Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 6
July 15, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<189> Thesis: Redemption required redemption to provide motivation to do what is right. Introduction: In our last study we focused upon the fact that God's provision of redemption required a Redeemer Whose qualifications included a real participation in "humanity" while maintaining a separation from the corrupt seed of Adam. In the introduction to that study we asked what good a redemption is that only frees human beings from the impact of Justice and does nothing about stopping the behavior that so antagonizes Justice. In was my point that Jesus, being "born of a woman", addresses the real participation in the humanity of the redeemed. This evening it is my contention that being "born under law" is God's answer to the motivation issue. Before we go any further, however, let me say this clearly: the redemption provided us by the human born Son of God under law is still "in flux" as far as the impact that it makes upon us as the redeemed. In other words, what Jesus did is not yet our full experience. Paul alludes to this fact in Romans 8:23 where he pointedly says that we are "waiting for that element of 'adoption' that is tied to resurrection". Thus, the actions of the Redeemer are complete and completely effective, but the experience of that effectiveness by the redeemed is only partial until the fulness of the time for the Grand Plan to commence. That would mean, then, that the frank admission by the New Testament that believers are not yet properly motivated much of the time is simply another evidence that there are some things to come that have to come before we can expect each other to behave as we ought. So, with that awareness before us, let us consider what being "born under law" meant when Paul made it a qualification of the Redeemer.