As Nephi continues to expound on the prophesies and messages of Isaiah (chapters 48 and 49), he reemphasizes – despite the turmoil of the last days and all that will befall those who fight against Zion – that there is always safety in Jesus Christ.
“[A]ll nations, kindreds, tongues, and people shall dwell safely in the Holy One of Israel if it so be that they will repent.” (1 Nephi 22:28)
-Does Christ deny anyone or any group who comes to Him?
-Is there any other way to come unto Christ, besides through repentance?
-If the standard we repent to is the Divine Christ, how much emphasis and focus should be placed on repenting daily?
-Does the thought of a Perfect Standard encourage you or discourage you?
-Is encouragement or discouragement, in looking to Christ, a choice we make?
-How important is it to have faith that such a standard is obtainable for the standard to be meaningful?
-Would Christ want us to obtain anything less than the potential He has given us through his example and atoning sacrifice?
-If we allow His power into our lives, are there limits to what Christ can make of us as individuals and as groups?
Teachings of Latter-day Prophets, Seers, and Revelators:
“Why have our Father and His Son commanded us to repent? Because they love us. They know all of us will violate eternal laws. Whether they be small or large, justice requires that every broken law be satisfied to retain the promise of joy in this life and the privilege of returning to Father in Heaven. If not satisfied, in the Day of Judgment justice will cause that we be cast out of the presence of God to be under the control of Satan [see 2 Nephi 9:8–10; 2 Nephi 2:5].
“It is our Master and His redeeming act that make it possible for us to avoid such condemnation. It is done through faith in Jesus Christ, obedience to His commandments, and enduring in righteousness to the end.
“Are you taking full advantage of the redeeming power of repentance in your life so that you can have greater peace and joy? Feelings of turmoil and despondency often signal a need for repentance. Also the lack of the spiritual direction you seek in your life could result from broken laws. If needed, full repentance will put your life together. It will solve all of the complex spiritual pains that come from transgression. But in this life it cannot remedy some of the physical consequences that can occur from serious sin. Be wise and consistently live well within the boundaries of righteousness defined by the Lord” (Richard G. Scott, “The Path to Peace and Joy,” Ensign, Nov. 2000, 25).