“They Should Teach the Things Which He Had Expounded Unto Them”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Later, after the Messiah had quoted two chapters from the prophet Malachi (Malachi 3, Malachi 4; 3 Nephi 24, 3 Nephi 25), he said:

“These scriptures which ye had not with you, the Father commanded that I should give unto you; for it was wisdom in him that they should be given unto future generations. And he did expound all things, even from the beginning until the time that he should come in his glory-yea, even all things which should come upon the face of the earth, even until the elements should melt with fervent heat, and the earth should be wrapt together as a scroll, and the heavens and the earth should pass away; and even unto the great and last day, when all people, and all kindreds, and all nations and tongues shall stand before God, to be judged of their works .... And now there cannot be written in this book even a hundredth part of the things which Jesus did truly teach unto the people.” (3 Nephi 26:2-4, 6.)

“Expounded All the Scriptures in One”

Expounding all the scriptures in one, which truly only the Master, the author of scripture could do, would also demonstrate clearly and unquestionably that all things bear witness of Christ, things in heaven and on earth, things past, things present, and things to come (see Moses 6:63). Such an experience would verily the testimony of the prophets that “none of the prophets have written, nor prophesied, save they have spoken concerning this Christ” (Jacob 7:11; see also Mosiah 13:33; 3 Nephi 20:24).

All things before Christ pointed forward to his day and to the centrality of his majestic ministry. All things since his mortal experience point back to his entrance into the world as the meridian or central point in time, as well as toward that future day when he shall come with ten thousand times ten thousand of his angels to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.

As the risen Lord walked on the road to Emmaus with two disciples, they failed to discern who it was that had joined them. He asked about their conversation. They then spoke concerning “Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done. Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre; and when they found not his body, they came, saying, they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive. And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

Then [Jesus] said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. ” (Luke 24:19-27, italics added)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4