How does Moroni 7:48 fit into this sequence/process?
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. (Moroni 7:48)
This scripture is one of those sweeping statements which captured the whole process. It is easy to read it as a single event – which is that we should pray for Charity, and when we obtain Charity, we will be pure as he is pure. There are many powerful events in this verse being lumped into a single statement.
We are filled with Love when we receive Charity as a gift from Christ at the rebirth and beyond. This was typified by the vision of the Tree of Life by Lehi. The Iron Rod and straight path led to the tree, which represented the “Love of God”. This process of recognizing and grabbing hold of personal revelation (the iron rod of the Word of God) is what brings us to the Love of God.
The gift of Charity is bestowed upon all “who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ.” By the next statement we know he is speaking about being born again because it is at the rebirth that we become “Sons of God”.
He next teaches us that we should do all this so “that when he (meaning Christ) shall appear (when we part the veil at the Second Comforter) that we “shall be like him”. “For we shall see him as he is” which means, without the veil, in true form as a loving savior, not as a conquering God taking vengeance on a wicked world. We also know that “when he shall appear” isn’t referring to the second coming because there is no worthiness requirement (charity, son’s and daughters of God, being true followers, and being like him,) to be present when the second coming occurs. This is a person appearance which we qualify for by being “true followers”.
This is the beauty and majesty of the Latter-day gospel – this last and great promise, this pathway that requires purification, obedience and great faith to even see – let alone believe. This is the diamond-hard faith that you and I may find ourselves in the presence of Christ long before He comes to cleanse the earth.
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