Come Follow Me LDS- Romans 1-6 Part 2

'Wages & Gifts'
- Further development of Faith, Works & Grace
- The Tree of Knowledge as 'The Law'
- Abraham as the linchpin for the Jews & Gentiles
- Paul adds a crucial component of the Spiritual Economy- 'Purpose'



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this episode we're going to cover wages

and gifts here we go alright in this

episode we're going to delve into Romans

chapters 1 through 6 so we're going to

cover all six chapters here to try and

get everything in that I feel I need to

so I'm gonna do a little bit of cramming

here possibly but I'm gonna try and

cover everything that I want to first of

all remember that this is an epistle

that was written later on in Paul's

ministry so he's developed a lot of what

he needs to write about at this point

and many people believe that this is his

most theologically rich epistle it's as

if he has kind of developed his spiel

right he has been preaching about these

things for a long time to a lot of

different people and always first to the

Jews and then to the Gentiles everywhere

he goes so he has to keep both of those

audiences in mind constantly but here in

Romans he starts off by saying the

following and I love the way that he

addresses this he says first Paul a

servant of Jesus Christ called to be an

apostle separated unto the gospel of God

so in other words set apart so hey this

is me I am an apostle of Jesus Christ

so he's declaring his authority and then

he says what we hear often times

throughout all the New Testament a very

key point here which he had promised

afore by his prophets in the holy

scriptures talking about Jesus Christ so

again the prophets have all declared

that Jesus is the Christ or that the

Christ is coming in Jesus is the Christ

and then number three here in verse

three he states something very important

something that we've gone over quite a

bit here and that is

temple imagery and drama this is what he

says concerning his son Jesus Christ our

Lord which was made of a seed of David

according to the flesh this is something

very interesting so he's using the title

the son here is what he starts off with

and if you have your scriptures with you

look at verse 3 concerning it starts off

concerning his son Jesus Christ our Lord

in the original Greek texts Jesus Christ

our Lord does not exist it's not there

was put in later on so none of the early

Greek texts that we have Jesus

Christ our Lord so it's simply read

concerning his son which was made of the

seed of David according to the flesh

this goes right to our point about Jesus

being Jehovah who was the Incarnation

the fruition of the character that was

played by the king of Jerusalem that

entered into the temple into the Holy of

Holies and was born out of the Holy of

Holies through the veil as the Son of

God so here Paul is tying Jesus as not

just the Messiah but as the Son of God

that was foretold by all the prophets

and that we had this temple drama about

in ancient Israel in ancient Judah as a

ritual telling us the story about how

Jehovah would be born of a woman into

mortality and then be the suffering

servant as we hear about in Isaiah and

then we get something really interesting

in verse 5 from Joseph Smith and this is

crucial to all of the epistles of Paul

as we work through faith works and grace

verse 5 says by whom we have received

Grace and Apostleship for obedience to

the faith among all nations for his name

very difficult to understand this first

so let's go to the

JST here and see what he has to say very

important he says it this way by whom we

have received Grace and Apostleship

through obedience so they've received

grace through obedience and faith in his

name to preach the gospel among all

nations among whom he also are called of

Jesus Christ right much clearer there I

think it's really important to

understand something and I've seen this

I don't usually do this but I've gone on

to Facebook and a few other places and

seen some blog posts and things about

this week's lesson so I wanted to see

what everyone's talking about because

there's always this hoopla over works

verses grace and all these things it's

not just between the Protestants and the

Mormons it's within the Mormon Church as

well you have people that seem to be a

little bit more open and liberal that

really want to push the grace narrative

and you have those a little bit more

closed off and conservative that seem to

really want a more push more the work

side of things and the judgment side of

things well they're both right and

that's what Joseph Smith is saying here

so as we hear faith and works and grace

well let's listen to what Joseph Smith

says through obedience and faith in his

name now faith in his name means trust

that's my definition trust in the

atoning sacrifice and resurrection of

Jesus Christ so that's where we get the

grace it's both sides and Joseph Smith I

believe definitely wants us to

understand that you could just see

Joseph Smith's mind turning and the

inspiration and the spirit hitting him

as he goes through these epistles that

are so difficult to understand you've

got all these components of the

spiritual economy floating around here

and yet this young guy an educated guy

goes through this and right away he

spots this in Romans 1

and he tells us is through obedience and

faith and those are the two areas here

at the beginning of Romans that we have

Paul focusing on obedience with works

those are the lower law and faith in the

grace and mercy and atonement of Jesus

