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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:17-25 (9)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 3 Study # 9
December 11, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Firstfruit is a basis for expectation of final redemption.

Introduction:Last week it was our contention that "hope" has been designed by God, not to create false expectations about the present, nor to keep us from the experience of "groaning". Instead, "hope" has been designed by God to give us a mental focus that permits the Holy Spirit to produce His fruit in and through us so that the groaning is not caused by our sins. Groaning is the result of the experience of the impact of Death, which is, in turn, the result of someone's sin. But, if we live in hope, the Spirit of God keeps us from producing those things which produce Death which produces groaning.

This evening we are going to pursue this issue a bit further. We have seen clearly that we are not going to be exempt from groaning in any case -- even the righteous and holy and loving Son of God "groaned" while He was among us and there is no indication that there is no groaning in Heaven even now because of the impact of sin in God's creation. What we want to see is more of God's provision for us in our groaning so that we are not overcome by it.

There is no doubt that how we deal with our major disappointments is crucial. It is in this area where we are most susceptible to becoming rebellious against God. As long as God, as the Executor of Power, uses His power to fulfill our desires we have no problem with His involvement in our lives. It is perfectly fine with us that He invades, interrupts, provides, directs, and, even, commands -- as long as the means and the end meet our desires and expectations. It is only when His interference subjects us to experiences and situations that we do not want that we are in any danger of rebellion. Therefore, we have a significant need to be able to deal with major (and even minor) disappointments. Part of that "dealing" is, as Paul says, "groaning" -- an acceptable response if the groaning is not because we did not get our way but because the situation is infected by Death because sin has been accomplished. But, there is more to it than just groaning...


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