16 May 2013 by Donna Uning CM –
At the Healing Meeting here recently, Rev Dr Alfred Ee taught about the Book of Romans. Rev Ee, from World Missions Outreach, Taiwan, moves in the Apostolic and Healing Ministries.
“Why study the Book of Romans?” he asked. “Some called this book pure gold,” Rev Ee stated, telling it is the most exhaustive book.
The Book of Romans encompasses a whole spectrum of Christian beliefs. “There are five basic doctrines in the book,” he said. First, is the doctrine of condemnation (Romans 1), second is the doctrine of justification (Romans 3:21-5:21), third is the doctrine of sanctification (Romans 5:2-8:13), fourth is doctrine of glorification (Romans 8:28-30) and lastly, doctrine of consecration (Romans 12).
“The Book of Romans has tremendous impact on many key people,” he said, referring to examples such as St Augustine in the 4th Century. He came from a wealthy family; he was the prodigal son and a playboy of his time. But the seed was already sown in his early years by his parents. They have never given up. “He changed by reading the Book of Romans. The Word of God, “the just shall live by faith,” spoke to him.
Many others were impacted by the Book of Romans, including Martin Luther, John Bunyan, and John Wesley. The Book of Romans is significant and powerful. “Once you understand the five doctrines, it can change our lives.”
The first chapter in the Book of Romans has three parts. The first part tells about Paul the man, verse 1-16. He is a born servant and his main message in verse 16 tells that he is not ashamed of the gospel.
“God’s method has always been the man. God uses men as instruments,” he said. It’s the man who makes the message. First was the message, then the man of God. The making of the man of God is important, it takes time.
“I’m called to equip the saints,” Rev Ee said, stating titles aren’t wrong. In the 90s and 2000s, many are called apostles. We got the message, but the character is wrong. We put titles upon ourselves. The purpose of the fivefold ministry is to bring unity.
Saints and apostles are in the forefront. They are a threat to the devil. When we put titles and position ourselves, that’s why we don’t see the movement of the Holy Spirit. Are we there to present ourselves or promote Christ? Paul said, ‘I am a born servant.’ As a servant, we must be mastered by something or someone. Paul is totally submissive; he is sold out to Jesus Christ. Are you a servant of God?
Second, he was called. This means set aside for a special assignment. “All of us have an assignment and purpose,” he said. “When you are set apart for the right assignment, the anointing will be there.” When God said something or assigned you, miracles happen. The principle works where God has assigned you. There’s a miracle touch.
Third, he was separated unto the gospel of Jesus Christ. In verse 2 and 3, Paul is saying he is not inventing the gospel. Jesus is in the Old Testament. Christian faith is in the Old Testament and it’s prophetic. In Verse 3, as a human nature, Jesus is described as the seed of David, the man. Jesus is fully God and fully man. He was functioning as a man.
Romans chapters’ 1-8 show how God redeemed us as human beings. “It is the plan and will of God in redeeming man in spirit, soul and body.”
In chapters 9-11, redemption was illustrated. What God has done in the nation of Israel is used as an example of how God works redemption. This is what faith is about.
Romans 12-16 are practical chapters. It shows how to apply chapters 1-12 in our relationships (chaps. 13-14), our attitudes and how to examine ourselves in our daily living.
The Book of Romans was not written while Paul was in prison, but in Corinth. The book tells on the dependence on the Holy Spirit, and to imitate Christ. Paul was an obedient servant. He was a thankful Christian, “In all things give thanks.”
He’s a serving Christian. Today people just want self-benefit. “Serving God there has to be sacrifice. Sacrifice is part of serving God,” he said. Do you serve God if it’s inconvenient?
Purpose gives you power for today and to face the future when trouble comes. In Acts 21, God calls Paul to Rome. He prayed unceasingly. The will of God is important and the enemy seeks to hinder this. “God guide me in your plans; I yield and submit to you.” Paul landed in Rome through unceasing prayer.
Why did Paul want to go to Rome? To impart spiritual gift (chapter 1 verse 11), to stay encourage and be an encourager (verse 12). “Be with the people who encourage. The number one killer in life is discouragement,” he said. In verses 14-15, Paul is a man who is obligated to share the gospel.
Be ready, focus on God. These are the seven characteristics of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need preparation of our hearts and minds because Jesus is coming again.
“This year God is looking into hearts of His children. Those who understand their obligation, reach out and share,” he said, as he called for prayer and healing.
Rev Dr Alfred Ee was speaking at The City SIB, Kuching. Rev Dr Alfred Ee and his wife Rev Sandra Ee are founders and directors of World Missions Outreach, and they currently lives in Taiwan.
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