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  1. 1. Jesus Christ, the Son of God Chapter 4Introduction 6. Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and us and is our advocate with the Father (see 1 Timothy To know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the 2:5; D&C 45:3–5; JST, 1 John 2:1; Moroni 7:28).living God, is imperative for all who desire eternal 7. The Son of God is our true and righteous judgelife (see John 17:3). This knowledge comes by the (see Psalm 9:7–8; 2 Timothy 4:8; John 5:22, 27, 30;power of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith taught, Acts 10:40–42).“No man can know that Jesus is the Lord, but by 8. The Father’s will is carried out to perfection bythe Holy Ghost” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph the Son (see John 4:34; 5:30; 5:19; Matthew 26:39,Smith, 223). 42; 3 Nephi 11:11). 9. Although Jesus is the Son of God, He is sometimesDoctrinal Outline called the Father (see Mosiah 15:1–8, 11; Isaiah 9:6; Mosiah 5:7; Helaman 14:12; Ether 3:14).A. Jesus Christ is literally the son of God the 10.Jesus Christ is the rock upon which we mustEternal Father. build our foundation in order to overcome the1. Jesus Christ is the firstborn spirit son of God (see temptations of Satan (see Helaman 5:12; Psalm D&C 93:21; Colossians 1:13–15; Hebrews 1:5–6). 18:2; 1 Nephi 15:15).2. Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God in the flesh (see JST, John 1:1, 13–14; 1 Nephi 11:14–22; Supporting Statements Jacob 4:5, 11; Alma 5:48; D&C 20:21; 76:22–24).B. Jesus Christ is a being of glory, might, and A. Jesus Christ is literally the son of God themajesty. Eternal Father.1. Jesus Christ has a resurrected body of flesh and ■ “Among the spirit children of Elohim, the first- bones (see D&C 130:22; Luke 24:36–39; 3 Nephi born was and is Jehovah, or Jesus Christ, to whom 11:12–15). all others are juniors” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, 70).2. Jesus Christ possesses all power in heaven and ■ “That Child to be born of Mary was begotten on earth (see D&C 93:17; 100:1; Matthew 28:18; 1 Peter 3:21–22). of Elohim, the Eternal Father, not in violation of natural law but in accordance with a higher3. Jesus Christ possesses a fulness of the perfection, attributes, and glory of the Father (see 3 Nephi manifestation thereof; and, the offspring from that 12:48; D&C 38:1–3; Colossians 1:19; 2:9–10; D&C association of supreme sanctity, celestial Sireship, 93:4, 12–17). and pure though mortal maternity, was of right to be called the ‘Son of the Highest.’” (James E.4. Jesus Christ is the light and the life of the world (see D&C 88:5–13; 93:2, 9; John 1:4; 8:12; Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 81). ■ “We believe absolutely that Jesus Christ is the 3 Nephi 9:18). Son of God, begotten of God, the first-born in theC. As the Son of God, Jesus fills many roles spirit and the only begotten in the flesh; that He isessential to our salvation. the Son of God just as much as you and I are the1. Jesus created the worlds under the direction of sons of our fathers” (Heber J. Grant, “Analysis of God the Eternal Father (see 3 Nephi 9:15; Hebrews the Articles of Faith,” Millennial Star, 5 Jan. 1922, 2). 1:1–3; Helaman 14:12; Moses 1:33; Ephesians 3:9; ■ “There cannot be any doubt in the heart of a D&C 93:10). Latter-day Saint regarding Jesus Christ’s being2. Jesus Christ is Jehovah, the God of the Old the Son of the living God, because God Himself Testament (see Isaiah 12:2; 1 Nephi 19:10; D&C introduced Him to Joseph Smith. . . . 110:1–4; JST, Exodus 6:1–3; Abraham 2:7–8). “Any individual who does not acknowledge3. The Savior came to earth and set a perfect Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the Redeemer of example for us to follow (see 1 Peter 2:21; the world, has no business to be associated with 2 Nephi 31:7, 9–10; 3 Nephi 18:16; 27:21, 27). the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”4. Only through Jesus Christ can we be saved (see (Heber J. Grant, Gospel Standards, 23–24). Acts 4:12; Mosiah 3:17; 5:8). B. Jesus Christ is a being of glory, might, and5. Through the Atonement, the Savior provided majesty. redemption from physical and spiritual death (see ■ “Jesus Christ is the heir of this Kingdom—the Alma 11:40–43; 34:8–10; 2 Nephi 9:6–13, 26; D&C Only Begotten of the Father according to the flesh, 18:11–12; 19:16; Helaman 14:15–18; 1 Corinthians 15:19–23). 9
