Section 1

Content: 1 Nephi 1:1 to 1 Nephi 7:70

Intro

How we obtained the Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith Testimonies

Eleven Witnesses

Moroni's Testimony, and the three main purposes of the Book of Mormon:

To show the remnant of the House of Israel the great works that God did among their fore fathers.

To Convince the House of Israel that they are not cast off forever (i.e. will be gathered)

To Convince the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God.

Historical Summary

1 Nephi 1: Nephi introduces himself as a native of Jerusalem, living 600 B.C. His Father Lehi, had a vision about Jerusalem's (i.e. God's covenant people) fate for wickedness. Lehi also has a Vision about God's gift of salvation, represented by a Tree with wonderful fruit, and also sees the Messiah and twelve others. With Jerusalem's destruction imminent, Lehi's family departs into the wilderness, with Nephi returning for the plates of Brass which contain the Laws of God (under the Law of Moses), prophesies of Lehi's day which are currently lost to the world, a genealogy of Lehi's family who are of the tribe of Joseph through Manasseh.

    1 Nephi 2: Nephi writes that these plates would not contain that which was pleasing to the world, but that which was pleasing to God. He kept two sets of plates: the larger volume was a social and political history of his people-we do not have this record; the smaller volume was the spiritual history of Nephi. This is part of the book of Mormon that we do have. Nephi & brothers take Ishmael's daughters for wives. Nephi's brothers Laman & Lemuel show continued rebellion towards Nephi and their father, with occasional repentance. God teaches that He prepares a way for us to accomplish ALL commandments.

1 Nephi 3: A Messiah is prophesied to come to redeem the world. He would be raised up from among the Jews 600 years after Lehi left Jerusalem. He speaks of Israel's tribes being scattered throughout the earth because they had slain the Messiah. He continues that the Jews will be gathered after the fullness of the Gospel comes to the Gentiles, and returns to the Jews from the Gentiles, comparing it to grafting branches onto an Olive tree. Nephi experiences Lehi's vision, and gives the interpretation. Nephi sees world events through time until the last days. He also sees the records maintained by Jews from his homeland.

1 Nephi 4: Nephi explains visions to brothers. Rod of Iron is word of God. When brothers can not understand, Nephi asks "Have ye inquired of the Lord" revealing an eternal spiritual principle that God will give wisdom when we ask. Nephi writes that in the latter days, his descendants will learn HOW to come to their Redeemer and be saved. Nephi emphasizes that the covenant God has made is not just with Nephi's seed, but with all the scattered House of Israel. Speaks of being judged for our works, and the final state of our souls is to be with God or away from him. Salvation is the greatest gift of God we can receive.

1 Nephi 5: The families journey in the wilderness. Liahona is discovered, working to direct their path according to their faith. Command to build a ship. Have been in the wilderness 8 years; destruction of Jerusalem is prophetically made known. Nephi is filled with Spirit, rebellious brothers shaken. Americas reached. Nephi describes how he's maintaining two sets of plates. Prophecies more about the Messiah, how he would be deemed for naught by the Jews. When Jews come to Christ, then God will remember the covenants he made with their fathers.

1 Nephi 6: Nephi explains prophecies, and reads from the plates of brass to his brothers. Nephi reads from Isaiah's writings (start with second chapter), to fully persuade people to believe the prophecies of God to Israel. As Isaiah was a prophet of Israel who lived shortly before Nephi, Nephi understands the words of Isaiah. Much of Isaiah is explained in the Book of Mormon. The record of Isaiah was in the brass plates (that Nephi obtained from Laban in Jerusalem), along with other records.

1 Nephi 7: Writes how the Gentiles will bring the fullness of the Gospel back to the Jews. Describes conditions during the final Millennial reign. The righteous shall not perish, but be led up as calves of the stall. The righteous will be gathered from all four quarters of the earth in the latter days. Because of the righteousness of Gods people, Satan has no power. These records testify that if a person will be obedient to the commandments of God and endure to the end, we shall be saved at the last day.

