GPC46c1: Judgments of God
Unit 10: Life after Death
Chapter 46: The Last Judgment
Concept 1: Judgments of God
"We are often told in the Scriptures that the day will come when we will stand before God and be judged. We need to understand how judgment takes place so we can be better prepared for this important event.
The Scriptures teach that all of us will be judged according to our works: "And I saw the dead
, small and great, stand
before God; and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book
of life: and the dead were judged
out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works
." (Revelation 20:12
"For they shall be judged according to their works
, and every man shall receive according to his own works
, his own dominion
, in the mansions
which are prepared;";
1 Nephi 15:32
"And it came to pass that I said unto them that it was a representation of things both temporal and spiritual; for the day should come that they must be judged of their works
, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation
"25 And we will prove
them herewith, to see if they will do
all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them;
26 And they who keep
their first estate
shall be added upon; and they who keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate
shall have glory
added upon their heads for ever and ever.
27 And the Lord
said: Whom shall I send
? And one answered like unto the Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another
answered and said: Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send
28 And the second
was angry, and kept not his first estate
; and, at that day, many followed after him.").
In this scripture, John the Revelator is referring to the Final Judgment. This judgment is the last in a long series of judgments. In the premortal life all spirits who were judged worthy were allowed to receive a body and come to earth. Here on earth we are often judged as to our worthiness to receive opportunities within the kingdom of God. When we are baptized we are judged worthy to receive this ordinance. When we are called to serve in the Church or interviewed for a priesthood advancement or a temple recommend, we are judged.
Alma taught that when we die our spirits are assigned to a state of happiness or of misery (Alma 40:11-15
"11 Now, concerning the state
of the soul between death
and the resurrection Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home
to that God who gave them life.
12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness
, which is called paradise
, a state of rest, a state of peace
, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.
13 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits
of the wicked, yea, who are evil for behold, they have no part nor portion of the Spirit of the Lord; for behold, they chose evil works rather than good; therefore the spirit of the devil
did enter into them, and take possession of their house and these shall be cast out into outer darkness
; there shall be weeping
, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth, and this because of their own iniquity, being led captive by the will of the devil.
14 Now this is the state of the souls
of the wicked
, yea, in darkness, and a state of awful, fearful
looking for the fiery indignation
of the wrath of God upon them; thus they remain in this state
, as well as the righteous in paradise, until the time of their resurrection.
15 Now, there are some that have understood that this state of happiness and this state of misery of the soul, before the resurrection, was a first resurrection. Yea, I admit it may be termed a resurrection, the raising
of the spirit or the soul and their consignation to happiness or misery, according to the words which have been spoken."). This is a partial judgment.
Name some of the judgments we have received and will receive."
" 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask
God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true
and if ye shall ask with a sincere
heart, with real
intent, having faith
in Christ, he will manifest
of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know
of all things."
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