23 Behold, I am he of whom Moses spake, saying: A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that prophet shall be cut off from among the people.
Christ’s appeal to Isaiah as well as prophecies from the Torah imply that the Nephites remained a highly biblically literate and scripturallt literate people. They still had a deep concern for the prophecies of old.
Christ’s declaration that he is the spoken of prophet is significant. All those who do not heed Christ and his word are cut off. Christ is not speaking about his printed word but his living word. He is not speaking in a past tense but in a present tense. We must listen to his living and ever present word and not just his past words that were written down in scriptures. If we cut ourselves off from the living vine then we will cease to live and grow.