The Plan of Redemption and the Fall of Adam are both so clearly explained in this chapter that I believe it is one of the most important chapters in all holy writings. Here we are allowed a peek inside the mind of God regarding the Plan of Redemption. Verse 27 states: “it was appointed unto men that they must die; and…come to judgment.” In verse 28 God “saw that it was expedient that men should know concerning the things whereof he had appointed unto them.” So, according to the faith of men, God began making known the Plan of Redemption. He gave two new commandments , then promised: “If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, then will I have mercy upon you, through mine Only Begotten Son…unto a remission of [your] sins; and…[you] shall enter into my rest” (verses 33 – 34).
When we must discipline our children, perhaps we should follow God’s example here. Let us be clear about the consequences of misbehavior, the nature of punishment and what’s required to get back into our good graces.