I am not a scriptorian and neither do I believe a person has to be. I am not an academic or a scholar and I don’t believe formal education is a noble qualifier—for God truly is “no respecter of persons.” I don’t spend time memorizing scripture mastery even though I am not against it if it is helpful for a person. I don’t have any religious, organizational, or institutional titles to speak of even though I have voluntarily served in what some might consider notable local clergy assignments/callings from time to time. For years, mostly due to the existing religious and institutional culture, I believed that somehow this was the path of ascension or even favorability with God. Humbly and pathetically, I could not have been more wrong.
However, it was not until I really learned the doctrine of Christ as taught, outlined and demonstrated in the Book of Mormon that everything made sense. I did not have to rely upon my own personal success or strengths. The word of the Lord began to flow unto me as a gift of the spirit. The began to lift me, heal me and embrace me.
I bear witness that the Lord takes us as we are or meets us where we are. Each day is a starting position. It is the position of furthering the co-creation of your personal relationship with the Lord. You are not limited by your education, titles, callings or lack thereof. You are not even limited by gender or age. There are examples of women, men, and children being moved upon by the power of God (gifts of the spirit) throughout scripture and history of the restoration. To think anything less is “unbelief.”
If you desire the Lord—If you desire Him—If you desire to be His servant, He will qualify you. Seek the Lord “in and through” the doctrine of Christ (personal relationship) as plainly taught and demonstrated over and over in the Book of Mormon. Be believing—rid yourself of unbelief. I assure you that the Lord is in the details of your life.
Sharing Another Witness
This post is part of a series and personal assignment titled, “Unveiling the Covenant Path in the Book of Mormon.” The true covenant path in scripture is known as “the doctrine of Christ.” In this assignment, we have revealed the Book of Mormon for what it really is. It started with featuring the Savior’s own witness of the doctrine of Christ in the Book of Mormon. Then starting from the beginning, we have demonstrated how other Book of Mormon prophets have taught and shared their own personal witness of the doctrine of Christ.
Today, I will share yet another witness of the Doctrine of Christ. This witness is from Nephi in 2 Nephi chapter 6-11 with part one of two being chapters 6-8. In these chapters, Jacob will also quote Isaiah. I will offer my interpretations of Isaiah as it relates to the doctrine of Christ. This is according to the power of the Lord. Use your own discernment and seek for the Lord’s guidance.
I will always invite you to first read the assignment (2 Nephi chapter 6-11) on your own first and use the spirit of the Lord to help you see the doctrine of Christ with new eyes. Then feel free to supplement your own reading with mine if you would like. There is so much to comment on in each chapter, but I will limit my comments to only those things that are relevant to the doctrine of Christ and this specific project. I invite you to seek the spirit to teach you their meaning. If you have the proper context of the doctrine of Christ, it should be easier. Use the spirit to discern any of my personal messages. My comments are only there to help clarify the simplicity and beauty of Christ’s true saving doctrine.
The Witness of Jacob Unto the People of Nephi
2 Nephi 6
1 The words of Jacob, the brother of Nephi, which he spake unto the people of Nephi:
2 Behold, my beloved brethren, I, Jacob, having been called of God, and ordained after the manner of his holy order, and having been consecrated by my brother Nephi [called to be a teacher among the people and be a first-hand witness of the doctrine of Christ], unto whom ye look as a king or a protector, and on whom ye depend for safety, behold ye know that I have spoken unto you exceedingly many things.
3 Nevertheless, I speak unto you again; for I am desirous for the welfare of your souls [It wasn’t about anything else other than their spiritual welfare or salvation]. Yea, mine anxiety is great for you; and ye yourselves know that it ever has been. For I have exhorted you with all diligence; and I have taught you the words of my father; and I have spoken unto you concerning all things [pertaining to the Everlasting Covenant] which are written, from the creation of the world.
4 And now, behold, I would speak unto you concerning things which are, and which are to come; wherefore, I will read you the words of Isaiah. And they are the words which my brother has desired that I should speak unto you. And I speak unto you for your sakes [spiritual salvation], that ye may learn [the doctrine of Christ] and glorify the name of your God.
5 And now, the words which I shall read are they which Isaiah spake concerning all the house of Israel; wherefore, they may be likened unto you [yes, you], for ye are of the house of Israel [the ones that will hear the voice of the Lord’s spirit to awaken]. And there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you, because ye are of the house of Israel.
