BOOK OF MORMON - LESSON 18
Mosiah 12-17
"God Himself . . . Shall Redeem His People"


Scriptural Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us more fully appreciate the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and stay true to our testimonies of the Atonement.


Abinadi

  1. Served a mission similar to that of John the Baptist.
  2. We know nothing of his personal life.
  3. Background.

Abinadi Returns

  1. Two years after his first visit, Abinadi returns in disguise and his message has been altered.
  2. The people bound Abinadi and brought him before King Noah.
  3. Abinadi continued with the Ten Commandments and an explanation of their importance.
  4. Abinadi went on to teach four vital principles:

God Himself Will Come To Earth

  1. The central message of Abinadi to Noah is that God himself was to come to earth as the Redeemer of mankind.
  2. As an additional testimony of the coming of the Messiah, Abinadi quoted Isaiah (see Mosiah 14, compare Isaiah 53).
  3. Abinadi makes this principle more clear in Mosiah 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."
  4. READ MOSIAH 15:1-5.

The Atonement

  1. Abinadi stressed the indispensable role of the Redeemer.  By doing this, he is declared the inadequacy of the Law of Moses.  The Law cannot save men from their hopelessly lost state, which came as a result of the fall.

The Resurrection

  1. Abinadi taught the doctrine of resurrection.
  2. WHAT DID ABINADI TEACH ABOUT THIS FIRST RESURRECTION?

The Judgment

  1. In the Book of Mormon, the resurrection is almost always mentioned in connection with the judgment.
  2. Abinadi ends where he began, teaching that the law of Moses is a shadow of things to come.

Abinadi's Death

  1. Abinadi brought for final judgment before wicked king Noah.
  2. Abinadi was burned.
  3. Abinadi went to his death without knowing if anyone believed his teachings.  As we know, Alma was converted because of Abinadi's efforts, and he and his descendants had a great influence on the Nephites for many generations.  President Gordon B. Hinckley tells this story:

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