Message from Br. Charles.
Brother Seth was one of the founders of the Iranian Church and had a talent for challenging everyone’s faith. Br. Charles recounts his experience of conversations with Br. Seth and the book of Romans.
Romans 1 – Paul talks about Jesus and who he is, Jesus earthly and heavenly nature.
Romans 2 – We are all sinners all are condemned to death because we are sinners. God is a God of all.
Romans 3 – Key verse:
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-2
Romans 4 – Law shows what sin is in us, Law shows people how sinful they are.
Romans 5 – Justified by faith in Jesus Christ. Adam and his rebellion, sin entered humanity. Christs obedience and blessing brought life.
Romans 6 – We need to die to sin.
“10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” Romans 6:10
Romans 7 – Resurrected life no longer have a sin natures. A new nature of Christ in me. Devil can no longer accuse me because we don’t have our old natures. I have the nature of Christ. My new nature determines what I do in the future.
“For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?” Romans 7:22-24
Romans 8 – No condemnation for those who are in Christ. Freedom from the spirit of death. Can’t change the law of gravity or other natural laws. Cannot change the law of the commandments.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
Are you in chapter 7 of Romans or chapter 8?
Do you live in Romans 7 or 8? It is a daily choice we need to make. We can choose to do silly things but Christ is there ready to help us if we seek Him first.
We must come out of our superficial understanding into the full life of Christ.
Who will bring any charge to those that God has chosen?
Christ Jesus who has died.
Interceding for us, who can accuse us. There is no condemnation.
We have a new nature. Live lives of resurrection who interceded for us.
Jesus intercedes for us therefore no condemnation.
Presence of Holy Spirit stops us from sinning, the more we feel the Holy Spirit presence