Keep the commandments is translated wrong.Stand Watch for His instruction.
Keep = stand watch,
Commandments = instructions.
= Stand watch for His instructions
Awhile back I gave another definition for Perfect which in the Greek means complete or complete the ascent to God.
The purpose to stand watch and wait for his instructions is so that you may become perfect and complete the ascent to God. Which is the definition of the fulness of the gospel, the ascent into Gods presence.
Doctrine of Christ:
Repent to receive a remission of your sins by turning and facing God.
Come unto Christ
Receive the Holy Ghost and it will show you all things you must do (2 Nephi 32:1-5)
Do you see why we must receive the Holy Ghost before we can even know what the Lord commands us to do? Do you see now why the Holy Ghost leads you to the Son? The entire purpose of the Holy Ghost is to reveal the word of God to YOU so that you may be tried, and do what He bids you to do. Only those who take the Holy Spirit as their guide will be saved. Those who take anyone or anything else as their guide will fail to "keep the commandments" or to "wait for His instruction" to YOU.
There is only one way for you to keep the commandments and that is to do what Nephi tells us to do and the Lord, in his own words, warned of us in 3 Nephi 11
"39 Verily, verily, I say unto you, that this is my doctrine, and whoso buildeth upon this buildeth upon my rock, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against them. 40 And whoso shall declare more or less than this, and establish it for my doctrine, the same cometh of evil, and is not built upon my rock;""
What is the Rock?
No more or less, else it cometh of evil. This is why a few only partake of the tree of life. Only a few are ever willing to receive the word of God for themselves instead relying upon the arm of flesh. Indifference or waiting for someone else to reveal what you need will prevent you from rising up. The rock is revelation, it is knowledge.
“Jesus in His teachings says, ‘Upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ [Matthew 16:18.] What rock? Revelation.”(Joseph Smith TJS Ch 16 or History of the Church, 5:258)Revelation is salvation. It is knowledge. It is the Lords word to you.
“… A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge, and consequently more power than many men who are on the earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God.” (Joseph Smith, TJS Ch 22)You fail to get knowledge here, you will become captive by some evil power in the other world. Hence those who repent or which the Lord defines as gaining further light and knowledge (revelation) will have the greater advantage in the world to come. (See Doctrine and Covenants 130:19). The greater the degree one repents the greater the knowledge of heavenly things one will receive. Until the mysteries are revealed in full. Not knowledge THROUGH another. Its not enough to know about something you must experience it for yourself and wrestle the promise and covenant from the Lord for yourself. Knowing about Christ will not save you. For eternal life is to Know God. To be like Him, precisely like him. Thus faith only grows when we "experiment upon the word" as Alma 32 tells us so that the seed may grow. Experiment means trying new things, failing at times, until you overcome the stumbling block and learn for yourself what "tastes good" and what is not good.
No More Doctrine Until
Nephi concludes the doctrine of Christ with this.
5 For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.Until the Lord manifests himself unto YOU in the flesh. IN THE FLESH. And " the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.". What are these things? They are commandments or instructions to you at that time. But first you must obey the Holy Ghost and yield your hearts unto God and do what he bids you to do now.
6 Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do. (2 Nephi 32)
Ascent to GodThat book is all about the ascent back to the presence of God. Testimony after testimony, experience after experience, that's what the Book Mormon stands for. That, the ascent to God, is the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You encounter it almost immediately in the first chapter when Lehi rises up. And you encounter it in Nephi. And you encounter it in Jacob. And you encounter it in Enos and in Alma and in Mosiah. You just continually get the same message. Joseph Smith said: “I advise all to go on to perfection and search deeper and deeper into the mysteries of godliness.” (TPJS p. 364)
The mysteries of godliness is all about the presence of God. For it will be a great work beyond the veil to learn our salvation. Even beyond the grave. Take your probation seriously and you will return to God added upon. Idle it away in idle pursuits and you will find yourself wanting.