Thursday, November 12, 2009

Alma 11

There are a lot of interesting things in this chapter, but the following caught my imagination.

43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt

Someone asked Sunday as I was teaching Sunday School why the Second Coming of Christ is referred to as the "great and dreadful day of the Lord." I offered then that it would be great for those who repent and look forward to the coming of the Son of God in glory, but that it would be dreadful for those who are not prepared or who have spent their lives in rebellion against God. Then I read this verse the other day. Amulek testified of a literal resurrection when body and spirit will be reunited and face the Savior in his role as judge. At that day we will know as we know now and have a bright recollection of all our guilt. The memory of our sins will be terrifying as we stand before Jesus in his glorified state unless we repent and rely on his mercy. Then he will intercede with the Father on our behalf, and we will recall but no longer be burdened by that terrible guilt and pain.
And here is another sweet promise: "Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more." (D&C 58:42) We may have a bright recollection, but the Lord wipes them clean from his memory. He sees us in our forgiven state, clean and worthy of being in his presence.

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