Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Atonement

Before the foundation of this world Christ was chosen as our Savior.  As part of God's Plan, Christ would redeem us from the fall and bring us back to our Father.  He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:8)

Christ's redemption would remove the barriers to living with God that were brought about by the fall.  Namely, death and sin.

All of us here on Earth will suffer death.  Our spirits and our bodies will be seperated.  Christ Himself suffered death.  But He also rose from the dead and became "the firstfruits of them that slept."  Because of His love and grace we are assured that we too will rise from the dead.  Our bodies and our spirits will be reunited forever in a perfect state, just as Christ's body was.  "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

Christ also suffered for our sins.  In the garden of Gethsemane the pain was so great that He bled "at every pore" and asked the Father to "remove this cup."  But Christ was faithful and followed the Father's will and partook. (see Doctrine and Covenants 19:18-19 and Luke 22:39-44)

If we are faithful to the Savior and follow His will, we can be cleansed by His grace.  He has asked us to exercise our Faith, repent and turn from our sins, be baptized, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure in Faith until the end. (see Moroni 7:33-34; 2 Nephi 31:11-13)