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Adam & Eve: The First Christians
Jesus is The Tree of Life
Jesus committed no sins of His own of which to repent, making it possible for Him to suffer for our sins.
He did not deserve to die and could live forever; all the elements honor Him and hearken to His commands.
It is significant to understand the importance of this statement. The reason why Christ could suffer for our sins is He was free of sin.
He had no sin of his own for which to suffer; therefore, he did not deserve to receive the wages of sin, death.
As a partner in this great plan of salvation, that Father authored, and Jesus executed along with Adam, humankind would be tried and tested with the opportunity to live again in the presence of God because Jesus Christ overcame death and hell and the devil!
In 2 Nephi chapter 9, we are instructed that Christ’s sacrifice
...must needs be an infinite atonement—save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration... (2 Nephi 9:7)
This duration of which Nephi speaks refers to the state of Adam and Eve's sentence of death. He continues to explain that
...this flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more. O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more. (2 Nephi 9:51)
Nephi revealed an awful alternative had the atonement of Christ not been infinite, eternal--for no man could pay for another man's sins with sins of his own for which he must pay.
The elements of the universe would honor no such being as man, seeing as how those beings did not and do not honor the commands of Jehovah/Jesus Christ.
The elements would not remain bounded and eventually would fly apart into chaos to rise no more to cooperate with the bodies of humanity.
Nephi continues teaching that if this is the case, that our bodies crumble because the sacrifice was not infinitely accepted by the elements who honor Christ and, therefore, do not fly apart at our first sin that
...our spirits must have become like unto him [Lucifer], and we become devils, angels to a devil, to be shut out from the presence of our God, and to remain with the father of lies, in misery, like unto himself! (2 Nephi 9:20)
Life without the perfect and eternal atonement of Jesus Christ suffering for the penalty of death brought upon humanity by Adam and Eve after partaking of the fruit would amount to naught.
Without Christ in the partnership with Adam and Eve, all would suffer the same fate as the one-third cast down on Earth to tempt humanity away from God's plan. Mortal men and women would become demons and devils and be damned and disembodied forever!
Those who endure mortality would suffer greater than the one-third who rebelled with Satan in the pre-mortal life because those who kept their first estate and did not rebel against God know the joy of having a physical body and all the nuances that come along with it.
For eternity, they would know that they would never taste, touch, or enjoy marital connection again because the means to do so is a physical body. They would be worse than demons in misery!
Nephi instructs us that we would become like that old devil. The Serpent,
...yea, ...that being who beguiled our first parents, who transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light, and stirreth up the children of men unto secret combinations of murder and all manner of secret works of darkness....2 Nephi 9:9
Notice how Nephi speaks in reminders that this fate would not occur because Christ would keep His part of the partnership with Adam and Eve. He did keep Hs part and effected the atonement so that all humankind would not suffer for their sins if they would accept Him and follow His teachings.
The Ordinance of the Atonement - Spiritual Death
Adam, Eve and all of their posterity will not have to suffer for sins because Jesus suffered spiritual death, which is separation from God--He suffered for all sins.
When the Father withdrew Himself from Jesus, He cried out Abba, Father, why hast Thou forsaken me? Christ did not deserve spiritual death or physical death, yet He suffered both so that He would be given sole judgment when all humanity stands before the Father to enter His kingdom as joint-heirs with Christ. Spiritual death is separation from God. All people born will one day be reunited with God because of Jesus Christ.
Christ suffered for all and paid for that dishonor humanity heaped upon Him in the form of His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Calvary. Therefore, when the Lord performs the resurrection ordinances for all, all will live again
All humanity lives again because Jesus suffered for all of their infirmities--not only on the cross but also in the Garden of Gethsemane. His sufferings in the spirit were not over because the Roman guards nailed Him to a tree.
When He cried out on the cross that it is finished, then did He conquer all the sins of humanity destroying the power of spiritual death.
Jesus had to stand alone to make effective the atonement for all humanity, and the Father let Him do so.
Because He had no sins, Jesus could walk spiritually (and physically) back into the presences of God. He, Jesus Christ, performed by proxy the atonement.
He stood in place of Adam and Eve to suffer for their sin. He stood in all humans' place to suffer for their sins--all He awaits of them is accept the ordinance that He performed.
