Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2 Nephi 31

The first principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ are faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.  I’ve often heard it said that a fifth principle should be added:  endure to the end.  In verse 16 Nephi defines enduring to the end as “following the example of the Son of the living God.”  To get to that stage, Nephi explains in verse 19 we must display “unshaken faith in [Christ], relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.”  So we follow the Lord’s example and endure to the end by “press[ing] forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men….feasting upon the words of Christ…” (v. 20).
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