Section 2

 

2 Nephi 1: Twelve years after their departure from Jerusalem to America, Lehi is prophetically shown that Jerusalem has been destroyed and had they remained, they would have also perished. But God covenants with Lehi that the new world will be a land of promise for his seed forever, as well as all others who would be led out of other lands to the Americas. Lehi exhorts family that if the inhabitants of this land serve God by keeping his commandments, this shall be a land of liberty to them; if they are ever brought down into captivity, it will be because of iniquity, and the people as well as the land shall be cursed. The knowledge of Americas was hid from other nations in God's wisdom.

Lehi prophesies to his direct descendants that after knowing of the Messiah (yet to come), should they reject him and the truth, other nations would scatter and smite them. Christ is preached from the beginning. Exhorts to keep the commandments and prosper, or break them and be cut off. Rebellious Laman & Lemuel are exhorted to follow the spiritual command of Nephi. The rebellious brothers' blessings are contingent upon following God's commandments. Zoram is blessed, also Jacob, one of Lehi's sons born in the wilderness. Jacobs blessing is with Nephi's people.

 

Lehi explains that the Messiah will be the end of the Law of Moses, and the only means by which redemption comes, and how great it is to make these things known to all. The resurrection of the righteous and opposition in all things discussed. Eternal principals of God's creations discussed to prove that God gave for man to act for himself, and the ultimate action is to choose God. Consequences of Adam and Eve's choices discussed. Messiah brings redemption--humanity is free to choose eternal life...or eternal death.

 

2 Nephi 2: Lehi blesses his son Joseph. This land will be his security and blessing if he obeys the commandments of God. Relays to his son Joseph that he was a descendant of Joseph of Egypt, and this Joseph of Egypt prophetically saw the day of Lehi and their travails, departure from Jerusalem, literally raising up a righteous branch from the House of Israel. Lehi differentiates references to Christ as a "Righteous Branch" and the righteous portion of Joseph's tribe, whom they were.

A seer to come from Joseph's lineage will rise up as did Moses, to lead his descendants back to truth in the latter days, to convince them of the word which shall already be among them. In the weakness and simpleness of the words, God's strength will be shown. Restoration shall come to Joseph's seed (of Lehi's son), in the last days.

2 Nephi 3: In Lehi's final moments, he speaks of the prophecies from Joseph of Egypt, and how he prophesied of Lehi's family, and saw their day. The brass plates (carried from Jerusalem) spoke of these things. The blessings have finished, but Laman (the eldest son) and his children are called back to Lehi who cannot depart this world without bestowing a final blessing. If they are cursed, the God will still leave a blessing in that they will not perish, and they will receive God's mercy forever. Calls Lemuel and children for same blessing, emphasizing that in the end (last days) they shall ultimately be blessed. Sam receives Nephi's blessing of promise, and Lehi dies.

Nephi writes of his weakness and temptations of the flesh, but exhorts to arise above our weakness and no longer droop in sin, inviting us to join in the praises of our Heavenly King. An excellent model of sincere prayer is given. God will give liberally and make our paths straight if we trust in him. Our voices shall ever ascend up to Him, our God and everlasting King!

 

2 Nephi 4: Time is about 570 AD, 30 years have passed since departing Jerusalem. In Lehi's absence, Laman and Lemuel quickly rebelled, and Nephi was warned to depart with his family, for his life had been threatened by his brothers. With Zoram, Sam, Jacob and Joseph's families, leave with Nephi, and they take the name Nephi as a nation. God's blessings of prosperity come to Nephites. They have the plates of brass in their possession, and keep the Law of Moses. Wars already with Lamanites. Buildings of wood, stone and metal constructed; a temple is erected after the manner of Solomon's without the ornateness. Lamanites are cut off from God's presence, and cursed, through rebellious choices. Lamanites prophesied to be a scourge unto the Nephites. Priesthood of priests and teachers ordained. Other plates are made by Nephi, by God's command. Other plates contain most of Nephites history.

2 Nephi 5: Jacob speaks. Time is 40 years after departure (560 BC). Tells of things to come, quoting Isaiah. Jacob explains how much of Isaiah's writings can be compared to the Nephites because they are of the House of Israel also. Says how the Jews will be carried by the Gentiles and explains the meaning: God will manifest himself to them (Jews) in the flesh, and they will scourge and crucify him. For this they shall be hated, afflicted, scourged and smitten themselves. But they have the promise that they shall be gathered together again to the lands of their inheritance, and refers to Zion by name. Gentiles will be blessed, and God will set forth a second time to restore the Jews to the truth. Will not be cast off forever, in spite of their rebellions. Blessings of Zion, God's gathered nation, to come. He shall be our lawgiver. People shall gather to Zion. More of Isaiah quoted.

