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Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

Be Ye Therefore Loyal, Even as Your Father Which is in Heaven is Loyal

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
10/7/2021
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
16 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, covenants, lds, loyalty, Matthew 548, Mormonism

Abstract: The scriptures are saturated with covenantal words and terms. This is especially true for the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon, which emerged out of an Old Testament cultural context. Research during the past century on ancient Near Eastern covenants has brought clarity to the covenantal meaning and context of a variety of words and literary structures in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. This article builds on that revealing research to show that the English word “perfect” in a covenantal context in scripture can also be represented with the covenantal synonyms of “loyal, loyalty, faithful, and trustworthy.” The Lord’s injunction to “be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48) is beautifully magnified when we realize that we are not simply asked to be without sin, but, rather, to “be ye therefore covenantally loyal” even as God has been eternally and covenantally loyal to us.

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