I love this explanation, but it didn't much change my way of looking at grace because this speech already did that: https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/brad-wilcox_his-grace-is-sufficient/.
Great article - I also have a slightly different take on the phrase - instead of reading the "we" as "us mortals", I read it as "we - both me and Jesus Christ as a team", because it is what I can do with His helping and strengthening me, and then He finishes me (as 'finisher of my faith'). Just a thought.
Something I struggled with understanding for quite some time. Only until this year do I have a better understanding of what the phrase meant. Reading Stephens book Believing Christ was a huge help. I prefer the way he put it in the book instead of "after all we can do" rather we should say "in spite of all we can do".
I have a different take on the verse than do others I've heard or read. Keep in mind that the Nephites were still under the Law of Moses when Nephi made his statement in 2 Nephi 25:23. Like the saints in the bible, some Nephites undoubtedly thought that it was strict adherence to that law which would gain them their salvation. Nephi was reminding them that no matter how much they did, or how strictly they followed the Law of Moses, it was still the grace of Christ that would save them. The two verses after 2 Nephi 25:23 (which most people don't bother to read) makes it very clear as to where salvation comes from.
Besides - who really knows if they have "done enough" or not?
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