Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 34 ( Work Out Your Salvation)

37 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;
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 think these verses say something very interesting about the relationship between grace and works. The first verse suggests that we must “work out” our salvation, but the second verse clarifies exactly what is our “work” and what is God’s. 

All of the work describes has to do with allowing us to receive God’s grace. We have to stop resisting the Holy Ghost. We have to be humble and remember God in what we do. We have to take upon ourselves the name of Christ and be willing to follow him. Everything else comes from God. All of the power is his. Our actions merely allow him to work through us. The spirit of thanksgiving describes allows us to realize that none of our life is solely ours. Everything is dependent on the merciful care of our Father in Heaven.


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