“In the Name of Jesus Did He Cast Out Devils and Unclean Spirits”

Bryan Richards

Some of the wicked of Nephi’s time were quite concerned with fairness. They asked, if…he be the Son of God…will he not show himself in this land as well as in the land of Jerusalem? (Helaman 16:18-19) Unwittingly, they were complaining because they did not know that they were to receive the same privilege as the Old World Jews. Indeed, they were to receive the personal ministration of the resurrected Lord. According to the spirit of fairness, these wicked, in their ignorance, may have wondered how it was that Christ was to perform so many mighty miracles among the Jews but not among them. Again, they did receive witness of the same kind of miracles, both by the Savior himself and by Nephi.

As a type for the Lord, the prophet Nephi went about performing incredible miracles. Nephi cast out devils as Jesus did, he cast out unclean spirits as Jesus did, and he even raised the dead as Jesus did. Nephi’s words demonstrated that he had greater power than they, for it was not possible that they could disbelieve his words (v. 18). This perfectly parallels the powerful teachings of the Savior, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes (Matt 7:28-9). The parallel is also chronological for these ministries were occurring at the very same time. So we see that the Lord also has a sense of fairness. He gave witnesses to both nations so that when those witnesses were summarily rejected, He would be justified in destroying them—in the New World, at the death of Christ, and in the Old World, at the hands of the Romans, A.D. 70.