Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 4 Study # 6
May 19, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<265> Thesis: The "works of the flesh" that move beyond sexual perversion consist of four sets of pairs that are described in terms of roots and fruits. Introduction: In the study of any "grocery list" kind of description, the question is whether the apostle had any kind of organizing theme in mind when he penned the list. If he did, and we can discover it, we might have a better grasp of his "point". It seems rather clear that Paul's first set of "works" were "sexual" in orientation with a focus upon the misuse of the body to its own dishonor. The inclusion of "idolatry" and "witchcraft" in this grouping might seem to be a reach until we recognize the links in the biblical text between sex and false gods and the use of mentally incapacitating drugs and the continuation of the focus upon the body. This evening I want to pursue the next eight "works". I think I have found a pattern, known as an "abcd dcba" organization where the "links" between the parallel items consist of root/fruit realities. It seems that Paul's "point" is to reveal how the flesh sponsors the abuse of others and why.