Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Alma 41:1 - 41:5

Alma 41: 1 And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the restoration of which has been spoken; for behold, some have wrested the scriptures, and have gone far astray because of this thing. And I perceive that thy mind has been worried also concerning this thing. But behold, I will explain it unto thee.

Now the term “restoration” is a troubling topic to many and their understanding of the meaning of the term is not clear. Alma perceives that this includes Corianton as well. So he will go into detail with him on the meaning of restoration.

Alma 41: 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.

The plan of restoration is the bedrock of justice. In the first place, the resurrection will restore a person’s spirit back to its body that it had in mortality. And that body will be perfect with no defects.

Alma 41: 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.

The second part of the restoration, is that what will be a person be given as a reward for their actions in this life. If they have done righteous works, they will be given a righteous reward or in other words will be able to continue in the same vain. They will be “restored” with the capability of continuing in doing righteous works.

Alma 41: 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—

On the other hand, if a person did evil in their lives, they will acknowledge that they are getting what they deserve. Therefore, the body will be restored to its perfect condition and the reward for our behavior in this life will restored to that which we participated whether good or evil.

Alma 41: 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.

So the person who wanted to do good things all the time will be able to continue to do so. That is restoration of good for good. For the person who wanted to do evil all the time, they will be restored to that which is evil or living with the devil.

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