Abinadi continues preaching about Christ to his accusers and captors. He tells them that “God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.” (1)
His people are those who follow Him and keep His commandments.
He tells the priests how Christ is the Father and the Son.
“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. (2) The Father because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son–” (3)
Christ subjected His flesh to the spirit and “suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people. (5)
And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men, he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. / Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father. / And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men.”Mosiah 15:6-8
Power came to Christ because He gave up His will for the Father’s.
Am I willing to put God’s will before my own? What is holding me back, if the answer is no?
We can have heavenly power in our lives if we follow Christ’s example and put aside our selfish desires—even if they seem good—to humble ourselves before God and ask Him, “What would Thou have me do?” That is the path to true power. That doesn’t mean life will be easy necessarily—I think we all have to endure hard things in mortality to become more Godlike—but we will be given necessary spiritual gifts and enabling power through Christ’s grace to handle whatever life throws our way.
Christ received power to make this intercession for us,
Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.”Mosiah 15:9
Who could have greater compassion for someone who is paralyzed than someone who has suffered the same infirmity? Christ has suffered whatever we could endure in this life and more…which is why He has perfect compassion and mercy for us.
Abinadi states that after Christ’s “soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed….And who shall be his seed?” (10)
Abinadi tells them that Christ’s seed, or heirs, will be those who:
- listen to “the words of the prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord,” 2) “have hearkened unto their words,”
- “believed that the Lord would redeem his people,”
- “have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins.” (11)
- “has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression…” (13)
- “have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good; who have published salvation…” (14)
- LOOK FORWARD with FAITH
- OPEN OUR MOUTHS to TESTIFY
- PUBLISH PEACE, GOOD TIDINGS, & SALVATION.
And “how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who that are still publishing peace!”Mosiah 15:16
Do I publish peace? Or do I sow seeds of contention?
I want to be a publisher of peace and goodness. God has given so much to me. I want to shout to the world His good news. All that He has can someday be ours—in fact, He wants it to be—but He will not force us to be happy.
For O how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea, even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who granted salvation unto his people;“Mosiah 15:18
Christ is the ultimate Publisher of Peace and Good Tidings. If we praise His name forevermore, we will not come close to repaying Him for what He has done for us. Luckily, all He requires is a humble heart and contrite spirit, enough that we repent and turn to Him with our whole souls.
For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.”Mosiah 15:19
But Christ did atone for our sins. He broke the bands of death, that we could be freed from our bonds that restricted us from eternal progression. He reigneth over worlds without end. He has power over the dead and to bring about the resurrection, uniting our spirits with our bodies.
Those who follow Him in this life and become His seed or heirs will be redeemed and resurrected.
They are raised to dwell with God who has redeemed them; thus they have eternal life through Christ, who has broken the bands of death.”Mosiah 15:23
He warns the priests and king Noah.
But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins…that have willfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.”Mosiah 15:26
This seems to show that the first resurrection is a reward, and those not worthy of it cannot partake of that glory. The reason God will not redeem those who willfully rebel against Him is because He cannot deny justice. And when we do not claim mercy through Christ’s atoning power by repenting, we have not done what is required in gaining His glory. He will share and give us ALL that He has, but we must do it through eternal laws.
Repentance is the key we must turn to access that godly power. When we humble ourselves through repentance and show that we choose Him, Christ, through His Atonement, will reach out and save us. We cannot save ourselves.
Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim.”Mosiah 15:27
It comes back to repentance. Will we keep the eternal laws of heaven in order to be counted as Christ’s seed and heirs?
God the Father knew we would mess up in mortality. He knew that none of us, save One—even His Beloved Son in the flesh, Jesus Christ—would have the power to save ourselves and return to Him again. That’s why He sent His Son to save us. But He can only save us when we choose to be saved. We have to reach out for the life preserver of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, for Him to pull us in. He won’t save us against our wills.
So, will we strive to repent and become His seed? His heirs?
- Will we believe in Him, hearken to His words and those of His prophets?
- Will we look to Him in faith, even when life doesn’t go the way we think it should?
- Will we publish peace and good tidings, instead of seeds of discord and strife?