6 And now, these are the words: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard [truth] to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
7 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers; they shall bow down to thee with their faces towards the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord; for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
8 And now I, Jacob, would speak somewhat concerning these words. For behold, the Lord has shown me that those who were at Jerusalem, from whence we came, have been slain and carried away captive.
9 Nevertheless, the Lord has shown unto me that they should return again. And he also has shown unto me that the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, should manifest himself unto them in the flesh; and after he should manifest himself they should scourge him and crucify him, according to the words of the angel who spake it unto me.
[Like Nephi, Jacob saw this. He saw this because it was given as part of receiving certain gifts of the spirit. He received these gifts of the spirit as part of his ascension to the Lord. He received this as part of the personal relationship that existed between the Lord and Jacob just as a personal relationship existed between the Lord and Nephi.]
10 And after they have hardened their hearts and stiffened their necks against the Holy One of Israel, behold, the judgments of the Holy One of Israel shall come upon them. And the day cometh that they shall be smitten and afflicted.
11 Wherefore, after they are driven to and fro, for thus saith the angel, many shall be afflicted in the flesh, and shall not be suffered to perish, because of the prayers of the faithful; they shall be scattered, and smitten, and hated; nevertheless, the Lord will be merciful unto them, that when they shall come to the knowledge of their Redeemer, they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance.
12 And blessed are the Gentiles [scattered throughout the world in the last days], they of whom the prophet has written; for behold, if it so be that they shall repent and fight not against Zion, and do not unite themselves to that great and abominable church, they shall be saved [Repentance is the key to shunning the world and turning to the Lord with an eye single to His glory. This repentance is what opens the door and “the way” to receiving salvation—which is “to be saved”]; for the Lord God will fulfil his covenants [to call them forth in the last days and offer them a personal redemption (sanctification)] which he has made unto his children; and for this cause the prophet has written these things.
[Jacob reveals that this was the purpose in Isaiah’s writings—that they would come forth in the last days and be a means of helping people awaken to the Everlasting Covenant that the Lord offers.]
13 Wherefore, they that fight against Zion and the covenant people of the Lord [literally, the people that covenant with the Lord] shall lick up the dust of their feet; and the people of the Lord shall not be ashamed. For the people of the Lord are they who wait for him [“Yes,” focused on Him—not focused on an institutional salvation]; for they still wait for the coming of the Messiah.
14 And behold, according to the words of the prophet, the Messiah will set himself again the second time to recover them [Who is going to recover them? Yes, the Messiah will personally recover them.]; wherefore, he will manifest himself unto them in power and great glory [“Who will?” Yes, He will], unto the destruction of their enemies, when that day cometh when they shall believe in him [“Believe in who?” Yes, believe in Him.]; and none will he destroy that believe in him.
15 And they that believe not in him [Him, Him, Him] shall be destroyed, both by fire, and by tempest, and by earthquakes, and by bloodsheds, and by pestilence, and by famine. And they shall know that the Lord is God, the Holy One of Israel.
16 For shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
17 But thus saith the Lord: Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for the Mighty God shall deliver his covenant people [“Who will deliver?” Yes, the Lord—the Mighty God.]. For thus saith the Lord: I will [Him, Him, Him] contend with them that contendeth with thee—
18 And I will feed them that oppress thee, with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy [personal] Savior and thy [personal] Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
[As much as we look at these verses and interpret this as a group deliverance you have to understand just how personal this really is. Even “Zion” which is talked about here in these verses is made up of “individuals” that have “personally” and “individually” made the Lord their God, their Prophet, their Priest, their King. They have personally covenanted with HIM (not necessarily with or through an institution) and starting with “believing in Him”, offering a broken heart and contrite spirit through “repentance” they can receive “the promise” that He and only He can offer each and every person—you.]
If you do not yet understand how each person needs to have a personal relationship with the Lord in order to receive all things, I recommend the following posts:
- Gifts of the Spirit part one and part two
- Unveiling the Covenant Path – Idolatry and “The Relationship”
2 Nephi 7
1 Yea, for thus saith the Lord: Have I put thee away, or have I cast thee off forever? For thus saith the Lord: Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement? [Where is the evidence that I have terminated my Everlasting Covenant with you?] To whom have I put thee away, or to which of my creditors have I sold you? Yea, to whom have I sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. [If you have turned away from the Everlasting Covenant, it is your own fault.]
2 Wherefore, when I came, there was no man; when I called, yea, there was none to answer. O house of Israel, is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem, or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make their rivers a wilderness and their fish to stink because the waters are dried up, and they die because of thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering. [a veil to separate the Lord from the people because of their unworthiness (light, glory). This separation due to unworthiness is what has to be overcome through personal redemption (the doctrine of Christ).]
