Thursday, July 17, 2008

Why Jesus Christ is Necessary for our Salvation

Ether 12:11
11 Wherefore, by faith was the law of Moses given. But in the gift of his Son hath God prepared a more excellent way; and it is by faith that it hath been fulfilled.

What is it about Jesus Christ that He is fundamentally necessary for our salvation? This question has been weighing heavily upon my mind lately, as I ponder theological quandaries. I have always asked questions, sought the answers, and eventually have been given the answer that is sufficient for the time being. This question is no exception.

The Law of Moses was fulfilled with the atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, the giver of the law, satisfied the demands of justice with his death and suffering. The law taught obedience and faith, which is a principle of action. But why could we not be sanctified in the law alone? Perhaps Nephi said it best.

Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ; for, for this end hath the law of Moses been given; and all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him (2 Nephi 11:4)

The Law of Moses points to Christ. All things in the Gospel eventually point to Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, the grace of God is made manifest. And only through Him can we hope to become pure and clean before our Father in Heaven. He is our advocate with the Father. Through Him, there is hope. Therefore, let us center our faith in Christ.

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