Christ those are the two things he

focuses on here that's the lower and the

higher laws you have to have both and

again another thing I need to make clear

here from our last episode is that even

though the law here typically refers to

the law of Moses and it definitely does

it is a reference to what is known to

the Jews at this time so of course they

understand every their whole world about

the law of God is the law of Moses but

it's not to us and it's not to the

Gentiles there is a law of God that is

based on truth and that has consequences

and that's how we sin whether you are

Jew or Gentile that's how we've sinned

and he's going to go over that a little

bit more here then I want to move down

to verse 16 and 17 this is the crux of

the Epistle of Romans this is what it

says for I am not ashamed of the gospel

of Christ now when we hear gospel here

for us what we understand is the

entirety of the teachings and the truth

about the plan of salvation about the

commandments about purpose about

principles and that is all true but to

Paul at this time just like to him the

law he really is gonna focus on the law

of Moses even though there's a broader

meaning to law and works than that when

he says gospel even though there's a

broader meaning he's talking about

originally what that means which is

Godspell or a good spell or good news

it's an Old English word as that ends up

being gospel and the good news is that


suffered in Gethsemane for you and then

rose again from the dead from the

sepulcher with the resurrection that's

the gospel so when he says I'm not

ashamed of the gospel his focus really

is on the atonement and on the

resurrection of Jesus Christ which is

really the higher law that he's talking

about that's important to keep in mind

as we go through this and he continues

for it is the power of God unto

salvation so the higher law the good

news is the power of God unto salvation

you have to have that to every one that

believeth to the Jew first and also to

the Greek so again he's making sure he's

encompassing both audiences here for

therein is the righteousness of God

revealed from faith to faith so

righteousness here is equated with faith

follow me on this we're gonna

continue with that as it is written the

just shall live by faith so to be

justified as we talked about in the last

episode to be reconciled with God you

must live by faith works is not enough

that's what they're saying that's what

he's leading into you have to have faith

in the good news in the gospel in the

atonement and the resurrection here in

Chapter two we're gonna skip down to

verse six and we're going to get more

about works says here who will this is

God who will render to every man

according to his deeds so there are


let's just keep grace to the side here

for a minute there are consequences to

decisions and there are consequences to

our actions both on earth and in heaven

the biggest consequence of course is

what are we becoming because of our

thoughts and our deeds our works

different from the other Christian sects

out there this is a core doctrine in a

core part of what we believe as

the spiritual economy so as we've got

these three major components here of

faith works and grace one thing that is

left out in the majority of Christianity

is what are we becoming and for us we

know that that is crucial that that is

the primary focus of the plan and it's

our primary purpose and so the only way

that we're going to grow through

experience is through our agency and

through what we think and what we do so

God is going to render to us according

to our deeds

so here again Paul is actually going in

and talking about how important works

are for our ultimate destination and he

says here in verse 7 following up with

that he says to them who by patient

continuance in well doing seek for glory

and honor and immortality eternal life

that's the end result but unto them that

are contentious and do not obey the

truth but obey unrighteousness

indignation and wrath so you have

eternal life on one hand you have

indignation and wrath on the other our

choices and our works matter just as

Joseph Smith pointed out in the last

chapter you have to have both you have

to have your works and your obedience on

one hand and you have to have your faith

and the grace of God on the other the

lower law and the higher law brought

together and then Paul is always mindful

to include both audiences in all of this

he's saying look it doesn't matter if

you're a Jew it doesn't matter if you're

a Gentile he's going to give a great

example of this here in a minute but if

you're doing evil

you're going to have indignation and

wrath if you're doing good then you're

going to have eternal life and then he

brings up the law here so again he's

primarily talking about the law of Moses

so this is kind of like if I'm going to

another culture as a missionary

I'm going to talk in terms of what they

understand Paul naturally is going to do

that because he's part of this doctrine

in this culture at least with the Jews

II speaking with the law of Moses

but overall underlying this law of Moses

here there is always a law of God that

has always existed so obedience and

works even though a lot of the works

that he talks about here are speaking

about the works that go along with the

law of Moses it doesn't matter

I've seen that a lot put out there that

the works are just the law of Moses and

the rituals and the law is just the law

of Moses and the grace is just this

relationship that God has as a favor

or as the god father as we spoke about

