Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 22
|In consequence(section heading)||As a result|
|Availeth him nothing(v. 2)||Does him no good|
|Strait(v. 2)||Narrow, restricted|
Doctrine and Covenants 22:2—The “Law of Moses” and “Dead Works”
The law of Moses is the system of ordinances and rituals revealed through the prophet Moses to the children of Israel ( Bible Dictionary,“law of Moses,” p. 722). This “old covenant” (D&C 22:1) was ended with the Atonement of Jesus Christ (3 Nephi 15:3–9).
Proper baptism establishes a “new and an everlasting covenant” (D&C 22:1; alsoD&C 20:37) between God and the individual. Baptism performed without authority is a “dead work” because no covenant is made.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 22.
Explain the Doctrine
Suppose you have a friend who is interested in becoming a member of the Church but does not understand why it is necessary to be baptized again because he or she was already baptized in another church. Using what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 22( alsoD&C 20:37, 72–74), write what you might say that would help your friend understand why the Lord requires that he or she be baptized by someone with the authority of the restored priesthood.
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