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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 11

Romans 11:25-32 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 11 Paragraph # 6 Study # 4
November 17, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:The most significant impact of information is the mindset that it produces.

Introduction:In our studies of Romans 11 we have been constantly confronted with the tensions that exist because of the integrity of God's promises and the attitudes that men have toward Him in their particular place under that integrity. In the beginning there was a "God" and a "creation" that had at least some sense of what those terms meant. However long that lasted, it eventually disintegrated into a competition over who gets to be the "God". This is ridiculous on the face of it. God could not stop being "God" even if He was inclined to stop; and creatures could not be "gods" even if they were a trillion times smarter and more powerful than they are. The consequence is the mess with which we live on a daily basis, and which is observably moving in the direction of greater and greater messiness.

However, there is yet "hope". Paul wrote Romans to confront his readers with the reality of the ridiculousness of attempting to compete with God and to give them a "method" of escape.

In our current text we have the issues of these tensions presented with a significant degree of clarity. After having explained the issues of the Large Plan of God for Life in terms of the dangers of pitting pride against grace, Paul just comes right out and declares that we are the ones who need to "adjust". God's grace-gifts and calling are not going to change. Period. We are the ones who need to change, and there is a significant "Life" to be had if we are amenable to this necessity.

The bottom line is this:thisPaul wrote Romans to impart a detailed explanation of the Gospel of God for the sake of those who would believe him. In one sense, we can say this: the most significant impact of information is the mindset that it produces.


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