  2. 2. Chapter 4and holds the keys over all this world” (Smith, that pinnacle of intelligence which ranked him asTeachings, 323). a God, as the Lord Omnipotent, while yet in his■ “The Savior did not have a fulness at first, but pre-existent state. As such he became, under theafter he received his body and the resurrection all Father, the Creator of this earth and of worldspower was given unto him both in heaven and in without number; and he was then chosen to workearth. Although he was a God, even the Son of out the infinite and eternal atonement, to comeGod, with power and authority to create this earth to this particular earth as the literal Son of theand other earths, yet there were some things Father, and to put the whole plan of redemption,lacking which he did not receive until after his salvation, and exaltation in operation.resurrection. In other words he had not received “Through him the gospel, all saving truths,the fulness until he got a resurrected body” (Joseph and every edifying principle have been revealedFielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:33). in all ages. He is the Eternal Jehovah, the■ “Both the Father and the Son, being promised Messiah, the Redeemer and Savior, theomnipotent Gods, are designated by the name- Way, the Truth, and the Life. By him immortalitytitles, Almighty (Gen. 49:25; Rev. 1:8; 2 Ne. 23:6; and eternal life become realities, and through hisHela. 10:11; D. & C. 84:96; 121:33), Almighty God grace and goodness salvation is possible for all(Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 1 Ne. 17:48; D. & C. 20:21; 87:6; who will believe and obey” (McConkie, Mormon88:106), Lord Almighty (D. & C. 84:118; 2 Cor. 6:18), Doctrine, 129).and Lord God Almighty (Rev. 4:8; 11:17; 21:22; ■ “Christ is the Father in the sense that he is theD. & C. 109:77; 121:4; 1 Ne. 1:14; 2 Ne. 9:46). These Creator, the Maker, the Organizer of the heavensdesignations signify that these holy beings have and of the earth, and all things that in them are. . . .all power and unlimited might. A deep sense of “He is the Father of all those who are bornreverence is implicit in the use of each name-title” again. . . .(Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 30). “He is the Father by what has aptly beenC. As the Son of God, Jesus fills many roles termed divine investiture of authority. That is,essential to our salvation. since he is one with the Father in all of the■ “Whether descriptively designated as Creator, attributes of perfection, and since he exercisesOnly Begotten Son, Prince of Peace, Advocate, the power and authority of the Father, it followsMediator, Son of God, Savior, Messiah, Author and that everything he says or does is and would beFinisher of Salvation, King of Kings—I witness exactly and precisely what the Father would saythat Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven and do under the same circumstances.whereby one can be saved! (See D&C 18:23.) “Accordingly, the Father puts his own name “I testify that He is utterly incomparable in on the Son and authorizes him to speak in the firstwhat He is, what He knows, what He has person as though he were the Father” (McConkie,accomplished, and what He has experienced. Yet, Mormon Doctrine, 130).movingly, He calls us His friends. (See John 15:15.) “We can trust, worship, and even adore Himwithout any reservation! As the only Perfect Personto sojourn on this planet, there is none like Him!(See Isa. 46:9.) “In intelligence and performance, He farsurpasses the individual and the compositecapacities and achievements of all who have lived,live now, and will yet live! (See Abr. 3:19.) “He rejoices in our genuine goodness andachievement, but any assessment of where westand in relation to Him tells us that we do notstand at all! We kneel!” (Neal A. Maxwell, inConference Report, Oct. 1981, 9; or Ensign, Nov.1981, 8).■ “Who, among all the Saints in these last dayscan consider himself as good as our Lord? Who isas perfect? Who is as pure? Who is as holy as Hewas? Are they to be found? He never transgressedor broke a commandment or law of heaven—nodeceit was in His mouth, neither was guile foundin His heart” (Smith, Teachings, 67).■ “As far as man is concerned, all things center inChrist. He is the Firstborn of the Father. Byobedience and devotion to the truth he attained10