3 Nephi

3 Nephi 27

There are still four chapters to get through this week.  I had every intention of having these posts already done and scheduled, but life got away from me and they are not complete.  Anyway, please remember that we are looking at using the substitution study skill to place ourselves in the scriptures and help liken them unto ourselves.

As 3 Nephi 27 launches we read that Nephi and the other 11 disciples are out preaching what Christ had taught them, baptizing, fasting and gathering in mighty prayer.  While they were going about their duties, Jesus Christ again showed himself unto them and he asked in verse two “What will ye that I shall give unto you?”  Can you hear him say this to you… use that substitution.  “what will ye, Samantha, that I shall give unto you?”   Of course, one must ask in righteousness and the disciples asked him what they should call the church.  Christ’s answer is simple, everything you do, you shall do unto the Father in my name, therefore call the church after my name.

I really like the way that Christ continues to expound on this topic in verse 10-11 and he says “if it so be that the church is built upon my gospel then will the Father show forth his own works in it.  But if it be not built upon my gospel, and is built upon the works of men, or upon the works of the devil, verily I say unto you they have joy in their works for a season, and by and by the end cometh, and they are hewn down and cast into the fire, from whence there is no return.” We can understand from this that anything that we do that is built upon the gospel of Jesus Christ will be watched over and blessed with the hand of the Lord and anything that is not will only last a season and will come to a deplorable end.

I see in verse 13 that once again Christ mentions the will of the Father… this is a recurring 3 Nephi 27 13theme for me in  my life right now.    Moving on.

From verse 14-33 we have a dissertation by Christ.  I don’t want to detract from what He has to say, but I will try to give a brief summary.  He explains the reasoning for his crucifixion, the power of judgement at the last day, he explains who can and can not enter into the kingdom of heaven, gives commandments for those that choose to follow Him and do as He does.  He directs that His works and the history of the people be written, that 12 will stand as judges of the Nephite people at the last day, reminds us to ask and ye shall receive.  He closes with a prophecy of the fourth generation from the current time and the sorrows that will be had because of their choices.  Verse 33 ends in part with this quote “Enter ye in at the strait gate, for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad the way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein,until the night cometh, wherein no man can work.”

I leave this for you to ponder on how to apply this to yourself, I do pray that each of you is walking on that narrow path.  If you aren’t, do what you can to head that way.  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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