“As Though He Already Was”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Messianic prophecies-testimonies and testaments of the Redeemer delivered by inspired men and women before the meridian of time-focused the attention and heightened the expectations of the people of God upon the central act in all eternity-the atonement of Jesus Christ.

For the faithful, for those who accepted the Messianic message and conformed their lives to the teachings of Jehovah and his prophets-for such persons it was as though the act of atonement, the events in Gethsemane and on Calvary, were moments of the past.

As the effects of the Atonement reach to eternity future, so do they reach endlessly to the past: from the days of Adam every gospel ordinance that was performed and every ounce of faith exercised centered in the efficacy and virtue of an atonement, an act of infinite grace that would not come for up to four thousand years. For the obedient, prophecy was as history. See also Mosiah 3:13.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2