I’ve included a lot of material on this page. Alma 12 and Alma 13 have been combined as the thought process flows from one to the other.  There is a central theme of the rest of God being a highly sough after goal.  The word rest is in Alma 13:6 and is at the center of a chiasmus. Note also that the word rest occurs 4 times before the chiasmus in chapter 12 and also 4 times after the chiasmus in chapter 13 lending further credence to rest as a central focus.  Alma 12:34-37 references thoughts from Psalms 95 and thus I’ve included Psalms 95 lower on this page.  Also Paul uses Psalms 95 to teach a sermon on rest, Christ and Melchisedec. I was interested if the BofM message was the same as the New Testament.  Paul’s focus seems to be one stating that faith and belief in Jesus Christ is the deciding factor enabling saints to enter the rest of God.  The BofM focus is different, with an emphasis on the plan of redemption stating that faith in Christ and repentance and holy works are all needed to obtain the rest of God and that men of the priesthood order were called and ordained to teach this plan of redemption.

In the past I had once done a word search to find all of the scripture references for Melchisedec in the Bible and BofM and I’ve included that comparison at the bottom of this page.

 

1 Now Alma, seeing that the words of Amulek had silenced Zeezrom, for he beheld that Amulek had caught him in his lying and deceiving to destroy him, and seeing that he began to tremble under a consciousness of his guilt, he opened his mouth and began to speak unto him, and to establish the words of Amulek, and to explain things beyond, or to unfold the scriptures beyond that which Amulek had done.

2 Now the words that Alma spake unto Zeezrom were heard by the people round about; for the multitude was great, and he spake on this wise:

3 Now Zeezrom, seeing that thou hast been taken in thy lying and craftiness,

for thou hast not lied unto men only but thou hast lied unto God;

for behold, he knows all thy thoughts,

and thou seest that thy thoughts are made known unto us by his Spirit;

4 And thou seest that we know that thy plan was a very subtle plan,

as to the subtlety of the devil,

for to lie and to deceive this people that thou mightest set them against us, to revile us and to cast us out—

5 Now this was a plan of thine adversary, and he hath exercised his power in thee. Now I would that ye should remember that what I say unto thee I say unto all.

6 And behold I say unto you all that this was a snare of the adversary, which he has laid to catch this people, that he might bring you into subjection unto him, that he might encircle you about with his chains, that he might chain you down to everlasting destruction, according to the power of his captivity.

7 Now when Alma had spoken these words, Zeezrom began to tremble more exceedingly, for he was convinced more and more of the power of God; and he was also convinced that Alma and Amulek had a knowledge of him, for he was convinced that they knew the thoughts and intents of his heart; for power was given unto them that they might know of these things according to the spirit of prophecy.

8 And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works?

9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.

a 10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart,

b the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word;

a and he that will not harden his heart,

b to him is given the greater portion of the word,

c until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God

until he know them in full.

a 11 And they that will harden their hearts,

b to them is given the lesser portion of the word

c until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.

12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works.

13 Then if our hearts have been hardened,

yea, if we have hardened our hearts against the word, insomuch that it has not been found in us,

then will our state be awful,

for then we shall be condemned.

14 For our words will condemn us, yea,

all our works will condemn us;

we shall not be found spotless;

and our thoughts will also condemn us;

and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence.

15 But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.

16 And now behold, I say unto you then cometh a death, even a second death,

which is a spiritual death;

then is a time that whosoever dieth in his sins,

as to a temporal death,

shall also die

a spiritual death;

yea, he shall die as to things pertaining unto righteousness.

17 Then is the time when their torments shall be as a lake of fire and brimstone, whose flame ascendeth up forever and ever; and then is the time that they shall be chained down to an everlasting destruction, according to the power and captivity of Satan, he having subjected them according to his will.

18 Then, I say unto you, they shall be as though there had been no redemption made; for they cannot be redeemed according to God’s justice; and they cannot die, seeing there is no more corruption.

19 Now it came to pass that when Alma had made an end of speaking these words, the people began to be more astonished;

20 But there was one Antionah, who was a chief ruler among them, came forth and said unto him: What is this that thou hast said, that man should rise from the dead and be changed from this mortal to an immortal state, that the soul can never die?

21 What does the scripture mean, which saith that God placed cherubim and a flaming sword on the east of the garden of Eden, lest our first parents should enter and partake of the fruit of the tree of life, and live forever? And thus we see that there was no possible chance that they should live forever. 22 Now Alma said unto him: This is the thing which I was about to explain.

Now we see that Adam

did fall by the partaking of the forbidden fruit, according to the word of God;

and thus we see, that by his fall, all mankind became a lost and fallen people.

