Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 5 Study # 2
May 27, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<177> Thesis: The erasure of "distinctions" has only one, very critical, direction: the elimination of any, and every, sense of superiority in the sons of God. Introduction: In our last study we considered how we are the sons of God. We saw that Paul's concept of becoming a son of God is tied directly to both being baptized into Christ and having Christ clothe us with Himself. The major issue here is the actual, and essential, unity between Christ and all of the individual members of His body. The promises were made to Christ, the Seed of Abraham. Those promises extend to no one except those who are so tied to Christ that they effectively become "Him" in the sense of being completely absorbed into a unity with Him that is complete and inviolable. Just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit retain a specific, separate, identity, we who are in Christ are yet "ourselves", but, just as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are an indivisible unity, we who are in Christ are also an indivisible unity with Him. We are in Him and He is in us. In this study we are going to consider what Paul meant by his next statement as a complete elimination of "distinctions" and why he felt the need to "go there".