Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
January 22, 2017
Humble, Texas
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<065> Thesis:   Life by the Spirit of God is Life by Faith in the face of plenty of evidence that "it ain't happening". Introduction:   We have seen that the ministry of the Spirit of God is focused upon producing "right" behavior by two factors: the active presence of the Spirit of God; and a conscious dependence upon His commitment to produce through us what is God's will for us. Thus, Paul is fixated upon both the essence of those whose being is determined by the presence or absence of God's Spirit, and the mental state that is involved. This evening we are going to look into what I call "the perennial problem": imperfection no matter what. The main problem for "believers" is that The Law, as revelation, is "too" revealing: it exposes us for what we are and how short our living comes up to that revelation in spite of the actions of God's own Son and the presence of God's own Spirit. As chapter seven revealed, The Law reveals but does not empower, and the revelations are often way off the chart in terms of our own expectations. We seem to have an expectation of moral perfection on the basis of a periodic realignment of our dependence upon the Spirit in contradiction to the actual plan of God to effectively address small elements of the entire picture one, or a few, at a time. He is not into producing perfection, but He is into producing effective growth. In a sense, life by the Spirit is getting comfortable with the magnitude of all of our flaws and letting Him decide which ones He will address, and when, and how.