The Great Resurrection – Mosiah 15:1-31

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. [The Jews in Jerusalem lost this knowledge concerning the Messiah, even with so many prophets pointing to this purpose. This is why it was said they “went beyond the mark.”]

2 And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God [The Son of God is a title, like “The Only Begotten.”], and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son— [Jesus assumed both roles, the “Son of God,” by submitting to the will of the Father; and “the Father,” by opening the gate to those who would be spiritually begotten of Him through the Atonement.]

3 The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God [Because He abides in the glory of the same.]; and the Son, because of the flesh [The Sacrifice]; thus becoming the Father and Son—

4 And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.

Recently I met with two men, a father and son team who would help me with a building project. Both represented the same construction company, but with different roles. I sensed that the younger Son ran the company as he followed the instructions and was experiencing all that his father had done previously to do it right. There was a link between them, Father and Son, as the Son had now become the Father in the same role. This helped me to understand more clearly as the Lord impressed it upon my mind.

5 And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father [to overcome the natural man], being one God [joined with God by the Holy Ghost], suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people. [We are commanded to “take his name upon us.” We too must follow the path of Christ, to suffer temptation, to know what it feels to be cast out, etc. This does not all come at once, but through the process of Eternal Life, as we are polished and made perfect in the path to progression. In this lies a mystery, but do not fear, it is a beautiful journey.]

6 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. [Abinadi loves to refer to Isaiah and explain his meaning. Even then most people did not understand.]

7 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. [The link between Father and Son, Mother and Daughter, Father/Mother/Son/Daughter, as we submit to the will of the Holy Spirit in all things we are made perfect.]

8 And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death [both spiritual and physical]; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men— [The Atonement, which is the process of sacrificing the perfect Son, breaks the bands that prevent the fallen children of light from ascending, and the Son is able to claim them as His own begotten children. This is the Redemption and Salvation of souls that is the work of the Gods throughout eternity.]

9 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. [His love is complete, and so is Mother’s. In this lies a mystery.]

10 And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed? [Jesus will know His children, because he has suffered for each individually.]

11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God. [It is us!]

12 For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed [children and heirs]?

13 Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began? I say unto you that they are his seed.

14 And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!

15 And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!

16 And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace! [They stand in great glory.]

17 And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who shall hereafter publish peace, yea, from this time henceforth and forever!

18 And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. 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 has granted salvation unto his people;

19 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. [Preordained to be the Only Begotten.]

20 But behold, the bands of death shall be broken [The seal that holds one to the telestial realm], and the Son reigneth, and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead. [The ascension of the spirit body to a higher glory.]

21 And there cometh a resurrection, even a first resurrection; yea, even a resurrection of those that have been, and who are, and who shall be, even until the resurrection of Christ—for so shall he be called. [The first resurrection are those who are received into the Kingdom of God, having received the gift of the Holy Ghost and their spirit bodies made white and glorified in the blood of the lamb.]

22 And now, the resurrection of all the prophets, and all those that have believed in their words, or all those that have kept the commandments of God, shall come forth in the first resurrection; therefore, they are the first resurrection.

23 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.

24 And these are those who have part in the first resurrection; and these are they that have died before Christ came, in their ignorance, not having salvation declared unto them. And thus the Lord bringeth about the restoration of these; and they have a part [a preparation for them] in the first resurrection, or have eternal life, being redeemed by the Lord.

25 And little children also have eternal life. [These two verses are reminiscent of Moroni 8:22. Those who die in ignorance, or little children are given an opportunity to receive the Everlasting Covenant. It is not an immediate judgment of Eternal Life. All must walk through the gate the same. In this lies a mystery.]

26 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 [The key word is “rebel,” which implies knowing the truth and choosing to follow Satan.]; yea, even all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have wilfully 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. [These are those that will follow Satan after this world is finished. There is a difference between sinning and rebelling.]

27 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. [Justice is more than an arbitrary choice based on weighing the situation. It is how God divides spirits of all creation according to their light and glory, for all things must fill the measure of their creation and abide in that realm in which they exist. It has nothing to do with whether God desires us to be here or there. It is the sphere in which we are capable of existing in.]

28 And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. [The Times of the Gentiles, 33AD until now.]

29 Yea, Lord, thy watchmen shall lift up their voice; with the voice together shall they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. [This will culminate in the Great Gathering of Israel before the coming of the Lord.]

30 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. [This is the meaning that the children will remember the promises to the Father and the Father to to the children, otherwise the earth would be wasted at His coming. The redemption of the House of Israel is the keynote purpose of all creation and why He came to this earth and suffered. It is all coming to a glorious finishing point in the near future.] 

31 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

How can anyone not think the Book of Mormon is the most exciting book ever written?!

