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“All Can Partake, Freely”
Title“All Can Partake, Freely”
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPeterson, Daniel C.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
Volume42
Paginationvii-xiv
KeywordsLehi (Prophet); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Scholarship; Temple Worship; Tree of Life
Abstract

The Interpreter Foundation welcomes faithful ideas, insights, and manuscripts from people of all backgrounds. In this brief essay, I share some that were recently shared with me regarding Lehi’s vision of the tree of life, as recorded in 1 Nephi 8. Among other things, Lehi seems to have been shown that the divine offer of salvation extends far beyond a small elite. As Peter exclaims in the King James rendering of Acts 10:34, “God is no respecter of persons.” Other translations render the same words as saying that he doesn’t “play favorites” or “show partiality.” The passage in James 1:5 with which the Restoration commenced clearly announces that, if they will simply ask, God “giveth to all men liberally.”

URLhttps://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/all-can-partake-freely/

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