1 Nephi 6:4-5 — LeGrand Baker — The God Abraham

1 Nephi 6:4-5  

4. For the fulness of mine intent is that I may persuade men to come unto the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, and be saved.
5 Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world

Respect for Nephi insists that one look at this and the verses around it, and try to understand what he is saying. He is not just saying “I want people to know about God.” His words are much too formal to be mean something that casual. That phrase, “the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob,” is not used much in the scriptures. and when it is, it is never used casually. By Nephi’s use of this very formal name of God, he is trying to call our attention to something very important.

Ultimately, the covenant the Lord made with Abraham and its attendant blessings are the great door by which we are given entrance to all of the blessings of the Savior’s Atonement. An example of the formal and important use of that phrase is:{1}

6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God (Exodus 3:6).



{1} There are only a few other examples. They are: Genesis 26:24, 28:13, 31:42; Exodus 3:15-16, 4:5; 1 Kings 18:36; 1 Chronicles 29:18; 2 Chronicles 30:6; Matthew 22:32; Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37; Acts 3:13, 7:32; 1 Nephi 6:4, 19:10; Mosiah 7:19, 23:23; Alma 29:11, 36:2; 3 Nephi 4:30; Mormon 9:11; and D&C 136:21.

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