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From "Yosef Liahona" <yosef613@h...> Sat Dec 11 10:44:43 1999
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> One of the big reasons for having the Book of Mormon is to convince us,
>using plain terms, of what Jesus came to do for us. As you read in the
>Book of Mormon, you'll find that after Jesus was crucified and
>resurrected, He did not teach them to keep the law of Moses any more.

He sure did. The resurrected Yeshua said:

Behold, I am he that gave the law,
and I am he who covenanted with my people Israel,...
Behold, I have given unto you the commandments;
(3Ne. 15:5, 10 LDS)

>Instead, all through His ministry, He preached the gospel of repentance
>and baptism for those who were of age to know the difference between good
>and evil. In fact, when He did visit the Nephites, they were prepared to
>hear the law that they should keep, and this included nothing about
>continuing in the ordinances of the law of Moses.
>2 Nephi 11
>58 And after Christ shall have risen from the dead, he shall shew himself
>unto you, my children, and my beloved brethren;
>59 And the words which he shall speak unto you, shall be the law which ye
>shall do.

So he taught the Torah.

> Other prophets also testified that the sacrifice Christ would make, was
>to be the "last" sacrifice that would require the death of anything.
>Consider the following discourse to the Zoramites by Alma, Jr.:
>Alma 16
>206 And now behold, I will testify unto you of myself, that these things
>are true.
>207 Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among
>the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people,
>and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God has
>spoken it;
>208 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according
>to the great plan of the eternal God, there must be an atonement made, or
>else all mankind must unavoidably perish;
>209 Yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen, and are lost, and must
>perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be
>210 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice;
>yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of
>fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice: but it must be an infinite
>and eternal sacrifice.
>211 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood, which will
>atone for the sins of another.
>212 Now if a man murdereth, behold, will our law, which is just, take the
>life of his brother? I say unto you, Nay.
>213 But the law requireth the life of him who hath murdered; therefore
>there can be nothing, which is short of an infinite atonement, which will
>suffice for the sins of the world; therefore it is expedient that there
>should be a great and last sacrifice;
>214 And then shall there be, or it is expedient there should be, a stop
>to the shedding of blood; then shall the Law of Moses be fulfilled; yea,
>it shall all be fulfilled; every jot and tittle, and none shall have
>passed away.
>215 And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law; every whit pointing
>to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will
>be the Son of God; yea, infinite and eternal; and thus he shall bring
>salvation to all those who shall believe on his name;
>216 This being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the
>bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice and bringeth about means unto
>men that they may have faith unto repentance.
>217 And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them
>in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance,
>is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore, only
>unto him that has faith unto repentance, is brought about the great and
>eternal plan of redemption.
>218 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to
>exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy
>name, that he would have mercy upon you; yea, cry unto him for mercy; for
>he is mighty to save;

This cannot mean chronological "last" since the scripture clearly states
the offerings continued each year as a remembrance (Heb. 10:1-2); Paul
made offerings at the Temple long after Yeshua's death (Acts 21:17-26/Num.
6:13-21; Acts 24:17-18 see also Acts 18:18/Num 6:13-21) offerrings will be
made at the rebuilt Temple (Dan. 9:27) and offerings will be made at the
Millennial Temple (Ezek. 43:18-27).

This means only "last" in terms of power not chronology.



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