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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Romans 6-8 Chapter Eight: Message Outlines

Romans 8:12-17 (5)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
March 19, 2017
Humble, Texas
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Thesis:   The issues of "The Inheritance" consist of the degree to which The Father has developed His children into His sons.

Introduction:   It seems clear that Paul's desire in our text/context is to establish his readers' sense of destiny. He wants them to be very clear on certain immutable factors. First, he wants to make sure that his readers understand that they do not live in a "consequence free zone". The "freedom" that God has granted to those who believe Him is a "freedom from the application of His justice to them". God, as The Father, is only interested in "bringing many sons to glory" (Hebrews 2:10); He is not interested in addressing those sons' activities from the perspective of "Justice" (Romans 4:8). Then, he wants to make sure that his readers grasp the reality of the rule of cause/effect in respect to the outcomes of life by "flesh" or "Spirit": making choices and taking actions are the seeds of the inevitable harvest to come. Then, he wants his readers to realize the superior power of God's Spirit's abilities to empower and direct the "children" into the life of "sons". And, then, finally, he wants to nail down the issues of their essential identity as the children of God, the primary one of which is how their identity affects their final destiny. If they are "children", they are the heirs of God as The Father. If, however, they are "sons", they are the co-heirs of Christ as the Eventual King of the Kingdom of The Father.

Thus, this evening we are going to see if we can nail down these "destiny" issues.


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