Purifying our Hearts
After hearing King Benjamin’s speech, the “fear of the Lord” came upon the people. They recognized their own “carnal state, even less than the dust of the earth.” They cried, “O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ.” The Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience.” (Mosiah 2:13) Thus…as they were humble, called upon God, and exercised faith in Christ, they were forgiven and purified.
“No man can be saved except his garments are washed white…purified…cleansed from all stain, through the blood of [Christ]. How will…you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood and all manner of filthiness? [Or] to sit down in the kingdom of God, with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob, and also all the holy prophets, whose garments are cleansed and are spotless, pure and white?” (Alma 5:21-24)
How can your garments be cleansed from the blood of the world through the blood of Christ? Is His blood like a stain remover? Or when He cleanses our garments does He cover our garments with His blood, thus overshadowing the blood of the world? Or does “stain” mean something other than what I think? Obviously these are figurative expressions, but I’m not sure I understand the symbols.
In a time of great prosperity, the humble part of the people were persecuted. To have strength during that time, they “did fast and pray oft…[waxed] stronger and stronger in humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ…even to the purifying and sanctification of their hearts,” which came “because of their yielding their hearts unto God.” (Heleman 3:35)
Jesus prayed regarding the multitude who were praying, “Father, I thank thee that thou has purified those whom I have chosen, because of their faith…they are purified in me…they were white, even as Jesus.” (3 Nephi 19:28-30) “The light of his countenance did shine upon them.” (3 Nephi 19:25)