Tuesday, 23rd November 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-7 The Promised Gospel
V1 ‘Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.’ Paul brought out a new culture during the Roman times and the Book of Romans taught us the culture of the Kingdom. At the very beginning, Paul emphasised that the Promised Gospel is Jesus Christ Himself. Paul wanted to make it clear what the Gospel, the Good News, is. Then he explained what this Gospel brings. Without the Gospel, there will be no Paul, only Saul. All the people knew how Saul prosecuted the Christians, so how did Saul change into Paul? From the person, prosecuting the Christians, become the person, calling himself the servant of Christ. This is a life testimony, and can our lives also be testimonies in front of people?
The Word of God is our lives, are we really to go to our low point? The lower we go, the more powerful we can see God in our lives. Paul was willing to turn from Saul in front of the eyes of all people, from the beginning, testify the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Who are we? Can we show people how our lives have changed? When we follow God, what has the Holy Spirit change in us? This is a challenge for us, to stir inside our hearts and to let us meditate on it! What does God call us to do? We are about to enter 2022, we need to change our attitude, to really see what it is God wants us to change in our lives!
V2-4 ‘which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.’ The Gospel does not just come from nowhere, it has been reminded to us by all the prophets of God; the Gospel is our life. Paul has found his life, have we found out lives? We must come out from the legalism mindset and enter the lives as the servants of Christ. Be willing to change, be willing to believe, and be willing to change.
V5-6 ‘Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ.’ Jesus Christ not only come to give us peace and hope, but to reveal that He’s the Son of God with His supernatural power. God wants us to know that even death, the problem we cannot solve, Jesus can. The Gospel can raise the dead to life; the Gospel can reveal supernatural power through an average person, the descendant of David; the Gospel can overcome the sins of this world.
Every one of us is chosen by God, to disciple the nations. Do not think that we cannot, because without God’s calling and choosing, we cannot be where we are right now. God called us to return to zero, not to rely on our own strength but to fully rely on God, to humble ourselves and to obey God. we must return to zero in order to be used by God and to be God’s vessel. This calling is for all of us, not just for the Pastors or the leaders of the church. If we don’t know what to do then we must learn, to be obedient and to be committed to the church authority. Our freedom is in Jesus Christ, this freedom is different to that is explained in the world. We must not bring the worldly culture into the culture of the Kingdom.
V7 ‘To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.’ Again, God let all the Christians in Roman know that they are the ones being called, their identities are different. This is the Promised Gospel, to be called by Jesus Christ. None of us is perfect, we all have problems in our lives, we are all sinners, and we all need the Doctor. Do not think that we are better than others, or that others are better than us, either way is a boastful attitude. Only God can help us to accomplish what we cannot, and only God can stop us doing what we thought we can do.
Section Two V8-17 Walk in the Promise
V9-10 ‘For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you.’ Paul followed God with spirit and truth, not by actions and not by religious rituals. When we read the Bible, do we just read the verse we like? Or do we really see what God wants to talk to us today through the Scriptures? Paul taught the Christians in Rome by the Holy Spirit.
V11-12 ‘For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.’ God called us to be established, to be built up, and to be transformed. What do we believe? Do not underestimate the portion God has given to us, because if we do, we are being prideful and we are judging God.
V13-15 ‘Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also.’ God does not focus on if a church is big enough or have enough people, but if a church has life. What is our church doing? Do not become a Christian fellowship, do not build a small circle among ourselves, but to see the needs of the world and to reach out.
If God brought us to a place, this place will be blessed by God. When God first revealed to us to build a church in South Auckland, there were not many Chinese churches in South Auckland. In fact, the Chinese community was very small in South Auckland. When God revealed Pastor’s family to move to South Auckland, away from all their children’s schools, and away from the high-profile neighbourhood, everyone thought it was not a good idea. But within six years, South Auckland was quickly developed into a desirable area for living. God has really blessed this land! Do we believe in the guidance of God?
What is our prayer? Do we just read through the prayer requests? Or do we really feel the pain and hurt when we pray for others? Do we really pray with spirit and with truth? When we are praying for cleansing, do we hold up our authority given from God? We are the ones, who will be benefited the most when we pray, because as our prayers come out of our hearts and our mouths, the Holy Spirit will cleanse us first, then bring our prayers and petitions to the Father. The church in Rome was influential, but was it really walk in the Way of God? This was what Paul really focus on, he wanted the church to learn from Jesus.
Section Three V18-32 Walk in Failures
God gives us the promised Gospel, so how should we respond? The way we respond determines the end result. A lot of people do not believe in God, instead, they believe the idols, which will fade away. Just like how we envy the ‘successful people’ we want to be like them. But only the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We must follow God, then God will show us the way. We are used to relying on the things we can see, but we forgot it is God, who provides us with everything.
罗马书 1 – 回应福音
V16-17 保罗面对罗马教会的问题 – 也就是犹太人和希腊人的两股势力 – 他讲出了属灵的次序。不管谁先谁后，最重要的是人是否有相信应许的福音。保罗走在应许里，他也鼓励罗马教会的人都走在应许里。
- V24 “心里的情欲”
- V26 “可羞耻的情欲”
- V28 “存邪僻的心，行那些不合理的事”
V28-32 那些“故意不认识神”的人其实知道神, 但他们故意没有走在神的应许里面。当我们没有走在神的道路里时，我们就把自己披露在罪的试探当中。这一段所列举的罪，我们是否在神面前认罪？神让我们看到真相，不是要羞辱我们，而是帮助我们披戴耶稣基督。人看到的不是再是我们的旧人，而是耶稣基督。我们所说的话、所做的事是有影响力的，我们能否让我们的下一代和下一代直到世世代代都蒙祝福，或是像列王纪里那些行恶的王一样，“不但自己去行，还喜欢别人去行”，将灾祸传给自己的后代？神向我们怀的是赐平安的意念，让我们走在他永远的祝福里。