Abinadi explains how those who access Christ's atonement by making his soul an offering for their sins, these are they who become his seed, or as King Benjamin had put it, the children of Christ.
I have had a struggle with these verses this morning. I read and reread verses 10 and 11 about 10 to 15 times this morning. I was trying to look at it from the roll of the believer, then I tried to understand the role of the Lord, but that wasn't what the Lord wanted me to understand this time. Feeling rather distraught about the lack of spiritual information being communicated, I realized that there is one other perspective that could be taken: the role of the prophets. For without the instructive words of the prophets, there is nothing for the children of men to exercise their faith upon, to the end that they might apply the atoning blood of Christ and become heirs of salvation.
Thus Abinadi's question, or Isaiah's question: who shall declare his generation? This is the duty of a teacher prophet. This is what Abinadi was trying to teach these wicked priests. And we know from the record that follows that at least one of them, Alma, was listening intently and understanding.
Verse 14 describes the prophets as:
- They who have published peace
- They who have brought good tidings of good.
- They who have published salvation.
- They that say to Zion: Thy God reigneth!