Mosiah 28:6–7: Alma 17:35: Alma 19:23: And it came to pass that 1 king Mosiah went and inquired of the Lord if he should let his sons go up among the Lamanites to preach the word. He did voluntarily what He was not forced to do; it was something no other child of God could do! Mosiah 16:1 all shall see the salvation of the Lord. It is a part of the first resurrection because they will come forth after those who are "the first fruits" (or those who come forth in the morning of the first resurrection, see DC 88:98). To help students understand Jesus Christ’s role as Redeemer, copy the accompanying diagram on the board: Point to the figure labeled “Offender,” and ask students to imagine that they have committed a crime. They cannot be held accountable for their actions which were done in faith and obedience to that which they devoutly believed and had been taught. Elohim is God, and Jehovah is God. In August 1916, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a doctrinal exposition to clarify scriptural teachings about the roles of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). (1 Ne 11:16-21) Speaking of Abraham Lincoln, someone once said that when God wants to change the world, He does it with the birth of a newborn child. And what of the Holy Ghost? The full recompense for every transgression, however minor or however deep, will be exacted from us to the uttermost farthing. We know the law. President J. Reuben Clark Jr. described some characteristics of seminary and institute students: “The youth of the Church are hungry for things of the Spirit; they are eager to learn the gospel, and they want it straight, undiluted” (The Charted Course of the Church in Education, rev. ed. "Two general resurrections are mentioned in the scriptures, and these may be specified as first and final, or as the resurrection of the just and the resurrection of the unjust. We are used to differentiating Elohim from Jehovah with the terms "Father" and "Son." THE BOOK OF MOSIAH CHAPTER 15 How Christ is both the Father and the Son—He shall make intercession and bear the transgressions of … Alma hid and wrote the words of Abinadi. Alan Goff, “Positivism and the Priority of Ideology in Mosiah-First Theories of Book of Mormon Production,” FARMS … About 148 B.C. Conclude with your testimony. Though three separate individuals, they are to be worshipped as one God. Otherwise He won't bear our sins and redeem us from our transgressions. And so the message is the same for us today, have ye spiritually been born of God? 1 ... 15 And it came to pass that after king Benjamin had made an end of these sayings to his son, that he gave him charge concerning all the affairs of the kingdom. He explained in Jerusalem: "I can of mine own self do nothing…I am come in my Father's name ... yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and earth" (Mosiah 15:4; see also Mosiah 7:26-27; D&C 93:14). One's will is to be swallowed up in the will of God-just as occurred with Jesus...the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father...Most forms of holding back are rooted in pride or are prompted by the mistaken notion that somehow we are diminished by submission to God. 88:96-102.) And his disciples answered him and said; Yea, Lord, Samuel did prophesy according to thy words, and they were all fulfilled (3 Ne 23:9-10). Christ is referred to as the Father because of his function in creating heaven and earth. Write Justice under Punishment. When members of the Church speak of the "first resurrection," they are referring to the resurrection of the righteous which occurs at the Second Coming. Ask the class to follow along, looking for why King Noah failed to make the right choice. "Have you ever asked yourselves who these people are, who preach the gospel of peace and whose feet are so beautiful upon the mountains? As students identify consequences of breaking God’s laws, erase the word Fines from the board. In Mosiah 15:1–4 Abinadi comments on the nature of Christ as both the father and the son: I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people. By virtue of Christ's atoning sacrifice, He becomes the Father of our spiritual rebirth. [The Jews in Jerusalem lost this knowledge concerning the Messiah, even with so many prophets pointing to this purpose. 194). Jesus of Nazareth was no mere mortal. I do understand what you have explained before that the House of Israel made the Everlasting Covenant in the first estate. 16 And it came to pass that I did arm them with bows, and with arrows, with swords, and with cimeters, and with clubs, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons which we could invent, and I and my people did go forth against the Lamanites to battle. (Our Heavenly Father.). In this exposition, they explained the meaning of certain scriptures in which Jesus Christ is designated as the Father. They teach the same doctrine and require the same ordinances of salvation. Answer . And he said unto them: Was it not so? He explains that Christ's seed are those who have heard the prophets, hearkened to them, believed in the Lord's redemption, and looked forward to the remission of their sins. 15:1 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. Mosiah 15:1-5 explains that Christ is called both the Father and the Son—the Father because He was conceived by the power of God, giving Him the power and divine attributes of God. 233-4), "...having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice. They will have eternal life. All those who are born again through the mighty power of the atonement become the sons and daughters of Christ. What examples of this principle have you seen in your life? And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms. Obviously not! (Conference Reports, Oct. 1931, p. 13). Furthermore, when we are 'swallowed up' in His will we will also know what it is like to be 'swallowed up in the joy of Christ' (Alma 31:38)." Church Educational System Book … (1 Timothy 2:5.) It began with Christ himself. Long before he came somebody had said that when the supreme man arrived he would submit to tribulation without complaining. The culminating crux of the book of Mosiah is the conversion of Alma the Younger, who after three days and nights of spiritual overshadowing was “redeemed of the Lord” (Mosiah 27:24). In Mosiah 15:11-17 Abinadi talks about “how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!” those that publisheth peace and have therefore become His seed. Do we deserve it? The Lord will have to judge them according to the desire of their hearts. 