Glorification of Christ

“Yea, thus saith the Spirit: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand; yea, the Son of God cometh in his glory, in his might, majesty, power, and dominion. Yea, my beloved brethren, I say unto you, that the Spirit saith: Behold the glory of the King of all the earth; and also the King of heaven shall very soon shine forth among all the children of men.” – Alma 5:50

“Let the mountains shout for joy, and all ye valleys cry aloud; and all ye seas and dry lands tell the wonders of your Eternal King! And ye rivers, and brooks, and rills, flow down with gladness. Let the woods and all the trees of the field praise the Lord; and ye solid rocks weep for joy! And let the sun, moon, and the morning stars sing together, and let all the sons of God shout for joy! And let the eternal creations declare his name forever and ever! And again I say, how glorious is the voice we hear from heaven, proclaiming in our ears, glory, and salvation, and honor, and immortality, and eternal life; kingdoms, principalities, and powers!” – D&C 128:23

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to finally post this. I should have had this series done weeks ago. But at least I’m finishing!

Throughout these scriptures, we’ve studied a lot about Christ – what naturally comes when we study Him is a deepened sense of love and gratitude for Him. As our relationship with Him grows, we become more aware of our dependence on Him.

I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior. Though I don’t totally understand how deeply the atonement affects me, I have seen many blessings in my life. I know that the Lord has blessed me, personally. I have felt His mercy and love. It is overwhelming.

I feel like praising him. I feel like Nephi who said, “I glory in plainness; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.” – 2 Nephi 33:6. I have felt these blessings in my life. I have seen miracles take place in my life, and I know that the only explanation is the grace and mercy of Christ – and His atonement.

As I’ve felt this love for my Savior grow, I want to join the choruses that praise Christ. I’m grateful to know that, despite His rejection during His life on earth, He will be glorified. He will be our King forever.

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Victory over Death and Sin

“And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—

Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.” – Mosiah 15:8-9

“And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.

But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.” – Mosiah 16:7-8

“O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit.” – 2 Nephi 9:10

This is what it is all about. Christ is victorious over death – both physically and spiritually. Because of His victory, we all have the chance to be victorious. He stands as our advocate, and Savior.

In the book of Moses, The Lord explains, ” For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” – Moses 1:39. The whole work and glory of God would have been frustrated if Jesus Christ wouldn’t have offered his very life as a sacrifice for sin. Christ has prepared the way for each of us to receive both immortality and eternal life. We simply need to choose to be perfected in Him.

I am so grateful to know of the Savior. I’m grateful for the everlasting message of Hope he brings. I have experienced His mercy and love in this life, and I know that it is only a small measure of the love and mercy that He has for me. I know that Christ was victorious over death and sin, and because of His sacrifice, I will be able to overcome them, too.

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Judgment

“And he shall rise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.
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For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy; but men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
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And thus saith the Lord: They shall stand as a bright testimony against this people, at the judgment day; whereof they shall be judged, every man according to his works, whether they be good, or whether they be evil.” – Mosiah 3:10, 18, 24

“And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—” – 3 Nephi 27:14

So far, we’ve been reading a lot of scriptures on the Messiah’s life. In part three (starting with the last post), the scriptures are all about what Christ’s atonement means for us. Obviously, the sacrifice of the Lord redeems us all from death. However, Christ’s atonement also has a conditional aspect – and it is based on what we do.

There will be a time appointed when we are judged by Christ. Our judgment will be based on our works in this life. Christ is the righteous judge, which is why the judgment must come from Him.

As I think about the role of the Messiah, the judgment is not always obvious to me. I usually spend time thinking about things like his miraculous birth, his ministry, his excruciating death, and His resurrection. I think about His appearance to the Nephites, Joseph Smith, and to us in the future. I don’t often think about the judgment, but it is just as important as everything else Christ does, and the judgmnt has everything to do with the atonement.

I came across the following scripture in my study recently: “Know ye not that if ye will do these things, that the power of the redemption and the resurrection, which is in Christ, will bring you to stand with shame and awful guilt before the bar of God?” – Jacob 6:9. I have to admit that when I think of the power of the redemption of Christ, I usually think of resurrection and exaltation, I don’t remember the fact that the power of the redemption and resurrection is what will also bring us shame and guilt when we stand before God.

I don’t want to sound depressing. It is just a fact. The atonement is a two edged sword – and we all must make a choice about it. We cannot be neutral. On the one edge – we can face the Lord at the judgment having used the atonement wisely – and it will bring us peace and salvation. On the other hand, when we stand at the judgment, if we haven’t used the atonement wisely, it is what will cut us off from God.

