Mosiah 16:1 - 16:5
Mosiah 16:1 And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched forth his hand and said: The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and shall confess before God that his judgments are just.
Abinadi now begins his commentary on what he has quoted. That in the future everyone will see how the Lord has really been in charge of the world. They will see the big picture and that He has always been the background controlling events whether we knew it or not. They will also then acknowledge that what has happened in the world’s history under His control was the best that could be brought to pass with what He had to work with.
Mosiah 16:2 And then shall the wicked be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth; and this because they would not hearken unto the voice of the Lord; therefore the Lord redeemeth them not.
The wicked will now see just how inhumane they have been to their fellowman and except their reward as just. They will realize that they could have had a better life if they had listened to the Spirit of the Lord instead of their own passions and desires. As a result, He cannot redeem them and they have to suffer for their own sins.
Mosiah 16:3 For they are carnal and devilish, and the devil has power over them; yea, even that old serpent that did beguile our first parents, which was the cause of their fall; which was the cause of all mankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, knowing evil from good, subjecting themselves to the devil.
For their god was the devil and they followed him rather than the Lord. It was the devil that influenced Adam and Eve to partake of the forbidden fruit and bring about the fall of man. And that from that point on, man now knowing good from evil and under the constant influence of the devil began to do evil acts.
Mosiah 16:4 Thus all mankind were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people from their lost and fallen state.
Therefore it took a god to put into place what was necessary for man to escape a situation that they could not escape from on their own efforts. If He had done nothing we would still be in the same fix.
Mosiah 16:5 But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him. Therefore he is as though there was no redemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God.
The Lord’s sacrifice is for those who want to escape to better things. However, those who like the life style of the selfish and stupid will find themselves being the children of the devil. They will find themselves unable to escape his grasp and will be outside the ability of the Lord to help them to improve in the eternities.