Book of Mormon
Lesson 18
God Himself Shall Redeem His People

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us appreciate the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and stay true to our testimonies of the Atonement.

Scripture references for study:  Mosiah 1217
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Served a mission similar to that of John the Baptist.

We know nothing of his personal life.


Abinadi Returns

Two years after his first visit, Abinadi returns in disguise and with a new message.

The people bound Abinadi and brought him before King Noah.

Abinadi continued with the Ten Commandments and along with an explanation of their importance.

Abinadi went on to teach four vital principles:

God Himself Will Come To Earth

The central message of Abinadi to Noah is that God himself will come to earth as the Redeemer of mankind.

As an additional testimony of the coming of the Messiah, Abinadi quoted Isaiah (see Mosiah 14, compare Isaiah 53).

Abinadi makes this principle even more clear when he stated, "I would that ye should understand that God himself shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people." (Mosiah 15:1)


The Atonement

Abinadi stressed the indispensable role of the Redeemer. By doing this, he declared the inadequacy of the Law of Moses. The Law cannot save men from their hopelessly lost state, which came as a result of the fall.

The Resurrection

Abinadi taught the doctrine of resurrection.


The Judgment

In the Book of Mormon the resurrection is almost always mentioned in connection with the judgment.

Abinadi ends where he began, teaching that the law of Moses is a shadow of things to come.

Abinadi's Death

Abinadi was brought  before wicked king Noah for final judgment.

Abinadi was burned.

Abinadi went to his death without knowing if anyone believed his teachings. As we know, Alma was converted because of Abinadi's efforts, and he and his descendants had a great influence on the Nephites for many generations. President Gordon B. Hinckley tells this story:

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Abinadi as discussed in this lesson. What have you learned from his teachings about the mission of Jesus Christ? What difference does that make in you life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Articles of Faith by James E. Talmage.

Studies in Scripture, Volume 7, edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

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