So much good stuff in these chapters.  Abinidi is on fire!  (pardon the pun, but i really mean the spiritual fire).  "...all those who have hearkened unto [the prophets'] 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.  For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died, to redeem them from their transgressions..." (Mos 15:11-12)  So, Christ has atoned for all sins, but here it seems there is a stipulation that he has only atoned for the sins that get repented of.  Perhaps this is not the meaning, though.  Maybe this means that he makes the atonement for all sins so that those who repent may take advantage and be saved.  Since Christ hopes that all may take advantage, then he indeed took upon him all sins, those repented of, and those which were not.  This to me makes it triply important that I repent of mine that his suffering for me not be in vain.
    Verses 22-23:  "And now, the resurrection of all the prophets, and all those that have believed in their words, or all those that have kept the commandments of God, shall come forth in the first resurrection; therefore they are the first resurrection.  They are raised to dwell with God who has redeemed them; thus they have eternal live through Christ, who has broken the bands of death."  So even though everyone eventually will be resurrected, the initial and most glorious resurrection is reserved for the faithful.
    Verses 26-27:  "...the Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins...that have known the commandments of God, and would not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection... salvation cometh to none such; for the Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim."  Many people think that having limitations is proof that God is not God.  For me, though, these so-called "limitations" are what make him perfect:  He is subject to his own laws and cannot change them willy-nilly.  To me that is more permanent, eternal, and God-like. 

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