Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
November 1, 2015
Dayton, Texas
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<029> Thesis: God's intermediate goal of revealing the truth about Jesus and His Gospel is accomplished when He alters the lives of His people so that their behavior reveals the real deliverance that the truth accomplishes. Introduction: In our last study we made the claim that Paul's prayers indicate that we have to think of God as the primary player if we are to live effectively. It is altogether a huge theological blunder to double down on the need for "believers" to perform in certain ways. Every command and instruction in the New Testament assumes that the readers have already had the most significant "experience" that the Gospel promises: the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in their bodies as the tabernacles of "forgiven saints". Given that experience of the primacy of the present empowering God, commands and instructions can be freely given because those receiving them will fundamentally turn to God for the ability to follow them. All preaching that skips over this fact will be fleshly. The importance of this focus upon God as the primary player is seen in the text before us this evening.