61-2). And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace! That night, God the Son traded his heavenly home with all its celestial adornments for a mortal abode with all its primitive trappings. Jesus explained that He is the Father because he gave me of his fulness (DC 93:4). Explain that because we have sinned and broken the laws of God, we must be punished. (as quoted by Henry B. Eyring in On Becoming a Disciple Scholar, pp. . According to Elder Scott, what are some of the consequences of breaking God’s laws? "We are taught that we will be punished for our own sins, but what of these millions who sinned ignorantly, not having any knowledge of the mission of the Son of God? "...We are taught that mankind through the ages will be judged by the privileges and opportunities to know the truth. After Abinadi delivered the message the Lord had sent him to share, King Noah and his priests threatened to kill him if he would not take back what he had said. [Quoting Mosiah 15:13-18], "So spoke Abinadi. (McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. It includes all those who were resurrected with him after his First Coming. The Know. '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' (Mosiah 15:7). Show the picture Abinadi before King Noah (Gospel Art Book, no. 75; see also lds.org/media-library). 15 … I would that ye should be steadfast … always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his, … that ye may have everlasting salvation and eternal life … . This phrase, "bands of death," in English is exclusive to the Book of Mormon in the LDS Standard Works, and it appears for the first time here. Therefore, they were called the children of Christ, his sons, and his daughters; for behold, this day he hath spiritually begotten you; for ye say that your hearts are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are changed through faith on his name; therefore, ye are born of him and have become his sons and his daughters (Mosiah 5:7). Abinadi describes it with the phrase, because he was conceived by the power of God. 454 Lecture 37 Mosiah 19-20 . Those who die before the resurrection of Christ were to be resurrected with Christ. .We honor them. The concept that God himself should come down is also taught by the angel who visited Nephi. In D&C 93:4, Christ further explains, "The Father because he gave me of his fullness." Invite several students to take turns reading aloud from Mosiah 15:1–7. I have discussed at length several of these scriptures in which Christ is called the Father, in The Heart of the Gospel: … Consider using this segment from the Book of Mormon Videos as you teach this part (see the Book of Mormon Videos: Seminary Teacher Instructions). Abinadi is teaching of the oneness of God. How Christ is both the Father and the Son—He will make intercession and bear the transgressions of His people—They and all the holy prophets are His seed—He brings to pass the Resurrection—Little children have eternal life. (McConkie and Millet, Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. (DC 1:2). If so, why are we working so hard to redeem the dead? In a revelation given through Joseph the Prophet to Emma Smith, the Lord Jesus addressed the woman as ‘my daughter’ and said, ‘For verily I say unto you, all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my kingdom’ (D&C 25:1). Invite a student to read Mosiah 15:8–9 aloud. Summarize Mosiah 15:13–25 by explaining that Abinadi spoke of the prophets and others—including the Savior—who publish peace by testifying of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It includes all the prophets who have since been resurrected in order to fulfill special angelic functions (i.e. The above doctrine can be deduced from the available scriptures. And yet, the work was not finished until He had swallowed that which was most bitter-even the contents of the bitter cup...Nevertheless, glory be to the Father, and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men (DC 19:18-19). “The Father and the Son” In August 1916, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles issued a doctrinal exposition to clarify scriptural teachings about the roles of God the Father and Jesus Christ. [“Greater” implies more access to God’s light.] The book of Mosiah is a book of saviors and deliverers, as explained by John W. Welch: ... (Mosiah 15:9; 17:8). . . One day the account will be closed, a settlement demanded. Think on the story of Alvin Smith. Yet, He made an unusual transition on that first Christmas-he was transformed from God to newborn child. (Help students understand that the Savior does not erase the demands of justice; He stands between us and justice to satisfy justice’s demands by taking the punishment for us.). Explain that Abinadi’s words in Mosiah 15:1–7 are about Jesus Christ’s roles as the Son of God and as a Father. Abinadi's teachings had to be fairly comprehensive before the priests would understand the meaning of the passage. What then should be our definition of "the first