Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jesus the Christ: A Family Study - Lesson 7: The Light of Ancient and Modern Scriptures

The Light of Ancient and Modern Scriptures

2 Nephi 29:8
Nephi's Witness

Welcome to Lesson 7 on the book Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage. This week I hope you will more fully understand the complementary roles the Book of Mormon and the Bible play in testifying of Christ. We're still in the Introduction. This is from pages 3-4. 

The purpose of the present treatise is that of considering the life and mission of Jesus as the Christ. In this undertaking we are to be guided by the light of both ancient and modern scriptures; and, thus led, we shall discover, even in the early stages of our course, that the word of God as revealed in latter days is effective in illuming and making plain the Holy Writ of ancient times, and this, in many matters of the profoundest import.c

Elder Talmage is certainly not discounting the Bible in any way here. He only wishes to shine a light on the second nation prophesied about in Ezekial 37:19

Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

The Book of Mormon has a subtitle that explains its purpose: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. As with the Bible, the Book of Mormon teaches of Christ from the perspective of those who lived on the American continent. These people, called Nephites and Lamanites, migrated to the Americas from Israel with divine guidance for the purpose of bringing to light more than one witness of Christ. As it says in 2 Nephi 29:7-8:

7 Know ye not that there are more nations than one? Know ye not that I, the Lord your God, have created all men, and that I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea; and that I rule in the heavens above and in thevearth beneath; and I bring forth my word unto the children of men, yea, even upon all the nations of the earth?

8 Wherefore murmur ye, because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.
The earliest people in the Book of Mormon took with them their scriptures. They contained, among other writings, the words of Isaiah, which are quoted extensively. The first Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi, was a contemporary of Jeremiah. Christ visited the Nephites after His resurrection, teaching them in a manner similar to The Sermon on the Mount. The Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand-in-hand to teach of Christ with clarity.

For more on this topic please read Russell M. Nelson's excellent talk: Scriptural Witnesses.

Jeffrey R. Holland beautifully explains the connection between the Book of Mormon and Bible in context of the importance of continuing revelation in this short video.

Find more Jesus the Christ posts:
 Lesson 1: Introduction

Lesson 2: The Meaning Behind the Name

Lesson 3: The Divinity of Jesus Christ

Lesson 4: The Reckoning of History

Lesson 5: Despised Among Men

Lesson 6: World's Greatest Treasure

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