The Law is Given Unto Men

Reading: 2 Nephi 2:5, Jacob 6:9-10, D&C 88:42

Consider this post part 1 of 2.

God has given us many commandments.  The laws we live by must be obeyed or there will be consequences.  In Jacob 6:

Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God? And according to the power of justice, for justice cannot be denied, ye must go away into that lake of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up forever and ever, which lake of fire and brimstone is endless torment.

The law is given through prophets living, and through past prophets through the scriptures.  While we are not held accountable to laws we do not know, once we learn them we are held accountable to them.  In 2 Nephi 9:25 & 27 it says,

Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him. . . But wo unto him that has the law given, yea, that has all the commandments of God, like unto us, and that transgresseth them, and that wasteth the days of his probation, for awful is his state!

We certainly have a law given to us, or else what would I have to write about?

Tomorrow I will talk about what it means to us that we have been given a law, but that none of us are perfect in following those laws.  Stay tuned!

There are many sources for me to learn more about God’s commandments.  We receive God’s commandments through the scriptures and through a living prophet.  In these modern times we can also receive information about God’s commandments through the scriptures, through general conference, through church magazines, through church websites, through books by general authorities, through lessons in church, and so on.  I cannot even begin to claim that law has not been given to me.

Today I am going to once again do some extra scripture study this evening.

How do you receive God’s law?  Are there ways you could be a better recipient of God’s law?


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