The account of Abinadi is impressive. Protected by divine power, He decries sin, testifies of Christ, and even testifies of the millenial day. His one and only convert converted hundreds, and later his posterity converted tens and hundreds of thousands to Christ.
Here, He testified of the sins of the people boldly, and of the sins of King Noah and his Priests so powerfully that they became angry and tried to kill him. When they attempted that he said the following;
"Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver; neither have I told you that which ye requested that I should tell; therefore, God will not suffer that I shall be destroyed at this time.
But I must fulfil the commandments wherewith God has commanded me; and because I have told you the truth ye are angry with me. And again, because I have spoken the word of God ye have judged me that I am mad.
Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses’ did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord.
And he spake with power and authority from God" (Mosiah 13:3-6)
He then continues his message. He relates the ten commandments, tells them they haven't been living them. He then says the importance of the Law of MOses, but that the law does not bring salvation, and testifies of Christ.
"And moreover, I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the law of Moses." (Mosiah 13:28)
He further prophesies of Christ;
"For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah, and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began—have they not spoken more or less concerning these things?
Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?
Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?" (Mosiah 13:33-35)
Then, because they had the words of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon times, Abinadi quoted those beautiful words from Isaiah 53, a few verses below;
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. " (Mosiah 14, Isaiah 53)
Abinadi continues prophesying later;
"And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit...suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.
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.
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.
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—
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." (Mosiah 15:5-9).
Such was the importance of Christ being preached to King Noah, his priests, and Alma (who converted and later converted thousands, and his posterity converted tens and hundreds of thousands), that Abinadi was protected by the hand of the Lord to finish his message.
I won't put further quotes, but he prophesied of this great latter day work, of the resurrection of the dead, and of eternal life. He testifies of the purity of children and that they will have eternal life, and he speaks of the joy that we will have in the millenial day. I urge you to read the whole words of Abinadi, for they are powerful.
What is more powerful is that Abinadi was later killed for his testimony. He died a martyr for the cause of Christ. That we would be willing to give our lives for the cause of Christ is what we must be willing to do.
That we may learn Christ's words, and live by them, is my prayer.
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Picture is Abinadi in front of King Noah by Arnold Friberg courtesy of lds.org