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Romans Chapter 6

As we look at Romans Chapter 6 we start looking at the topic of sanctification. We have covered the wrath of God in the first couple of chapters and the topic of justification to the end of chapter 5. Now, in Romans Chapter 6 we will look at sanctification and slavery.

Dead in Christ

Paul covers the reason for water baptism. It is not just so we can fulfil a command. It is actually us dying to self, as we go under the water and then being resurrected in Christ as we come out of the water. We are told that we have been “united with Him in a death like His” Also we are told that. “… we know that our old self was crucified with Him” Think through this concept; that we were actually, or to be correct, the old man, was crucified with Christ.

Sin is done away with

When we come to Christ through faith, we are justified which means we a free from the power of past sins. Water Baptism represents, and in the spiritual is actually seen as, our old man dying. This is the start of sanctification which is the freedom from the power of sin. Both of these acts leads us eventually to glorification which is being free from the presence of sin.

Dead to sin

Since the old man has been crucified with Christ, we need to reckon ourselves dead to sin. But … we are now to reckon ourselves alive in Christ in Christ. If we do this then why would we allow “allow sin to reign in our mortal bodies” Why would we “obey its evil desires”?

Who are you a slave to

All humans are slaves! We are either a slave to sin. This leads to unrighteousness and death. Or we are a slave to righteousness and God. This leads to holiness and eternal life. Contrary to popular thinking, we do have the ability to lead a holy life. This is the sanctified life. It is a life in Christ and led by the Holy Spirit. In order to be led by the Holy Spirit though we need to be filled with the Spirit.

Wages of slavery

We thus have a choice. Are we slaves to sin or to God? Chapter sin ends with a very well known and often repeated verse. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Attached is the YouTube link for this chapter.

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Romans Chapter 5

Romans Chapter 5 covers two areas, both of which are important for us so we can understand who we are in Christ. The two areas are peace with God and the idea that we now have life in Christ

Peace with God

One of the most important things that happens when by faith we believe in Jesus Christ is that we have peace with God. Romans Chapter 5 starts off with this concept. You have to realize is that the unbeliever is at war with God. If you remember the first couple of chapters, we are told the wrath of God is upon both Jew and Gentile! But now, “since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Glory in our sufferings

Because of that we can boast in the hope of glory, which is our salvation. We also “glory in our sufferings”! What? who wants to glory in our suffering. Who wants to suffer! Isn’t this walk suppose to be a cakewalk? Yet we are clearly told that in order for our character to be built we need to suffer for Christ. And as we grow in Christian character, our hope increases. As we mature we understand how great is the love of God that “has been pored into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.”

How much more!

Verse 9 and 10 talk about “how much more” we are saved from God’s wrath through Christ and “how much more ” having been reconciled, we will be saved through His life.

From death to Life

Verse 12 to the end of the chapter covers a subject that we so often just skip over. We understand that we have all sinned but as verse 13 tells us, “… sin is not charged against any ones account where there is no law.” We are told we are counted as sinners because Adam sinned but the Law didn’t come until Moses. How does this work?

All in Adam

Since Adam is the first man then every human being was technically in his loins. Therefore, when he sinned; we all sinned through him. Yes, we all in ourselves also sinned but just as we are all counted as having died in Christ, so we all were part of the original sin! This is a concept we need to grasp. That one sin, which we were all partakers of, caused us to be enemies of God. Separated from Him. With a sentence of Death upon us.

Grace through Christ

This is the reason Jesus Christ died. To remove the curse from those who would believe in Him. This is called justification and it is through Grace, the unmerited free gift of God. The one righteous act of Christ being obedient and dying on the cross has resulted in justification and life for all people. This righteous act is much greater than the sin of Adam. And, it is free to all those who by faith believe in Jesus Christ.

Attached is the YouTube link for this chapter.

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Poem for Central

On Monday morning at our support group at the church, God’s presence was tangible. When it was over and we all went home, the following poem came to Joan W. as she continued to praise God.

Enjoy but also read the message from God in this poem.

A Poem for Central Pentecostal Assembly
Father, Father, hear us as we pray,
Mold us into the design that you want for us today.
We are penitent and humble and searching for more of you.
We are hungry and thirst for revival but not sure what we should do.

Help us Lord, this world is a mess,
This Pandemic that is in our world makes everyone guess,
When will it end, will it be soon?
How long, O Lord, before you move?
Where do we fit in your plans? What can we do?


I believe the Lord would say today,
This is serious and you need to fast and pray.
You need to stay close and do not fear,
I am with you and for you My Church, I am here.


I have heard your prayers, I see your heart.
Fix your eyes on me and get ready to start.
This is a war you are in and evil is strong,
But as you go into battle, sing a victorious song.
For I have always been with my people when they obeyed,
Every battle ended in victory when you do things my way.
So put on your armor, lift your shield and sword,
Go in My Name, The Name of the Lord.

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Romans Chapter 4

As we continue with our study in Romans, we come to Romans chapter 4, which talks about the faith of Abraham. Before we get into Romans chapter 4 though, let’s review chapter 3.

Paul has shown that it is neither the obedience to the Law for a Jew nor the obedience through conscience, for the Gentile that will enable them to meet the requirements of God. Paul clearly states “all have sinned and come short of the glory (righteousness) of God” There is nothing man can do. Not works. Not his own righteousness. As 3:28 says. “For we maintain that man is justified by faith apart from thee works of the law”

Abraham was not made righteous by the Law

In Romans chapter 4, Paul brings Abraham into the picture. We find out that it wasn’t by the law or by circumcision that allowed him to be seen righteous. The Law didn’t even come until 400 years later. Circumcision came after Abraham was “reckoned” righteous and was a sign for future generations.

