“To Stand Before Me, to Be Judged of Their Works”

Brant Gardner

This atonement gives power to the Messiah’s name. Those truly defined by that name perform works worthy of the name. It is not, and never will be, the works that will save us, however. It will be that we align our essential identity to that name. Just as the gospel may be called the Christ’s only when it truly is his, so we are Christ’s only when we become his by living the gospel. Salvation comes only through Christ. Our good works are simply indications of the change of heart that makes our identity more Christ-like. We are truly worthy of the name when we have become “perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (3 Ne. 12:48).

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5