Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 12
September 4, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<113> Thesis: The removal of the mystery involved in Christ living in and through the body of a "believer" most fundamentally involves the clarification of Truth in terms of its myriad parts. Introduction: In our study last week we began a consideration of Paul's presentation of the reality that it takes the Spirit of Christ within to make the Life of Christ obvious without. In that study we noted that such revelation begins with absolute freedom from Law because at issue is the presence or absence of proper motivation, an issue that is impossible for a fallen creature who will always seek to preserve his/her "life" if it is at stake. Then, Paul's argument is that Christ's presence within directly involves the issue of "capacity". The issue is how Christ intends to make His Life and Truth obvious to others through His disciples in His material absence. The promise of the indwelling Spirit is the heart of the Gospel. But, in the text, Paul freely admits that there is such a thing as an "in flesh" limitation to the freedom Christ has to make Himself known through our bodies. That limitation is directly associated with the realm of the reality in which co-crucifixion and co-resurrection exist: the realm of spirit and mind. In this realm, the make-or-break issue is a thing called "faith". This evening we are going to look into Paul's "faith" issue.