23 And now behold, I say unto you that

if it had been possible for Adam

to have partaken of the fruit of the tree of life at that time, there would have been no death, and the word would have been void, making God a liar, for he said: If thou eat thou shalt surely die.

24 And we see that death comes upon mankind, yea, the death which has been spoken of by Amulek, which is the temporal death; nevertheless

a there was a space granted unto man 

b in which he might repent;

c therefore this life became a probationary state;

a a time

b to prepare to meet God; a time to prepare

c for that endless state

which has been spoken of by us, which is after the resurrection of the dead.

1 25 Now, if it had not been for the plan of redemption,

2 which was laid from the foundation of the world,

3 there could have been no resurrection of the dead;

1 but there was a plan of redemption 

2 laid,

3 which shall bring to pass the resurrection of the dead,

of which has been spoken.

26 And now behold, if it were possible that our first parents could have gone forth and partaken of the tree of life they would have been forever miserable, having no preparatory state;

a) and thus the plan of redemption would have been frustrated, and the word of God would have been void, taking none effect.

b) 27 But behold, it was not so; but it was appointed unto men that they must die; and after death, they must come to judgment, even that same judgment of which we have spoken, which is the end.

28 And after God had appointed that these things should come unto man, behold, then he saw that it was expedient that man should know concerning the things whereof he had appointed unto them;

29 Therefore he sent angels to converse with them, who caused men to behold of his glory.

30 And they began from that time forth to call on his name; therefore God conversed with men,

c) and made known unto them the plan of redemption, which had been prepared from the foundation of the world; and this he made known unto them according to their faith and repentance and their holy works.  (This is a combining of several concepts and is complete, all three are needed)

d) 31 Wherefore, he gave commandments unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments as to things which were temporal,

e) and becoming as gods, knowing good

f) from evil,

g) placing themselves in a state to act,

g’) or being placed in a state to act according to their wills and pleasures,

f’) whether to do evil

e’) or to do good

d’) 32 Therefore God gave unto them commandments,

c’) after having made known unto them the plan of redemption, that they should not do evil,

b’) the penalty thereof being a second death, which was an everlasting death as to things pertaining unto righteousness;

a’) for on such the plan of redemption could have no power, for the works of justice could not be destroyed, according to the supreme goodness of God.

33 But God did call on men,

in the name of his Son, (this being the plan of redemption which was laid) saying:

a If ye will repent,

b and harden not your hearts,

c then will I have mercy upon you,

d through mine Only Begotten Son;

a 34 Therefore, whosoever repenteth,

b and hardeneth not his heart,

c he shall have claim on mercy 

d through mine Only Begotten Son, unto a remission of his sins;

and these shall enter into my rest.

b 35 And whosoever will harden his heart and will do iniquity,

c behold, I swear in my wrath that

d he shall not enter into my rest.  (Psalms 95:11)

b 36 And now, my brethren, behold I say unto you, that if ye will harden your hearts  (Psalms 95:8)

d ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord;

y therefore your iniquity provoketh him that he sendeth down his wrath upon you

as in the first provocation,

z yea, according to his word

in the last provocation

as well as the first,

to the everlasting destruction of your souls;

z’ therefore, according to his word,

unto the last death,

as well as the first.

37 And now, my brethren, seeing we know these things, and they are true,

a let us repent,

b and harden not our hearts,)

y ' that we provoke not the Lord our God to pull down his wrath upon us in these his second commandments which he has given unto us;

d but let us enter into the rest of God, which is prepared according to his word.

Alma 13

1 And again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children;

a) and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests,

b) after his holy order,

b) which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.

a) 2 And those priests were ordained

A b) after the order of his Son,

c) in a manner

d) that thereby the people might know

c’) in what manner

b’) to look forward to his Son for redemption.

B a’)3 And this is the manner after which they were ordained

C d) being called and prepared

D from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God,

e) on account of their exceeding faith and good works;

f) in the first place being left to choose good or evil;

f’) therefore they having chosen good,

e’) and exercising exceedingly great faith,

d’) are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.

g) 4 And thus they have been called to this holy calling on account of their faith,

h) while others would reject the Spirit of God

i) on account of the hardness of their hearts

i’) and blindness of their minds,

h’) while, if it had not been for this

g’) they might have had as great privilege as their brethren. 5 Or in fine, in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren;

E thus this holy calling being prepared

F from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of

G the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared—

H 6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men,

I that they also might enter into his rest

H’ 7 This high priesthood being after the order of

G’ his Son,

F’ which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years,

E’ being prepared from eternity to all eternity,

D’ according to his foreknowledge of all things—

C’ 8 Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling,

B’ and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end—

A’ 9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.

