Most Christians look to Christ to be forgiven of their sins and that believing on Him is the door way to salvation. And do not the scriptures teach us this? Satan will do anything he can to take us away from understanding the infinite atonement. However, the searching soul will ask, “Have false traditions crept in so that we miss the full power and beauty of the infinite atonement of our Lord and Savior?” This blog article and following ones will better help us appreciate the infinite atonement.
The Capstone of His Infinite Atonement
Most Christians look to the cross and to His suffering for forgiveness of sins. We often hear the phrase, “We are thankful for His atoning sacrifice.” When studied, we find that His glorious resurrection is the capstone step of His infinite atonement, and when it occurred 2000 years ago the early saints saw it as such. For Christ to go from infinite suffering to infinite glory in those three days changed the world forever, and the early Christians could not contain their joy knowing, “He is risen!” – as proclaimed in the scriptures and so profoundly in Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.”
We find there are seven fantastic accomplishments in His infinite atonement, and seven sub-steps to each of these. Seven is the number of perfection or completion in the Lord’s arithmetic. And the scriptures outline all 49 of these steps.
The Ultimate Masterpiece
We have to ask ourselves as Christians, are we missing the glorious view of the infinite atonement? For example, it is somewhat like playing one note on a piano; we cannot then hear an inspired master piece that could come forth if the full keyboard were used. This analogy is so lacking because the infinite atonement is the ultimate master piece in God’s perfect plan to bring us back to Him. Like playing the one note on the piano prohibits us from partaking of the master piece. so, for example, only focusing on the cross misses the full plan of salvation.
Those blessings include the possibility of the greatest of all the gifts of God – Eternal Life and a fullness of joy. There is no greater message that can be proclaimed to the world. Yet, are most Christians missing the main message.
The Free Gift of the Resurrection
The Apostle John tells us that Christ overcame “death and hell.” And the Apostle Paul further amplifies, “For since by man [Adam] came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22) In other words, the infinite atonement overcame the effects of both the spiritual and physical deaths brought about by the Fall of Adam and Eve. Because of Christ’s resurrection, physical death is overcome for all and all will be brought back into the presence of God. This is a free gift for all of enormous importance. Body and spirit reunited through the Lord’s infinite atonement is the only way we can have a fullness of joy. (D&C 93:33-34; 138:17)
Christ Overcame the Effects of the Fall
Overcoming the effects of spiritual death is our choice. The Savior did everything necessary to overcome the effects of the Fall of Adam and Eve. Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Hence, if there is no Adam and Eve and the Fall, then there is no need for an atonement, and we see that the theory of organic evolution is anti-Christ as that theory, which I prove to be false in Chapter 6 of my book www.ItsAboutTimeBook.com , throws out the Bible message. And we see that most Christians have forgotten how important the resurrection of Christ was to the early saints and is for us today. Since the resurrection is the crowning event of the infinite atonement, we should celebrate Easter more than we do Christmas, but we have lost the early Christian’s perspective of how great that day was when it was announced by the angels, “He is risen.”
David W Allan