Now, I Unfold unto You a Mystery – Alma 40:3

3 Behold, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead. But behold, my son, the resurrection is not yet. Now, I unfold unto you a mystery; nevertheless, there are many mysteries which are kept, that no one knoweth them save God himself. But I show unto you one thing which I have inquired diligently of God that I might know–that is concerning the resurrection.
(Alma 40:3)

mystery – Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain (Oxford English Dictionary).

mystery – …a spiritual truth that was once hidden but now is revealed and that without special revelation would have remained unknown (Bible Dictionary).

In the passage above, Alma teaches several important principles about gaining spiritual knowledge:

  1. There are some things that no one knows except God. As King Benjamin taught fifty years earlier, “man cannot comprehend all of the things which the Lord doth comprehend” (Mosiah 4:9).
  2. God can reveal truths to us and explain to us things which we did not previously understand.
  3. Even though God decides when and how to reveal truth to us, we are more likely to learn if we put some effort into the process. Alma tells his son that he “inquired diligently of God” to learn more about the resurrection.
  4. When we learn something through revelation, we would be wise to maintain a sense of perspective. There is still so much that we don’t know, so we need to stay humble and continue to trust in the Lord.

Today, I will follow Alma’s example by asking Heavenly Father to help me understand concepts and principles which are difficult for me. I will trust that He can help me comprehend things which seem mysterious to me now. As I grow in understanding, I will strive to maintain the humility which Alma displayed, recognizing that there are many things which I have yet to learn, and that there are some things which no one knows except God Himself.

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2 Responses to Now, I Unfold unto You a Mystery – Alma 40:3

  1. Jefferson Madison says:

    I have come to love this blog. Thank you for your diligent efforts to keep the Spirit of this great book alive in the hearts and minds of God’s people.


  2. Pingback: Lessons from Alma | Book of Mormon Study Notes

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