Something from a different study topic sent me to D&C 88. I was briefly skimming the section and I found myself interested in this following verse. In addition, I found myself grateful for the (many) passages of scripture that try to lay out an explanation for something. The scriptures try to reason with us, and I like that.
Here is the verse that stuck out to me this morning, plus the two preceding it:
33 For what doth it profit a man if a gift is bestowed upon him, and he receive not the gift? Behold, he rejoices not in that which is given unto him, neither rejoices in him who is the giver of the gift.
34 And again, verily I say unto you, that which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same.
35 That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still.
That makes a great deal of sense. If a person refuses to be governed by a law that God sets up — any law, as in any specific law, or as in any laws at all (either way) — then that law can’t change that person, and also, there isn’t opportunity for mercy or justice. There isn’t opportunity for repentance and mercy if a person is keeping his/herself out from under the law to begin with. That’s an interesting point. Is it possible to keep yourself out from a law from God? I see the verse suggests this person willeth to abide in sin, and altogether, so this is a person who is turning away from any law from God altogether. I can see why that person would be out of reach of justice or mercy. (Once that person’s heart was touched, broken, changed…then there would be plenty of room for mercy, and a new beginning under the law.)
Anyway, random study today, just familiarizing myself with another part of scripture.