Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law …
John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them …
In some recent studying about the Savior’s Atonement, I’ve gained a greater understanding of two distinct blessings available through its power.
First, His Atonement redeems us from the fallen state we are in because of the Fall of Adam—mortality. He redeems or restores us to a state of being in God’s presence as we were before this earth life.
But it’s more than just restoring us to that former state. If that’s all the Atonement did, we wouldn’t be much better than we were before the plan began.
In addition to redeeming and restoring, the Savior’s Atonement glorifies and sanctifies us so we can not only be with the Father again, but that we can be like the Father.
This first verse teaches the redeeming (rescuing, restoring) power. The second (part of the Savior’s intercessory prayer) reminds us that the Savior has provided a way to give us His glory—exaltation.
Redemption and exaltation are two beautiful benefits of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.