THE BOOK OF MOSIAH
King Benjamin continues his address—The Lord Omnipotent shall minister among men in a tabernacle of clay—Blood shall come from every pore as he atones for the sins of the world—His is the only name whereby salvation comes—Men can put off the natural man and become saints through the atonement—The torment of the wicked shall be as a lake of fire and brimstone. About 124 B.C.
And again my brethren, I would call your attention, for I have somewhat more to speak unto you; for behold, I have things to tell you concerning that which is to come.
And the things which I shall tell you are made known unto me by an aangel
from God. And he said unto me: bAwake
; and I awoke, and behold he stood before me.
And he said unto me: Awake, and hear the words which I shall tell thee; for behold, I am come to declare unto you the aglad
tidings of great bjoy
For the Lord hath heard thy prayers, and hath judged of thy arighteousness
, and hath sent me to declare unto thee that thou mayest rejoice; and that thou mayest declare unto thy people, that they may also be filled with joy.
For behold, the time cometh, and is not far distant, that with power, the aLord bOmnipotent
, who was, and is from all deternity
to all eternity, shall come down from heaven among the children of men, and shall dwell in a etabernacle
of clay, and shall go forth amongst men, working mighty fmiracles
, such as healing the sick, raising the dead, causing the lame to walk, the gblind
to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and curing all manner of diseases.
And he shall cast out adevils
, or the bevil
spirits which dwell in the hearts of the children of men.
And lo, he shall asuffer btemptations
, and pain of body, chunger
, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can dsuffer
, except it be unto death; for behold, eblood
cometh from every pore, so great shall be his fanguish
for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.
And he shall be called aJesus bChrist
, the cSon
of God, the dFather
of heaven and earth, the eCreator
of all things from the beginning; and his fmother
shall be called Mary.
And lo, he cometh unto his own, that asalvation
might come unto the children of men even through bfaith
on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a cdevil
, and shall dscourge
him, and shall ecrucify
And he shall arise
day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to cjudge
the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.
For behold, and also his ablood batoneth
for the sins of those who have cfallen
by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the dwill
of God concerning them, or who have eignorantly
But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he arebelleth
against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the bLord
And the Lord God hath sent his holy aprophets
among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive bremission
of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even cas
though he had already come among them.
Yet the Lord God saw that his people were a astiffnecked
people, and he appointed unto them a blaw
, even the claw
And many signs, and wonders, and atypes
, and shadows showed he unto them, concerning his coming; and also holy prophets spake unto them concerning his coming; and yet they bhardened
their hearts, and understood not that the claw
of Moses availeth nothing dexcept
it were through the eatonement
of his blood.
And even if it were possible that little achildren
could sin they could not be saved; but I say unto you they are bblessed
; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature, they fall, even so the blood of Christ catoneth
for their sins.
And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be ano
other name given nor any other way nor means whereby bsalvation
can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the cLord
For behold he judgeth, and his judgment is just; and the infant perisheth not that dieth in his infancy; but men drink adamnation
to their own souls except they humble themselves and bbecome
as little children, and believe that csalvation
was, and is, and is to come, in and through the datoning
blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
For the anatural bman
is an cenemy
to God, and has been from the dfall
of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he eyields
to the enticings of the Holy fSpirit
, and gputteth
off the hnatural
man and becometh a isaint
through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a jchild
, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the aknowledge
of a bSavior
shall spread throughout cevery
nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
And behold, when that time cometh, none shall be found ablameless
before God, except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of the Lord God Omnipotent.
And even at this time, when thou shalt have taught thy people the things which the Lord thy God hath commanded thee, even then are they found no more blameless in the sight of God, only according to the words which I have spoken unto thee.
And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me.
And thus saith the Lord: They shall stand as a bright testimony against this people, at the judgment day; whereof they shall be judged, every man according to his aworks
, whether they be good, or whether they be evil.
And if they be evil they are consigned to an awful aview
of their own guilt and abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of bmisery
torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls.
Therefore, they have drunk out of the acup
of the wrath of God, which justice could no more deny unto them than it could deny that bAdam
should fall because of his partaking of the forbidden cfruit
; therefore, dmercy
could have claim on them no more forever.
And their atorment
is as a blake
of fire and brimstone, whose flames are unquenchable, and whose smoke ascendeth up cforever
and ever. Thus hath the Lord commanded me. Amen.