 

2 Nephi 6: Jacob continues that God's covenants with Jews and all House of Israel shall all be fulfilled, down to their restoration to the true church and gathering to their land of inheritance. Explains that it will behoove God to suffer himself to become subject to man, and die for them, that all men may be subject unto him. The power of resurrection explained. The consequence of life had no redemption been prepared. Spirit and body will be restored with perfect knowledge. We will stand before the judgment seat of God. Those righteous in this life, shall be righteous still; those spiritually filthy remain the same, also.

Jacob commands to repent and be baptized having perfect faith, or salvation cannot come to man. Refusing brings damnation. Pronounces woe to those who have the law and refuse it. Wisdom is good if one hearkens to God, but those who are rich in the world's goods who despise the poor shall perish with their treasures. Consequences of dying in one's sins revealed. The way is narrow--Christ the keeper of the gate, none other. Jacob speaks hard against sin--declares God the Rock of our salvation.

To whom ever knocks, God will open. Invites all to come unto God. Exhorts to prayer and praise because of God's greatness and grace.

 

2 Nephi 7: Jacob explains the "righteous branch". He is shown that many of his descendants will perish, but children shall one day be restored. Jacob reveals the name of Christ as the Messiah. He reveals that the Jews will crucify him, according to God's plan, and none other nation but the Jews would have done this, for all others would've been convinced by the miracles performed. When the day that they believe in God, that his is Christ (verse 12), they shall be restored in the flesh, in this life, to the lands of their inheritance. Gathering will come from isles of sea and all quarters of the earth. Gentiles will be mighty and be the ones to bring the truth back to the lost of House of Israel, metaphorically calling them nursing fathers and mothers--literally supplying spiritual nourishment back to Jews.

No kings shall be over this land of Gentiles, and God promises to fortify it against all other nations. Secret works of darkness shall be abolished by God so that His covenants shall be fulfilled. While Gentiles will smite the remnant of Jacob's seed here, they shall also be softened toward them, and be like a father unto this seed. Ultimately the Gentiles will be numbered among the seed of Joseph (Lamanites) for their spiritual blessing. This is God's choicest land, and requires that all who dwell upon it will serve him. Jacob writes that the isles of the sea are inhabited by his brethren, others of the House of Israel, who have also been broken off. Exhorts to reconcile ones life to God and be saved through His grace.

2 Nephi 8: Nephi resumes writing, commenting and quoting more on Isaiah. Mentions how God establishes his word in three witnesses, not just one. He clearly explains that Christ shall be the finishing of the Law of Moses. Explains the essence of Christ coming, without which we would eternally perish. Isaiah quoted, starting with chapter two, the first book of the original Isaiah text. A description of the world flowing unto Zion is described, and the law going forth out of Zion. The Lord will bring low all who are lifted up. Cursings upon those of the daughters of Zion who are lifted up in pride, but a righteous branch shall come forth, from those escaped of Israel. God's anger against his people, but His hand stretched out still.

Historical Summary

Section 3

Content: 2 Nephi 11:1 to Words of Mormon verse 27

 

2 Nephi 11: Now, Nephi explains the previous two chapters of Isaiah, saying that it was hard for many of his people to understand the words of Isaiah. They hadn't lived in Jerusalem, so they didn't understand the way in which Jews prophesied and conversed. Nephi hadn't taught them much about the Jews, as his experience had been to witness many works of darkness among them in his day. Nephi does say, that Isaiah's words are plain to those with the spirit (gift) of prophecy. Nephi, delights in plainness, and plainly explains:

Isaiah's words were for the latter days, and Nephi's people will understand them in the last days. God's people would be destroyed after Lehi left Jerusalem, except for those kidnapped to Babylon. The survivors would return to Jerusalem, but eventually reject the Father of Heaven (Jesus Christ) when he manifests Himself to them, and crucify him. Salvation and healing shall come to those who believe in him. But after Christ comes to them, Jerusalem shall be destroyed again (it occurred about 70 a.d.), as well as Bablyon (their first captors), and Jews shall be scattered by many nations. The scattering and scourging of the Jews will happen throughout generations, until they shall believe in Christ and His atonement, and stop looking for another Messiah. At this time, the Lord will set forth his hand to recover them again. He will do this by bringing forth His words among them--to convince them of the true Messiah.

