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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:10-16 (10)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 10
October 2, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The Spirit of Adoption has been given so that we may legitimately expect "adoption" when this mortal puts on immortality.

Introduction:Last week we attempted to set the stage for our understanding of the provision of God for our growth in true "image-bearing". That provision is, according to Romans 8:15, the "Spirit of Adoption". But that text has an antithetical "spirit" which is referred to as the "spirit of slavery". I felt that it was necessary for us to consider this antithetical spirit before we looked into God's provision for us because we often understand more clearly when we have a contrast with which to work. The "spirit of bondage" boils down to one issue: the compulsion of fear. Since God has clearly declared that the criteria of Life is a genuine Love that is pursued by a legitimate Faith, there is no place at all for any behavior, good, bad, or indifferent, that is driven by anything else. Therefore, there has to be some kind of provision by God for the production of rewardable behavior; something that will produce both the proper Motivation and a legitimate Process. According to Paul that "something" is the "Spirit of Adoption". Therefore, this evening we are going to look into who this Spirit of Adoption is and what He does.


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