10 Now, as I said concerning the holy order, or this high priesthood,

there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God;

and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance,

and their righteousness before God,

they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;

11 Therefore they were called after this holy order,

a and were sanctified,

b and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.

a 12 Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost,

b having their garments made white,  (simple alternate)

being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence;

and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and

a entered into the rest of the Lord their God.

b 13 And now, my brethren, I would that ye should humble yourselves before God,

and bring forth fruit meet for repentance,

a that ye may also enter into that rest.

b 14 Yea, humble yourselves

even as the people in the days of Melchizedek, who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken, who also took upon him the high priesthood forever.

15 And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes;

yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.

16 Now these ordinances were given after this manner,

that thereby the people might look forward on the Son of God,

it being a type of his order,

or it being his order,

and this that they might look forward to him for a remission of their sins,

that they might enter into the rest of the Lord.

17 Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem;

and his people had waxed strong in iniquity

and abomination;

yea, they had all gone astray;

they were full of all manner of wickedness; (synonymous words)

18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent;

and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days;

therefore he was called the prince of peace,

for he was the king of Salem;  (progression)

and he did reign under his father.

19 Now, there were many before him, and also there were many afterwards, but none were greater; therefore, of him they have more particularly made mention.

20 Now I need not rehearse the matter; what I have said may suffice. Behold, the scriptures are before you; if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction.

21 And now it came to pass that when Alma had said these words unto them, he stretched forth his hand unto them and cried with a mighty voice, saying: Now is the time to repent, for the day of salvation draweth nigh;

22 Yea, and the voice of the Lord,

by the mouth of angels,

doth declare it unto all nations; yea,

doth declare it, that they may have

glad tidings of great joy; yea, and he doth sound these

glad tidings among all his people, yea, even to

them that are scattered abroad upon the face of the earth; wherefore

they have come unto us. (graduation)

23 And they are made known unto us in plain terms,

that we may understand,

that we cannot err; (extended synonymous)

and this because of our being wanderers in a strange land; therefore, we are thus highly favored, for we have these glad tidings declared unto us in all parts of our vineyard.

24 For behold, angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.

25 And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the mouth of angels, of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon. Would to God that it might be in my day; but let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.

26 And it shall be made known unto just and holy men, by the mouth of angels, at the time of his coming, that the words of our fathers may be fulfilled, according to that which they have spoken concerning him, which was according to the spirit of prophecy which was in them.

27 And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;

28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;

29 Having faith on the Lord;

having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life;

having the love of God always in your hearts,

that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.

30 And may the Lord grant unto you repentance,

that ye may not bring down his wrath upon you,

that ye may not be bound down by the chains of hell,

that ye may not suffer the second death. (like sentence beginnings)

31 And Alma spake many more words unto the people, which are not written in this book.

 

Psalms 95

Note: the psalm falls into two parts. The first calls us to worship YHWH as “the rock of our salvation” and as Creator. The second part is exhortation form Israel’s wilderness wandering.

A. 1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD:
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

B. 3 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth:
the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it:
and his hands formed the dry land.

A’. 6 O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the LORD our maker.

B’. 7 For he is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

A. To day

B. if ye will hear his voice,

C. 8 Harden not your heart,

D. as in the provocation, as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me,

E. and saw my work. {ESV though they had seen my work}

D’. 10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation,

C’. and said, It is a people that do err in their heart,

B’. and they have not known my ways:

A’. 11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath
that they should not enter into my rest.

It is suggested that “Today” is contrasted with the future “rest” of the Kingdom of God. 

 

Hebrews 3

1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;

2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.

3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.

4 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.

5 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;

6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

A a) 7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith,

b) To day if ye will hear his voice,

c) 8 Harden not your hearts,

d) as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me,

and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said,

They do always err in their heart;

and they have not known my ways.

11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

A a) 15 While it is said,

b) To day if ye will hear his voice,

c) harden not your hearts,

d) as in the provocation.

16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4

1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said,

C As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:

although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise,

And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

C  5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,

and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time;

a) as it is said,

b)To day if ye will hear his voice,

c) harden not your hearts.

8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 5

1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.

4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.

6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God;

a) and are become such as have need of milk,

b) and not of strong meat.

a) 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

b) 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

 

 

Jeremiah 1

 4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Ephesians 1

 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

2 Timothy 1

 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

1 Peter 1

 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Revelations 13

 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Genesis 14

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

 20 And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Psalms 110

 4 The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

 Heb 5

6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 6  

20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Hebrews 7

 1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

 2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

 3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

 4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.