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9 Responses to The Great Resurrection – Mosiah 15:1-31

  1. daniel Dylan says:

    In verse 2 you commented ….(“the Father,” by opening the gate to those who would be spiritually begotten of Him through the Atonement.) Is the Baptism of Fire and the Gift of the Holy Ghost being spiritually begotten by Him? Thank you for these amazing insights into this chapter. It’s exciting and beautiful beyond words. [Jesus becomes our Father when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For those of the second estate, the Father of their spirits is different. He is same Father Jesus prays to. Our relation going forward is the same relationship Jesus has with the Father. PR]

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  2. Rhoda Christensen says:

    I’m interested in your comments re: “Son of God” and “Only Begotten” being a title. Is it not literal? Are you saying that Jesus was not part God and part mortal and that His DNA does not have God the Father? [No, it is absolutely literal, but is also a title. His DNA is 100% pure. PR]

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  3. Kevin Fromm says:

    [Jesus becomes our Father when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For those of the second estate, the Father of their spirits is different. He is same Father Jesus prays to. Our relation going forward is the same relationship Jesus has with the Father. PR]

    So how does this work for 4th estate? They have already received the gift of the Holy Ghost previously in a former mortality and became a son or daughter of another Father. So who pays the price for the sins of fourth estate beings? And who do they pray to? And which Father and Son do they see at the throne when they receive their second comforter experiences? I hope you understand what I’m asking? I’m carrying these concepts to 4th estate beings. [In the eternities we come to know the Elohim. Jesus will always be our Father, as there will always be a Father of our spirits. There is a mystery in this I can not explain, but it is beautifully orchestrated as part of the Everlasting Covenant. PR]

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  4. Donald says:

    how near are we to “in the near future?” 🙂 [I sense it is near, but the Lord has cautioned me against trying to set times. Unless it is attached to an event or a sign in the Heaven. Watch and pray is the best council I can share. PR]

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  5. Luodi Grover says:

    [In the eternities we come to know the Elohim.] Per this answer above; am I to understand that Elohim is “The Council”? [No, Elohim is the ascension of the Fathers and Mothers until you reach the Eternal Father and Mother of the eighth estate. All are involved in our exaltation. “The Council” includes the 4th estate and the Noble and Great Ones. PR]

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  6. Joseph Rogers says:

    I’m very grateful for this ongoing chapter-by-chapter commentary. Extremely helpful.
    I’m confused on the difference between sinning and rebelling. I always was under the impression they were essentially the same. The LDS website defines sin as “a choice to disobey God’s commandments or rebel against the Light of Christ within us. Sin is a choice to trust Satan over God, placing us at enmity with our Father.”

    Can you help me understand the difference between the two please? [They can be the same, but they can also imply something different. To sin is to be out of harmony with God. The nature of the physical body and the world we live in can cause one to be in a state of sin, even if we are not actively rebelling against God. The Atonement covers such people as stated in Moroni 8:22. Remember, no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. However, if we rebel against God then we are choosing to fight against the Lord and take sides. For this the Atonement does not have efficacy. PR]

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  7. jaywez says:

    The first resurrection is the moment a 2nd estate receives the gift of the Holy Ghost and arises to the 3rd estate, or a 4th estate who receives the same and has their calling and election, correct? This implies that when Christ was resurrected, He being the first fruits of the grave, it’s something different than most realize. Many will have already been resurrected into the 3rd estate prior to His coming on the earth, though they died as to the mortal body.

    Could you please elaborate on your understanding of the significance of Christ’s resurrection at the meridian of time as compared to this first resurrection of the spirit? The general understanding is that no one resurrected before Christ (He had to do it first) and then those that slept began to rise from their graves and appear unto many and so on. I understand that resurrection is poorly understood and any help to describe these events with their proper meaning would be so helpful. [Christ is the “first fruits” meaning He is designated as Holy to God. Another wording is of the First Resurrection. His sacrifice is outside of time and space, which means that those who lived before His atonement will benefit from it. Read this link: PR]
    Does the “preparation” for those who died without the law (and those who died as children) have part in the first resurrection simply mean they will have other opportunities to receive the covenant in a later mortal experience? Does this only apply to children of light or are the children of men also extended this mercy on this covenantal world? I’d also like to understand better how this could be termed as part of the first resurrection, which seems to be something different. [Alma 40:15-17 delineates the difference. D&C 45:54 says those who knew not the law also have no part in the 1st resurrection (first fruits). Every soul will have an opportunity to come unto Christ. In this is a mystery. PR]


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  8. jaywez says:

    Of course, it seems you answered a few of these questions in Alma 40 commentary, which I just started reading after posting the previous questions!


  9. Charles Wesley Miller says:

    [In the eternities we come to know the Elohim.] Per this answer above; am I to understand that Elohim is “The Council”? [No, Elohim is the ascension of the Fathers and Mothers until you reach the Eternal Father and Mother of the eighth estate. All are involved in our exaltation. “The Council” includes the 4th estate and the Noble and Great Ones. PR]

    Could you define (or refer me to a previous definition of) who are the Noble and Great Ones? My current understanding is that this group would include those of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Estates who condescend to earth to assist to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man, but is this too broad a net? Thanks as always for your willingness to share your insights! [The Noble and Great Ones are the 200 angels, male and female, of the 4th estate who are called and chosen to assist the Lord in the Dominions. They govern the Hierarchy of angels and have key roles in the different dispensations. PR]

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