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211 Chapter_19 - 19 AWhat lack I yet?@ The following is...

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19 A What lack I yet? @ The following is Bruce R. McConkie = s commentary of the parallel passages covered in the above chapter of the student manual. Reading the entire selection constitutes 35 pages. Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers 12. Lepers, which stood afar off] Jesus had no direct, personal contact with the ten. The law required them to "dwell alone" and not mingle with other people. (Lev. 13:45-46.) 13. All ten had faith in Christ and believed that he could heal them. 14. Each instance of a healing by Jesus is unique; each stands alone by itself in the lesson taught and the work wrought. Here, as with Naaman the Syrian who was required by Elisha to bathe seven times in the Jordan before losing his leprosy (2 Kings 5), these ten lepers were not healed immediately, but were told to go and show themselves to the priests. Their faith being thus tested, they were all healed enroute. They were, of course, required to gain priestly approval that they were clean before beginning again to mingle with people generally. 17. This is an illustration of the gift of seership. The other nine had not been cleansed in the presence of the Master, yet he was fully aware of what occurred at some other place. 18. This stranger] Prayers of thanksgiving are as important as prayer petitioning divine favor. It is here worthy of note that the cleansed Jewish lepers went on their way and that only a lone Samaritan returned to Pour out his gratitude to the Master Healer. Perhaps this exhibition of gratitude by a Samaritan was another evidence to the apostles that all men are acceptable to the Lord and that the Jewish claim to exclusive superiority as a chosen race was soon to be replaced with a command to take the gospel of peace to all races. 19. Thy faith hath made thee whole] There are greater blessings than to be healed physically. And after a person has exercised the faith to gain physical well-being, if he is to continue in grace, he must manifest the added faith to receive spiritual blessings. Here all of the ten were cleansed of their physical affliction, but it is evident that the one grateful recipient of our Lord's favor was blessed in a special manner, perhaps being made whole spiritually also. What Is The Kingdom Of God? Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.537 "1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as it is now constituted is the kingdom of God on earth. Nothing more needs to be done to establish the kingdom. (D. & C. 35:27; 38:9, 15; 50:35; 62:9; 65; 136:41.) The kingdom is here, and it is the same kingdom which Daniel said would be set up in the last days. (Dan. 2:44-45.) This same kingdom has been set up in past ages whenever the gospel has been on earth, for the plan of salvation is the gospel of the kingdom. The Church and kingdom are one and the same. "Joseph Smith taught: `Some say the kingdom of God was not set up on the earth until
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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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211 Chapter_19 - 19 AWhat lack I yet?@ The following is...

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