Sunday, May 17, 2015

Alma 5:21 - 5:25

Alma 5:21 I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved; for there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white; yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins.

So, for the individual who did not live as he or she should have, they will know when they stand before the Lord at the judgment day, that they are not fit for the kingdom of heaven. They will learn first hand that only those who tried to live the gospel will be saved. Only those who told advantage of the atonement and repented as well as they could will feel they sins removed and feel the joy of being forgiven and the burden of sins lifted from their shoulders.

Alma 5:22 And now I ask of you, my brethren, how will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? Behold, what will these things testify against you?

Again, how will the unrepentant feel knowing they have not tried to live the gospel and have a perfect knowledge that they did not do so. Don’t anyone think that these things will not come back to haunt them?

Alma 5:23 Behold will they not testify that ye are murderers, yea, and also that ye are guilty of all manner of wickedness?

Will not these memories be evidence of the murders committed by murders and other sins committed by sinners.

Alma 5:24 Behold, my brethren, do ye suppose that such an one can have a place to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?

Does any reasonable man think that he, if he be an unrepentant sinner, can enter the kingdom where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the other holy prophets from the beginning live? Do they really think they can live with such men, with the knowledge of their past unrepented sins?

Alma 5:25 I say unto you, Nay; except ye make our Creator a liar from the beginning, or suppose that he is a liar from the beginning, ye cannot suppose that such can have place in the kingdom of heaven; but they shall be cast out for they are the children of the kingdom of the devil.

A reasonable man will not help but conclude that these sins will come back to testify against them. Does anyone think that the Lord is a liar and He did not mean that people will be judged and have to pay for unrepentant sins. Does any reasonable man think that an unrepentant sinner will escape being turned over to satan and live in his kingdom rather than being able to live in God’s kingdom?

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