Atonement of Jesus Christ
Here are referances and teachings about Christ’s Atonement
See also Blood; Children of Christ; Cross; Crucifixion; Fall of Adam and Eve; Forgive; Gethsemane; Grace; Immortal, Immortality; Jesus Christ; Justification, Justify; Merciful, Mercy; Plan of Redemption; Redeem, Redeemed, Redemption; Remission of Sins; Repent, Repentance; Resurrection; Sacrament; Sacrifice; Salvation; Sanctification; Sons and Daughters of God
To reconcile man to God.
As used in the scriptures, to atone is to suffer the penalty for an act of sin, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ was the only one capable of making a perfect atonement for all mankind. He was able to do so because of his selection and foreordination in the Grand Council before the world was formed (Ether 3:14; Moses 4:1–2; Abr. 3:27), his divine Sonship, and his sinless life. His atonement included his suffering for the sins of mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane, the shedding of his blood, and his death and subsequent resurrection from the grave (Isa. 53:3–12; Mosiah 3:5–11; Alma 7:10–13). Because of the Atonement, all people will rise from the dead with immortal bodies (1 Cor. 15:22). The Atonement also provides the way for us to be forgiven of our sins and live forever with God. But a person who has reached the age of accountability and received the law can receive these blessings only if he has faith in Jesus Christ, repents of his sins, receives the ordinances of salvation, and obeys the commandments of God. Those who do not reach the age of accountability and those without the law are redeemed through the Atonement (Mosiah 15:24–25; Moro. 8:22). The scriptures clearly teach that if Christ had not atoned for our sins, no law, ordinance, or sacrifice would satisfy the demands of justice, and man could never regain God’s presence (2 Ne. 2; 9).
- This is my blood, shed for many for the remission of sins:Matt. 26:28;
- His sweat was as it were great drops of blood:Luke 22:39–44;
- I will give my flesh for the life of the world:John 6:51;
- I am the resurrection, and the life:John 11:25;
- Christ is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey:Heb. 5:9;
- We are sanctified by the shedding of the blood of Christ:Heb. 9;Heb. 10:1–10;
- Christ also hath once suffered for sins:1 Pet. 3:18;
- The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin:1 Jn. 1:7;
- He was lifted up upon the cross and slain for sins:1 Ne. 11:32–33;
- Redemption comes to those who have a broken heart and contrite spirit:2 Ne. 2:3–10, 25–27;
- He offered himself a sacrifice for sin:2 Ne. 2:7;
- The Atonement ransoms men from the Fall and saves them from death and hell:2 Ne. 9:5–24;
- It must needs be an infinite atonement:2 Ne. 9:7;
- Be reconciled unto God through the Atonement of Christ:Jacob 4:11;
- His blood atones for the sins of those who have ignorantly sinned:Mosiah 3:11–18;
- Man received salvation through the Atonement:Mosiah 4:6–8;
- Were it not for the Atonement, they must unavoidably perish:Mosiah 13:27–32;
- He shall atone for the sins of the world:Alma 34:8–16;
- God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy:Alma 42:11–30;
- I am the God of the whole earth, slain for the sins of the world:3 Ne. 11:14;
- I, God, have suffered these things for all:D&C 19:16;
- Little children are redeemed through mine Only Begotten:D&C 29:46–47;
- Behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin:D&C 45:3–5;
- This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten:Moses 5:7;
- Through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved:A of F 1:3;”
- (See Guide to The Scriptures: Atone, Atonement https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/atone-atonement?lang=eng
-Jesus the Christ by Talmage says Christ on cross at 9am, then at noon the clouds darken, from 12-3 he is suffering all that happened in Gethsemane but “intensified”. Fetal position is the way we are in our most pain; the cross pain was intensified more than Gethsemane perhaps because he could not be in the fetal position.
-Isaiah says Christ’s face became marred more than any other man.
-Isaiah says they plucked off Christ’s hair.
-the word Gethsemane: shemen is oil, geth is press, it means olive/oil press.
-Matthew 26:38 severe depression; Jesus feels such pain that he feels he is going to die.
-imagine an olive getting crushed by a large rock, this is like what the Atonement was.
-sins don’t bring pleasure, they bring weight consequences, hence the Atonement of Christ had a crushing weight on him.
-D&C 19 says if we repent we won’t suffer; God is saying that he suffered to a greater degree for our sins then we have ever known. Jesus went through hell for us, suffering the pains of a damned soul.
-D&C 76:107 Jesus experiences the fullness of God’s wrath in the Atonement.
-Elder Maxwell said that Jesus is more intelligent than the combined intelligence of the rest of the human race. Where much is given much is required. Abraham speaks of the pre-mortal intelligences, Jesus was the greatest of them all.
–“Thus, such was the torturing pressure of this intense, this indescribable agony, that it burst forth abroad beyond the confines of His body, convulsed all nature and spread throughout all space” (John Taylor,Mediation and Atonement, 151–52; Quoted in the Doctrines of the Gospel student manual Ch 9 on the Atonement at https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrines-of-the-gospel-student-manual/chapter-9-the-atonement-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng); Thus we see that the Atonement hurt him so bad it was more than just bodily pain, he experienced all sorts of pain which only a God can to the extent he did.
-Elder Faust said that Jesus was crying in Gethsemane, his tears mingling with his blood.
-Elder Maxell speaks of the angel strengthening Christ in the Atonement being Adam, I believe another source says otherwise, Seth or Abel perhaps.
-Brigham Young taught that when Jesus walked into Gethsemane God cast a veil over Gethsemane, hence Jesus in there would say as we see in Matthew 26 that he thinks he is going to die there. Also Jesus would not have bled if God was with him.
-Jacob says Abraham and Issac are a similitude of God and Christ in the Atonement, it would perhaps be harder to be the father slaying his son, than the son submitting to the will of the father in all things. Hence Jesus says “Glory be to the Father”.
-when you study about the Atonement, you get the desire to be nice to everyone and be good. Try it.
-when you understand Christ’s sacrifice more, you’ll have more internal change; like Alma the younger feeling the pains of a damned soul, then having Jesus deliver him, recognizing then and forever the role of Jesus Christ in the Atonement for us.
-when you think of Jesus’ Atonement, you want to not be as flippant about the attitude “I can sin now and repent later”, you want to be more careful about your actions, more thoughtful about what you do.
-when you feel uplifted by Christ, those are the times to make your life desitions, don’t make deceptions in depression times.
-Jesus is the only one who has walked out life path, so trust him have faith in him.
-Jesus was a pre-mortal God without a body, just like the Holy Ghost is currently a God, must be pre mortal, without a body. Then Jesus condescends, he comes to earth, he is a baby dependent on his mother entirely.
-the angel came to the Christ in the atonement and said perhaps you don’t have to do this but if you don’t all things you created those worlds animals humans plants etc, go back to inexistance, back to dust. You don’t have to do this, the Father knew you would do it that’s why He sent you. The only way to complete the Fathers will is by doing this.
-Christ wept after healing lazarus from death perhaps in realizing how much God the Father would do for him, what being “The Son” is all about.
-why does salvation come only through the Son, not the Father? Only the name of Jesus Christ? It’s because Jesus Christ created us.
-the atonement is infinite; in Alma 34:11-12 it says that when one is killed, the life of the murderer is required. AKA, every guilty person must pay. Thus the atonement of Christ had to not just be representative, he had to literally take upon himself the punishment for each and every crime committed. Every debt had to be paid. Every crime had to be punished. Christ stood in the place for all of the murderers not all at once, but one by one. Each beating was mandated for justice to be realized. God is just. “He that ruleth over men must be just” cried the psalmist.