Romans 1-3 – Come Follow Me
We will now begin to study the epistles in the New Testament. The manual introduces them by saying, “The Bible epistles are letters written by Church leaders to Saints in various parts of the world. The Apostle Paul wrote most of the epistles in the New Testament – starting with Romans and ending with Hebrews. His epistles are organized by length. Although Romans is the first epistle in the New Testament, it was actually written near the end of Pau’s missionary journeys.”
Paul boldly declares his testimony by saying in Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
Paul teaches us that everyone has received a knowledge of God. Romans 1:19-20 “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” One simply needs to look at creation to know that God exists. Creation delivers a clear message about God. As it says in Psalms 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shew his handywork.” So, no one is without excuse.
But man will come up with their own ideas and philosophies about God. Romans 1:22-23 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.” In LDS theology it is taught that – God was once a man and has a body of flesh and bones. This is changing the “glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man.” When God himself said in Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither son of man, that he should repent.” LDS theology also teaches that men may become Gods. Paul addresses that in Romans 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator.” The focus of Mormonism is to have people believe they can reach Godhood.
Paul teaches us in Romans 2:11 “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Which means that God does not show partiality towards people. Regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic background.