Book of Mormon Commentary - 3 Nephi 26

by Don R. Hender

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             CHAPTER 26

Jesus expounds all things from the beginning to the end—Babes and children utter marvelous things which cannot be written—Those in the Church of Christ have all things in common among them. [A.D. 34]

1 AND now it came to pass that when Jesus had told these things he expounded them unto the multitude; and he did expound all things unto them, both great and small.
2 And he saith: aThese scriptures, which ye had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you; for it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations.

 2a EI Mal. chapters 3 and 4 quoted in
     3 Ne. chapters 24 and 25

3 And he did expound all things, even from the beginning until the atime that he should come in his bglory—yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth, even until the celements should melt with fervent heat, and the earth should be dwrapt together as a scroll, and the heavens and the earth should pass away;
4 And even unto the agreat and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall bstand before God, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—
5 If they be good, to the aresurrection of everlasting life; and if they be evil, to the resurrection of damnation; being on a parallel, the one on the one hand and the other on the other hand, according to the mercy, and the bjustice, and the holiness which is in Christ, who was cbefore the world began.

 3a TG Day of the Lord
   b Ps. 72:19; TG Jesus Christ, Glory of
   c Amos 9:13; 2 Pet. 3:10, 12; Morm. 9:2;
     TG Earth, Cleansing of;
     TG Earth, Destiny of; TG World, end of
   d Morm. 5:23
 4a Mal. 4:5; Hel. 12:25; 3 Ne. 28:31
   b Mosiah 16:10 (1-2, 10-11);
     TG Judgment, The Last
 5a Dan. 12:2
   b TG God, Justice of; TG Justice
   c 3 Ne. 1:14; Ether 3:14;
     TG Man, Antemortal Existence of

6 And now there cannot be written in this book even a ahundredth parta of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people;
7 But behold the aplates of Nephi do contain the more part of the things which he taught the people.
8 And these things have I written, which are a alesser part of the things which he taught the people; and I have written them to the intent that they may be brought again unto this people, bfrom the Gentiles, according to the words which Jesus hath spoken.

 6a even a hundredth part Again it must be stessed that the Book of Mormon which we have is but an extremely condensed abridgment of the whole of the matter. In fact the very phrase 'a hundredth part' is but a metaphfor for that which cannot not ever be written in its fulness, for life can not be so portrayed in its entirity. And further, being but metaphorical, in actuality, even a greater extent than 99% is not given unto us of all that there is of worth to be considered conerning the people of the Book of Mormon. For there are thousands upon thousands of lives, and experiences and events and places and all other things that might be so considered and expounded upon which can never with the means of men be totally presented and considered. Thus the phrase itself become an exageration of what might truly be considered, whether it be a hundredth part, a thousandth part or even a milionth part of the whole of the matter.
 6a John 21:25; W of M 1:5; 3 Ne. 5:8-11;
     Ether 15:33
 7a Jarom 1:14; 4 Ne. 1:19
 8a 3 Ne. 28:33; D&C 11:22
   b 3 Ne. 21:5-6

9 And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these things then shall the agreater things be made manifest unto them.
10 And if it so be that they will not believe these things, then shall the agreater things be bwithheld from them, unto their condemnation.
11 Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord aforbade it, saying: I will btry the faith of my people.

   9a John 16:12; 2 Ne. 27:8 (7-11, 21);
       Morm. 8:12; Ether 4:8 (4-10)
 10a Ether 4:7 (1-8)
     b 2 Ne. 28:27; Alma 12:10 (9-11);
       D&C 6:26-27
 11a 3 Ne. 26:18
     b Ether 12:6

12 Therefore I, aMormon, do write the things which have been commanded me of the Lord. And now I, bMormon, make an end of my sayings, and proceed to write the things which have been commanded me.
13 Therefore, I would that ye should behold that the Lord truly did teach the people, for the space of three days; and after that he did ashow himself unto them oft, and did break bbread oft, and bless it, and give it unto them.

 12a 3 Ne. 28:24
     b W of M 1:1-2
 13a John 21:14; 3 Ne. 27:2
     b 3 Ne. 18:1; 3 Ne. 20:3-9; TG Bread;
       TG Sacrament

14 And it came to pass that he did teach and minister unto the achildren of the multitude of whom hath been spoken, and he did bloose their ctongues, and they did speak unto their fathers great and marvelous things, even greater than he had revealed unto the people; and he loosed their tongues that they could utter.
15 And it came to pass that after he had ascended into heaven—the second time that he showed himself unto them, and had gone unto the Father, after having ahealed all their sick, and their lame, and opened the eyes of their blind and unstopped the ears of the deaf, and even had done all manner of cures among them, and raised a man from the bdead, and had shown forth his power unto them, and had ascended unto the Father—

 14a Luke 10:21; Alma 32:23; 3 Ne. 17:11;
       D&C 128:18
     b D&C 23:3
     c 3 Ne. 19:32; 3 Ne. 28:14, 16
 15a 3 Ne. 17:9;
       TG Administration to the Sick; TG Healing
     b TG Death, Power over

16 Behold, it came to pass on the morrow that the multitude gathered themselves together, and they both saw and heard these children; yea, even ababes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; and the things which they did utter were bforbidden that there should not any man write them.
17 And it came to pass that the adisciples whom Jesus had chosen began bfrom that time forth to cbaptize and to teach as many as did come unto them; and as many as were baptized in the name of Jesus were filled with the Holy Ghost.

 16a Matt. 11:25
     b 3 Ne. 27:23
 17a 3 Ne. 19:4-12; 4 Ne. 1:14
     b Ether 12:31
     c 4 Ne. 1:1

18 And many of them saw and heard unspeakable things, which are anot lawful to be written.
19 And they taught, and did aminister one to another; and they had ball things ccommon among them, every man dealing justly, one with another.

 18a 3 Ne. 26:11
 19a TG Benevolence
     b 4 Ne. 1:3, 25-26
     c TG Consecration

20 And it came to pass that they did do all things even as Jesus had commanded them.
21 And they who were baptized in the name of Jesus were called the achurch of Christ.

 21a Mosiah 18:17; Alma 4:5 (4-5); TG Church

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