How Jesus Christ is both a Father and a Son

American Scripture

Here’s an American Scripture:

AND now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.

And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son—

The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son—

What’s wrong with that scripture? What is a father? One who begets or gives life. What did our Savior do? He begot us, or gave us life from death, as clearly set forth by Jacob, the brother of Nephi (2 Ne. 9:5-10). If it had not been for the death of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the spirit and body would never have been united again. Death would have been inevitable and, as Jacob states—I won’t take time to turn to read it—if there had been no redemption from death our spirits would have been taken captive by Satan, and we would have become subject to Satan’s will forever.

What did our Savior do? He begot us in that sense. He became a father to us because he gave us immortality or eternal life through his death and sacrifice upon the cross. I think we have a perfect right to speak of him as Father.

Source: Mosiah 15:1-3; The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. H/T to President Joseph Fielding Smith. Je