In Alma 34:37 it says:
“And now, my beloved brethren, I desire that ye should remember these things, and that ye should work out your salvation with fear before God, and that ye should no more deny the coming of Christ;”
Let’s break this down a bit
- We will work out our own salvation: Although Christ suffered for our sins, we must repent to be forgiven if we want to be saved. Remember the second Article of Faith. We will be punished for our own sins.
- Fear God: In the scriptures, when they use this term, it does not mean we are afraid of God, but we respect Him or have reverence for Him. When you fear God you are more worried about what God thinks of you than what others think of you.
- Don’t deny that Christ will come: This one is easy to understand.
Now, lets look at the next verse (Alma 34:38):
“That ye contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but that ye receive it, and take upon you the name of Christ; that ye humble yourselves even to the dust, and worship God, in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth; and that ye live in thanksgiving daily, for the many mercies and blessings which he doth bestow upon you.”
I really like this scripture. Let’s break this down to understand a bit more:
- Contend no more against the Holy Ghost, but receive it: When we contend the Holy Ghost, we lose it, or it is no longer with us. We should not lose the Holy Ghost, but receive it. The Holy Ghost can warn us, guide us, help us to remember, and comfort us (if it is with us).
- Take upon the name of Christ: We have covenanted to do this at baptism. Think about the sacrament prayer: “O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.” If we take on Christ’s name we are trying to be like him.
- Worship God in any place you may be: Worship can also be praise or service to God. How can we praise God? We can sing praises to Him, or we can praise him in our prayers. We also have been taught that when we serve others we are serving God.
- Live in thanks daily: I love this. God has given us many blessings. He has given us agency, a body, an earth, a savior, and much more. Also, when we are grateful for what we have, we will be happier, because we will realize how blessed we are.
When you really study the scriptures, you can learn more from them. I love to feast on the scriptures. I challenge you to really study and understand what you are reading. Doing so can help you find peace or answers in your life.
What have you learned from the scriptures?