Nephi must have been one heck of an orator, because he begins this chapter by apologizing for his writing—saying “neither am I mighty in writing, like unto speaking.” (1) But I don’t believe we have to be mighty in speaking or writing to testify of Christ. We just do what we can, to the best of our ability…and Nephi tells us the Holy Ghost does the rest.
For “when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.” (1)
Is my heart and mind open to promptings and power of the Holy Ghost?
What specific things could I give up or consecrate to the Lord so that the Holy Ghost can be with me more?
Nephi does all he can to convince his family and people of Christ and says that “I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people.” (4)
Do I pray for “my people?”
And the words which I have written in weakness will be made strong unto them.”2 Nephi 33:4
This is a great reason to keep a journal and write our testimony of spiritual experiences in it. Our words might seem weak, but if the Holy Ghost accompanies the reader who eventually read them, our weakness can be made a strong to witness to their hearts and minds about Christ.
Nephi had four objectives outlined in verse 4 when he wrote:
- to persuade his people to do good;
- to make known unto them of their fathers;
- to persuade them to believe in Jesus Christ;
- to help them endure to the end.
He speaks harshly against sin. Heaven has no part of that. And that’s why we must believe and have faith in Jesus Christ, the only One who can save us. Nephi says those filled with the spirit of the devil will be angry at his words. (5) The Spirit leads one to glory, like Nephi in this next verse:
I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.”2 Nephi 33:6
Nephi has charity for his people, those left behind in Jerusalem, and for the Gentiles. He hopes to see us at Christ’s judgment seat.
Yet “for none of these can I hope except they shall be reconciled unto Christ, and enter into the narrow gate, and walk in the strait path which leads to life, and continue in the path until the end of the day of probation.”2 Nephi 33:9
What does it mean to be reconciled to Christ?
Merriam-Webster definitions include: to restore to friendship or harmony; settle, resolve; to make consistent. In finance, reconcile means to check against another thing for accuracy. Plugging these into this verse gives us new depth to ponder.
- To be reconciled to Christ means to restore to friendship or harmony with Him. We lived with Him before coming to earth and having a veil of forgetfulness upon us. Mortality is a place to restore our previous relationship with Him—to prove we want to be His friends forever.
- To be reconciled to Christ means to settle with Him, to stop fighting against Him in our pride and selfishness.
- To be reconciled to Christ means we resolve our differences which keep Him out of our life. We welcome Him in to help make us consistent with His perfect character.
- To be reconciled to Christ can mean that we check who we are, what we are doing, and what we want to be against Jesus Christ Himself, using Him as our only comparison or standard. Are we measuring up? Probably not, so read on.
- To be reconciled to Christ means to repent daily so our “spiritual balance sheet” doesn’t end up in the red. Jesus Christ makes us balance out so we can flourish and thrive in all aspects of our lives.
If we believe in Christ, we will believe Nephi’s words, “for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good.” (10) And we will do all we can to be reconciled with our Creator, our Savior, our Redeemer.