 5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:

 6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

 7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

 8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

 9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.

 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

 11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

 12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

 17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

 20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:

 21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)

 22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

 23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:

 24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

 26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;

 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

 28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

 

Alma 13

 1 And again, my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children; and I would that ye should remember that the Lord God ordained priests, after his holy order, which was after the order of his Son, to teach these things unto the people.

 2 And those priests were ordained after the order of his Son, in a manner that thereby the people might know in what manner to look forward to his Son for redemption.

 3 And this is the manner after which they were ordained—being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.

 4 And thus they have been called to this holy calling on account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God on account of the hardness of their hearts and blindness of their minds, while, if it had not been for this they might have had as great privilege as their brethren.

 5 Or in fine, in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren; thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared—

 6 And thus being called by this holy calling, and ordained unto the high priesthood of the holy order of God, to teach his commandments unto the children of men, that they also might enter into his rest—

 7 This high priesthood being after the order of his Son, which order was from the foundation of the world; or in other words, being without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity, according to his foreknowledge of all things—

 8 Now they were ordained after this manner—being called with a holy calling, and ordained with a holy ordinance, and taking upon them the high priesthood of the holy order, which calling, and ordinance, and high priesthood, is without beginning or end

 9 Thus they become high priests forever, after the order of the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, who is without beginning of days or end of years, who is full of grace, equity, and truth. And thus it is. Amen.

 10 Now, as I said concerning the holy order, or this high priesthood, there were many who were ordained and became high priests of God; and it was on account of their exceeding faith and repentance, and their righteousness before God, they choosing to repent and work righteousness rather than to perish;

 11 Therefore they were called after this holy order, and were sanctified, and their garments were washed white through the blood of the Lamb.

 12 Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God.

 13 And now, my brethren, I would that ye should humble yourselves before God, and bring forth fruit meet for repentance, that ye may also enter into that rest.

 14 Yea, humble yourselves even as the people in the days of Melchizedek, who was also a high priest after this same order which I have spoken, who also took upon him the high priesthood forever.

 15 And it was this same Melchizedek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, even our father Abraham paid tithes of one-tenth part of all he possessed.

 16 Now these ordinances were given after this manner, that thereby the people might look forward on the Son of God, it being a type of his order, or it being his order, and this that they might look forward to him for a remission of their sins, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord.

 17 Now this Melchizedek was a king over the land of Salem; and his people had waxed strong in iniquity and abomination; yea, they had all gone astray; they were full of all manner of wickedness;

 18 But Melchizedek having exercised mighty faith, and received the office of the high priesthood according to the holy order of God, did preach repentance unto his people. And behold, they did repent; and Melchizedek did establish peace in the land in his days; therefore he was called the prince of peace, for he was the king of Salem; and he did reign under his father.

 19 Now, there were many before him, and also there were many afterwards, but none were greater; therefore, of him they have more particularly made mention.

 20 Now I need not rehearse the matter; what I have said may suffice. Behold, the scriptures are before you; if ye will wrest them it shall be to your own destruction.

 21 And now it came to pass that when Alma had said these words unto them, he stretched forth his hand unto them and cried with a mighty voice, saying: Now is the time to repent, for the day of salvation draweth nigh;

 22 Yea, and the voice of the Lord, by the mouth of angels, doth declare it unto all nations; yea, doth declare it, that they may have glad tidings of great joy; yea, and he doth sound these glad tidings among all his people, yea, even to them that are scattered abroad upon the face of the earth; wherefore they have come unto us.

 23 And they are made known unto us in plain terms, that we may understand, that we cannot err; and this because of our being wanderers in a strange land; therefore, we are thus highly favored, for we have these glad tidings declared unto us in all parts of our vineyard.

 24 For behold, angels are declaring it unto many at this time in our land; and this is for the purpose of preparing the hearts of the children of men to receive his word at the time of his coming in his glory.

 25 And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the mouth of angels, of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon. Would to God that it might be in my day; but let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.

 26 And it shall be made known unto just and holy men, by the mouth of angels, at the time of his coming, that the words of our fathers may be fulfilled, according to that which they have spoken concerning him, which was according to the spirit of prophecy which was in them.

 27 And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;

 28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;

 29 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.

 30 And may the Lord grant unto you repentance, that ye may not bring down his wrath upon you, that ye may not be bound down by the chains of hell, that ye may not suffer the second death.

 31 And Alma spake many more words unto the people, which are not written in this book.

Mosiah 3

19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.