resurrection"? After sufficient time, invite several students to share what they have written. They continue to proclaim the same message that Abinadi did, that salvation comes through the sacrifice of the Only-Begotten, to break the bands of death and satisfy the demands of justice. No. Also, let’s review Mosiah 15:1-7; 1 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. In its place, write Misery and Shut out from the presence of God under Punishment. Consecration enhances individuality. We can also find a kind of progressive or climactic parallelism combined with a midrash on Isaiah 52:7 in Mosiah 15:15–18, in the words of Abinadi: And O how beautiful 64 upon the mountains were their feet! (Help students identify the following truth: Jesus Christ redeems those who hearken to the words of the prophets, believe in His redeeming power, and repent of their sins. Therefore, he declares, I say unto you that they are his seed. Jesus of Nazareth was no mere mortal. (Lu 2:49). … Abinadi is finally ready to give them the answer. 4, pp. Ask the class to follow along, looking for who Abinadi indicated will not be redeemed from their sins. Those innocent through ignorance will be resurrected according to the justice of God. And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! The price would still have to be paid, but an allowance would be made such that the price could be paid by someone else. If one is the Son of God, given all his power, authority, and grace, then one is also God and should also be referred to as "the Father." In Mosiah 15:11-17 Abinadi talks about “how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!” those that publisheth peace and have therefore become His seed. Any other doctrine is mockery before God (Moroni 8:23). Abinadi used the term “first resurrection” when he referred to the resurrection of the righteous and the innocent. According to Abinadi’s explanation, what does Jesus Christ do to redeem us? (Just to confuse you, Mosiah's grandfather was also named Mosiah.) 'For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.' Benjamin's people experienced this mighty change. As logic would have it, this spiritual rebirth is not without parentage. He is, in effect, the Father of creation. "But know this: Truth, glorious truth, proclaims there is such a Mediator. Abinadi and Alma, for instance, so considered it. Just as I inherited brown eyes from my father, Christ inherited the power of God. To conclude his historic speech, King Benjamin expressed the hope that his people “should be steadfast and immoveable, always abounding in good works, that Christ, the Lord God Omnipotent, may seal you his ” ( Mosiah 5:15; emphasis added). "Being 'swallowed up' means being totally enveloped-without question, protest, reservation, or resentment. The concept that God himself should come down is also taught by the angel who visited Nephi. ... And, maybe I need to clarify. Through Him mercy can be fully extended to each of us without offending the eternal law of justice. Abinadi teaches us that Jesus Christ is both the Father and the Son. He thought to himself, “That scripture was written for me. The Book of Mosiah (/ m oʊ ˈ s aɪ. Second, Christ is the Father by virtue of his role as the Creator of heaven and earth. phrases from both chapters in his summation in Mosiah 15-16 of the mission of the Messiah. Book of Mormon Videos: Seminary Teacher Instructions, “The Atonement Can Secure Your Peace and Happiness,”, “The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,”. Beginning where the priests had left off when they asked him the meaning of Isaiah . Thus, we see that the greatness of Isaiah's words can only be fully understood with a comprehensive understanding of God's plan. Then read Mosiah 11:2, 6–7, 15, 19, and mark in a different color (if you can) the influence Noah’s actions had on the people of the kingdom. [King Mosiah] 15 And the king said that a seer is greater than a prophet. You may know much about the gospel as it branches out from there, but if you only know the branches and those branches do not touch that root, if they have been cut free from that truth, there will be no life nor substance nor redemption in them. "Willful rebellion" more aptly describes the attitude of Satan than any other phrase. . posted in: Book of Mormon | 0. Are they all doomed to suffer in spirit prison and be resurrected to a telestial glory? Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by Elder Richard G. Scott (1928–2015) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. If it is only tolerable for them, that must not mean a celestial glory. Was Abinadi trying to teach that Elohim and Jehovah are indeed the same individual? This does not mean that He and Heavenly Father are the same person. See the scriptures already quoted and DC 88:98-9, DC 76:71-73, Heb 5:2, and Mormon Doctrine, p. 640. We have no knowledge that the resurrection is going on now or that any persons have been resurrected since the day in which Christ came forth excepting Peter, James, and Moroni, all of whom had special labors to perform in this day which necessitated tangible resurrected bodies." This is the scripture that Abinadi literally fulfills as he speaks to King Noah’s court, he is one that proclaims the message of a Redeemer. He chose Mosiah. The same idea is expressed in 3 Nephi 1:14, and Ether 4:12. As Paul would say, God forbid. We shall follow them, and through them we shall work out our salvation here on earth in the Lord's own way." . The king cast Alma out and sent servants to kill him. It was a trade of unparalleled dimension, a condescension of incredible proportions, a descent of incalculable depth. Explain that in paying the fines, the family member or friend would redeem them from their punishment. The prophets, then are the servants of Jesus Christ and have been from the beginning of time. Since God's children are the ones transgressing His laws, justice demands that they pay the appropriate price. 