Romans 9-16 application of the gospel

1. God’s elect (His chosen people) are not identified primarily by lineage but by faithfulness to the gospel covenant. Receiving foreordained blessings requires faithfulness in this life.

  • Romans 9:6–14 (see the student manual commentaries for Romans 9–11; for Romans 9:6–8; and for Romans 9:11–13)

2. God’s purposes are not thwarted when people oppose Him. Though Israel rejected the gospel, many Gentiles who accepted it were brought into the covenant.

  • Romans 9:22–33; 10:1–4, 12–13 (see thestudent manual commentaries for Romans 9–11 andfor Romans 9:30–10:3)

3. God remembers His covenant with the house of Israel and has a plan for the salvation of the people of Israel. They will one day come to a knowledge of their Redeemer.

  • Romans 11:1–5, 11–17, 24–28 (see the student manual commentaries for Romans 11:1–6; for Romans 11:11–32; and for Romans 11:25)

4. As Church members are humble and merciful toward those who have not yet accepted the gospel, they prepare the way for them to eventually accept the gospel and receive the Lord’s mercy.

  • Romans 11:17–25, 30–32 (see thestudent manual commentaries for Romans 11:18–21, 30–31; for Romans 11:16–24; and for Romans 11:25)

Romans 9:11; 11:5, 7, 28. “Election”

From the Bible Dictionary we learn that election is “a theological term primarily denoting God’s choice of the house of Israel to be the covenant people with privileges and responsibilities, that they might become a means of blessing to the whole world. …

“The elect are chosen even ‘before the foundation of the world,’ yet no one is unconditionally elected to eternal life. Each must, for himself, hearken to the gospel and receive its ordinances and covenants from the hands of the servants of the Lord in order to obtain salvation. If one is elected but does not serve, his election could be said to have been in vain, as Paul expressed in 2 Cor. 6:1.

“… An ‘election of grace’ spoken of in D&C 84:98–102 and Rom. 11:1–5 has reference to one’s situation in mortality; that is, being born at a time, at a place, and in circumstances where one will come in favorable contact with the gospel. This election took place in the premortal existence. Those who are faithful and diligent in the gospel in mortality receive an even more desirable election in this life and become the elect of God. These receive the promise of a fulness of God’s glory in eternity (D&C 84:33–41)” (Bible Dictionary, “Election”; see also Alma 13:3–4).

Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained:

“The greatest and most important talent or capacity that any of the spirit children of the Father could gain is the talent of spirituality. Most of those who gained this talent were chosen, before they were born, to come to earth as members of the house of Israel. They were foreordained to receive the blessings that the Lord promised to Abraham and to his seed in all their generations. This foreordination is an election” (A New Witness for the Articles of Faith [1985], 512).

Romans 10:9–13. Is Confessing Belief in Jesus Christ All One Must Do to Be Saved?

Read the Following Scriptures for further clarification

Mark 16:16

John 3:5

Acts 2:37-38

2 Nephi 31:16-20

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We manifest our faith in Jesus Christ by repenting, being baptized, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end of our lives in faithful obedience to His gospel.

Romans 12–13 Living Peaceably with All People
What do you think it means to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God”?
Elder D. Todd Christofferson taught:
“As our body is the instrument of our spirit, it is vital that we care for it as best we can. We should consecrate its powers to serve and further the work of Christ. Said Paul, ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God’ (Romans 12:1)” (“Reflections on a Consecrated Life,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 17).
Elder Russell M. Nelson taught
“We are still commanded to sacrifice, but not by shedding blood of animals. Our highest sense of sacrifice is achieved as we make ourselves more sacred or holy. This we do by our obedience to the commandments of God. Thus, the laws of obedience and sacrifice are indelibly intertwined. … As we comply with these and other commandments, something wonderful happens to us. We become disciplined! We become disciples! We become more sacred and holy—like our Lord!” (“Lessons from Eve,” Ensign, Nov. 1987, 88).

A willingness to sacrifice and to be transformed by the Savior helps us to live peaceably with all people.

Read the following Scriptures

Romans 12:9-21

Romans 13:1-7

Romans 13:8-14

Individual Church members strengthen the entire Church by seeking to live peaceably with all people.

In Romans 14:1-15:3

Paul Taught How to Deal with Differences in Matters of Personal Discretion

Romans 14: 6-12

Romans 14: 13-15, 20-22

Romans 14: 17, 19; 15:2

Romans 15:1

Principles to Guide Our Decisions in Matters of Personal Discretion

Romans 14:6–12. We are accountable to God for our choices in matters of personal discretion. We should not judge or condemn others for such choices but should leave judgment to the Lord.

Romans 14:13–15, 20–22. We should consider the effects of our personal choices on others and be willing to forgo some things if they might cause someone to stumble spiritually.

Romans 14:17, 19; 15:2. Promoting peace and edification in the Church is a higher priority than following personal preferences. We should live with Christlike unselfishness.

Romans 15:1. Those who are strong in the faith should bear with the needs of those who might be weaker in the faith.

In matters of personal discretion, we promote peace and edification in the Church by being aware of how our actions affect others and by refraining from judging others.

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