The people have an interesting thing happen to them, that I never quite noticed before. In verse 2 they ask the Lord to "apply" to atoning blood of Christ. They believed. They had faith. But they knew it took more than just those two things. It took action.
It's like knowing that you can wash your hands at the sink. Standing there, with dirty hands, in front of the sink, believing with all your heart, won't get your hands clean. Something needs to happen- action. The water needs to be turned on, or "applied."
In the sink, we know it s simple turn of the knob and pump of the soap that does it.
But, with the Atonement it's a little more.
First, we do need to acknowledge that our spirits have become dirty through sin. Then, we need to stand before Him, knowing that He can make us clean. But, we can stand there, dirty spirits, in front of the Savior, believing with all our hearts, and be healed or cleansed. Something needs to happe…