Book of Mormon
Lesson 10
He Inviteth All to Come unto Him


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand that through the Restoration of the gospel and the teachings of the Book of Mormon, the Lord will cause truth to triumph over evil.

Scripture references for study:  2 Nephi 26–30
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Lesson 10 Handout (PDF)


Introduction

These chapters are heavily influenced by the writings of Isaiah.

Nephi has described two strong forces at work in the world:

Some of the thoughts in this lesson were developed from an essay by Robert J. Matthews, formerly a professor of ancient scripture at BYU (Two Ways In The World: The Warfare Between God and Satan, Studies in Scripture, 7:146-161).

The War In Heaven

HOW DO THOSE OUTSIDE OF THE RESTORED CHURCH EXPLAIN THIS BATTLE BETWEEN GOD (GOOD) AND SATAN (EVIL)?  WHY DO THEY SAY IT IS BEING WAGED?

WHERE DID THIS BATTLE BEGIN?

WHAT ISSUES WERE INVOLVED IN THIS BATTLE?

WHAT WAS THE NATURE AND SEVERITY OF THIS WAR?

HOW WAS THE BATTLE FOUGHT?

The war continues into mortality.

There can be no neutral position.


Christ’s Coming To The Nephites Foretold

In 2 Nephi 26 Nephi looks forward to the coming of Christ. He sees the results of this ongoing war within his own people.


The Stumbling Block & Priestcraft

READ 2 NEPHI 26:20-22. The Gentiles that have been lifted up in their pride have stumbled.

READ 2 NEPHI 26:29-30. The Lord condemns priestcraft (includes those things listed in the previous section).


The Lord Is Able To Do His Own Work

In 2 Nephi 27 Nephi begins by writing of universal apostasy from the things of God in the last days.


The Devil's Manner of Operation

2 Nephi 28 explains how the devil operates and how well he will succeed in the last days.

READ 2 NEPHI 28:3-4. They shall teach with their learning.

READ 2 NEPHI 28:7-9. Many will justify themselves and say it is acceptable to sin.

HOW EXTENSIVE WILL WICKEDNESS BECOME?

READ 2 NEPHI 28:17-20. The kingdom of the devil must shake.

"And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well--and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell." (2 Nephi 28:21)

Some warnings and wo's.

HOW DOES THE LORD DISPENSE HIS TRUTHS TO MEN?


Three Great Scriptural Witnesses for the Lord

AS THE LORD LAUNCHES THE BOOK OF MORMON INTO THE BATTLE, WHAT THOUGHT MIGHT SATAN PLANT IN THE HEARTS OF MEN?.

The Lord to present three major written testimonies of Christ to mankind.


The Eventual Restoration of All the House of Israel

In 2 Nephi 30 Nephi prophecies of the eventual gathering and restoration of Israel.

READ 2 NEPHI 30:1-2. Except ye shall keep the commandments of God ye shall all likewise perish.

READ 2 NEPHI 30:3-6. Many shall believe the words of the book.

Restoration & Gathering.

Nephi concludes chapter 30 with information about the Millennium.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Nephi as discussed in this lesson. Consider how the battle between good and evil continues today. What weapons is Satan using in this battle? How can you shield yourself from those weapons?


Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Ensign.

J. Golden Kimball by Claude Richards.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Plain and Precious Things by Neal A. Maxwell.

Studies In Scripture, vol. 7,  edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Golden Legacy by Thomas E. Cheney.


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