4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season unto thee, O house of Israel. When ye are weary he waketh morning by morning. He waketh mine ear to hear as the learned.
5 The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. [Would not retreat in the personal mission that the Lord gave Him—which mission came to Him as part of the culmination of Isaiah’s personal ascension “in and through the Lord” (relationship).]
6 I gave my back to the smiter, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded. Therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. [Can you see the type of relationship Isaiah had with the Lord? In his personal relationship with the Lord, he had made the Lord His Prophet, Priest, and King.]
8 And the Lord is near, and he justifieth me [no other person or institution can do this]. Who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is mine adversary? Let him come near me, and I will smite him with the strength of my mouth.
9 For the Lord God will help me. And all they who shall condemn me, behold, all they shall wax old as a garment, and the moth shall eat them up.
10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness and hath no light?
11 Behold all ye that kindle fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks [seek the Lord], walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks which ye have kindled [according to your own desires though]. This shall ye have of mine hand—ye shall lie down in sorrow [shall not actually receive the Lord and shall not be good for the spiritual welfare (salvation) of your soul].
2 Nephi 8
1 Hearken unto me [the Lord], ye that follow after righteousness [those that seek Him]. Look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn [the Lord], and to the hole of the pit from whence ye are digged [you are separated from the presence of the Lord (spiritually dead) and need personal redemption].
2 Look unto Abraham, your father, and unto Sarah, she that bare you; for I called him alone, and blessed him [personally redeemed him].
3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion, he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. [There will be oneness because the people will be one with the Lord. They will be one with the Lord because they will have been personally redeemed by Him.]
4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation; for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light for the people.
5 My righteousness [the glory of the Lord—which glory is what has power to sanctify and literally change souls] is near; my salvation is gone forth [been offered], and mine arm shall judge the people [separate the people according to their light and glory received]. The isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust [not any arm-of-flesh but the Lord which is established in the personal relationship that exists between each person and the Lord].
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished [there is nothing that compares to the power of salvation in and through the Lord].
7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart I have written my law [those that have already received salvation from the Lord], fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings [there is no fear when you have faith in the Lord personally].
8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool. But my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation [anything less is “unbelief”].
9 Awake, awake! Put on strength, O arm of the Lord; awake as in the ancient days [as was in the beginning]. Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon? [Do you not believe what the Lord in His power has shown to do? Do you have unbelief?]
10 Art thou not he who hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over? [Do you really not believe that the Lord has power to personally redeem you?]
11 Therefore, the [spiritually] redeemed of the Lord shall return [literally], and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness [personal redemption, light, glory] shall be upon their heads [a mark]; and they shall obtain gladness and joy [enjoy the fruits of the spirit]; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
12 I am he; yea, I am he that comforteth you. Behold, who art thou, that thou shouldst be afraid of man, who shall die, and of the son of man, who shall be made like unto grass?
13 And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth, and hast feared continually every day, because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? And where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The captive exile hasteneth, that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit [spiritual death], nor that his bread should fail.
15 But I am the Lord thy God, whose waves roared; the Lord of Hosts is my name.
16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion: Behold, thou art my people. [the gifts of the spirit are evidence of the work of the Lord]
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury—thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling wrung out—
18 And none to guide her among all the sons she hath brought forth; neither that taketh her by the hand, of all the sons she hath brought up.
19 These two sons are come unto thee, who shall be sorry for thee—thy desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword—and by whom shall I comfort thee?
20 Thy sons have fainted, save these two; they lie at the head of all the streets; as a wild bull in a net, they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God.
21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, and not with wine:
22 Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again.
23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; who have said to thy soul: Bow down, that we may go over—and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over.
24 Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean [those that are not willing to take upon themselves the Everlasting Covenant and the spiritual law of Zion].
25 Shake thyself from the dust [Remove the temporal bond that ties telestial souls to this earth]; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion [seek for and receive personal redemption from the Lord personally now in this life].
… to be continued (chapters 9-11)
For more understanding of this covenant path and its milestones taught throughout the scriptures, you are welcome to begin your personal study and your own journey in and through the doctrine of Christ through The Doctrine of Christ Study Guide. Also, to help you increase your confidence in personal revelation and develop your own gift of discernment, I invite you to study The 3 Voices of Personal Revelation Study Guide.
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