Mosiah 15:1-13

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.

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

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

4. And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.

These verses have been called the most difficult in the Book of Mormon. And if you stop here, they are difficult. Christ is the Father and the Son – isn't this the teaching of "apostate Christianity?" Didn't Joseph learn in a sacred grove the error of this doctrine as both Christ and the Father stood before him as separate personages? Yet, Abinadi says, and Joseph accepted it and translated it thus: "Christ is both the Father and the Son!"

Of course, in the light of what has been presented thus far regarding the new birth, the truth of these verses becomes apparent. Jesus IS the Father: he is our father in our new birth! Christ has invited all to come into his family, to be reborn as HIS sons and daughters, to accept HIM as their FATHER – as their LORD!

In these verse and those that follow, Abinadi is commenting on Isaiah 53 verse 10, which refers to Christ seeing his seed – his children! Abinadi is answering the question: "Who are his seed?" But first, he must teach these priest's of Noah a little bit about Christ.

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.

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.

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.

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–

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, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.

10. And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed?

11. Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord – I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.

12. For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?

13. Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy, that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the world began? I say unto you that they are his seed.