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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:26-30 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 4
February 5, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Faith that "all things work together for good" cannot exist without love for God.

Introduction:We have been looking into Paul's arguments for "hanging in there" when "suffering" has become a real part of our experience. He has consistently painted a picture of "hope" upon the foundation of the character of God. That "character" consists, primarily, of One Who is flatly unwilling to permit unrequited Love. He, obviously, is not unwilling for those He loves to suffer. This fact, by itself, is sufficient reason for most people to keep their distance, but they do it foolishly. Likewise, He is not unwilling for those He loves to have to submit to His totally undemocratic way of doing things (6:20) without detailed explanations. This fact is also used by some to keep their foolish distance. But, in every place and all over the place, the Scriptures declare that God will not "suffer" those who "suffer for His sake" to "suffer" any real loss. Losing a baby tooth so that a permanent, more durable tooth can take its place is not a real loss in spite of the screaming, whining, bleeding, etc. that may attend that non-loss. The problem is perspective and if a person ever grows up he will invariably take on a mature perspective that validates the fact that what was once considered a terrible loss was, in reality, a mere bump in the road. The issues are two:the character of the God Who is flatly unwilling to permit unrequited Love; and the true character of the temporal "sufferings". This evening we are going to look into the character of the God Who is fixated upon establishing reciprocal Love.


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