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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:17-25 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 3 Study # 7
November 27, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Because creation has hope, believers ought to be able to function within its boundaries.

Introduction:In our study last time we saw that Paul made the point that God, without asking for permission from His creation, subjected it to what the translators variously called "vanity" or "futility". What he meant was that God put His creation under the problem of Sin. This is subjection to the futility of Sin's basic premise: rebellion against God can be made to actually work. The result of this action by God was that the entire creation now has to deal with all of the choices to sin that are made by sinners within the context of the law of cause and effect, or, as Paul puts it, the law of the harvest (you will reap what you sow). This subjection also has this result: there is an incremental slide deeper and deeper into the pit of Death as choices are made and acted upon and that slide becomes more and more rapid according to the law of exponential progress.

We also saw that God did this because of the problem that creatures have with the issues of Love and Faith. If Lucifer had been willing to love God, he would not have sinned. If Adam had been willing to believe God, he would not have sinned. Some personal creatures have a serious problem with these issues of Love and Faith (not even half of the angels followed in Lucifer's rebellion, so rebelling is not an automatic result of creation without omniscience). And, because having to deal with Sin's presence in God's creation can be beneficial to the heirs of eternal life, God subjected creation to the futility.

This evening we are going to look a bit further into this action by God -- without creation's "permission" -- so that we may be able to move more deeply into a life of faith.


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