Mosiah 3 Prophecy of Christ

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 74–75

Mosiah 3 is a continuation of King Benjamin’s marvelous sermon to his people. Over 100 years before the birth of Christ, an angel appeared to King Benjamin and told him of the coming of the Savior in remarkable detail. Look for the explanation telling how the Savior is able to help us return to our Heavenly Father. After reading this chapter you will have a better understanding of what Christ did for all of us.
King Benjamin discoursing

© 1967 Bill L. Hill

Understanding the Scriptures

Mosiah 3

Tidings (v. 3)News
Omnipotent (v. 5)All powerful
Tabernacle of clay (v. 5)Physical body
Anguish (v. 7)Sorrow, grief, agony
Scourge (v. 9)Beat with a whip that has jagged pieces of bone or stone in the ends
Atoneth (vv. 11, 16)Pays the price
Availeth (v. 15)Is worth
Submissive (v. 19)Willing to obey
Consigned (v. 25)Committed, handed over

Mosiah 3:15—“Types, and Shadows”

Types and shadows are symbols that teach and testify of great truths. The law of Moses contained many symbols that taught and testified about the future life and ministry of the Savior. For example, the firstborn, unblemished male sheep that were offered as sacrifices were symbols (types) and reminders (shadows) of the future atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God (see Alma 25:15).

Mosiah 3:19—What Is the “Natural Man” That We Must Put Off?

Neal A. Maxwell

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained:

“First of all, the natural man is an ‘enemy to God.’ (Mosiah 3:19.) This means that such individuals would (whether fully understanding the implications of their own resistance or not) oppose the ultimate purpose of God for mankind, which is, as we know, ‘to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.’ (Moses 1:39.) Given our eternal interests, the natural man therefore is not our friend either, even if, at times, we seem quite at home with him. …

“Instead of becoming a saint, being childlike and willing to submit to our eternal Father, the natural man is rebellious and insists on walking in his own way. He is childish instead of childlike.

“The natural man also stubbornly seeks for happiness in iniquity—an incredibly naive notion about the nature of happiness and the universe. …

“Thus it is that the natural man, in attempting to live ‘without God in the world’ and in catering slavishly to his natural instincts, is actually living ‘contrary to the nature of happiness.’ (Alma 41:11.)” (Notwithstanding My Weakness [1981], 71–72).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Mosiah 3.

Activity A iconUse the Footnotes

King Benjamin was taught by an angel about the coming of Jesus Christ.

  1. 1.

    As you read Mosiah 3:1–8, list five important facts about Christ.

  2. 2.

    Look at the footnotes for each fact you chose and write an explanation of what each one tells about Him.

Activity B iconWho Does the Blood of Christ Save?

If the Atonement of Jesus Christ did not pay for our sins, we could not be saved. In Mosiah 3:11–18, King Benjamin identified three groups of people for whom the blood of Christ “atoneth.” Search those verses and describe those three kinds of people. What did King Benjamin say we must do to receive the salvation that comes “through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent” (v. 18)?

Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Mosiah 3:19

To help you understand the importance of putting off the natural man and becoming a Saint, answer the following questions as you study Mosiah 3:19:

  1. 1.

    What is the “natural man,” and why is he an enemy to God? (see 1 Corinthians 2:12–14; Alma 41:11; “Understanding the Scriptures” section for Mosiah 3:19).

  2. 2.

    How does the Holy Spirit “entice” us?

  3. 3.

    What role does the Atonement of Jesus Christ play in helping you become a Saint? (see Mosiah 5:2; 27:25–26).