THE NEED OF A REDEEMER
We have heretofore shown that the entire human race existed as spirit-beings in the
primeval world, and that for the purpose of making possible to them the experiences of
mortality this earth was created. They were endowed with the powers of agency or choice
while yet but spirits; and the divine plan provided that they be free-born in the flesh, heirs
to the inalienable birthright of liberty to choose and to act for themselves in mortality. It
is undeniably essential to the eternal progression of God's children that they be subjected
to the influences of both good and evil, that they be tried and tested and proved withal,
"to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them."
Free agency is an indispensable element of such a test.
The Eternal Father well understood the diverse natures and varied capacities of His
spirit-offspring; and His infinite foreknowledge made plain to Him, even in the
beginning, that in the school of life some of His children would succeed and others would
fail; some would be faithful, others false; some would choose the good, others the evil;
some would seek the way of life while others would elect to follow the road to
destruction. He further foresaw that death would enter the world, and that the possession
of bodies by His children would be of but brief individual duration. He saw that His
commandments would be disobeyed and His law violated; and that men, shut out from
His presence and left to themselves, would sink rather than rise, would retrogress rather
than advance, and would be lost to the heavens. It was necessary that a means of
redemption be provided, whereby erring man might make amends, and by compliance
with established law achieve salvation and eventual exaltation in the eternal worlds. The
power of death was to be overcome, so that, though men would of necessity die, they
would live anew, their spirits clothed with immortalized bodies over which death could
not again prevail.
Let not ignorance and thoughtlessness lead us into the error of assuming that the
Father's foreknowledge as to what
under given conditions, determined that
It was not His design that the souls of mankind be lost; on the contrary it
was and is His work and glory, "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."
Nevertheless He saw the evil into which His children would assuredly fall, and with
infinite love and mercy did He ordain means of averting the dire effect, provided the
transgressor would elect to avail himself thereof.
The offer of the firstborn Son to
establish through His own ministry among men the gospel of salvation, and to sacrifice
Himself, through labor, humiliation and suffering even unto death, was accepted and
made the foreordained plan of man's redemption from death, of his eventual salvation
from the effects of sin, and of his possible exaltation through righteous achievement.
In accordance with the plan adopted in the council of the Gods, man was created as