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Alma19:87 - Alma19:97

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Passage: Alma 19:87 - Alma 19:97

87 But behold, it was appointed unto man to die; Therefore, as they were cut off from the tree of life, Therefore, they should be cut off from the face of the earth and man became lost forever; Yea, they became fallen man.
88 And now we see by this that our first parents were cut off, both temporally and spiritually, from the presence of the Lord, And thus we see they became subjects to follow after their own will.
89 Now behold, it was not expedient that man should be reclaimed from this temporal death, For that would destroy the great plan of happiness;
90 Therefore, as the soul could never die, And the fall had brought upon all mankind a spiritual death as well as a temporal- That is, they were cut off from the presence of the Lord- Therefore, it was expedient that mankind should be reclaimed from this spiritual death;
91 Therefore, as they had become carnal, sensual and devilish by nature, This probationary state became a state for them to prepare- It became a preparatory state.
92 And now remember, my son, if it were not for the plan of redemption-laying it aside- As soon as they were dead, their souls were miserable, being cut off from the presence of the Lord.
93 And now, there was no means to reclaim men from this fallen state which man had brought upon himself because of his own disobedience;
94 Therefore, according to justice, the plan of redemption could not be brought about, only on conditions of repentance of men in this probationary state, yea, this preparatory state; For, except it were for these conditions, mercy could not take effect, except it should destroy the work of justice;
95 Now the work of justice could not be destroyed- If so, God would cease to be God.
96 And thus we see that all mankind were fallen; And they were in the grasp of justice, yea, the justice of God which consigned them forever to be cut off from His presence.
97 And now the plan of mercy could not be brought about, except an atonement should be made; Therefore, God Himself atoneth for the sins of the world to bring about the plan of mercy to appease the demands of justice, that God might be a perfect, just God and a merciful God also.

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