1 Nephi 3:16-31 (continued) — LeGrand Baker — Being “Faithful”

1 Nephi 3:16 

16 Wherefore, let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; therefore let us go down to the land of our father’s inheritance, for behold he left gold and silver, and all manner of riches. And all this he hath done because of the commandments of the Lord.

Faithful is used here with precision. Even though faith (pistis) has lost its covenant connotation and has come to mean belief without evidence, faithful has kept its original meaning. To be faithful (pistos) is to do what we say we will do—that is, to keep our part of the covenant. The word Nephi uses here is “commandments” rather than covenants, but it was a covenant, nonetheless. God had given the instruction and Nephi understood that with that instruction had come a promise of assistance. The brothers had promised to obey. Therefore, to be faithful, they must do as they had promised.


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