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 answer is a resounding, No! Yet, He made an unusual transition on that first Christmas-he was transformed from God to newborn child. 2, p. 174), "To those who lived before the resurrection of Christ, the day of his coming forth from the dead was known as the first resurrection. Third, He is the Father by divine investiture of authority. Direct students’ attention to Abinadi’s last words, found in Mosiah 17:19—“O God, receive my soul.” Then ask a student to read Mosiah 17:20 aloud. that nothing is held back-whether turf, attitude, or hobbies. I knew there was a lot of doctrine, and wondered how I would ever be able to pull out the most important things on which to … He spoke of this as the condescension of God, asking Nephi, Knowest thou the condescension of God… Because Jesus Christ took upon himself flesh, Abinadi informs us that he is the Son. Write the following incomplete statement on the board: If we remain true to God in all circumstances, …. Point out that just as Abinadi is an example of someone who was true to God in all circumstances, King Noah is an example of someone who was not true to God. ), How does hearkening to the words of the prophets lead to being redeemed by the Savior? This is because they would not receive of the power of Christ's atonement for sins. A continuation of this, the resurrection of the just, has been in operation since, and will be greatly extended, or brought to pass in a general way, in connection with the coming of Christ in His glory. But they are also one in omniscience, omnipotence, wisdom, and grace. Mosiah 5:15. by LDS Scripture of the Day |. In what ways is Jesus Christ both a Father and a Son? Summarize Mosiah 17:1–6 by explaining that when Abinadi concluded his message, a priest named Alma tried to convince the king that Abinadi should be released. Can you explain these in easy terms. Abinadi refers to the former as those who did not have salvation declared unto them. Posted on March 15, 2019 by Pure Revelations. Why do you think Abinadi’s words affected King Noah the way they did? However, the mercy of God has allowed an intercessor. After a few minutes, the daughter opened her scriptures and read Mosiah 3:19 to her father. . If a person never had the opportunity to know anything about the plan of salvation, then surely he should not be held accountable for his deeds in the flesh on an equality with the man who knew the truth and then refused to obey it. First, he is referred to as the Father by virtue of divine investiture. As students study Mosiah 17 today, invite them to look for reasons why it is important for us to stand up for what is right, even when it may be difficult to do so. The doctrine of salvation for little children is not as complicated. Abinadi, in the Book of Mormon, gives us the explanation. They have been sentenced to pay large fines as punishment, and there is no legal and honest way they can avoid paying the fines on their own. (1:10) He had Mosiah brought before him. This is the meaning of the following passage, their resurrection cometh to pass before the resurrection of those who die after the resurrection of Christ (Alma 40:19). Some will inherit a celestial glory. We know the consequences of rebelling against the law. Actually, the greater the submission, the greater the expansion!" However, the scriptures indicate that as soon as that witness is given, the end will come. Invite students to answer the following question in their study journals: What will you do to be true to God in all circumstances? Accordingly, Samuel the Lamanite prophesied of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and of earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning (Hel 14:12, italics added). Going into the reading of these chapters was nerve wracking for me. [footnote: See also D&C 93:14. Invite several students who are willing to share their testimonies of and appreciation for Jesus Christ’s role as our Redeemer. 1, p. 8]. Thus came the voice of the Lord unto me, saying: All who have died without a knowledge of this gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the celestial kingdom of God; Also all that shall die henceforth without a knowledge of it, who would have received it with all their hearts, shall be heirs of that kingdom; For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts. Mosiah 15 O, how beautiful upon the mountains are their feet! But do you have to be a prophet to be born again? (Answers to Gospel Questions, vol. Mormon describes them as follows, they that have no law (Moroni 8:22). Chapter 15. In fact, not only was He resplendent, but after the Resurrection, amid some of His sheep, He declared that His joy was now 'full' (3 Nephi 17:20). The only individual who met the qualifications needed to act as an intercessor was Jesus Christ. How did Abinadi’s words affect King Noah? The word redeem means to release from debt or to set free by paying a ransom. . Steven L. Olsen, “Prophecy and History: Structuring the Abridgment of the Nephite Records,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 15, no. . And so, the great Jehovah, creator of worlds without number, infinite in virtue and power, made his entry into this world in swaddling clothes and a manger." The same idea is expressed in 3 Nephi 1:14, and Ether 4:12. (LDS Church News, Deseret News, Mar 30, 1996). Mosiah 15: 14-18 — LeGrand Baker — ancient temple drama This week’s scripture, is an explanation of one of the most beautiful and most often quoted passages of Isaiah. 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