(31:1) And now I, Nephi, make an end of my prophesying.
Well, we've finally made it to the end of 2 Nephi, where Nephi makes an end of his prophesying. And Nephi is quite proud of what
he's written; it suffices him, since he has spoken plainly according to the plainness of his prophesying.
For his soul delights in plainness.
31:1And 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
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
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 Lamb of God, which should take away the sins of the world.
31:5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by
water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!
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 straightness of the path, and the narrowness of the
gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them.
31:10 And he said unto the children of men: Follow thou me. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, can we follow
Jesus save we shall be willing to keep the commandments of the Father?
31:11 And the Father said: Repent ye, repent ye, and be baptized in the
name of my Beloved Son.
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 speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the
Holy One of Israel.
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 speak with a new tongue, yea, even with the
tongue of angels, and after this should deny me, it would have been better for you that ye had not known me.
31:15 And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of my Beloved are
true and faithful. He that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.
31:16 And now, my beloved brethren, I know by this that unless a man
shall endure to the end, in following
the example of the Son of the living God, he cannot 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 repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by
the Holy Ghost.
31:18 And then are ye in this strait 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.
31:19 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into
this strait 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.
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 endure to
the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.
31:21 And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and 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 Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.
(31:4) The Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. -- John 1:29
(31:5) And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness -- Matthew 3:15
(31:9) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life. -- Matthew 7:14