but that isn't rule and you know how I

know that because of what Joseph Smith

has said and what he's going to be going

through in these letters you'll see

where he specifically has a pattern of

what is meant and number two on that is

the Book of Mormon the Book of Mormon

gives us a very clear understanding of

faith works and grace he says in verse

11 for there is no respect of persons

with God so again Jew or Gentile

it doesn't matter he's going to push

this push this push this especially for

the Jews they've got to understand this

it'll be pretty hard for them I mean

really it would be really hard for them

to accept this for as many as have seen

without law shall also perish without

law so in other words they're gonna die

without the law or the consequences of

the law right and as many as have sinned

in the law shall be judged by the law

okay this goes right back to what I have

said before the best example of this is

the tree of knowledge of good and evil

how do you gain a knowledge of good and

evil because the law is given to you now

that's not all the tree represents but

it's one of the few major meanings of

what the tree of knowledge of good and

evil represents

and it's not just the law of Moses at

least in the story there Adam and Eve

don't have the law of Moses they have

other laws they have part of the law of

God and then much more of the law of God

later on but they do have the

consequences once they are given each of

these parts of the law

and of course they need to partake of

the fruit because they need the law

because they need the good works even

though there's the huge risk of failing

even though there's the huge risk of

sinning they at least need the

opportunity for good works now they're

not going to make it we know they're not

going to make it but of course a savior

is provided for them so that they can

and so speaking of the Jew and the

Gentile down in verse 25 he says for

circumcision verily profiteth if thou

keep the law but if thou be a breaker of

the law thy circumcision is made

uncircumcision so in other words

speaking to the Jews in their language

and their understanding being

circumcised or being committed in

covenant to God means nothing if you're

not living by faith in Jesus Christ and

it means nothing if you don't keep the

law which nobody can do so he falls up

in the last person verse 29 he says but

he is a Jew which is one inwardly so in

other words the one who is a Jew or a

person who is in the Covenant is someone

who has a circumcision of heart alright

then over in chapter 3 we get more about

the Jew and the Gentile and the

circumcised and the uncircumcised and

again just Paul trying to go over this

over and over again that it doesn't

matter if you're circumcised it doesn't

matter if you are a Jew it doesn't

matter if you are a Gentile you have to

live by faith you have to have not only

your works but you have to have faith

and live

the commandments and have faith in Jesus

Christ he comes down here in verse 20

and bolsters that up a little bit he's

been talking about deeds and works and

how we have to have that for eternal

life and now he moves on from there here

and in verse 20 he says therefore by the

deeds of the law which he has been

speaking of there shall no flesh be

justified in his sight so again

justified is that reconciliation with

God in other words you can't have

salvation just by your own deeds it's

impossible you can't earn your way there

that doesn't mean your deeds aren't

important they're crucial especially in

who you are becoming and to keep your

covenants that you've made how do you

reconcile yourself with God if you're

not keeping the covenants so he follows

up with us and says for by the law is

the knowledge of sin think of the tree

right for by the law is the knowledge of

sin and then he follows up and this gets

a little bit tricky here so if you have

your scriptures follow along with me all


21 but now the righteousness of God

without the law is manifested that

doesn't mean that the law doesn't matter

anymore and that your works don't matter

anymore it means that the righteousness

of God and that word righteousness it

doesn't show you in here but

righteousness is akin to mercy and grace

it's very very close and in fact a lot

of the words in Greek and Hebrew that

are used are interchangeable with those

words so the righteousness of God or the

mercy of God or the grace of God it's

not exactly the same but it's close

without the law is manifested so above

and beyond the law is manifested being

witnessed by the law and the prophets so

again Jews above and beyond the law that

you're following the law of Moses here

and the works and rituals the

righteousness of God the grace of God

being justified

completely is only doable beyond the law

beyond obedience beyond your works and

all of the prophets have prophesied of

this and taught this and you can see in

many teachings the idea of mercy in the

Old Testament and in some of the

writings of the Jews in around this time

he says even the righteousness of God

which is by faith of Jesus Christ and do

all and upon all them that believe for

all have sinned and come short of the

glory of God so the law and your works

because those are in place you're going

to sin and you're going to fall short of

the glory of God now we get this idea

sometimes of well God is going to make

up the difference so we have to keep

going as far as we can and God will make

up the difference that doesn't really

apply properly it kind of works I know

there's a little in a lot of people that

