Friday, December 9, 2016

One thing more to be perfect which means the whole law

During the Lord's earthly ministry, the rich young man who wished to enter the order of the disciples
answered in the affirmative all preliminary questions as to his keeping of the commandments: "Not to murder, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness" (Matthew 19:16-18). He had honored his father and mother and loved his neighbor as himself, so he thought; what else was there to do? (Matthew 19:19-20). One thing more, said the Savior, to be perfect. The word perfect (teleios) does not mean perfect digestion, perfect eyesight, perfect memory, and so on; it is a special word meaning keeping the whole law. What remained for the young man, before he could be really serious (teleios), was keeping the law of consecration. If he did not keep that, he could not be perfect in keeping the others either, in other words, the wholelaw, for he could not become one of the Lord's disciples. So there was nothing but for Jesus to dismiss him—and a very sad occasion it was when they parted. The Lord observed to the apostles that the rich just can't take it; nevertheless, any alternative plan, any proposal of compromise, easier payments, or tax write-offs, was out of the question. The Lord did not say, "Come back; perhaps we could make a deal." No, he had to let the young rich man go. One does not
compromise on holy things. Unless we observe every promise we make in the endowment, we put ourselves in Satan's power.
Hugh Nibley, Approaching Zion 

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