Friday, May 15, 2015

Alma 5:11 - 5:15

Alma 5:11 Behold, I can tell you—did not my father Alma believe in the words which were delivered by the mouth of Abinadi? And was he not a holy prophet? Did he not speak the words of God, and my father Alma believe them?

Alma’s father believed the words of Abinadi who a holy prophet. Abinadi spoke the words of God and Alma Sr. believed them.

Alma 5:12 And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true

Because of the words of Abinadi, Alma Sr. believed them with all his heart. Alma Jr. gives his personal testimony of his father’s conversion.

Alma 5:13 And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved.

Alma Sr. then preached Abinadi’s words to his friends and neighbors. Because of Alma Sr. efforts, these converts also believed with all their hearts. They folk wanted more of the teachings of the gospel and put their trust in the Heavenly Father. And as everyone knows Alma Sr. and his followers remained faithful up until the end of their lives. Alma Jr. is sure that they are all saved.

Alma 5:14 And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

Alma now asks his listeners if the same “mighty change” has come over them? Have they become God like in the way they think and feel about their fellow man? Do people see, by their example, how God would act if He were present Himself?

Alma 5:15 Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?

Does his listeners go about their lives using the atonement to influence their behavior. Are they looking forward to being exalted at some future day. Are they looking forward to the resurrection when they will be free from the shortcomings of our mortal bodies? Are they looking forward to stand before God at the judgment day knowing they have done their best?

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