have talked against that I don't think

it matters honestly in a practical sense

we should all try our best regardless I

think the point here is that we can't

get there by obedience we can't get

there by the law alone in other words

think of the law as a manual of life a

manual of returning to our Heavenly

Father and becoming like him but you

can't follow it you're not good enough

to follow it because you have this

variable in place that's crucial to who

you are which is called free agency and

you're going to fall short so because of

that you are covered right that's Yom

Kippur that's the day of atonement

because of that your sins where you fall

short are covered if you're exercising

your faith and repentance and baptism

and the gift of the Holy Ghost and the

ordinances of the priesthood in the

temple and 24 says something interesting

here it says being justified freely by

His grace through the redemption that is

in Christ Jesus that doesn't mean we

don't have to have

works and that's where Protestants

especially evangelicals are focused on

and that's the problem that we have with

it that is not what the Book of Mormon

teaches that is not what Joseph Smith

taught and that makes no sense to us

that you don't have to have a an

obedient righteous life to grow and

progress and to become like Heavenly

Father and end up where you want to end

up but it is free in the sense that we

don't earn it

we never earned receiving His grace or

his sacrifice that is an absolute gift

but it's not a gift of salvation it's a

gift of opportunity and there's a big

difference and in twenty eighty says

therefore we conclude that a man is

justified so that reconciliation is by

faith so not works but by faith without

the deeds of the law in other words it's

above and beyond our works that

justification actually can happen but we

need both our choices matter and he

basically says that in the last verse of

the chapter in 31 he says do we then

make void the law through faith in other

words why do we need Commandments then

because we can just have faith in the

atonement but he says god forbid I think

that Thomas Wayment’s translation he uses

heck no I guess that would be a good

translation for latter-day saints I

think that's the name of his book

but it's I think he says certainly not

certainly not yay we established the law

so in other words faith in Jesus Christ

and in the sacrifice and

resurrection does not void out our deeds

but helps establish them what are they

for why do we have them what is the

purpose think of Moses 139 what is the

purpose of God well we can't get there

without our agency and we certainly


there without the Savior alright then

in Chapter four he brings it home here

basically and he goes through the

example of Abraham and so here with the

Jews especially with Abraham as one of

their icons basically Abraham and Moses

but Abraham is the father of their


he's going to open this up a little bit

and say well he's not just the father of

your nation he's the father of all

nations and so what he does in in just a

magical way here he brings together the

works of the law and the faith of grace

and the atonement along with the Jew and

the Gentile he brings all of that

together here through the example of

Abraham it's fabulous

he says here in chapter 4 and he's

focusing on Paul is focusing on Genesis

15 here if you ever want to go back and

read that but in chapter 4 here he

starts off with this and verse 1 what

shall we say then that Abraham our

Father as pertaining to the flesh hath

found for if Abraham were justified by

works he hath we're for to glory but not

before God

in other words Abraham accomplished an

immense amount but even but before God

it's not enough it's not going to do the

trick he could be boasting all day long

around you and I it's not gonna do him

any good for what saith the scripture

Abraham believed God and it was counted

unto him for righteousness so there's

the word righteousness again which has

to do with the higher law not with the

law of Moses not with works and deeds so

his belief in God or really what we're

talking about here is his faith and he

clarifies this more later on is his

faith in Jesus Christ and this is a

direct tie to Jehovah being Jesus Christ

here because this is the example he's

giving he's talking about faith in Jesus


and here he's bringing up God or Jehovah

and the faith in him that is what saves

Abraham it's the same person it's the

same being that he's talking about here

Jesus Christ is Jehovah and then he asks

the question here in his letter he says

cometh this blessedness of God then upon

the circumcision only or upon the

uncircumcision also or those that are

uncircumcised for we say that faith was

reckoned to Abraham for righteousness so

again where we had said belief there he

brings up and clarifies it here that

faith is reckoned to Abraham for

righteousness faith in God faith in

Jesus Christ well anybody can have faith

in Jesus Christ and then he says well

when was this reckoned to Abraham when

he was in circumcision or after he'd

been circumcised or in uncircumcision

before he was circumcised and he says

not in circumcision but in

uncircumcision so in other words before

he was in that covenant or what defines

Israel in a sense is when the

righteousness was counted toward him in

other words before he is so to speak an

Israelite in that sense or before he's

part of the covenant people so that's

why it applies to all of the Gentiles is

what he is saying and there's a lot

