Includes a short report of 10 Scriptural References of the gospel principle, the Atonement.
First Reference under atonement, taken from the Bible Dictionary.
Note: I have altered and supplemented the definition of atonement, as found in The Bible Dictionary, to more fully and accurately define the aspects found therein.
The word atonement describes the setting “at one” of those who have been estranged and denotes the reconciliation of man to God. Sin is the cause of the estrangement, and therefore the purpose of atonement is to correct or overcome the consequences of sin. From the time of Adam to the death of Jesus Christ, true believers were instructed to offer animal sacrifices to the Lord. These sacrifices were symbolic of the forthcoming death of Jesus Christ and were done by faith in Him (Moses 5:5–8).
Jesus Christ, as the anointed One, and Only Begotten Son of God and the only sinless person to live on this earth, was the only one capable of making an atonement for mankind. By His selection and foreordination in the Grand Council before the world was formed, His divine Sonship, His sinless life, the shedding of His blood in the garden of Gethsemane, His death on the cross and subsequent bodily resurrection from the grave, He made a perfect atonement for all mankind.
All are covered as pertaining to the resurrection, for all shall rise from the dead with immortal bodies because of Jesus’ Atonement. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22)
All little children are innocent at birth, and will automatically be covered by the atonement until developmentally accountable. For this reason little children need no baptism until age eight, or until deemed accountable by the Lord.
The forgiveness of sins is conditional however, on repentance. Each person’s individual forgiveness touches them to the degree that they have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, and obey the gospel.
The services of the Day of Atonement foreshadowed the atoning work of Christ (Lev. 4; 23:26–32; Heb. 9). The scriptures point out that no law, ordinance, or sacrifice would be satisfactory if it were not for the Atonement of Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:1–9; 2 Ne. 9:5–24; Mosiah 13:27–32).
Sin is rebellion. (1 Jn. 3:4) It is a refusal on men’s part to submit to the laws of God (Rom. 8:7). By transgression, man loses control over his own will, and becomes the slave of sin (addiction). (Rom. 7:14) So incurs the penalty of spiritual death, which is separation from God (Rom. 6:23). The Atonement of Jesus Christ brings all mankind before the bar of God, to be answerable for their own manner of life. The means of atonement is provided by the Father (John 3:16–17), and is offered in the life and person of His Son, Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5:19).
Under Atonement, the measure of Grace, as it relates to the atonement.
2 Nephi 10:24
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, reconcile yourselves to the will of God, and not to the will of the devil and the flesh; and remember, after ye are reconciled unto God, that it is only in and through the grace of God that ye are saved.
In other words, pray to the Father for forgiveness, repent and know that it is not your penitence alone, or even the good works you do through the enabling atonement and grace, but that even after all this we fall short and need Him. For we can do no good thing without Him. We would even die spiritually and physically, except for the atonement. This is why God’s statement is correct and true. “Ye shall surely die (as a result thereby). It was the preinstated act of our Savior of both before and beyond, which made providence for our probationary state and test here on earth even possible. With this act in place, why else would the adversary be purposely sent here, but as part of God’s plan to test us?
That’s the second great secret, that even the adversary will at one point, come to himself, and make his way back as the ultimate prodigal son, after his complete burning and purging clean in outer darkness comes to an end.
So too are we in both body and spirit, collectively held together as organized perfection, through the atonement, under the sublime honor of God and all his creations, unto the most holy, highest, infinite, majestic glory of our spirits and bodies – the highest and most sacred stewardship of all. To foster the good, and “bleed out” the bad through Christ.
Under Atonement, Mercy, as it relates to the atonement as a fruit of the atonement.
For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
A poem I wrote which substantiates this scripture.
Mercy is the substance,
Which stops our downward fall,
And gives place for grace,
To then lift us to our potential.
It is the sure steady rock,
Which we can all rely upon.
It’s essence and founder,
Is Christ our Savior.
He gained this victory and power,
As He lived and sacrificed His life,
With charity as the oath and standard held,
And champion which prevailed.
Christ is the Word, possessing
Every perfect godly attribute,
Which were poured forth,
From the garden, cross, and tomb.
He bought our way to freedom,
Living and giving His life in perfect light,
Shewing us mercy in loving submission,
And giving all the power to rise.
Mercy and grace work side by side,
And hand in hand, for without them,
We could not comprehend,
Or be lifted out of the power of Satan.
Mercy is God’s gracious gift,
Our great loving rescuer.
Grace is shared by Christ,
His gifts of perfecting power.
Under Atonement, Charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ.
2 Nephi 33:7
I have charity for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his judgment-seat.
Nephi had developed great charity for all his people, and knew that he would be greeted with such a wonderful reunion on the other side when he passed.
Under Atonement, Hope, as a gift of the Spirit from the atonement.
Listen to the powerful words from Joel as he relates the word of the Lord.
The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
This refers to Zion the New Jerusalem on the American continent, where His power shall manifest, and Jerusalem in Judea, where His word shall still go forth. All until He comes again, to establish His kingdom on earth. The two governing bodies as one, even His power from Zion, and His word from Jerusalem, for we need both.
Under atonement, Faith, as it is a gift of the Spirit from the atonement.
Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
And they were healed.
Under Atonement, Repentance, as a gift of the atonement.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
The refreshing spoken of for us is the second coming, when the presence of the Lord will be here, and refresh the earth, and all that be from the time since the world began.
Under the Atonement, Perfection, a fruit of conversion through the atonement.
And thus Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation; and he walked with God, as did also his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
To me being a perfect man in this life, in understanding and in grace, means nothing more than to be born again, walking in the love of the Lord, and having the constant companionship of the Gift of the Holy Ghost; knowing to whom you belong, and in living according to all that you know, to the very best of your ability.
Under the Atonement, Humility, as is a gift of the Spirit.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Humility is a strength.
Under the Atonement, Patience, a parent virtue of many other attributes of Christ.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.