3 Nephi Chapter 30 Critique
Setting: The latter-day Gentiles are commanded to repent, come unto Christ, and be numbered with the house of Israel. About A.D. 34–35.
Verses 1-2: Hearken, O ye
Gentiles, and hear the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living
God, which he hath commanded me that I should speak concerning you,
for, behold he commandeth me that I should write, saying: Turn, all ye
Gentiles, from your wicked ways; and repent of your evil doings, of
your lyings and deceivings, and of your whoredoms, and of your secret
abominations, and your idolatries, and of your murders, and your
priestcrafts, and your envyings, and your strifes, and from all your
wickedness and abominations, and come unto me, and be baptized in my
name, that ye may receive a remission of your sins, and be filled with
the Holy Ghost, that ye may be numbered with my people who are of the
house of Israel.
Note: Jesus Christ chose the Apostle Paul to preach to the Gentiles.
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to
bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I
will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts
Note: Eternal salvation comes through sincere belief.
On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the
word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled
with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things
spoken by Paul. Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was
necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since
you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life,
behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us: ‘I
have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for
salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Now when the Gentiles heard this,
they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had
been appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:44-48.
Note: Do you want to be appointed unto eternal life through sincere belief in Jesus Christ?
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