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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 8

Romans 8:26-30 (7)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 7
February 26, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:"Purpose" is required by divine intelligence and automatically establishes all manner of particular "boundaries".

Introduction:Last week we raised the question of why Paul immediately switched from identifying those for whom all things work together for good as "those who love God" to identifying them as "the according-to-purpose called". The answer I put forward is that there is a heavy theological determination in God and His apostle to take away every basis in man for taking credit for the good that arises in his experience. The biblical description of man in this sin-dominated world is that if he can take credit, he will take credit. This is not a complimentary picture of us, but it is a true one. And, if a man seeks to take credit for what God does, "all things do not work together for his good". It was Paul's desire to make it possible for men to actually "love" God so that all things could work to their good. To do that he had to turn them from the pronounced credit-taking tendency that leads to Death to the credit-giving practice of Life. That was the heart of last week's study.

Tonight we are going to delve into the second identifying clause: "the according-to-purpose called".


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