backing this up in our doctrine we talk

all the time about being adopted into

the house of Israel well Paul's argument

here is that the higher law that faith

in the atonement applies to all nations

regardless of descent regardless of the

Covenant originally that was made with

Israel it applies to everybody and he's

showing us why and then he says this and

this goes right along with the higher

law with the new covenant with the new

and everlasting covenant which we also

call the Abrahamic covenant this is a

great verse right here in 13 it says

for the promise and that's the oath of

the oath and covenant of the priesthood

by the way for the promise that he

should be the heir of the world was not

to Abraham or to his seed through the

law but through the righteousness of

faith well of course it is because that

is part of the Melchizedek Priesthood

because that is part of the higher law

the new and everlasting covenant and

that applies to everybody including the

Gentiles amazing how all that fits in

together here for Joseph Smith isn't it

and then he follows that up by saying

for if they which are of the law be

heirs faith is made void and the promise

made of none effect which is true which

is the way they have been living with

just a lower law and he says therefore

it is of faith that it might be by grace

or the higher law to the end the promise

might be sure to all the seed not to

that only which is of the law or the

Jews but to that also which is of the

faith of Abraham who is the father of us

all what a bold massive statement he

just made and what a what a brilliant

argument he's laid out here and it's

tied directly to truth of course it's

the gospel and we know that this is true

in the church because we know about the

new and everlasting covenant the

Abrahamic covenant which is what Paul

here as he brings in the New Covenant

and the restoration of the fullness of

the gospel and the priesthood is

revealing to everybody and then of

course what he says here is this

confirming scripture in 17 as it is

written I have made thee a father of

many nations and of course we're told

that in Genesis and many other

scriptures he's not just the father of

Israel he's the father of the nations

that's what Gentiles means is the

nations now again what's interesting

here is in verse 16

Joseph Smith comes through again and he

wants to clarify something

he's reinforcing it so we're sixteen has

in speaking of justification it says

therefore it is of faith that it might

be by grace it is but what is Joseph

Smith tell us therefore ye are justified

of faith and works through grace so it

is Grace that ultimately justifies you

or gives you the righteousness gives you

the gift reconciles you with God it's

his end of what he did of the Covenant

that was free as an opportunity to all

of us and that ultimately gets us

reconciled with him but it is both faith

and works faith in Jesus Christ and

works through grace that gets us to a

point of justification or salvation so

there's a pattern building here with

Joseph Smith he believes in the lower

and the higher laws of course and then

he falls through with this incredible

example of Abraham through patience and

through faith waiting for the birth of

Isaac he says here in verse 19 and being

not weak in faith he considered not his

own body now dead when he was about an

hundred years old neither yet the

deadness of Sarah's womb they're ancient

at this point but they don't lose their

faith their trust in God and it's that

trust in God that ultimately gives him

his children all of us it's fascinating

to me Isaac and Jacob and the twelve

tribes and all of us that are either

mixed in blood to Israel or adopted in

to Israel this all comes about through

the faith of Abraham and Sarah in the

promise that God made

that they would have a child even

against all the odds and it's the faith

they have that creates that it's not the

works or the obedience or anything else

even though that's all important

ultimately it's their faith in God and

their trust that was counted to him for

righteousness and that ultimately gave

them Isaac and then he talks about

becoming here in verse in chapter 5

again this is another crucial part about

our understanding of the spiritual

economy in the plan of salvation the

major component of us understanding what

our purpose is and who we really are and

he says therefore being justified by

faith we have peace with God through our

Lord Jesus Christ by whom also we have

access by faith into this grace wherein

we stand and rejoice in hope of the

glory of God again it's our faith that

accesses the grace of God and not only

so but we glory in tribulations not

always but we glory in tribulations also

knowing that tribulation worked worketh

patience and patience experience or

character and experience hope and hope

maketh not ashamed because the love of

God is shed abroad in our hearts by the

Holy Ghost which is given unto us so

it's not just about what we spoke about

in the last episode of that the

Godfather relationship it's not just

about receiving favor and being in the

good graces of God because we're

pledging allegiance to him that's

important that's a good nuance that's a

good context in understanding

faith on our end and Grace on his end

but it's not enough it leaves all of

this out of the equation our growth

through patience and tribulation and our

character and our purpose and the

purpose of God and that is why I said in

the last episode that ultimately we've

got again my opinion here but

ultimately I believe we have got to look