Nephi foretells that Christ would be born 600 years after the time Lehi left Jerusalem. Nephi also explains that a promise was made to Joseph that his seed would never perish as long as the earth exists. In addition, although the Law of Moses was still in effect for Nephi, he explains that it is a dead law, every purpose of it was to point Jews to Christ, and that it would be done away in Christ's death. Nephi states that the right way is to believe in Christ, and they who lived prior to Christ were required to keep the Law of Moses, until it was fulfilled.

Nephi explains that Christ would also come to his people, so they could also be convinced, and the earthquakes and destruction would be among the wicked of Nephi's people at the time of Christ's crucifixion. (vs 60-72). Further, Christ would also manifest himself to the Gentiles by the Holy Ghost, but would not visit them in person.

But after Nephi's people would dwindle in unbelief and be smitten by the Gentiles, the truth of the words of the Book of Mormon would come to them. Christ does nothing except for the benefit of the world, and invites all to come to Him, offering salvation free to all mankind.

Nephi continues to quote from Isaiah's text found within the Brass Plates. This text describes a book coming forth from those who have long since departed the earth. In that book will be a revelation from the beginning to the end of the world. In the day they come forth, they will be read upon the house tops, by the power of Christ. Initially, a portion of the book will be viewed by a few witnesses, but not the sealed revelation. But God said that as people honor Him with their mouth, but depart from him in their heart, He will bring to pass a miracle in the world, by bringing forth this revelation, and even the (spiritually and physically) deaf shall hear the words of this book. They who erred shall come to understand the truth. These words of Isaiah are found in the inspired version of the bible, the 29th chapter of Isaiah. They were in the brass plates, but were either removed or not included in other texts of Isaiah had today among the world.

2 Nephi 12: Nephi comments on the previous passage from Isaiah, saying this book to come forth (i.e. the Book of Mormon) shall be of great worth among his descendants, who are really descendants of the House of Israel. Nephi describes the world conditions to be present in the day these words come back to his people: churches built up to men, not God; men declaring that God has done his work, and that miracles are done away; urging men to not believe miracles even if they should hear of them; people living for themselves, eating, drinking, living sinfully, and fully expecting no consequence to their sin--vain and foolish doctrines. Even the few true humble followers of Christ will be mislead from time to time because they are taught by man's precepts. For these things the world will be judged.

A marvelous thing shall come to pass: in that day, God promises to remember his covenants with this people, and will try a second time to recover them. While a standard, which we call the Bible, would have come forth from the Jews, (it being their record), the Gentiles would latch on to it, calling it their own, without remembering the travails and labors of the Jews to preserve the record of God through time. This would cause them to reject any other doctrine, saying "a Bible, a Bible, we have a Bible." But God explains that he would remember all nations, and bring his word to all of them. And when his word from separate nations comes together from them, the harmony found in the testimony shall be glorifying to God. We can't assume because he spoke once, he can not speak again, nor assume that one book contains all His words. We will be judged by the books which shall be written. Jews will write, Nephites will write, other lost tribes will write, God will speak to all nations, and they shall write it. The words of the Jews and Nephites shall be exchanged, and gathered in one.

God's covenant with Abraham will be remembered (saying God will remember Abraham's seed), but a covenant is described for Jews and Gentiles as repentance and faith: Gentiles that repent are God's covenant people; Jews who don't repent shall be cast out. God's covenants are only with those who repent and believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Nephi writes that the Gentiles will bring words he has written (i.e. and the whole Book of Mormon) to the remnant of his seed, and they will know their Jewish roots. Also, as the Jews begin to know these things, they shall be gathered, bringing about the beginning of the restoration of God's people upon the earth. The peacefully conditions of Zion during God's millennial reign are beautifully described.

2 Nephi 13: Now, after declaring the necessity to come to Christ, Nephi describes how, devoting this entire chapter to the covenant made by baptism. If Christ had to be baptized to show the way, then how much more do we? Christ did this not for sin, but to show the way of being humble, submissive and obedient to the Father in keeping His commandments. Christ received the gift of the Holy Ghost after his baptism.

