Saturday, June 27, 2015

Alma 11:41 - 11:46

Alma 11:41 Therefore the wicked remain as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged according to their works.

The next result is the wicked will not be affected by the atonement as far as forgiveness of sins. They will have to stand for punishment because they refuse to repent. However, they will enjoy the benefit of resurrection. All mortals, whether good or bad, will be resurrected.

Alma 11:42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death.

This automatic resurrection of all mortals is because of Christ’s death. That will be part of the purpose of His death on the cross.

Alma 11:43 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.

Everyone who lived as a mortal on this earth will be resurrected in perfection. There will be no defects of any kind in our resurrected bodies much to the contrary of our mortal bodies. Along with our perfect bodies we will have a perfect recollection of all our acts, good and bad.

The question for me is do we remember the acts repented of? Will our life’s panorama have blips in it for those things we repented of? I have heard both ways, yes and no.

Alma 11:44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body, and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil.

The resurrection will come to all who had the privilege to be born as a mortal. Our resurrected bodies will be free of any defect that may have inflicted us in mortality, such as birth defect, loss of hair, mental capacity. In addition, it does not matter, your sex, age at death, righteous or wicked etc. we all will be brought before God to be judge for our lives. We will be assessed as to whether we tried to be righteous or not.

Alma 11:45 Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal, that they can no more see corruption.

Our resurrect bodies will be such that not only will it be perfect in every aspect, but it will never suffer death again. Once our spirits and resurrected body are brought together, they will never part and will last forever in that condition.

No more aches and pains. No more memory loss. No more worrying about our health. No more worrying about the health of our loved ones. No more feeling helpless when a loved one is ill and we can do nothing about it. In addition, knowing we have all powers to control matter and the universe around us. It is hard to even imagine all this. Even harder when we think of how little control we seem to have had over our lives.

Alma 11:46 Now, when Amulek had finished these words the people began again to be astonished, and also Zeezrom began to tremble. And thus ended the words of Amulek, or this is all that I have written.

The effect of Amulek’s words was very evident now. The crowd was silenced and Zeezrom was now visibly shaken up. Mormon records no more of Amulek’s words.

I think Zeezrom was shaken up when he began to picture himself standing before God to be judged of his actions in life. He may have had a guilty conscience, but Amulek’s words really brought to his mind in no uncertain terms and he began to be worried about his own situation if he were brought to stand before God at this time. I don't think it was because Amulek got the better of him in the debate.

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