Abraham believed God

It was Abraham’s belief in what God said that enabled him to be reckoned righteous. God told him he would have a son. This was when Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah’s womb was dead. Yet, he believed God. Believed that He who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist was able. Abraham hoped beyond hope and did not waiver in unbelief. Instead he grew strong in faith and gave glory to God. Abraham was “fully assured” that when God promised him a son that He would be able to perform the task. And, because he believed, it was reckoned to him as righteousness.

How many of us would have believed?

Righteousness through Jesus Christ

This righteousness of God is also given to those who believe God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. This Jesus who was delivered up because of our transgressions and was raised because of our justification. The sacrifice of Jesus, on the cross, is sufficient so that those who believe in Him will be justified and given the righteousness of God.

Belief in God or Jesus Christ

You will notice in Chapter 4 that it was because Abraham believed in God that he was deemed righteous but in Chapter 3 we are told that all those who by faith believe in Jesus Christ will have the righteousness of God. How can this be. Colossians tells us that Jesus is all the fullness of God in bodily form. When we look at Jesus, we are looking at the Father. Hebrews also tells us that Abraham was looking forward to Jesus, even though Jesus had not yet come in the Old Testament. Today, since Jesus had come, it is faith in Him … which is faith in God! There is no other name under heaven by which men can be saved!

What type of belief

The faith of Abraham, to believe God was able to perform what he promised, notwithstanding the physical reality is the faith we need today. So often we ask people to say a little prayer of salvation and tell them are saved. What we need is to have the same faith as Abraham. Even though we are dead in our sins, we need to be “fully assured” that the sacrifice of Christ, on the cross, was sufficient to cleans us from all unrighteousness. And that we now have eternal life.

I used the New American Standard Version of the Bible for this lesson

attached is the YouTube link for this study.

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Romans Chapter 3

Romans Chapter 3 is one of the most quoted chapters of this book, and for good reason. It is in this chapter that Paul stresses the righteousness of God. He starts this chapter continuing with the theme of the first two chapters. In the original writings there were no chapter breaks. These were added much later so the flow from the start of the letter to verse 20 of this chapter is lost.

Is there and advantage to being a Jew

This is a question that Paul addresses. The returning Jews would be questioning themselves if in fact all are equal. Paul addresses this be showing that it was through the Jews that the Law, and the Prophets and even Christ Himself came. They were to be the light to the Gentiles. He shows that because the Jews were unrighteous that it actually displayed the righteousness of God.

Why not be unrighteous then?

Of course the argument was abounding that if their unrighteousness displayed the righteousness of God then why not live a sinful life and more so, why should they be judged? In fact some were reporting that Paul was teaching, “Let us do evil that good might come.” This is similar to the teaching nowadays of Hyper Grace. This is the idea that since God is so loving that I as a believer can do whatever I want, including sin, because God in His Grace will always forgive me! As Paul implies, this is slanderous and certainly not true.

There is none righteous

Paul again states that both Jew and Gentile are both under sin and, quoting from Psalm 14 & 53, states. “There is none righteous, not even one” The Law speaks to those under law so all the world may become accountable to God. Then Paul talks about the righteousness that was witnessed by both the “Law and the Prophets”.

The righteousness of God

Starting at verse 22, Paul gets to the heart of the message. The righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ. And it is through faith alone. Then verse 23, one of the most quoted scriptures, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” followed by 24. “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” There is no other way. It is only by faith in Jesus that men can be saved. Not by works. Not by our own righteousness. Only through faith in Jesus. Therefore, there is no boasting allowed as salvation is through grace; a gift from God but we have to appropriate this gift. It is not automatic.

Hers is the YouTube message I did on this chapter

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Church Service during Covid

This has certainly been a challenging time to have a church service during Covid epeciallyfor those who are use to attending church, no matter what your faith. We at Central Pentecostal Assembly have been no different but we have tried to reach our people through different methods.

This Sunday, April 11th, we will beholding an outdoor service starting at 10:30 AM. This church service during Covid realizes the BC Provincial Health Officer’s order will be in effect, including social distancing and wearing of masks. There is also a restriction on the number of people with the cap being 50 and this will be monitored.

Although the forecast is for sunny weather, the overnight temperature is suppose to be cold so make sure you are dressed for the weather. If it is raining, we will still have an outdoor service but it will be a drive in service. There will be some chairs outside but you are encouraged to bring your own. Let’s pray the Provincial health Officer will continue to allow us to have our church service during Covid.

Commentary on Romans chapter 2

I have attached a short commentary on Romans chapter 2. This is an interesting chapter as it talks about judging others. I order to really understand the context, please read the first chapter. The book of Romans was Paul’s longest letter and some will say it is his “gospel” but that is not true. Many key points are left out, such as repentance and the end times. He is actually trying to get the Jewish believers, who had been kick out of Rome but were now returning, and the Gentile believers to realize that there is no differences between the two groups and that it is faith in Christ and faith in Him alone that can make a person righteous.

It is hard sometimes to keep our interest up when we can’t fellowship with each other so I will be going through Romans over the next few weeks.

Other videos can be found on YouTube under Pastor Dave Field, including my commentary on Romans chapter one and the Sunday message for the last few months.

Blessings

Pastor Dave