2 Nephi 25: "Believe in Christ"

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 52–53

One of the reasons Nephi gave for including the words of Isaiah on the small plates was Isaiah’s testimony of Christ (see 2 Nephi 11:1, 4, 6, 8). After Nephi finished quoting from Isaiah, he explained that he knew the words of Isaiah would be hard to understand, but very valuable. Look for the ways Nephi said we might better understand Isaiah’s prophecies (see 2 Nephi 25:1–8 in particular). Look also for Nephi’s own prophecy of Christ, which he gives in “plainness” (2 Nephi 25:4).

Understanding the Scriptures

2 Nephi 25

Abominations (v. 2)Sins; thoughts and acts that are offensive to God
Confine (v. 8)Limit
Scourged (v. 16)Punished
Expedient (vv. 16, 30)Necessary, essential
Reconciled (v. 23)To be brought back again into unity after being in disagreement
Grace (v. 23)The power of Jesus Christ (see also Bible Dictionary, "grace," p. 697)
Steadfastness (v. 24)Firmness of mind or purpose
Sufficient (v. 28)Enough
In nowise (v. 29)Not in any manner or degree

2 Nephi 25:1–8—Five Keys to Understanding Isaiah

Nephi, while explaining why the words of Isaiah were “hard for many of my people to understand” (2 Nephi 25:1), provided the following keys for gaining a better understanding of Isaiah:

  1. 1.

    Understand the Jews (vv. 1–2, 5). The “manner of prophesying among the Jews,” such as their use of symbolism and dual meanings, and other “things of the Jews” were unique.

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    Use modern scripture (vv. 3–4). Modern scripture is the best commentary on Isaiah. Nephi prophesied in “plainness” many of the same things Isaiah spoke of in beautiful symbolism. The better we understand the gospel, the easier it will be to understand it in Isaiah.

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    Pray for the “spirit of prophecy” (v. 4). As we live worthy of the gifts of the Spirit, all things will be revealed to us according to the will of the Lord and as we are able to receive those things (see also Alma 12:9–11).

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    Study the geography of the Holy Land (v. 6). Isaiah often used the setting of the Holy Land—the people, nations, and places—to illustrate his message.

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    Watch for the fulfillment of prophecy (vv. 7–8). Those parts of Isaiah’s prophecies that remain unclear to us will become clear as we see them come to pass in these last days.

2 Nephi 25:23—We Are Saved by Grace, after All We Can Do

We are saved by the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We must, however, come unto Christ on His terms in order to obtain all the blessings that He freely offers us. We come unto Christ by doing “all we can do” to remember Him, keep our covenants with Him, and obey His commandments (see D&C 20:77, 79; see also Abraham 3:25).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study 2 Nephi 25.

Activity A iconMake a Time Line

Make a time line in your notebook, labeling it “Nephi’s Day” on one end and “The Second Coming of Jesus Christ” on the other. Fill it in with at least five of Nephi’s prophesies in 2 Nephi 25:10–19. You may want to add to this time line as you read the next few chapters in 2 Nephi.

Activity B iconAnswer a Nonmember’s Question

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    Imagine that someone who is not a member of the Church asked, “Do Latter-day Saints worship or even believe in Christ?” List five or more truths from 2 Nephi 25:20–30 you could point out that illustrate our beliefs in Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him.

  2. 2.

    What personal feelings and testimony about Christ would you share with that person?

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