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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Faith in Jesus Christ

We believe that the first principle of the Gospel is faith in Jesus Christ. In other words this is the very first step that each person must take in order to prepare to return to God. In Helaman 5: 12 it states "...remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation...which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Why must we have faith in Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ was sent down to this earth to save mankind from physical death and spiritual death. He conquered both types of death through what we call the Atonement of Jesus Christ which included his suffering on the cross. Through Christ's Atonement, we can receive a forgiveness of our sins so that we can be clean and enter into God's presence. Christ's atonement can also empower us to overcome the struggles and trials that we face in our every day lives. Alma 7:11-12 "...he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy...that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."

How do we develop faith in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus Christ comes in degrees. It is generally not something that is all or nothing. Some people have been blessed to easily accept Jesus Christ and to others it comes as a struggle. Alma 32: 26-30 gives us some insight on how to develop faith "Now, as I said concerning faith--that it is not a perfect knowledge...Ye cannot know of a surety at first...but behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiement upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work within you...Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold if it be a true seed...if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief...it will begin to swell within your breasts...for it beginneth to enlarge your soul, yea, it beginneth to enlighten your understanding..."

2 comments:

Carolyn Duede said...

I appreciate how clearly you express gospel principles. I have just connected your site to my blog so that people with questions about our church can read about the plain and precious truths you focus your posts on. (I also look forward to the reminders.) Thank you!

DeweyOlsen said...

I found a Wonderful site on Isaiah!
http://www.isaiahexplained.com/
The site has free lessons on every chapter.
Very well done and in the author’s own voice.
Every Isaiah Chapter has the Analytical Commentary of Isaiah. Enjoy this personable verse-by-verse commentary of Isaiah by well-known Hebrew scholar Avraham Gileadi.

“Dr. Gileadi is the only LDS scholar I know of who is thoroughly competent to teach the words of Isaiah”—Professor Hugh Nibley, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. (1. 6. 2003)

“It is my testimony that this man has been brought forward and trained at this time to help those inside the Church into Isaiah, and those outside the Church, Jew and Gentile, through Isaiah into the Church” —Arthur Henry King, author, former BYU professor and London
Temple President.

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“Dr. Gileadi’s work will render obsolete almost all the speculations of Isaiah scholars over the last one hundred years . . . enabling scholarship to proceed along an entirely new line . . . opening new avenues of approach for others to follow”—Professor Roland K. Harrison, Wycliffe College, Toronto, Canada.

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