Jacob continues to teach about the power of Christ’s Atonement. Even the terrible grip on those who experience the combination of physical death (the grave) and spiritual death (hell) will be loosened by Christ’s power of resurrection…
“O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit. And because of the way of deliverance of our God, the Holy One of Israel, this death, of which I have spoken, which is the temporal, shall deliver up its dead; which death is the grave. And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.” (2 Nephi 9:10-12)
…And those who have experienced physical death in the hope of Christ, who have overcome spiritual death through the power of His righteousness, will rise from the grave with immeasurable joy.
“O how great the plan of our God! For on the other hand, the paradise of God must deliver up the spirits of the righteous, and the grave deliver up the body of the righteous; and the spirit and the body is restored to itself again, and all men become incorruptible, and immortal, and they are living souls, having a perfect knowledge like unto us in the flesh, save it be that our knowledge shall be perfect. Wherefore, we shall have a perfect knowledge of all our guilt, and our uncleanness, and our nakedness; and the righteous shall have a perfect knowledge of their enjoyment, and their righteousness, being clothed with purity, yea even with the robe of righteousness.” (2 Nephi 9:13-14)
-Why does Jacob refer to the combination of the death of the body and the death of the spirit as being monstrous?
-What is the paradise of God that Jacob is referring to when describing what the righteous will experience prior to the Resurrection?
-Can anyone be clothed with purity and wear the robe of righteousness except through the power of Jesus Christ’s Atonement?
-Is anyone truly alive without their physical body? How much more alive will we be when blessed with an incorruptible and immortal body? How much more will we be alive to who we are spiritually?