Christ as a Savior to all men

Today I read John 17 in the Bible (KJV), which is Jesus’ intercessory prayer. Here is verse 12:

While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

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Jesus Christ praying. Image source lds.org.

Reading this reminded me of a quote I found recently by Joseph F. Smith. It says,

Jesus had not finished his work when his body was slain, neither did he finish it after his resurrection from the dead; although  he had accomplished the purpose for which he then came to the earth, he had not fulfilled all his work. And when will he? Not until he has redeemed and saved every son and daughter of our father Adam that have been or ever will be born upon this earth to the end of time, except the sons of perdition. That is his mission. We will not finish our work until we have saved ourselves, and then not until we shall have saved all depending upon us; for we are to become saviors upon Mount Zion, as well as Christ. We are called to this mission.

-Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. p 442.

Wow. To me this means Jesus desires to help each one of us achieve our fullest potential. Every person receives the opportunity to repent and accept Christ as their Savior. If we follow Christ, we will help him with this, even in the afterlife. And each person will receive a kingdom of glory beyond any of our ability to imagine. All because Christ came and fulfilled his mission, which included the atonement.

I love how no one is forgotten in his amazing redemptive power.

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  1. […] I love how it says “our children shall be restored.” One interpretation is the return of the House of Israel to righteousness in the latter days. But what about all of the casualties between Jacob’s day and the latter days? Those children are precious too. This time it occurred to me that through the temple, all children of all time have the opportunity to accept the gospel message of salvation. That is comforting to me, because I look at my children and think how precious they are. I would hate to lose a single one, yet I can’t force their choices. All of us are God’s children, and He considers us all precious. Even generations of children who lived without the gospel. Through the grace of God, because of our Savior Jesus Christ, we are all given a chance to accept everything God can offer us. And Christ is not finished until every child has been redeemed. […]

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