Wow. This chapter is full of treasures. I strongly encourage each of you to read it. It is too wonderful to overlook, and I'm not sure I will be able to summarize all of the important parts here.
An invitation to enter into the rest of the Lord—Pray with real intent—The Spirit of Christ enables men to know good from evil—Satan persuades men to deny Christ and do evil—The prophets manifest the coming of Christ—By faith miracles are wrought and angels minister—Men should hope for eternal life and cleave unto charity. Between A.D. 400 and 421
Outline of important principles:
vs 3: Peaceable followers of Christ have hope that they will soon enter into the rest of the Lord.
vs 5: By their works shall you know them: For if their works be good, then they be good also.
vs 6: Pray with real intent
vs 12: All things which are good come of God
vs 15: "For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night."
This verse is awesome. What a powerful promise, that we can know something with such great surety. For some reason, I never realized that the Lord has promised us something so great, but seeing it here gives me hope and faith. I think this is a great verse to draw on time and again, as a reminder that the Lord will make all things known unto us, if we ask in faith. He will help us make righteous decisions that will lead us where we need to go. "Wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God." This gives so much comfort to me. We have the opportunity to know with a perfect knowledge, things tbat are of God. What a tremendous blessing that is and will be to us in our lives.
vs 18: Judge righteously
vs 19-25: Through faith and Christ, we are able to lay hold on every good thing.
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have aangels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
30 For behold, they are subject unto him, to minister according to the word of his command, showing themselves unto them of strong faith and a firm mind in every form of godliness.
31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.
32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.
33 And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is cexpedient in me.
This is also another good reminder of principles I could never hear enough. As hard as this life may be at times, we have that hope to hold onto, that miracles still happen. The Lord is ever mindful of us, and He loves us. Even tho it is a necessary part of life, I know the Lord does not like to see us suffering. That is why He provides so many ways for us to feel of His love. Our Savior, and the Love of God and Christ are what will help us get through this life. Love is the bright spot we have to hold onto in this life. Along with that, we have the promise of always having the Holy Ghost to dwell in our hearts and help guide us. What an incredible promise. Isn't it also awesome to think that we still have angels here among us? Those who have the faith will be blessed to see them in this life, perhaps in times where they need extra guidance or extra help. The glorious works of God will not cease on this earth.
41 And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise.
42 Wherefore, if a man have faith he bmust needs have hope; for without faith there cannot be any hope.
43 And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart.
45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
46 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.
I hate to just copy straight from the scriptures, but what better way to wrap up the beautiful promises made in this chapter? This chapter truly helps us to understand the eternal picture and what awaits us in the life to come. Heavenly Father truly loves us. Our Savior truly loves us. They want us to return to live with them some day, and they know we will need reminders along the way. We will need them to hold our hands at times. This Gospel is a beautiful thing. We are so blessed to have it in our lives.