 

Nephi asks, "can we follow Jesus, except we are willing to keep God's commandments?" He explains the first step is to believe, then repent and be baptized. And if we do these things, with no hypocrisy or deception, but in real sincerity, we will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. But if we should receive this blessing, and should turn away, it would be better to have never known Christ. Enduring to the end is required.

The gate to Christ is straight and narrow, and is found through repentance, baptism by water, and baptism by the Holy Ghost. If we do these things, we are in the straight and narrow path. Once here we must press forward in a life of faith, enduring with good works. And if we do these things, we shall have eternal life. This is the true way to Christ. There is no other way we can be saved in the Kingdom of God. This is the true doctrine of Christ, the Father, and the Spirit.

2 Nephi 14: Nephi comments that the power of the Holy Ghost brings spiritual blessings to us, and even Angels, who also speak by the power of the Holy Ghost. We are exhorted to feast upon the words of Christ, which will tell us all things to do. Ultimately, the words of Christ teach us the process to obtain and retain the gift and power of the Holy Ghost--by it, the Holy Ghost, we are (or can potentially be) guided every day of our lives, in all things.

Nephi laments for the spiritual blindness and ignorance of the children of men, for they will not search these great yet simple truths. He urges us to pray, explaining that we must obey the spiritual power that beckons us to pray--the evil spirit teaches us not to pray. Pray always, in all things, and God will consecrate the work you do, in any situation, for the welfare of your soul.

2 Nephi 15: Nephi's words to his people conclude in this chapter. His tender compassion and prayers for his people are expressed in faith, knowing God will answer his request that one day, his people will know the truth of his words. He states his words are written in weakness, but they exhort one to believe in Christ. He speaks harshly against sin, and expresses charity for the Jews, but states that he can have hope for none, unless they reconcile their life with Christ. If one truly believes in Christ, he or she will believe Nephi's words. If one concludes that Nephi's words are not of Christ, he promises that Christ will bear witness of the truth of these words at the last day. His words are sealed until we meet at the judgment bar of Christ, at the last day.

Jacob 1: Jacob, Nephi's brother writes again. The responsibility to keep the plates is handed to Jacob, with the admonition to only include the spiritual lessons in these plates, and save the other plates of Nephi for the history of the people. Fifty five years had passed since Lehi left Jerusalem. Jacob writes that they had many revelations and records of Christ and his kingdom. He and others labored diligently to teach the people of Christ. While local groups of people had specific names, Jacob distinguishes all who were friendly to Nephi's family as "Nephites" and those who were not as "Lamanites."

Nephi dies, and someone else reigns as king, but under this second leader, the people start desiring the iniquity of polygamy. Jacob writes that he waited until he was called and ordained of God, then writes (in the following chapter) a sermon that was delivered in the temple to this group of people, who had started to become sinful.

Jacob 2: Jacob's sermon to his wayward people. His people are beginning to sin, and he is directed of God to admonish them. The word of the Lord came to Jacob after inquiring of God. The people had begun to lust after material wealth. Jacob testifies that one must first seek for the Kingdom of God, and that if wealth is desired, it will be to help the poor, hungry and naked. All flesh is of the dust--we are all created for the same purpose: to glorify God. People had been committing abomination of adultery and polygamy. Monogamy commanded, and God delights in the chastity of women.

The Lamanites, for all their sin, were not guilty of this crime of the Nephites. In fact, Jacob writes, because they observe the commandment to love their spouses and remain faithful to them, this is the reason why God would not destroy them, but would one day be merciful to them (vs. 56). The hatred of Lamanites toward Nephites was due to their fathers' iniquity. But Jacob commands the Nephites to not revile the Lamanites because of their physical filthiness, but to examine their own spiritual filthiness. Jacob concludes by stating that not even one hundredth part of the people were contained in these plates, but more was written in the larger plates of Nephi.

Jacob 3: Jacob tells his hope in Christ, and explains the Law of Moses merely pointed them to Christ as a similitude. Jacob's hope and faith result in spiritual gifts causing power over the elements. Warns to not deny the power of God, so that one may obtain the resurrection through Christ. Jacob speaks in plainness but explains that the Jews despised plainness, which caused spiritual blindness and resulted in their looking "beyond the mark." (i.e. missing the point of Christ).

