well, now I know that neither of these ideas are accurate. This week we’ll set the stage for this Endtime great and marvelous work by looking at three topics – the Abrahamic Covenant, the Anti-Christ and the Messianic Lineage.