2 Nephi 9 contains a discourse by Jacob, one of Nephi’s younger brothers, about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which is the central event in the plan of salvation. To understand the teachings in this chapter, it is helpful to understand the terms temporal death and spiritual death. For an explanation of these terms, see Bible Dictionary, “Death,” 655.
According to Jacob, what are some of the things we must do to be “saved in the kingdom of God,” or permitted to dwell in God’s presence forever? (See 2 Nephi 9:18, 21, 23–24, 39, 41, 50–52.)
What are some attitudes and actions that prevent us from receiving all the blessings of the Atonement? (See 2 Nephi 9:27–38.)
Jacob prophesied that the Nephites’ descendants would “perish in the flesh because of unbelief” and that the Jews in Jerusalem would crucify the Savior and be scattered because of their sins (2 Nephi 10:2–6). What will the Lord do for these people when they believe in Him and repent of their sins? (See 2 Nephi 10:2, 7–8, 21–22; see also 1 Nephi 21:15–16; 2 Nephi 9:1–3, 53; 30:2.) How does this apply to us individually?
Consider how individual words and phrases in the following verses enhance the meaning of Jacob’s discourse:
Suggestion for Family Discussion
Invite family members to discuss what the Savior has done for them individually and for the family.