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.
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