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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Romans 6-8 Chapter Eight: Message Outlines

Romans 8:1-11 (6)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 6
February 5, 2017
Humble, Texas
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Thesis:   The indwelling presence of Christ makes pleasing God possible.

Introduction:   As we have been working our way through Paul's thesis regarding The Law of The Spirit of The Life in Christ Jesus, we have noted at least one statement that seems, on its face, to be "over the top" in terms of what is to be: those "in Spirit" are mentally focused upon the things of the Spirit. It is not hard to turn "legal" here and say things like "to be 'in Spirit' we must mentally focus upon the things of the Spirit". This is a direct contradiction of Paul's reasoning, and its contradiction comes to the fore in the verses before us this evening. In Romans 8:9 Paul pointedly declares that everyone who belongs to Christ is "in Spirit". If we misunderstand his thought, we might conclude that if a person is a justified believer, he/she will automatically mentally focus upon the things of the Spirit. But is that what he is really saying?


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