The Plan of salvation

In this months Relief Society Lesson we are reminded that “Jesus Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice to save us from the Fall and from our sins.” Here we are taught about Christ’s part in the Plan of Salvation:

“It therefore became necessary for the Father to send his Only Begotten Son, who was free from sin, to atone for our sins as well as for Adam’s transgression, which justice demanded should be done. He accordingly offered himself a sacrifice for sins, and through his death upon the cross took upon himself both Adam’s transgression and our individual sins, thereby redeeming us from the fall, and from our sins, on condition of repentance. (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith
Chapter 3: The Plan of Salvation, p. 62)

This conditional “plan of salvation consists of the following things:”

“First, we must have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; we must accept him as the Son of God; we must put our trust in him, rely upon his word, and desire to gain the blessings which come by obedience to his laws.

Second, we must repent of our sins; we must forsake the world; we must determine in our hearts, without reservation, that we will live godly and upright lives.

Third, we must be baptized in water, under the hands of a legal administrator, who has power to bind on earth and seal in heaven; we must, through this sacred ordinance, enter into a covenant to serve the Lord and keep his commandments.

Fourth, we must receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; we must be born again; we must have sin and iniquity burned out of our souls as though by fire; we must gain a new creation by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Fifth, we must endure to the end; we must keep the commandments after baptism; we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord; we must so live as to acquire the attributes of godliness and become the kind of people who can enjoy the glory and wonders of the celestial kingdom.

Now I testify that these laws which men must obey to gain salvation and which comprise the gospel of Jesus Christ, have been revealed in this day to prophets and apostles, and that they are now administered by his church, which he has again established upon the earth.” (p. 65)

Did you notice all “we must” do? Thankfully, these are the words of false prophets. In contrast, I love the simplicity of God’s true Plan of Salvation as revealed through living prophets and apostles and found in scripture. It was Jesus who revealed this plan to us, and amazingly it’s all about what He has already done for us. The plan of salvations is an accomplished fact! Christ has already been lifted up on the Cross and His blood has covered the sins of the whole world. According to our Lord and Savior, the very moment you believe in Him, you receive eternal life! This is an unconditional gift from Heavenly Father:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:1-18)

God gave His Son to be lifted up on the cross because He loved us that much. Christ’s mission was to take away the sins of the world, and He did so. Everything necessary for us to live forever with Heavenly Father has already been accomplished. Read the entire chapter of John three to see all that Jesus taught Nicodemus regarding Gods Plan of Salvation. You will learn that the only “spirit children” of Heavenly Father are people who believe in Jesus. The very moment the Holy Spirit brings a person to faith, that person becomes a child of God, and is born-again through the Holy Ghost:

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)


  1. Dave Malnes said,

    February 12, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    What a blessing it is to know that Everything has already been accomplished for us. Not only by faith do I receive the amazing promise that I will be with Heavenly Father forever in heaven, but just as important, that I will escape the eternal consequences of spiritual death as a result of one of my many sins. Now, I have 100% assurance and confidence instead of doubt that all of my sins are forgiven right now because of Christ’s righteousness and not my own. Thank you for your words.

  2. March 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    You missed something in John three. While talking to the Nicodemus Christ says except a man be born of the water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Christ himself set a qualification of baptism. We must be baptized. Paul then adds to the Romans that after we are baptized we also should walk in a newness of life. That sounds like there is something more than just believing.

  3. Mike R said,

    April 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    What a contrast : Jesus’ true apostles vrs Mormonism’s latter days
    apostles . The true saving gospel of salvation preached by Paul vrs
    the ” restored” gospel preached by Mormons like Brigham Young .
    Good counterfeits are successful because they are just that ,namely,
    they are close in appearance to the authentic . That describes the
    Mormon gospel . It is another gospel —Gal 1:8 .

    Baptism is very important but it does not save a person . Neither does
    a myriad of other ” requirements ” that Mormons have been told they must do to earn eternal life . These are part of their gospel of salvation.

    But the New Testament message is : salvation is by faith not works .
    Works are important but not a must do list that compliance to is the
    way a person can receive eternal life . Salvation is by faith in Jesus ,
    we ” qualify ” by being in His righteousness , and that is given to
    anyone who confesses their sins and believes ( trust ) in Him — it’s
    faith alone in Him . Eph 2: 8-9 ; Phil 3:9 ; It’s all about Jesus as our
    substitute . No secret temple rituals , no ” Word of Wisdom” , no one man at the top as prophet are necessary to be accepted by God and
    receive eternal life .
    Heb 7:25
    Thank you Jesus .

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