So, on last chapter's post, someone left a wonderful comment. Thank you, whoever you are. That is precisely why I do this.
Now... Ether 4. This chapter starts out with an interesting verse. I guess Mosiah would have had several channels whereby he could have known he should not let the book of Ether out of the bag until Christ's crucifixion. Interesting, though that I've never noticed that before. I wonder if Mosiah read the plates before he translated them?
Truth be told, verse 7 is kind of intimidating, but it's true and puts forth a great point. To me, it means that Morianton wasn't singly special, or more special than anyone else. God is telling us that anyone who puts forth the faith that Morianton did, will be able to see the things that he did. It wasn't Morianton that was singled out, it was his faith and acts that showed God he was willing and ready to see what he saw, which is available to any and all of us.
Verse 11, I believe, is the key to gaining knowledge through faith. Over
again, it is written that belief is a key ingredient, and one of the first requirements for faith to grow.
I've gotta be honest. The last sentence of verse 12 is kind of confusing to me. Various references are made throughout scripture that Christ is both the Father and the Son, and some references make more sense than others, but I still don't quite understand. Got some more studying to do, I suppose. It's also good to note, that while some things in scripture are obvious, and are easy to understand, those which are a bit confusing doesn't denote that they are any less true. It just means that my faith isn't sufficient that I should be given that light and knowledge yet. "Line upon line, precept upon precept.".