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Solemn & Sagacious Sunday: Three Pillars Revisited

Welcome to my new segment.  Truth be known, this is the real reason that I started blogging.  Back when I had first started I thought that it would be fun to share what I had learned from my personal scripture studies.

Solemn and Sagacious Sunday is intended to be as the title suggests.  It will turn from politics, from silliness, and from the everyday aspect of my life.  It will be a thoughtful and reverent reflection of my thoughts and testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Book of Mormon, and our (mankind’s) eternal purpose.

My recent studies of the scriptures have lead me to a deep investigation of 2 Nephi Chapter 2.  My extensive study was sparked by verse 5, and the part that reads, “by the law no flesh is justified.”

Now that I reflect back on my study and notes regarding this, I am not completely sure the path that I took, but I know that it lead me to think about Elder Bruse R. McConkie’s article from June 1982 titled Christ and the Creation.

The basic gist of this article is that there are three pillars of the gospel.  They are the creation of man, the fall of man, and the atonement of Jesus Christ.  I had it presented to me in a fashion that three Roman Columns (or pillars) were holding up the Church, and that Christ was the foundation of the Church.

However, my studying of 2 Nephi 2:5 lead me to a deeper understanding of what this principle of the gospel meant.  It lead me to a path where I came to an understanding of how the law is pertinent to the creation, the fall, and the atonement.

First, the creation could not have happened without the law.  This is evidenced in 2 Nephi 2:11-13 which reads, “And if ye shall say there is no law,… there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth.”  The law was necessary for the creation to exist.

The law was also important in the fall of man.  For “by the law are men cut off” from the presence of God (2 Nephi 2:5).  It is our disobedience to the law that separates us from our Father in Heaven and all the he has promised us.

However, the law also provides is with a means to escape that separation.  The atonement is that means.  Jesus Christ “offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law” (2 Nephi 2:7).

It came to me from this study that the law of the gospel reaches deeper than just a few commandments of thou shalts and thou shalt nots.  It is the law that has set into motion the great plan of happiness that our Father in Heaven has for us.

I testify of the truthfulness of these things, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

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