When Christ suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, He did not bleed from every pore because He had a disease, but all diseases!
He suffered spiritually and physically every injustice of mankind; every hurt and sickness; every pain and discrimination.
He suffered for all that all might not have to suffer if they would follow Him and accept Him as their Master and King. If they accepted him as their intercessor, he will speak for them as a redeemed Christian.
Also, because He satisfied the demands of justice for all people so that if they repent they could enter into The Father's rest, there is no reason for any of person to remain dead once they die. The elements do not have to rebel against mankind because they dishonor themselves!
The Ordinance of the Atonement - Physical Death
Upon the cross at Calvary, they crucified the Lord. And when He cried before the people He gave up His Spirit, (that is, Jesus Christ) and only His broken body remained. His spirit and His body separated. On the third day, Christ took up His body again.
As a gift to all of mankind, because He paid for their sins, all of their wages, they had no reason to remain dead though we would die. All humanity will live again as a gift to the good and bad.
The only thing they must do is work by faith to accept the commandment of Christ through the ordinances and principles of Faith, Repentance, Baptism by immersion in water, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost through the laying on of hands, and enduring to the end of mortality in the faith.
Adam provided death and physical bodies. Jesus offered Eternal life through repentance and a resurrection from death so people could keep their physical bodies in a glorified form.
It is important for all citizens of Earth to know that Christ suffered both spiritually and physically for their salvation. He paid the spiritual death penalty.
The Ordinance of the Atonement - Spiritual Death
Spiritual death is separation from God the Father. As mentioned before, Adam and Eve were banned from the presence of God.
All mankind, all children born of them would also suffer that ban. Christ overcame that portion of death by suffering for all sins in Gethsemane.
Next, Christ overcame physical death when He took up His body again after three days of work in the world of the spirits. Again, and this is important to repeat, Christ did not deserve death because He lacked sins of His own to forsake, so nothing could prevent Him from rising.
As a free gift to us all, there is nothing to prevent any person from rising either since Christ also paid for all sins. All who died will live again because they have no sins to keep us dead for the wages have been paid.
The universe is satisfied that an infinite payment or ransom for humankind has occurred and the elements that honor Christ will obey His word to come together when He calls all mankind to resurrection.
I imagine He will speak for us and say,
"I, who am Holy and without blemish, spot, or justification for death, do present to You, Father of all, this Christian to enter the Heavens and to rule as a joint heir with Me. I have paid for his (or her) sins and I am worthy to seek life with him (or her)."
I imagine The Father will then grant permission saying,
"Let him (or her) that is redeemed enter into My rest and inherit power in My kingdom for Jesus Christ's sake, Who without blemish or justification for death through sin did atone for this man or woman that he (or she) may enter into perfection and glory with Me.
Conversation with Angels
These words are taken from The Book of Mormon with the intent to help the reader imagine an Angel declaring unto Adam and Eve about the Tree of Life they were to have faith in, even Jesus Christ.
Angel declaring unto Adam and Eve
"Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father." Mosiah 15:7
I Imagine Father Adam Saying
"Christ did not want to suffer these things if there was another way to accomplish them. Our sins wounded His soul and our lies wounded His heart! He felt the weight of our secrets as He suffered for them. Praise God, He suffered that He could take them and remove them from our lives!"
I imagine Mother Eve saying,
"Were it not for our transgression we would not have joy in posterity; and we would not know redemption from sin. We would not know the meaning of the love of God. I bless the Plan of Happiness and Our Son through Mary, Jesus, who will save us from our transgression and our sins and our children's sin down to the last generation of time."
"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—" Mosiah 15:8
Adam joys and expresses,
"Death hath no sting for it is only a long sleep and then we awake! Glory to God on high! We will not be separated from God forever, but we have an intercessory Child from God for entrance back into our home with Father."
"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 Him their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice." Mosiah 15:9
Imagine the first parents hearing something similar to these words written in the Book of Mormon that though death comes; it does not come immediately for partaking of the fruit, but they will be given the law of sacrifice. Eve will submit to Adam willingly as he follows the commands of God--not by force.
The new Tree of life, Jesus Christ, was not denied our First Parents, but delayed for their and our welfare. Christ offers more than immortality. He offers spiritual life and physical life.
What do you think?
Jesus Christ created the Earth, so he died for his creation. Does that make sense?
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