31 December 2011

"Who Shall Declare His Generation?" Mosiah 15:10-17

Mosiah 15:10-17

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:
  1. They who have published peace
  2. They who have brought good tidings of good. 
  3. They who have published salvation.
  4. They that say to Zion: Thy God reigneth! 
Reading about the role of prophets, the blessings and work, I tend to find personal application. Moses taught that all men ought to be prophets. (Numbers 11:29) In fact, I find personal application in this whole passage, as the Lord would have me to teach His children, teaching the gospel of peace.

27 December 2011

"God Himself Shall Come Down... and Shall Redeem His People," Mosiah 15:1-10

Mosiah 15:1-10

Immediately after quoting this extended passage from Isaiah, Abinadi explains that "God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people." This one statement puts to an end the ambiguity, and confusion of religion and gives me a clear and direct line of belief. This is the what and the why of my belief.

Verses 2 - 5 cannot be lightly passed over because they offer profound context for one of the greatest theological mysteries of our times. Especially helpful are the footnotes which reference a multitude of other scriptural sources that state the same thing: that Christ is one God, the Son of God and the Eternal Father of heaven and earth. 

The verses leading up to verse 8 demonstrate how Christ was able to overcome and break the bands of death. It impresses me that this is as much in reference to the spiritual death as it is to the physical death. Verse 9 puts it in these terms: "having broken the bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice."

This chapter is rich in meaning and doctrine. Abinadi goes on to answer one of the questions posed  by Isaiah: "Who shall declare his generation?" (vs. 10). The answer was an astonishing reminder of my responsibility to act. I think I will start a separate post on this tomorrow.