Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
February 12, 2017
Humble, Texas
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<069> Thesis:   We are under obligation with very real consequences that follow. Introduction:   The underlying reality that presses the need for every person to take "Love" and "Truth" issues to heart is this: we do not live in a consequence-free universe. All of our studies of Paul's teaching of sanctification truths rest upon the fact that those who take his words to heart have a great deal to gain and every one who rejects them will suffer a great loss. Paul's words are "to live" or "to die". Thus we set out this evening upon a new tack in his thought so that we might enter more fully into life. This new direction is, of course, not "new" as a truth, just "new" as the next concept for us to embrace. This "new" addition to his teaching is the concept of our identity as "debtors". His words are, "As a consequence, therefore, brethren, we are debtors...". What does he mean and how much of our thinking in life is supposed to be rooted here? There are several "identity" declarations in our text and its context. The closest is in this same sentence: "brothers". Another not far off is "possessions of Christ" by virtue of the Spirit Who indwells us with multiple "identity" issues of His own. And a third follows quickly as "sons of God" and another as "children of God" and then "heirs". However, the summons to a conclusion ("As a consequence, therefore, ...") indicates that this particular identity brings several of Paul's sanctification truths together and lays the foundation for our understanding of the ones within this local context.