I am having a hard time following the natural flow of the chapter, as there are certain specific things that the Holy Spirit would point out for my immediate attention. Fore example, this morning I was stuck on the footnote for the word "foundation" found in verse 19, which linked to Mosiah 4:6. This reminder of endurance to the end based on faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, is the reminder that the Holy Spirit would have me to understand this morning.
Now it is another morning, and I am brought to consider the footnote on the word "peace" found in verse 18. There are references to the books of Micah and John, reaffirming that peace will be established through Jesus Christ. Almost universally everyone understands what peace is. Yet few there are that understand that peace can only come through faith on Jesus Christ, who is the "founder of peace," through whom the redemption and salvation of the whole human family had been prepared from the foundation of the world.
Abinadi goes on to explain the nature of the resurrection, discussing the resurrection that will take place at the time of Christ's resurrection. Abinadi explains that this resurrection, which has already taken place, has seen the resurrection of all the righteous up until the time of Christ's resurrection and those who lived in ignorance of the gospel of Christ and also little children.
In condemning the priests of Noah, Abinadi explains in very simple terms why the priests of Noah have brought upon themselves the judgments of God -- that is, those who willfully rebel against God, having a knowledge of the commandments of God and choosing not to follow them. These are they that cannot be saved, because they have chosen to continue in their sins.
This is a condemnation that is difficult for man to assess. In so many cases, individuals who fall away from the Church do not knowingly rebel against God, but more so, against some less than effective individual or family member who has coerced them into church activity. Will God condemn that individual as much as he will a return missionary, someone who has studied the Gospel of Christ and taught it to others, and then turned away from it? Again, it is hard for man to say. Fortunately, this judgment is with God.
Abinadi concludes this chapter by stating that the time shall come when all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God. It will be a great leveling ground at the end of time.