JRH Christ and the New Covenant - Chapter 2

JRH Christ and the New Covenant - Chapter 2 - Elder Jeffrey...

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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland Christ and the New Covenant Chapter 2 - Rending the Veil of Unbelief As noted earlier, most of the Book of Mormon account comes from the period before Jesus' birth into mortality. Not surprisingly, then, one of the special contributions of this record is the knowledge it conveys about the regal role of the premortal Christ. Christ as Jehovah, as well as Christ as Jesus, is one of the principal messages of this sacred book. Latter-day Saint scholars consider the bringing together of the stick of Joseph with the stick of Judah, as prophesied by Ezekiel, one of the great contributions of the Book of Mormon, and so it is. 1 However, in the matter of bringing together disparate records, it is equally important to acknowledge what the Book of Mormon does to unite the Old Testament with the New Testament in a way that is not usually acknowledged and is, in fact, sometimes seen as impossible in other religious traditions. Many students of the Bible have felt it difficult to reconcile Old Testament theology and the views of Deity portrayed there with what is presented later in the New Testament. Bridging such a perceived gap is yet one more inestimable contribution made by a third testament the Book of Mormon. This new covenant links the religious worlds of Malachi and Matthew not only by bridging the intervening years between them (commencing, as it does, six hundred years before Christ and ending four hundred years afterward) but, more important, by bringing Old and New Testament texts together in the continuity of doctrine taught and the image of Deity portrayed. Of course, the central role of the premortal, mortal, and postmortal (resurrected) Christ in the Book of Mormon is the unifying thread that ties together all the saving teachings and traditions of the old covenant with the new. The foreordination of Christ, his premortal divinity, the time and circumstances of his coming, and so many particulars of his mission and message were taught abundantly throughout Book of Mormon history. In approximately 74 b.c. Amulek said to his fellow citizens in the city of Ammonihah, "I think that it is impossible that ye should be ignorant of the things which have been spoken concerning the coming of Christ, who is taught by us to be the Son of God; yea, I know that these things were taught unto you bountifully before your dissension from among us." 2 Chapters 3 through 10 of this book show just how "bountifully" these truths were taught among the Nephites before Christ's birth. But the reader of the Book of Mormon should first consider an earlier and more remarkable account than those. The Brother of Jared One of the greatest prophets in the Book of Mormon goes unnamed in the record that documents his remarkable life. He is identified only as "the brother of Jared." Yet the revelation that unfolded before his eyes was so extraordinary that his life and legacy have become synonymous with bold, consummate, perfect faith. - In the dispersion from the Tower of Babel, the
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course BOM 201 taught by Professor Stuff during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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