Abinadi’s last speech continues in this chapter. He stretches out his hand and says the day will come when “every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just.” (1)
A day to look forward to.
The wicked will “be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth” (2) because they wouldn’t “hearken to the voice of the Lord.”
- Do I hearken to the voice of God each day?
- Do I strive to be humble and teachable…or do I lean unto my own understanding and harden my heart, thinking I know everything already?
- Do I will to please God when He does speak through His prophets?
Abinadi preaches the plan of salvation, starting with the fall—how the devil beguiled our first parents and caused them to fall.
Thus all mankind were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people from their lost and fallen state.”Mosiah 16:4
The first part of that verse is very hopeless sounding. All mankind were lost…and would have been endlessly. Without Christ in the picture, we wouldn’t have been able to do anything to change our lost state.
How grateful I am for Christ’s Atonement, that redeemed His people from this lost and fallen state. How grateful I am that He submitted Himself to the Father’s will, even though He did it at a great price and suffered more than I can ever imagine.
How can I show my gratitude to my Savior for rescuing me?
Abinadi says that those who rebel against God will remain in this lost and fallen state, not being redeemed. They will be resurrected—that is a universal gift to all—but redemption is saved for those who obey eternal laws and choose Christ as their Savior and Redeemer.
The devil is an “enemy to God.” (5) If one “persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, [he] remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him.” (5)
Shiver. That is not a good place to be.
What can I do to make sure I do not listen to or follow the enemy?
Abinadi asks them to imagine that Christ had not come into the world to redeem them.
And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.”Mosiah 16:7
That is a scary scenario. A hopeless one.
But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.”Mosiah 16:8
Abinadi goes on to praise his Savior.
He is the light and the life of the world; yea a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death.”Mosiah 16:9
Christ is hope. Without Him, we would have no chance of growing and becoming like our Eternal Father. With Him, all things that seemed hopeless before are made possible.
Abinadi says that all men—righteous and wicked—will “stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according to their works…”(10)
Good works will be rewarded with “endless life and happiness.” (11)
Evil works will be given “resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil…” (11) And this torment will be theirs because they “never called upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them.” (12)
God’s arm of mercy is extended toward us always. He sent us here to prove what we truly want. Do we want endless life with Him, becoming as He is? Or do we want to do it our way, without a Savior, and end up in captivity to the devil, our brother who eternally hates us and wants to make us miserable forever?
It doesn’t seem like a hard choice to make. Yet, our mortal body fights our spirit. We must learn to bring it into control of our spirit and submit our wills to the Father, trusting that He knows what is best for us.
Abinadi repeats his warning:
And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only in and through Christ ye can be saved?”Mosiah 16:13
Then he counsels the priests about what to teach the people.
Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ, the Lord who is the very Eternal Father.”Mosiah 16:15
Christ is the way, the truth, and the light. Am I doing all that I can to follow that way, hold onto that truth, and seek His light?