Do Not Deny the Gifts – 3 Nephi 29:1-9

1 And now behold, I say unto you that when the Lord shall see fit, in his wisdom, that these sayings shall come unto the Gentiles [what is written in the Book of Mormon] according to his word, then ye may know that the covenant which the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning their restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning to be fulfilled. [In 1841, 11 years after the publication of the Book of Mormon, Orson Hyde, an Apostle of the Church, dedicated the Holy Land of Israel for the returning of the Jews. By 1882 there began to be a small number of Jews that trickled into the country. In 1917, the British government, the controlling power of Palestine, issued the Balfour Declaration, which announced the support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. The state of Israel was formally created in 1948, 22 years shy of exactly 2000 years after the forced exile of the Jewish people from their homeland.]

2 And ye may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fullfilled ; and ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.

3 And ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his people of the house of Israel. [This is our generation.]

4 And when ye shall see these sayings coming forth among you, then ye need not any longer spurn [dismiss] at the doings of the Lord, for the sword of his justice is in his right hand [very close]; and behold, at that day, if ye shall spurn at his doings he will cause that it shall soon overtake you.

5 Wo unto him that spurneth at the doings of the Lord; yea, wo unto him that shall deny the Christ and his works! [Not just the prophecies, but the gifts of the Spirit.]

6 Yea, wo unto him [very sad for them] that shall deny [refuse to acknowledge and seek] the revelations of the Lord, and that shall say the Lord no longer worketh by revelation, or by prophecy, or by gifts, or by tongues, or by healing, or by the power of the Holy Ghost! [How often do you hear people speak in this manner, even among the leaders of Church? Some may say, “Only the leaders can receive such miracles.” Where such miracles are absent, the Lord’s Spirit is missing.]

We live in a time when revelations, prophecy, tongues, healing, and gifts of the Spirit are considered peculiar, undignified, and deceptive. The very opposite of their true standing with God. Should we not be seeking such things in our relationship with Him? Is it not commanded of us? Be very alert and aware of this reality among the believers of Christ and those who attempt to lead us.

7 Yea, and wo unto him that shall say at that day, to get gain, that there can be no miracle wrought by Jesus Christ; for he that doth this shall become like unto the son of perdition, for whom there was no mercy, according to the word of Christ! [The Lord gives us a clue to recognize these deceivers. They will gain economic rewards while they deny the importance of such gifts. What does it look like when one denies the gifts? They will claim they are not necessary, for an exclusive group, or rebuke those who claim to have received these gifts. They will suppress the very sharing of experiences and not allow them to be exercised during times of worship. They are “like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27]

Mormon also compares those who set themselves up as a light in the last days to get gain that they shall be as the “son of perdition” where no mercy is given. What does this mean? A son of perdition is one who had made oaths with Satan of the highest order. Those of perdition have made oaths, but of a lower order. They are dark through and through. From such people will these unbeliefs be propagated.

8 Yea, and ye need not any longer hiss [gossip], nor spurn [dismiss], nor make game [make fun]of the Jews, nor any of the remnant of the house of Israel; for behold, the Lord remembereth his covenant unto them, and he will do unto them according to that which he hath sworn.

9 Therefore ye need not suppose that ye can turn the right hand of the Lord unto the left [change what God has decreed], that he may not execute judgment unto the fulfilling of the covenant which he hath made unto the house of Israel.

Mormon makes a powerful observation regarding the state of the Gentiles at the time this record will be available. Do you not see this is how it is today?

 

 

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8 Responses to Do Not Deny the Gifts – 3 Nephi 29:1-9

  1. S Silver says:

    “Orson Hyde, an Apostle of the Church, dedicated the Holy Land of Israel for the returning of the Jews”

    Was this dedication directed by the Lord or men? [Orson Hyde did it of his own desire. It was a dedicatory prayer. Simply a signal for what was coming. PR]

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  2. S Silver says:

    “but are within full of dead men’s bones”

    Is “men’s” italicized because it references the telestial level where the men who are leading the people exhibit none of the gifts of the Spirit and thus none of the light and knowledge of any higher kingdoms? (They are second estate at best or the children of men currently without covenant? Or even worse if sons of perdition have slipped into leadership?) [They are not “sons of perdition,” as they are 2nd estate, yet they are without light. PR]

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  3. Myrsmakeup says:

    Yes! I JUST read about the Belfaur declaration in June from a book I had ticked away for 20 years….I love the Lords tender mercies!!!!!!

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  4. S Silver says:

    “They are not “sons of perdition,” as they are 2nd estate, yet they are without light.”

    If they are without light, will the Gatherers be able to find them? [If they are without light they have already pledged themselves to Satan. If they are the Elect and simply without a shepherd, they will hear the call. PR]

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  5. S Silver says:

    “Mormon also compares those who set themselves up as a light in the last days to get gain that they shall be as the “son of perdition” where no mercy is given.”

    Does that mean no mercy is given in this life and they are destroyed in the flesh during the coming troubles?

    I know the Savior’s atonement is powerful to forgive and when the scripture says “shall be as”, that it is just a likening. What is the consequence these persons endure? [If they choose to align themselves with the Adversary (not by accident, but by oath and covenant) they shall be as the son of perdition in that Satan shall have claim on them and they will be numb to God’s call out to them. PR]

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  6. MRR says:

    re: healing

    “these signs follow those who believe: cast out devils in my name and healing in my name” (paraphrasing).

    I 100% believe in this. I have seen it. I’m aware that I am in the minority.

    I’ve seen what appears to be people who don’t even believe in Jesus experience overt miraculous healing in their body. I Am I seeing things? Do you think it’s possible if the one praying over the nonbeliever believes? [It seems that you’re asking if someone who is not a believer can they experience healing? Yes, sometimes if the faith of the healer is sufficient this can occur, but there are many factors. If the person is controlled by demons, those must first be removed. If not, there will be no healing. PR]

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  7. Will the “call out” be clear where there is no denying that God is calling you out? [I’m not sure what you mean by a “call out.” People who have the Spirit as their guide will be inspired to go and do things. Those who are the Elect that do no know what to do will be found and given the Gospel. PR]

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  8. S Silver says:

    The “call out” is a belief that leaders of a church will warn their congregations to pack up and move to church-owned land somewhere in a more remote area (usually assumed to be mountain areas) where the people will live in tents as a way to escape the coming destruction of Babylon.

    Over the last year it has seemed to me that if we are following the Spirit, we are already being positioned where we need to be through the first difficulties/calamities. If we are seeking the Lord, we can expect to continue to be led to do things both simple (like preparing in some way) and large (like moving). I suspect we are already participating in The Gathering, even before Gatherers have shown up on our doorstep. (Is this correct?) [Yes. PR]

    I have also come to believe that the majority of the elect who will be gathered are in our homes for the economic crash and civil war, which is used to turn our hearts back to the Lord. Is this belief correct? [They are all over the world. PR]

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