I’m grateful for the judgement. It means I at least have the chance to make it. Without Christ, there would be no hope. I’m grateful to know that there is a Savior, and that because of Him, I have the potential to enjoy an eternity of peace and joy.

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Redemption from Adam’s Fall

“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.

And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.” – 2 Nephi 2:25-26

So, I really think that this is probably one of the best scriptures that teaches us the purpose of this life – Adam fell. This was not necessarily a bad thing. Lehi teaches, “that men might be.” We would not have been brought into existence if Adam and Eve had not partaken of the fruit. They needed to make that choice in order to bring all of humankind into existence. We ought to be eternally grateful for the profound choice that both Adam and Eve made.

Of course, the fall of Adam had a severe consequence – he, and his posterity, were cut off from the presence of God. Just as they had realized their physical nakedness before God, they also realized that spiritually, they were exposed.

In order to be made holy – so that we could return to the presence of the Lord, we would need a Mediator or a Redeemer. Lehi teaches that this is the role that Christ played. He is our advocate, he creates the bridge between us and our father. He covers our nakedness. He has redeemed all of us from the fall.

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Prophecies of Christ’s Second Coming

“And not many days hence the Son of God shall come in his glory; and his glory shall be the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, equity, and truth, full of patience, mercy, and long-suffering, quick to hear the cries of his people and to answer their prayers.” – Alma 9:26

“I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God; wherefore, gird up your loins and I will suddenly come to my temple. Even so. Amen.” – Doctrine and Covenants 36:8

I decided that I should include another point in this part of the scripture chain – prophecies of Christ’s second coming. This is an important part of Christ’s mission. He will come again – and He will come in His glory.

There are sooo many scriptures I could have included, but I decided on these two. I like the one in Alma because it lists all of Christ’s qualities. His glory is not that of the world – it is that of God – it is full of mercy, kindness, and meekness.

I also liked the reference from the Doctrine and Covenants because it is a declaration by the Savior, Himself. He will come again, and it will be sudden. We need to be ready.

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God’s Triumph

“Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner. But my salvation shall be forever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.” – 2 Nephi 8:6

“Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!” – 3 Nephi 11:17

At this point in the Oratorio by Handel, we are treated with the quintessential “Hallelujah Chorus.” I love that – we are pleading with God to save us now, and we are praising His name forever (and ever).

I thought that, for the purpose of this scripture chain, I’d include two scriptures. The first illustrates how temporary the nature of everything is – including the Heavens and the Earth. However, the salvation of God is NOT temporary. It lasts forever and offers us eternal hope.

After such knowledge, what else can we do but exclaim, as the Nephites did at Christ’s coming, “Hosanna!”

God has triumphed over the wiles of Satan. He has triumphed over death and sin – so we could return to Him. I can’t think of a more hopeful message.

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The World Rejects the Gospel – the Apostasy

“And after he was slain I saw the multitudes of the earth, that they were gathered together to fight against the apostles of the Lamb; for thus were the twelve called by the angel of the Lord.” – 1 Nephi 11:34

“And it came to pass that they who rejected the gospel were called Lamanites, and Lemuelites, and Ishmaelites; and they did not dwindle in unbelief, but they did wilfully rebel against the gospel of Christ; and they did teach their children that they should not believe, even as their fathers, from the beginning, did dwindle.” – 4 Nephi 1:38

“But wickedness did prevail upon the face of the whole land, insomuch that the Lord did take away his beloved disciples, and the work of miracles and of healing did cease because of the iniquity of the people.” – Mormon 1:13

“And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?” – Jacob 5:41

After reading all about the miracles Christ performed, after reading all about the incalculable pain of the atonement He suffered, after reading about the profound love Christ has for each of us, it is so sad to see that the World rejected him.

Although the world had witnessed the Savior personally, and had experienced His power, they still rejected Him. The result was a loss of the Spirit and the power that accompanies such a gift. (i.e. – the apostles, priesthood power, healing, blessings, baptism, etc.) The great apostasy was a spiritual famine – as Amos described: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it,” (Amos 8:11-12). The crazy thing is – this famine was not caused because of a lack of the word of God. Spiritual starvation didn’t happen because God dropped out of the lives of the people. It is because they rejected Him. They had the word of the Lord, but refused to partake of it.

And even through this rejection, the Lord still had his hands stretched out to the world, ready to redeem them if only they would accept Him and repent. What more could he have done???

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