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By President Sherman Smith
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 

Our God is a God of covenants

Passages

 

January 21, 2021

President Sherman Smith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

God makes and keeps His covenants.

The scriptures record, preserve and reveal God's covenantal nature. God covenanted with our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He promised them property, posterity and prosperity (see Genesis 12, 15, and 17). He acted through mighty acts of wonder to save our ancestors from Egyptian bondage. At Mount Sinai He invited our ancestors, and by extension all of us, to covenant to be loyal to Him (see Exodus 20 and the Book of Deuteronomy).

God's recorded relationship with the House of Israel found in scripture shows God consistently and continually acting to be true to His covenant to offer us salvation. And at times He has to allow us to suffer the consequences of breaking covenant with Him.

Isaiah recorded many of these covenantal interactions between God and His people. Nephi provides a covenantal interpretation of why Nephi's words and the words of

Isaiah should matter to us.

"For behold, my beloved brethren, I say unto you

that the Lord God worketh not in darkness." (2 Nephi 26:23).

God has revealed and preserved His covenants in scripture.

Prophets ancient and modern declare the mind and will of God with the intent that we willingly enter into the presence of God. These things are not hidden from us. As Amos taught, "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealed his secret [heavenly council] unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3:7).

"He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation." (2 Nephi 26:24).

Why does God make, offer and keep covenants? He wants us to be saved. So desirous is God for us to be with Him, to be as He is that He willingly gave up His life to heal the breach caused as we have broken the covenants God offered us.

"Hath he commanded any that they should not partake of his salvation? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but he hath given it free for all men; and he hath commanded his people that they should persuade all men to repentance. Behold, hath the Lord commanded any that they should not partake of his goodness? Behold I say unto you, Nay; but all men are privileged the one like unto the other, and none are forbidden." (2 Nephi 26:27-28)

Everyone has full and equal access to the salvation of God.

He simply asks that we be His people by living in accordance to His will.

There are alternate paths that we can take and they will lead us somewhere but not to God who has no patience for those who would mislead His people. Those who profit from misleading the people of God are set to receive special condemnation from God.

 

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