"Why not? Yea, cry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness. If u rec’d the HG u speak w/ tongue of angels. 'Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever. Have we mastered those truths we have been given, and do we yearn for new knowledge? This blessing of the Holy Ghost applies entirely also to mortal men and women. Scriptures are of little value unless they are feasted upon and searched. 5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do. .for when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men." verse 5 After the baptism of water and the baptism of the Spirit (receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost), we "enter in by the way," and we set our foot on life's strait and narrow path where we depend heavily on the Spirit of the Lord to provide us direction. Be virtuous and pure; be men of integrity and truth; keep the commandments of God; and then you will be able more perfectly to understand the difference between right and wrong-between the things of God and the things of men; and your path will be like that of the just, which shineth brighter and brighter unto the perfect day." They are useful if they are "read," but the term "search" implies something totally different. The other verb that the scriptures use to describe our approach to scripture study is "to search.". The directive in this verse is that we must receive the Holy Ghost. The Spirit of the Lord must participate. verse 8 "I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts" Nephi apparently perceives that some of those listening to him are puzzled by his sayings. As the woman of Samaria was invited to drink living water and never thirst more; so they were invited to eat living bread and never hunger more. The words of Christ teach mankind all things that should be done. This is the food he is prepared to give them; it is the everlasting word, the word of truth, the gospel of salvation. . Chapter 32. Seek this guidance, and record the promptings that come. The discussion so far has yielded the following structure for the second half or so (beginning with verse 20) of 2 Nephi 26 (plus 2 Nephi 27:1): (1) 26:20-22a, of the latter-day Gentiles: churches/combinations "he will consecrate thy performance unto thee" The prayerful individual who is striving to be obedient will be justified and sanctified by the Spirit under the direction of the Lord. Nephi has told us that his “soul delighteth in the scriptures” and that he “pondereth continually upon the things which [he has] seen and heard” (2 Nephi … 2 Ne 32:5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do. verse 1 Nephi is still addressing his "beloved brethren" who are his people (2 Nephi 25:2-3) living with him in the land of Nephi. 2 Nephi 32 Read online here This chapter says some pretty powerful things about the Holy Ghost, angels and prayer, but what caught my eye was verse four and my new favorite word: "IF" In bold letters I have written below this verse, "It is our responsibility!" . Naturally such people are in darkness. . teacheth a man to pray", The Lord has taught us in the Doctrine and Covenants that if a man is properly influenced by the Holy Ghost, he will receive whatsoever he asks for in prayer (see, "the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray". (2 Nephi 33:1) They shut their hearts against it, and refuse to search and to find that which the Lord has declared, which is for their eternal salvation and the salvation of all the world. 6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. 3. The spiritual food is internalized and becomes a part of the individual. "it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing" Nephi speaks as though the subject of prayer is so basic that he fears offending his hearers by counseling them on the subject. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. 2 Nephi 31-32 2 Nephi 31 2 Wherefore, the things which I have written sufficeth me, save it be a few words which I must speak concerning the doctrine of Christ; wherefore, I shall speak unto you plainly, according to the plainness of my prophesying. We can only speculate. Nephi had learned by personal experience how to understand scriptures that he did not understand. Even the plainest teachings that man can receive regarding the principle of the "doctrine of Christ," the words of Christ, cannot, by themselves, make him understand this vital doctrine or "bring him into the light." Most members of the church are all too familiar with this principle. Watch Queue Queue. But why? See Ye Shall Know of the Doctrine, volume 1, chapter 17, Justification and Sanctification. This video is unavailable. The following verse suggests that Nephi's hearers also were not praying diligently and sincerely. The reason for this bold promise lies in the fact that such a man is taught the things for which he should pray by the Holy Spirit (see D&C 50:30; 3 Nephi 19:24). 2 Nephi 32 tweet: Y ponder? "the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray" Prayer may be defined as yearning for spiritual directions and spiritual intervention. This occurs most of the time as the individual feasts upon the words of Christ in the scriptures. Sometimes we tempt God with our demands for divine direction. This blessing of the Holy Ghost applies entirely also to mortal men and women. The numbers represent the verses in the chapter.) Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening. Perhaps the understanding afforded us in this final dispensation is more complete than it has ever been in the history of our earth. The result of diligent searching is that one becomes as the sons of Mosiah who had waxed strong in the knowledge of the truth (Alma 17:2). Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do. Chapter 32: "Warm and Fuzzy, Was He?" (Alma 37:36-37), "There is nothing in the gospel that is better designed to keep the attention of men centered on God, on righteousness, and on their duties than is prayer. The power and authority of angels does not exceed in the slightest that of the Lord's mortal servants. The Spirit of the Lord must participate. The way to develop greater spirituality is to feast on the words of Christ as revealed in the scriptures. If we do this, we have the promise that He will show us all things that we should do, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you (Matt 7:7). Spiritually speaking, "you are what you eat." Those who most enjoy this "feast" are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. But, behold, why do ye ponder these things in your hearts? There are few other efforts that will bring greater dividends to your calling. verse 4 "if ye cannot understand them" "Them" refers to the words of which Nephi had just spoken. 2 Nephi 31-32 – Jesus Christ and His doctrine are the only way to eternal life. Reference Search: 2 Nephi 32:6-76 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. Perhaps he was constrained by the fact that those whom he was teaching (1) did not seek diligently for new understanding; (2) did not strive to understand what he had already taught; and (3) did not qualify for the ministration of the Spirit of God to enable them to understand what they had already heard preached in plainness. Through the influence of the Holy Ghost, angels, who are nothing more nor less than people who have passed through this mortal phase and are on special assignment, are able to do and say the same things that Christ would do and say under any given circumstances. Read 2 Nephi 33:1-3. Daniel L. Belnap, Gaye Strathearn, and Stanley A. Johnson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2011), 161–78. "why do ye ponder these things in your hearts" Nephi felt that by now the answer should be obvious to his people. verse 7 Apparently Nephi could have taught more! 2 Nephi 32:5 by LDS Scripture of the Day | posted in: Book of Mormon | 0 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, … ☼ 2 Nephi 32:1–3: And now, behold, my beloved brethren, I suppose that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do after ye have entered in by the way. 2 Nephi 29; 2 Nephi 30; 2 Nephi 31; 2 Nephi 32; 2 Nephi 33; Jacob; Enos; Jarom; Omni; Words of Mormon; Mosiah; Alma; Helaman; 3 Nephi; 4 Nephi; Mormon; Ether; Moroni; 2 Nephi 2. Feast, ask, knock – the HG will show the way. In other verses in this chapter this prerequisite step is referred to as: "search knowledge [and] understanding" (verse 7), and "feast upon the words of Christ" (verse 3). Search them diligently. 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