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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 5

Romans 5:1-11 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
February 14, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:God addresses our "troubles" until they are no longer "troubles".

Introduction:As we have moved into Romans Five, we have seen that Paul is building upon the settled fact of our "justification". He spent all of chapters 1-4 making sure that we understand clearly that we have a "standing" in the reckoning of God that puts us absolutely beyond condemnation, and that we have this "standing" by faith in a vicarious work accomplished altogether by Another. Then, having made the attempt to generate this massive theological shift in our minds -- from the notion that our performance qualifies us to be accepted by God to the truth that faith in Jesus qualifies us to be accepted by God -- he immediately turned to some "declarations" that are designed to put our souls into a state of "rest", and our spirits into a state of "response to being 'beloved'." We have peace with God so that He is never going to be our 'enemy' again; and we have a position within the Throne Room of Grace so that His supply will always be our experience.

These are extraordinary possessions. They are such enormous truths that our adversaries are unremitting in their attempts to unseat them in our minds. They are truths that are only effectual by faith, so the battleground is always going to be that arena where faith is the issue. This is the arena of the mind.

With this in mind, the apostle automatically, and immediately, turns to one of the most effective methods of the adversaries: the use of the reality versus the hope. There is too much unrest in our souls and too much of a sense of the failure-leads-to-rejection in our spirits. How can we have peace with God when we have so little peace? How can we exult in hope of the glory of God when we seem to have so little participation in His glory now? These are the questions that sponsor the inroads of unbelief and they have a common root: our present troubles. At some point, it is always "troubles" that challenge what we believe. We never wonder if a concept is true as long as our experience is running along in peaceful lines of settled joy. It is only when our experience gets to be painful and disappointing that we begin to wonder if we have "believed" Truth, or if we have simply deluded ourselves.

So, Paul deliberately turns to our "troubles". Therefore, we shall turn there with him.


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