(For more on Alma 42, justice, mercy, or Amulek, please see my other posts with the “Amulek and Alma” tag.)
Here is a growing list of similar topics and phrases between Amulek’s speech in Alma 34 and Alma’s speech in Alma 39-42:
Night of darkness / Spirits that posses our bodies
Amulek in Alma 34:32-35:
“The day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors
… for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
… for the same spirit which doth posses your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to posses your body in that eternal world.
… For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.”
Alma in Alma 40:13-14:
“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;
… Now this is the state of the souls of the wicked, yea, in darkness”
Alma in Alma 41:6-7:
“If he hath repented of his sins, and desired righteousness until the end of his days, even so he shall be rewarded unto righteousness.
These are they that are redeemed of the Lord; yea, these are they that are taken out, that are delivered from that endless night of darkness”
Justice overpower/cannot rob mercy
Amulek in Alma 34:15-6″
“intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
Thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice”
Alma in Alma 42:13:
“except it were for these conditions, mercy could not take effect except it should destroy the work of justice. Now the work of justice could not be destroyed; if so, God would cease to be God.”
Alma in Alma 42:24-25:
“For behold, justice exerciseth all his demands, and also mercy claimeth all which is her own; and thus, none but the truly penitent are saved.
What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God.”
The word “expedient”
We noted at Study Group on Jan. 16 that the word “expedient” does not mean necessary. It means such things as “expedite,” “speed up,” “fitting.” This does cause us to rethink what is means for an atonement that “sped things up” or was “fit” for God’s purposes. Alma also uses this word in his speech to Corianton. For now, here are simply the references:
Amulek in Alma 34:9-10, 13
Alma in Alma 42:8-9