Wed - Mar 19, 2008 : 12:16 am
2nd Nephi : 26 - Part 2
Ya know, I sure am glad that Nephi wrote verse 22 of this chapter. In all of scripture, this is the only chapter which uses the word "flaxen" to describe the way Satan tempts us.
Flax is a fiber from a plant which is used to make linen. Linen isn't known for its strength.
Satan indeed does "lead us" with very enticing, yet deadly, things until we are hopelessly addicted, or otherwise unable to use our agency to pull ourselves out. This, I believe, would certainly be called being bound "with his strong cords forever."
I've always loved that metaphor. It's certainly rung true in my life.
Verses 24 through 28 go on to explain in great detail who is qualified for the run toward salvation. Can you guess who it is? Yup... It's us.
These verses leave no doubt that no less than 100% of every human being born on earth is qualified to enter the run for salvation. Nobody on earth was born with no chance of being saved. It is 100%, completely, totally, and in all other ways, our choice whether or not we want to win.
Verse 31 is probably the best description of why we have no paid ministry in this church. Couldn't get any more simple.
ending with verse 33 pretty much sums up the general message of this chapter:
God loves us all, and we are all candidates for salvation.