Jacob includes the prophecy of Zenos--a prophet who lived in or around Jerusalem prior to Lehi's departure, and whose writings were contained (in full or part) in the plates of Brass.

Using an olive tree as a metaphor, Zenos shares a parable foretelling how God's people were scattered upon the earth, and how they will be regathered in the latter days. The Book of Mormon is the spiritual nourishment which restores the Jews to the knowledge of Jesus in the last days.

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Jacob 4: Jacob extols the mercies of God for remembering the House of Israel, and explains how they are likened to the Olive tree in Chapter 3. Then Jacob exhorts Israel, asking if they will also reject Christ and His salvation, pleading they repent and enter the strait gate to eternal life.

 

Jacob 5: A man Sherem enters the land preaching and persuading to not believe in Christ. Jacob confronts, and through the power of God, the Sherem is striken. Sherem confesses he had been deceived by the power of the Devil and begs forgiveness, fearing he has committed the unpardonable sin. People were overcome by his confession and peace restored to the land. Many attempts to restore the Lamanites were made, but all was in vain. Nephites lived on guard due to the Lamanites eternal hatred towards them. Jacob is near death, records and plates are passed to Enos.

The Book of Enos

Enos 1: Enos demonstrates the power that comes when man submits to God. Praying unceasingly all day and night, Enos calls on God for the benefit of his own soul. God speaks, forgiving Enos' sins, and Enos claims his guilt was swept away--all due to his faith in Christ to come. Enos prays that if his people the Nephites should someday fall into transgression, that a blessing might remain upon the Lamanites. God's promise in this tiny book of Enos is often overlooked, for it is in direct response to this one man's unceasing prayer, that the promise is extended to the Lamanites that they will one day come to salvation. The descendants of Nephi become stiffnecked and begin rejecting the prophets and the word. 179 years have passed since Lehi left Jerusalem.

 

The Book of Jarom

Jarom 1: Enos' son Jarom writes 200 years since Lehi's departure. The land is divided between stiffnecked and believing Nephites. God's mercy extended to the unbeliers. The believers had strict laws and righteous leaders, and continue to keep the Law of Moses, correctly understanding it in their day as it is the Law of the Church until Christ. They were persuaded to believe in Christ. Jarom explains that his plates are small so he writes little, but mentioning the greater plates of Nephi where more details were engraven.

The Book of Omni

Omni 1: Various men engrave small portions to keep the geneaology but share few details, other than to say many wars occurred with the Lamanites. The time is 279 years since Lehi departed.

A huge discover is made: a group of people living near them were discovered, and called the people of Zarahemla. These people were descendants of King Zedekiah, and came out of Jerusalem a few years after Lehi. No record of their journey to the New World was kept, and their language had been corrupt, because no written record was maintained. They had been living in parallel to the Nephites for over 200 years, but undiscovered. These people were called Mulekites after the son of Zedekiah Mulek, who departed Jerusalem. They denied any knowledge of the creator. We can see how quickly a people fall away when no written spiritual record is maintained. Mosiah teaches them in his language and all live together in unity. An exhoration to all is made to come unto Christ. These small plates of Nephi are full.

The Words of Mormon

All previous writings were chronological from the time Lehi departed Jerusalem. Mormon, the one who abridged many of the Nephite records into what we have as the Book of Mormon, inserts commentary from his day, approximately 429 AD, 1000 years after Lehi. He inserts the record of the prophets down through Benjamin, including the records of Nephi, along with his records, according to a wise purpose, whispered by God. He prays that his people may return to God. The remainder of the Book of Mormon contains records abridged by Mormon.

 

The Book of Mosiah

Mosiah 1: King Benjamin ushers peace, and teaches his sons in the language of his fathers and the importance of the plates, so they would understand the reason for their success-their walk with God. Keeping the commandments of God leads to prosperity. Benjamin speaks to the people at what parallels a traditional Feast of Tabernacles (booths) event. Obedience to God is urged by service to others; humility before God is urged along with a warning of the consequence of disobedience.

A word for word account of King Benjamin's speech to the people is recorded, including amessage of Christ delivered by an angel. Benjamin shares understanding that this Jesus would be their savior. We are all unprofitable servants. Except for the merits and Grace of Christ, carnal man has no hope for salvation.

 

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