Behold, this is the Gospel Which I Have Given Unto You

Bryan Richards

Marion G. Romney

“In this short statement (3 Nephi 27:13-15) the Master named four eternal verities upon which all else in his gospel is founded: First, the relationship between himself and his father; second the fact of his atonement; third the universal resurrection; and fourth, the judgment…All men who believe in Jesus and want to be his followers will have to accept those four verities.” (Conference Report, Apr. 1955, pp. 13-14as taken from Latter-day Commentary on the Book of Mormon compiled by K. Douglas Bassett, p. 460)

Neal A. Maxwell

"There is in the Book of Mormon a statement in which the Lord says, ’Behold this is the gospel, which I have given unto you,’ and then he describes his gospel. (See 3 Nephi 27:13-18.) It is a simple story of a world to which a Savior has been sent whom men may accept or reject, but who is, nevertheless, the Messiah.
"That simple story is the very thing, of course, the world cannot accept, and it is so simple that some may even be offended inwardly at times by the so-called simplicity of the gospel. Jacob, writing in the Book of Mormon, says of the Jewish people who preceded us and who rejected Jesus, that they ’sought for things that they could not understand,‘ and that they were forever ’looking beyond the mark.’ (See Jacob 4:14.)

"The Jewish people, prior to the time of Christ and at the time of Christ, rejected the gospel, in part because it lacked adequate intellectual embroidery. The message was not sufficiently complicated or politically pretentious. Neither was Jesus when he lived among them. There is a kind of theological blindness to which Paul refers in terms of the message of Jesus when he says that to the Jews, Christ was a ’stumblingblock,‘ to the Gentiles he was ’foolishness.’

“In many ways, this is how we are situated today. There are those who may share some of our beliefs and values, but for whom the restoration of the gospel is a stumblingblock they cannot get over the top of. But to most of mankind, what we proclaim is ’foolishness.’” (For the Power is in Them, p. 47-8)

Neal A. Maxwell

“How much difference it would make if those in the world who, at best, regard Jesus merely as a great moral teacher could accept these and other simple, plain, and yet profound scriptural declarations from Him and about Him and His gospel. His rescue mission to mortals is set forth so plainly.” (Plain and Precious Things, p. 34)