Friday, December 9, 2016

Ye never knew me

Matthew 7:21-23
21 ¶Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/7?lang=eng

Verse 23 in JST reads: And then will I say, Ye never knew me...

This same change is in the story of the 10 virgins. "I know you not" vs JST, "ye know me not." https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/25?lang=eng

That is a very significant change. It puts the focus on us and our actions that prevent us from "knowing Christ" and thus keeping us out of the wedding feast.

Here is some amazing insight from an article I read:
“How is it that the Lord has not known them? The Hebrew word “know” [yada] has a broad range of meanings. One of them is covenantal.” The Lord knows and is known by only those
individuals who have received and kept all of His ordinances and covenants. Elder Bruce R. McConkie further explains: Jesus is saying: “Ye never knew me so fully as to be sealed
up unto eternal life with your callings and elections made sure, and since you did not magnify your callings in the priesthood, you shall be cast out and be as though I never knew you.” (He That Thrusteth in His Sickle with His Might … Bringeth Salvation to His Soul”: Doctrine and Covenants Section 4 and the Reward of Consecrated Service, pg 198) http://www.templethemes.net/publications/160811-Bradshaw-D&C%204.pdf

Let us decide today to be counted with the wise virgins and go to and be valiant and endure righteously until we receive sufficient grace and have our callings and elections made sure; thus knowing Christ and enjoying the wedding feast with Him.

Craig

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