Feast Upon the Words of Christ
FEAST UPON THE WORDS OF CHRIST 1 - Feast Upon the Words of Christ introduction. SCRIPTURES THAT EMPHASIZE THE NECESSITY OF MEDITATIVE SCRIPTURE STUDY. Joshua 1:8“Thou shalt meditate therein” 2 Nephi 32:3“Feast upon the words of Christ” Helaman 3:29“Search these things diligently” 3 Nephi 17:3“Ponder upon these things” D&C 11:22“Study my word” D&C 21:6“Behold, let your time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures . . . and then it shall be made known what you shall do” D&C 33:16“the holy scriptures are given of me for your instruction” D&C 35:20,21 “the scriptures shall be given, . . to the salvation of mine own elect; for they will hear my voice, and shall see my face. . . ” D&C 42:28“Thou knowest [that] my laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures . . . ” D&C 71:1“. . . Expounding the mysteries out of the scriptures according to that portion of Spirit and power which shall be given unto you . . . ” D&C 84:85“Treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man [woman who has prepared by treasuring up the words of life].
D&C 88:77“And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” 2. GENERAL AUTHORITY STATEMENTS STRESSING THE URGENCY OF PONDERING THE SCRIPTURES. President Harold B. Lee, July 15, 1972, Church News “Testimony isn’t something you have today, and you are going to have always. A testimony is fragile. It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam. It is something you have to recapture every day of your life. ” President Spencer W. Kimball (“How Rare a Possession the Scriptures! ” Ensign, September 1976, pp. 2-5) Perhaps you will have noticed that for many years the General Authorities have urged us all with increasing frequency and in a spirit of love to adopt a program of daily gospel study in our homes, both as individuals and as families . . . “I feel strongly that we must all of us return to the scriptures . . . and let them work mightily within us, impelling us to an unwavering determination to serve the Lord. “The Lord is not trifling with us when he gives us these scriptures, for “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. (Luke 12:48) Access to these things means responsibility for them. We must study the scriptures according to the Lord’s commandment (see 3 Nephi 23:1-5), and we must let them govern our lives and the lives of our children. So I ask all to begin now to study the scriptures in earnest. ” President Ezra Taft Benson (Regional Representative’s Seminar, April 4, 1985) “One of the most important things you can do . . . is to immerse yourself in the scriptures. Search them diligently. Feast upon the words of Christ. Learn the doctrine. Master the principles that are found therein.
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There are few other efforts that will bring greater dividends . . . There are few ways to gain greater inspiration. When individual members and families immerse themselves in the scriptures regularly and consistently . . . testimonies will increase, commitment will be strengthened, families will be fortified, personal revelation will flow. . . . studying the scriptures is not a burden laid upon [the saints] by the Lord but a marvelous blessing and opportunity. ” Pres. Spencer W. Kimball (Address to CES personnel, July 11, 1966, BYU. ) I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far away [from God], that if I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns. ” Pres. Harold B. Lee (Regional Representative Seminar, Oct. 1970) “If we are not reading the scriptures daily, our testimonies are growing thinner. ” Elder Boyd K. Packer (Address to CES Personnel, October 14, 1977) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for octrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man [woman] of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16-17). . . . If your students are acquainted with the revelations there is no question personal or social or political or occupational that need go unanswered. Within the scriptures is contained the fulness of the everlasting gospel. Within the scriptures we find principles of truth, against every confusion and every problem and every dilemma that will face the human family or an individual, in [the scriptures] all can be resolved. ” Elder John A.
Widtsoe (Evidences and Reconciliation’s, Vol. 3, pp. 16-17) It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or art; yet will expect to win knowledge of the gospel which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons. The gospel should be studied more intensely than any school or college subject. They who pass opinion on the gospel without having given it intimate and careful study are not lovers of truth, and their opinions are worthless. President Spencer W. Kimball (“Beloved Youth, Study and Learn” Life’s Directions, p. 90) Can you see that the spiritual knowledge may be complemented with the secular in this life and on for eternities, but that the secular without the foundation of the spiritual is but like form upon the milk, the fleeting shadow? Do not be deceived! One need not choose between the two but only as to the sequence, for there is opportunity for one to get both simultaneously. President Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses, 6:317) There are many branches of education; some go to college to learn languages, some to study law, some to study physics, and some to study astronomy, and various other branches of science.
We want every branch of science taught in this place that is taught in the world. But our favorite study is that branch which particularly belongs to the Elders of Israel—namely theology. Every Elder should become a profound theologian—should understand this branch better than all the world. 3. THE HOLY GHOST IS REQUIRED if we are to really understand the scriptures and subsequently utilize the scriptures to change our life and our perspective regarding life and its eternal destiny. At home, you are your teacher of scripture. You must teach yourself the gospel by the power of the Holy Ghost. a. Elder Boyd K.
Packer (Teach Ye Diligently, p. 276) “We can become teachers, very good ones, but we cannot teach moral and spiritual values with only an academic approach. There must be spirit in it. ” b. D&C 42:14 “And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach [not even yourself]” c. Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p, 328 The presence of the Holy Ghost is essential to the teaching and learning process because “the Holy Ghost is a Revelator” of truth, and “by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things” [Moroni 10:5]. d.
D&C 50:17-22 (17) “. . . he that is ordained of me and sent forth to preach [teach] the word of truth by the Comforter, in the Spirit of truth, doth he preach it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? (18) And if it be by some other way it is not of God. (19) And again, he that receiveth [learns] the word of truth, doth he receive [learn] it by the Spirit of truth or some other way? (20) If it be some other way it is not of God. (21) Therefore, why is it that ye cannot understand and know, that he that receiveth the word by the Spirit of truth receiveth it as it is preached by the Spirit of truth? 22) Wherefore, he that preacheth [teaches] and he that receiveth [learns] understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together. ” e. Though the spirit is absolutely essential in teaching and learning the gospel of Jesus Christ, Elder Boyd K. Packer makes a very interesting comment regarding the Spirit: “You cannot force spiritual things. . . . You can no more force the Spirit to respond than you can force . . . an egg to hatch before its time. You can create a climate to foster [spiritual] growth . . . but you cannot force or compel: you must await [spiritual] growth. “The Candle of the Lord,” p. 53) f. To establish that climate that fosters spiritual growth, I would recommend doing the following: Commit to studying the scriptures consistently. Pray before you study the scriptures and when you have completed your study. Pen in hand, underline, make notes, write questions, capture thoughts and revelation. Ponder deeply the word of life. Feast upon the words of Christ. Obey concepts you study, commandments given in the scriptures you’re studying. Use the acronym CPPPO to establish the climate that fosters spiritual growth through the Holy Ghost.