The Book of Ether Chapter 5 Critique
Setting: Three witnesses and the work itself will stand as a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.
Verse 1: And now I, Moroni,
have written the words which were commanded me, according to my memory;
and I have told you the things which I have sealed up; therefore touch
them not in order that ye may translate; for that thing is forbidden
you, except by and by it shall be wisdom in God.
Note: Christian Scripture is according to inspiration of God.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped
for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Verses 2-3: And behold, ye may
be privileged that ye may show the plates unto those who shall assist
to bring forth this work; And unto three shall they be shown by the
power of God; wherefore they shall know of a surety that these things
Note: Ancient writing was never on plates.
The earliest form of writing was pictographs – symbols which
represented objects – and served to aid in remembering such things as
which parcels of grain had gone to which destination or how many sheep
were needed for events like sacrifices in the temples. These
pictographs were impressed onto wet clay which was then dried, and
these became official records of commerce. ancient.eu
Verse 4: And in the mouth of
three witnesses shall these things be established; and the testimony of
three, and this work, in the which shall be shown forth the power of
God and also his word, of which the Father, and the Son, and the Holy
Ghost bear record—and all this shall stand as a testimony against the
world at the last day.
Note: Christians will be witnesses of Jesus Christ not of a bogus book.
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8.
Verse 5: And if it so be that they repent and come unto the Father in the name of Jesus, they shall be received into the kingdom of God.
Note: Christians are received into the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the
kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His
blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14.
Verse 6: And now, if I have no
authority for these things, judge ye; for ye shall know that I have
authority when ye shall see me, and we shall stand before God at the
last day. Amen.
Note: Christians will be rewarded for what they have done for God.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each
one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has
done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10.
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