All His judgments are just

Alma 12:15 is a powerful scripture that points us forward to the time of the judgment, when we will stand before the Lord

in his glory,
and in his power,
and in his might, majesty and dominion,

and acknowledge

this is a key word; each of us will submit, in our minds and hearts and with our mouths, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Savior of all men. Acknowledgement is submission, confession, and acceptation.

that all his judgments are just;

every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just. (Mosiah 16:1)

that he is just in all his works, and
that he is merciful unto the children of men, and
that he has all power to save every man

The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; (Mosiah 16:1)

that believeth on his name and
bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.

This is the commandment John the Baptist gave as he prepared the way of the Savior: “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” (Matthew 3:8)

I love the way this scripture teaches us the true nature of Christ, and of His Father. He is a being of glory, power and majesty; He is just in every way, and has all power to save “every man.”

Nephi reminds us that, “He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.” (2 Nephi 26:24)

In a world full of injustice, sorrow, pain, and trial, it is critical to remember that one day, “every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God…” Those who “live without God in the world” will confess “that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.” (Mosiah 27:31)

Isaiah is right: “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me….” (Isaiah 50:7-8)


Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught,

Further drama lies ahead for the faithful, including one day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ, and when all will acknowledge that God is God, and that He is perfect in His justice and mercy (see Mosiah 27:31; Mosiah 16:1; Alma 12:15). Those who love the Lord will inherit His celestial kingdom, where eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, such things as the Lord hath prepared for them (see 1 Cor. 2:9).
(Neal A. Maxwell, “‘Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel’,” Ensign, May 1998, 37)

Subjection to God is really emancipation

It is so easy to be halfhearted, but this only produces half the growth, half the blessings, and just half a life, really, with more bud than blossom….

Sometimes, our holding back occurs because we lack faith or we are too entangled with the cares of the world. Other times, there is in us an understandable tremulousness which slows our yielding, because we sense what further yielding might bring.

Yet we need to break free of our old selves—the provincial, constraining, and complaining selves—and become susceptible to the shaping of the Lord. But the old self goes neither gladly nor quickly. Even so, this subjection to God is really emancipation.

How can we truly acknowledge the Fatherhood of God and refuse His tutorials? Especially in view of the fact, the Lord even chastens those whom He loves.

Neal A. Maxwell, “Willing to Submit,” Ensign, May 1995