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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:1-9 (6)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 6
July 3, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Life and Death are "indeterminate" realities a great deal of the time.

Introduction:In our last study we looked into Paul's statement that one's "state" is determinative of one's behavior. We saw that one's "state" is determined by "the air we breathe". If the air is relatively uncontaminated, our "state" of health -- as far as breath determines it -- is good. But if the air is contaminated with poisonous elements, our "state" of health deteriorates relatively rapidly.

It is this issue of the "state of our health" that I want to pursue this evening. It stands as a metaphor for the actual condition of our experience as a person. The "body" is either "healthy" or "unhealthy" in this metaphor according to the impact that breathing makes because of the quality of the surrounding atmosphere. As such, the "body" becomes a metaphor for the larger reality of the total person.

But, as a metaphor, the issue of our overall "health" is subject to a host of evaluative standards and those standards sit under a rather confusing umbrella. Paul describes this "umbrella" as a "Life/Death duality" and it does create some real problems for our understanding. So, we are going to do some thinking about the confusion that is inherent in our thinking about "Life/Death" issues.


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