Thursday, December 13, 2007

Glad Tidings: The Conditions of Repentance

One of the greatest themes in the Book of Mormon is that of rentance through the grace of Jesus Christ's atonement. The LDS church believes that God is a God of miracles and that his greatest miracle is the change of heart that a believer experiences as he goes through the process of repentance. There is no grander miracle that seeing someone escape from the bonds of sins to follow Christ and to begin keeping his commandments and enjoy the fruits of the reception of the Holy Spirit (Hel. 4: 24).

Hel. 5: 11 And he hath power given unto him from the Father to redeem them from their sins because of repentance; therefore he hath sent his angels to declare the tidings of the conditions of repentance, which bringeth unto the power of the Redeemer, unto the salvation of their souls.

Hel. 5: 10, 41 And remember also the words which Amulek spake unto Zeezrom, in the city of Ammonihah; for he said unto him that the Lord surely should come to redeem his people, but that he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins.

Alma 22: 18 O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day.

Mosiah 27: 25 And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters;

Mosiah 5: 2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.

Alma 5: 25-29 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now? Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins? Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life. Behold, I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? I say unto you that such an one is not prepared; and I would that he should prepare quickly, for the hour is close at hand, and he knoweth not when the time shall come; for such an one is not found guiltless.

Steps of Repentance (Only possible through the sacrifice, merits, mercy, and grace of Jesus Christ Alma 22: 14):
Acknowledgment of sin Alma 38: 14.
Desire Alma 41: 6.
Godly sorrow for sin Alma 42: 28-29.
Confession to God Ezra 10: 11, Mosiah 26: 29.
Restitution Ex. 22: 12.
Continued Obedience Isa. 1: 16, Ezek. 18: 30-31, 2 Ne. 31: 16, 20, Matt. 24: 13.
Forgive Others Matt. 6: 12, 14-15.

1 comment:

Zaenal Arifin said...

When is God born?