Original post: 2/10/2014 5:35:48 PM
Verse 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.
Verse 2: And because He dwelleth in flesh He shall be called the Son of God, and having subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son–
Verse 3: The Father, because He was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son
Verse 4: And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.
Verse 5: And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth Himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by His people.
As I understand from my study of God’s word and the teachings of the Holy Spirit, the oneness of God, our Heavenly Father, and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is amazing to me. Their purpose is the same, Their motives are the same, Their love is the same. They want to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. They want us to choose to learn to live the eternal laws and principles that will allow us to live with Them forever.
For this purpose, in the grand council of heaven before the earth was created, Heavenly Father presented His plan for His Spirit children to come to earth. For the plan to work, a sacrifice would be needed. Jesus volunteered to be that Sacrifice so that mankind could choose the road they would take. Being, human, mankind would make wrong choices which would break the laws of God.
This Sacrifice of Jesus Christ would enable them to repent – change – as they learned that they didn’t want the consequences of the wrong choices and choose instead to live the eternal laws. The Sacrifice would cover the effects of the wrong choices of those who repented, both for individuals and others that were affected. The Sacrifice required suffering for the sins and their effects as well as hurt and pain of mankind – of all of mankind. The Sacrifice would enable those who repented and strove to live the eternal laws of God to live forever with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Thus with One motive, One purpose, One love, Jesus was born, lived the eternal laws, and gave Himself as the Sacrifice that would enable mankind – you and me – to repent from our mistakes, choose to live God’s laws, and become people – disciples – wanting to be one in purpose, motive, and love with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ more than we want anything else.
Jesus as Heavenly Father’s Son and under His direction, created the earth, gave prophets instructions or commandments for mankind – us – to follow, pointing the way to the Sacrifice He would make for us. Then, He was born as a baby, grew up under Joseph and Mary’s love and training, taught His Gospel, lived all the laws of God, suffered in Gethsemane for the wrongs of mankind, allowed Himself to be tempted and killed, and was resurrected by the reuniting of His spirit with His physical body. He fulfilled His Father’s will.
These verses help me understand something of that love and motive God has for us who come to earth. Earth life is important for us because what we choose will affect the rest of our lives – that which occurs when we die and are resurrected. Abinadi’s words help me understand Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ better.
Verse 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.
Verse 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.
While Jesus was on earth, He did miracles among the people. Regardless of the service that He had rendered, the people sacrificed His life. As the first born sacrificed in the law of Moses had pointed Israel for years toward the Great and Last Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, Jehovah, the Mighty One of Israel, let Himself be sacrificed to fulfill the Law He had given to Adam and Eve. The sacrifice of His life put into operation the Plan of Salvation so that all of Heavenly Father’s children could repent of their mistakes, and get on the path that leads Home to Him.
Jesus Christ prayed in Gethsemane for the cup to pass if it was Father’s will; but if not, He would drink it. He gave His will to His Father’s Plan for our benefit and because He was completely obedient to Heavenly Father in all things. Also because He also loves us and wanted us enabled to return Home to Heavenly Father also. Obedience and Love need to be our motivators if we would let our flesh become subject to Heavenly Father’s will also.
Verse 8: And thus God breaketh the bands of death,
having gained the victory over death;
giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men
Verse 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,
taking upon Himself their iniquity and their transgressions,
having redeemed them, and
satisfied the demands of justice.
Heavenly Father’s plan made death (separation of body from spirit and separation of man from God) temporary. Jesus Christ’s resurrection will bring resurrection of body and spirit to all mankind – to all of us. His taking upon Himself the pains of our iniquity and transgressions allows us to repent of our wrong doings, which separate us from God – spiritual death. We can become clean and pure and worthy to return to God’s presence through the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
Having lost a brother and sister-in-law in an accident, I value greatly the resurrection of the body because their death hurts. However, I know I’ll see them both again and that eases the hurt.
My own mistakes as well as the mistakes of my loved ones, makes Jesus’ overcoming of spiritual death even more precious to me as there is a way for us to change – repent – and through His grace, enabled to return to Heavenly Father. I’m humbled and grateful to our Savior for His part in having Heavenly Father’s plan operational.
May we seek God’s truth and love through prayer and scripture study. May we seek His help to align our lives with His ways through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for sin.