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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: 1 Thessalonians Chapter Two: Message Outlines

1 Thess 2:7-12 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
June 8, 2014
Dayton, Texas
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Thesis:The behavior of "believers" is succinctly established by Paul as deriving from the Spirit and consisting of "authentic", "peace-producing", and "faultless" activities.

Introduction:At the root of all of the theology of the New Testament is one reality: Grace. God is at work to fulfill His commitments to people who have put their trust in them without regard for any oppositional activities by men, whether of His own children, or those of His primary adversary. This is a mine-field of problematic issues that require us to be careful how we derive the "solutions".

In Paul's theology, particularly, God's work to fulfill His commitments consists most fundamentally of the present working of His Spirit in the realms of mankind. Just as He made the Life and Death of His Son a make-or-break issue wherein "justification" would rest entirely upon how successfully Jesus pursued His course, so also He has made the present working of His Spirit a make-it-or-break-it issue in terms of whether, or not, He would fulfill His commitments to Abraham and to Jesus in the spirit of Galatians 3:16. Promises have been made; it is up to the present working of the Spirit to see to it that they are kept.

This evening we are going to look into the way that Paul characterized the present working of the Spirit in the pursuit of God's agenda and commitments.


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