Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 11
August 28, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<111> Thesis: The mystery of godly living is rooted in its ceasing to be a mystery. Introduction: We said in our study last week that the bottom line to all legitimate doctrine is right behavior. There is no point to claiming a concept is "true" if it, in fact, does not lead to actual godly behavior. The reason that the Gospel puts it focus upon Faith and Love is that actual godly behavior does not simply consist of overt behavior. The issues begin deeply within at the level of values and move outward to the surface and beyond by means of faith. Paul's focus upon the absolute requirement of freedom from law addresses man at the deepest level of his values because man's greatest difficulty is his selfishness and that issue loses its strength when the self ceases to be threatened. Fear is Love's greatest enemy and the promises of God address all of the fears of men directly. When the promises are believed, Love casts out all fear. But, all of this is just "talk" unless faith in the promises is actually possible for men. It is for this cause that the Gospel has its most potent root in the actual reality of regeneration by means of the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ. In Galatians 3:14 Paul linked the blessing of Abraham to the provision of the Spirit by Jesus Christ. Likewise, in Ephesians 1:13 Paul actually called the Spirit of Christ "the Holy Spirit of the Promise". For this cause it is no surprise that Paul defined the root of his life in terms of the indwelling Christ in his dispute with Cephas. This evening we are going to look into that issue.