KnoWhy #371 - Why Does Nephi State that We Are Saved by Grace “After All We Can Do"? (2 Nephi 25:23)


KnoWhy #371 - Why Does Nephi State that We Are Saved by Grace “After All We Can Do"? (2 Nephi 25:23)

TitleKnoWhy #371 - Why Does Nephi State that We Are Saved by Grace “After All We Can Do"? (2 Nephi 25:23)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
Keywords2 Nephi 10:24; 2 Nephi 25:23; Grace; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Nephi (Son of Lehi); Salvation
Abstract

Nephi’s statement “it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23) has been the source of much discussion among Latter-day Saints. BYU Professor Stephen Robinson explained, “At first glance at this scripture, we might think that grace is offered to us only chronologically after we have completed doing all we can do, but this is demonstrably false.”

It is clear that the focus of Nephi’s teaching in 2 Nephi 25:23, like that of Jacob’s in 2 Nephi 10:24, is on remembering that we are saved through the grace of God, and that we need to be reconciled to Him. As Joseph Spencer concluded, “Regardless of what actually has been done, grace is what saves—and that remains true even after all that can be done.” If “all we can do” is “be reconciled unto God,” then we, as Ben Spackman noted, “commit to doing God’s will and trying to change when we fail to do so.”

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