Lehi’s Prophecies and Counsel to His Family

Blessings on Jacob

2 Nephi 2:1–2

Lehi speaks to Jacob, born in the wilderness, and greatly afflicted, yet blessed.

And now, Jacob, I speak unto you. Thou art my first–born in the days of my tribulation in the wilderness. And behold, in thy childhood thou hast suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren. Nevertheless, Jacob, my first–born in the wilderness, thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.

2 Nephi 2:3–4

Jacob’s soul will be blessed, his life spent in the service of God, and is redeemed by God.

Wherefore, thy soul shall be blessed, and thou shalt dwell safely with thy brother, Nephi; and thy days shall be spent in the service of thy God. Wherefore, I know that thou art redeemed, because of the righteousness of thy Redeemer; for thou hast beheld that in the fulness of time he cometh to bring salvation unto men. And thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory; wherefore, thou art blessed even as they unto whom he shall minister in the flesh;

2 Nephi 2:4–5

Salvation is free, and no one is justified by any law.

For the Spirit is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. And the way is prepared from the fall of man, and salvation is free. And men are instructed sufficiently that they know good from evil. And the law is given unto men. And by the law no flesh is justified; or, by the law men are cut off. Yea, by the temporal law they were cut off; and also, by the spiritual law they perish from that which is good, and become miserable forever.

2 Nephi 2:6–7

Redemption comes in and through the Holy Messiah, who graciously answers the ends of the law by offering himself as a sacrifice for sin, so those who have a broken heart and contrite spirit may be redeemed.

Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth. Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.

2 Nephi 2:8

It is greatly important to proclaim that no one can dwell in the presence of God except through the mercy and grace of the resurrected Messiah.

Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.

2 Nephi 2:9

The Messiah intercedes for mankind, and those that believe in him are saved.

Wherefore, he is the first–fruits unto God, inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men; and they that believe in him shall be saved.

2 Nephi 2:10

Because of this intercession, all mankind will be judged according to truth and holiness.

And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in him.

2 Nephi 2:10

The law brings about punishment for the wicked, as opposed to the atonement, which brings about happiness.

Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given, unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed, which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed, to answer the ends of the atonement—

2 Nephi 2:11

Opposition in all things is required to being about righteousness, holiness, and goodness, as well as their opposites.

For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first–born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.

2 Nephi 2:11

Opposites ares required to have life, meaning, and incorruption.

Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

2 Nephi 2:12

Were it not for opposites, nothing would have meaning or reason for being, and God’s wisdom, purposes, power, mercy and justice would all destroyed.

Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.

2 Nephi 2:13

Without law, there is no sin, without sin, there is not righteousness or punishment, and without righteousness there is no happiness or misery.

And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery.

2 Nephi 2:13

If these things don’t exist, then there is no God, no creation, and no people.

And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.