Moroni finishes out his record by urging us to come unto Christ. Let’s study and figure out how to do this in the most complete sense possible.
Moroni tells us that the time will speedily come that we shall know for certain that he spoke the truth in the Book of Mormon, for we will see him before the judgment bar of God, and the Lord God will say to us:
“Did I not declare my words unto you, which were written by this man, like as one crying from the dead, yea, even as one speaking out of the dust?” (27)
Moroni has kept this record in fulfillment of prophesy and heavenly command and knows it will go forth unto the world when the Lord wills it to.
Come unto Christ
And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift, and touch not the evil gift, nor the unclean thing.“Moroni 10:30
He once again pleads with us to come unto Christ and seek after every good gift this life has to give us. These good things will bring us closer to Christ. The evil tactics and desires of the devil will tear us away from our Savior.
He urges us to awake and arise, to put on our holy garments, to strengthen God’s stakes and enlarge the borders of His kingdom. By serving God, we will not be confounded and His covenants with us will be fulfilled. (31) This next verse is meaty.
Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.“Moroni 10:32
To be worthy of Christ’s atoning grace, which can perfect us, we must deny ourselves of ungodly things. We must not be a selfish taker and pleasure seeker. We must deny the world and all its distractions and seductions.
When I was young, denying myself the things that would make me popular to my peers (but not God) seemed a huge sacrifice. But over the years, as I have steadfastly done my best to follow Him and repented when I’ve failed, my love for God has grown and it isn’t as difficult to deny myself ungodliness anymore. My desire for the things of God has increased as my desire to sin has decreased. What once was a sacrifice doesn’t seem as much so anymore. Evil doesn’t entice me as much as when I was younger, for I have tasted of God’s love and that has made all the worldly pursuits pale in comparison.
Christ’s grace enables us to love more, even with all our might, mind and strength. And that type of love we obtain only through Him helps us want to serve Him more. He perfects us step by step, through His Atoning power and grace. Weaknesses are made strengths over time, and we cannot deny His power in us. We know it is Him, not us, that is changing who we are.
And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.“Moroni 10:33
Christ’s grace enables us every step of the way. After being perfected in Him, His grace unlocks the sanctifying power of the Atonement, which makes us holy, without spot. We will become gods like Him someday in the eternities.
Moroni ends with these words of hopeful farewell to all of us who read this record in the future.
And now I bid unto all, farewell. I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.”Moroni 10:34
We will meet Moroni, Mormon and others at the judgment bar of God someday. They will want to know if we took this book they preserved for us seriously. They will want to know if we took its messages to heart and repented so we could come unto Christ in this life, be perfected in Him.
We will also meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, He who is testified about over and over again in the Book of Mormon.
- Do we treasure this spiritual record?
- Are we coming unto our Savior Jesus Christ each day?
- How could we do better?
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