The Annotated Book of Mormon : II Nephi : 31


31:1 And now I, Nephi, make an end of my prophesying unto you, my beloved brethren. And I cannot write but a few things, which I know must surely come to pass; neither can I write but a few of the words of my brother Jacob.  
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.  
31:3 For my soul delighteth in plainness; for after this manner doth the Lord God work among the children of men. For the Lord God giveth light unto the understanding; for he speaketh unto men according to their language, unto their understanding.  
31:4 Wherefore, I would that ye should remember that I have spoken unto you concerning that prophet which the Lord showed unto me, that should baptize the 1Lamb of God, which should take away the sins of the world. [1] John 1:29: ...the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
31:5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, 1to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water! [1] Matthew 3:15: And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness...
31:6 And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?  
31:7 Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments.  
31:8 Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove.  
31:9 And again, it showeth unto the children of men the 1straightness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them. [1] Matthew 7:14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life...
31:10 And he said unto the children of men: 1Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father? [1] John 21:22: ...follow thou me.
31:11 And the Father said: 1Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the name of my Beloved Son. [1] Acts 2:38: ...Repent, and be baptized...in the name of Jesus Christ...
31:12 And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father give the Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.  
31:13 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, I know that if ye shall follow the Son, with full purpose of heart, acting no hypocrisy and no deception before God, but with real intent, repenting of your sins, witnessing unto the Father that ye are willing to take upon you the name of Christ, by baptism--yea, by following your Lord and your Savior down into the water, according to his word, behold, then shall ye receive the Holy Ghost; yea, then cometh the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost; and then can ye 1speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel. [1] I Corinthians 13:1: ...Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels...
31:14 But, behold, my beloved brethren, thus came the voice of the Son unto me, saying: After ye have repented of your sins, and witnessed unto the Father that ye are willing to keep my commandments, by the baptism of water, and have received the baptism of fire and of the Holy Ghost, and can 1speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the 2tongue of angels, and after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that ye had not known me. [1] Mark 16:17: ...they shall speak with new tongues...
[2] I Corinthians 13:1: ...Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels...
31:15 And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of my Beloved are true and faithful. 1He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. [1] Matthew 24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
31:16 And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man shall 1endure to the end, in following the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot be saved. [1] Matthew 24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
31:17 Wherefore, do the things which I have told you I have seen that your Lord and your Redeemer should do; for, for this cause have they been shown unto me, that ye might know the gate by which ye should enter. For the gate by which ye should enter is 1repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost. [1] Acts 2:38 ...Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
31:18 And then are ye in this 1strait and narrow path which leads to eternal life; yea, ye have entered in by the gate; ye have done according to the commandments of the Father and the Son; and ye have received the Holy Ghost, which witnesses of the Father and the Son, unto the fulfilling of the promise which he hath made, that if ye entered in by the way ye should receive. [1] Matthew 7:14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life...
31:19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this 1strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. [1] Matthew 7:14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life...
31:20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and 1endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. [1] Matthew 24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
31:21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; 1and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the 2Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen. [1] Acts 4:12: ...for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Topic: Anachronistic Quotes
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2] I John 5:7: ...the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

If this is indeed a quote from I John 5:7, it raises a serious problem. It is now known that I John 5:7 was inserted into the Biblical text long after the Book of First John was written. The verse has virtually no early Greek manuscript support. It appears in only a few early Latin manuscripts, where it probably originated.


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