at faith as trust that's where the

growth happens and that's the

relationship I believe that the Lord

wants with us it's not just a matter of

being having allegiance to him which is

crucial and obedience is crucial but

it's not it's not really enough we need

to have faith that's what we're what

Paul is telling us here the works and

the deeds the obedience all those things

of the lower law have to be there and

they're very very important but you must

ultimately have faith and learn to have

trust as Abraham and Sarah did and then

down at the bottom of chapter 5 and

verse 18 I like what is brought up here

I'm really big on the individual and

individualism I don't mean that in a

prideful sense of looking at one's self

I mean that in a sense of agency and an

understanding that we are not first and

foremost part of a collective of a group

we first are an individual chapter our

verse 18 says therefore as by the

offence of one judgment came upon all

men to condemnation that would be Adam

even so by the righteous of

righteousness of one that's Christ the

free gift

came upon all men unto justification of

life so there's the two sides

there's the sins what we're talking

about agency obedience falling short sin

the law that's Adam that's us we are

Adam and Eve and in many cases I won't

go into this now but in many cases

literally we are Adam and Eve and then

on the other side here we have the free

gift from Jesus Christ and our Heavenly

Father those two together bring us

eventually justification as Joseph Smith

has said a couple times here already in

these chapter 4 as by one man's

disobedience many were made sinners so

by the obedience of one shall many be


righteous so the decisions the agency of

the individuals can have a large effect

on many many people so each of us is

Adam trying to be more like Christ

understanding that we have a potential

to grow and to learn and though we're

not perfect we can strive to become more

like the one who was obedient and who

made a how do you how do you say this

without understating it but made a

massive difference for all of us we each

have that ability not to the same scale

but we the principle applies to all of

us we can all as individuals make

decisions that can bring others down or

we can decide to make decisions that

lift people up and have a positive

influence on people's lives and then

lastly here in Chapter six

we talk about baptism and basically what

Paul goes through here is that we not

only live in Christ through a baptism

and that representation of what baptism

is but we die with Christ and that's

part of the understanding of getting

baptized and I would say of repentance

at any time in our life so as we go down

into the water that would represent the

crucifixion and death of Christ going

into the Sepulcher and then as were

lifted up out of the water it would

represent his resurrection and so what

Paul is stating here is that we are

leaving the old man or woman behind our

old self behind and we're being born

again as a new creature that is more

like the Savior and that what we do is

we die with our sins right we die into

sin and then we live unto Jesus Christ

and lastly in the last verse here verse

23 for the wages of sin is death

so decisions matter but the gift of God

it's not his wages it's not what's being

earned here the gift of God is eternal

life through Jesus Christ our Lord and

that is the message of Paul here at the

beginning of Romans that works are

simply wages we receive wages for those

and ultimately with the law that we're

not going to follow perfectly that is a

wage unto sin and a death but there is a

gift which is Grace but that it's free

and it's purely out of love and

interestingly enough that love is

demonstrated through suffering and

through bearing our burdens and also

victory over everything and so Paul here

again is working those components of the

spiritual economy trying to get these

points across to the Jews and to the

Gentiles that the gospel is for everyone

that having faith in now a resurrected

Jesus Christ that anybody can do that

and that faith that belief as it

develops and grows creates character and

helps you become something more a new

creature something more like the Savior

and that baptism is an example of that

and that faith is not just committing an

allegiance to someone it's a good way to

look at it so that we get more context

into each of these components of the

spiritual economy but faith is trust

faith is growth for each of us and it

works as Joseph Smith points out and

Paul points out are crucial our

decisions matter but we don't live by

that alone and ultimately it's the gift

of God the grace of God the mercy of God

the love of God that reconciles us to

him and gives us the opportunity to grow

and to become like him

and to return to him faith works and

grace the lower and the higher law the

Jews and the Gentiles Paul is teaching

about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the

principles and doctrines that were given

to us through Joseph Smith the new and

everlasting covenant or the Abrahamic

covenant isn't it interesting that

Joseph Smith provided us with two

additional books one was Moses we can

look at the law of Moses with him

and one was Abraham who is already

righteous but was searching for more

righteousness we can't always make all

of the puzzle pieces fit together but we

can make a lot of them fit together

because there is a whole truth and Paul

knows I'll talk to you next time


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