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Unformatted text preview: 6 A This is he of whom it is written @ The following includes Bruce R. McConkie = s commentary as it relates to this chapter of the student handbook. Jesus Teaches The Gospel Of The Kingdom Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.156 - p.157 What did Jesus teach? During his ministry did he just go around doing good, healing the sick, and proclaiming various ethical principles, which if accepted would raise men to a higher way of life? Such is the common sectarian view. In reality, Jesus taught the gospel of the kingdom of God. That is, he taught that the kingdom of God, which is the Church of Jesus Christ, had again been set up on earth, and that it was the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth. He taught the gospel which means that he taught the terms and provisions of the plan of Salvation. He taught that gospel which "embraces all of the laws, principles, doctrines, rites, ordinances, acts, powers, authorities, and keys necessary to save and exalt men in the highest heaven hereafter." (Mormon Doctrine, pp. 303-306.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.157 His proclamation was that he, as the Son of God, had come to work out the infinite and eternal atonement, whereunder immortality would come to all as a free gift, while those who believed and obeyed the fulness of gospel law would inherit in addition eternal life in the realms to come. He taught that men must believe in him as the promised Messiah, repent of their sins, be baptized in water by a legal administrator, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and then endure in righteousness and faith to the end. He taught the gospel, and all these things and more are the gospel. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.157 He taught that the gospel or plan of salvation was being restored in his day, so that if men would believe and obey, they could gain peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. He taught exactly, precisely, and identically what he has told the elders of Israel to teach in this day. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.157 John 4:43-46a. Going from Samaria northward into Galilee, Jesus traveled from Sychar to Cana, not directly to Nazareth (which lay between Sychar and Cana), because as he apparently commented to his disciples, "a prophet hath no honour in his own country." Jesus Heals Nobleman's Son Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.158 Healings] Our Lord's healing ministry, though far from the most important part of his work, stands at least as one of his most dramatic and impressive undertakings. The chief purposes of his mortal ministry were: (1) To work out the infinite and eternal atonement, as a result of which all men gain immortality and those who believe and obey the fulness of his laws attain in addition eternal life in the Father's kingdom; (2) To restore the gospel and set up the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course REL C 211 taught by Professor Keithwilson during the Winter '11 term at BYU.
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