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Passage: Alma 19:87 - Alma 19:107

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.
98 Now repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was as eternal as the life of the soul should be, Affixed opposite to the plan of happiness, which was as eternal also as the life of the soul.
99 Now how could a man repent, except he should sin? How could he sin, if there was no law? How could there be a law, save there was a punishment?
100 Now there was a punishment affixed and a just law given which brought remorse of conscience unto man.
101 Now if there was no law given, if a man murdered, he should die, Would he be afraid he should die if he should murder?
102 And also, if there was no law given against sin, men would not be afraid to sin;
103 And if there was no law given, if men sinned, what could justice do? or mercy either? For they would have no claim upon the creature.
104 But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and repentance granted, which repentance mercy claimeth; Otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, And the law inflicteth the punishment; If not so, the works of justice would be destroyed and God would cease to be God.
105 But God ceaseth not to be God, And mercy claimeth the penitent, And mercy cometh because of the atonement; And the atonement bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead, And the resurrection of the dead bringeth back men into the presence of God.
106 And thus they are restored into His presence, to be judged according to their works, according to the law and justice; For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, And also mercy claimeth all which is her own; And thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.
107 What! Do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, nay, not one whit; If so, God would cease to be God!

 

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