“All Can Partake, Freely”

Title

“All Can Partake, Freely”

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2021

Authors

Pagination

vii-xiv

Volume

42

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Bibliographic Citation

Peterson, Daniel C. "“All Can Partake, Freely”", Vol. 42. 2021:vii-xiv.

Abstract

The Interpreter Foundation welcomes faithful ideas, insights, and manuscripts from people of all backgrounds. In this brief essay, I share some that were recently shared with me regarding Lehi’s vision of the tree of life, as recorded in 1 Nephi 8. Among other things, Lehi seems to have been shown that the divine offer of salvation extends far beyond a small elite. As Peter exclaims in the King James rendering of Acts 10:34, “God is no respecter of persons.” Other translations render the same words as saying that he doesn’t “play favorites” or “show partiality.” The passage in James 1:5 with which the Restoration commenced clearly announces that, if they will simply ask, God “giveth to all men liberally.”

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