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Gramps,

Abinadi talks about the resurrection (Mosiah 16) in the past tense. It doesn’t happen for over 160 years. Am I reading it wrong? Thanks for your help!

Mike

 

Answer

Mike,

It looks like you missed one key verse. In Mosiah 16:6, Abinidi says “And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.” He clarifies in his speech that he will refer to the events in Christ’s life in the past tense, “as though they had already come”. Talking this way emphasizes the prophet’s powerful faith in the certainty of the Messiah’s Atonement.

Gramps

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