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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 6

Romans 6:11-14 (1)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
October 10, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:"Counting on the facts" is the only way of life.

Introduction:In our studies thus far we have seen that Paul is adamant about the fact that God is operating upon a specific foundation. That foundation is a blend of love and faith. There is no compromise. Only the love of God will still be standing at the end of the fight, and only those who believe will be ushered into the victory celebration. This is the immutable background of human history.

Two weeks ago we zeroed in on the issue of "faith" in the light of the lies and delusions that smother the vast majority of human beings. We saw that there are four "pillars" of faith: the content arises from the mouth of God; there is a genuine conviction that the content is true; behavior flows out of that conviction; and God does what He uttered. And then we put our attention upon what I called "the end of death." Death exists on three levels, so the "end" of death has to address all three of those levels. The death of the body has to be defeated. That is what physical resurrection does. The death of the soul has to be defeated. That is what the union of hearts does. And the death of the spirit has to be defeated. That is what becoming co-laborers together does. The future scenario presents these solutions in their final states. The resurrection/rapture solves the physical death problem. The marriage of the Lamb ends the death of the soul. And, the assignment of a position in the Servant Kingdom of the Servant God ends spiritual death.

But, we are not in the final state; we are here in this world under the fundamental characteristic of warfare. And, the war is all about the love/faith blend to which God is absolutely committed. Being an issue of the blending of love and faith, the war is fundamentally about "concepts". Which "ideas" are true and which are delusions? So, Paul turned to one of those most fundamental "ideas": our union with Christ in His Life -- including His righteousness, His death, His burial, and His resurrection. In his words he set the union before us as absolute fact. That it contradicts a great deal of our perception of reality is a given. No one wages war in the arena of "faith" if there is only one perception of reality.

Thus, having set the "reality stage" in place, in Romans 6:11 Paul calls for a legitimate response. He calls this response "a conclusive determination." This evening we are going to look into this summons.


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