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KnoWhy #205 - Why Did Jesus Say that Some Well-Intended People Will Be Told to Depart? (3 Nephi 14:21; Matthew 7:21)
|KnoWhy #205 - Why Did Jesus Say that Some Well-Intended People Will Be Told to Depart? (3 Nephi 14:21; Matthew 7:21)
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|Jesus Christ; Judgment; Sermon at the Temple; Sermon on the Mount
As Jesus Christ continued to present his “Sermon at the Temple,” a version of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7) that He gave to the Book of Mormon peoples, He declared that some people attempting to enter the kingdom of heaven would be told to “depart” (3 Nephi 14:23). They would not be allowed to enter, despite having come to the Lord after proclaiming to have done many things in His name. Although this approach may seem harsh to some, it makes more sense if one understands how Jesus was using covenant/temple language that His audience would have recognized and understood.
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