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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 4

Romans 4:9-15 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 2 Study # 7
November 1, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:"Promise" and "Law" are mutually exclusive principles.

Introduction:In our study last week we focused upon Paul's statement that the promise to Abraham that he would be the heir of the world was through the righteousness of faith. Our goal in that study was to clarify the fact that the "land" promise was not given to Abraham on the basis of his past or future performance of some level of morality. The issue of how God can make promises to sinful man, and keep them, is addressed by the doctrine of the "righteousness of faith"; a doctrine in which God simply "imputes" righteousness to the man who believes Him and refuses to "impute" sin to him because "where no Law is, sin is not imputed" (Romans 5:13). Sin may actually be rampant, but where there is no "Law" it is not "imputed". There cannot be any "transgression" where there are no "borders".

For most of us, this is confusing because of both our experience of the reality of "death" and our theological backgrounds. Because of the potential of confusion, we are going to consider Paul's pointed declaration in Romans 4:14 that "Law" and "Promise" are mutually exclusive.


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