Alma 41: 2, 3 – 7, 8

Verse 2: I say unto thee, my son, that the plan of restoration is requisite with the justice of God; for it is requisite that all things should be restored to their proper order. Behold, it is requisite and just, according to the power and resurrection of Christ, that the soul of man should be restored to its body, and that every part of the body should be restored to itself.

            Indispensable with the justice of God is the plan of restoration. It is essential that all things should be restored to their proper order. It is necessary and just that the soul of man is restored to its body and that every part of the body should be restored to itself. This restoration is according to the power and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

            Restating Verse 2 helps me form better ideas for its meaning. God’s justice governs in the plan of restoration. The restoration of man’s soul and body is according to the power and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The body is important and vital to our lives both on earth and after earth life. This verse helps me understand that I need to take care of it but I don’t need to worry about my body. No matter the conditions that happen to our bodies in this life (many which are beyond our control), all our bodies will be restored to wholeness in the next. They will no longer be subject to death, decay, and decline.   That which is naturally mortal and corruptible in our bodies is changed to immortal and incorruptible.     

Verse 3: And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good.

Verse 4: And if their works are evil they shall be restored unto them for evil. Therefore, all things shall be restored to their proper order, every thing to its natural frame—mortality raised to immortality, corruption to incorruption—raised to endless happiness to inherit the kingdom of God, or to endless misery to inherit the kingdom of the devil, the one on one hand, the other on the other—

Verse 5: The one raised to happiness according to his desires of happiness, or good according to his desires of good; and the other to evil according to his desires of evil; for as he has desired to do evil all the day long even so shall he have his reward of evil when the night cometh.

Verse 6: And so it is on the other hand. If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.

Verse 7: These are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness; and thus they stand or fall; for behold, they are their own judges, whether to do good or do evil.

            I like the truth about justice that these verses teach. Mankind will be judged according to the works we do in this life and to the desires of our hearts. If these are good, individuals will be restored to good. If these are evil, individuals will be restored to evil. The proper order is that every thing is restored to its natural frame.  

            What becomes natural for us on earth life will be what is natural to us in the life hereafter. If goodness and happiness are our way of life on earth, they will be comfortable in the kingdom of God. If evil is our way of life on earth, it will be comfortable after this life is over.   Those who have chosen evil will have chosen darkness after this life is over.

Verse 8:  Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.

           Whosoever will – what we want – good or evil – is what we will receive. The way is prepared for each of us to be saved but it is our choice. Do we choose to follow Jesus Christ Home to Heavenly Father or do we choose another way? Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven through whom we can be saved. Why do so many resist His love and sacrifice? He invites all to come unto Him.   He loves us deeply. Why do we resist His invitations? The decrees of God are unalterable. There is only His way to receive His happiness and joy.

            May we choose to be redeemed of God.

Dani

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