Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
February 19, 2017
Humble, Texas
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<071> Thesis:   Those are "sons of God" who are led by His Spirit into an Abba/child relationship. Introduction:   There is a significant amount of confusion in the minds of many because of Paul's emphasis upon the "freedom" that a believer possesses in Christ and the "obligation" that is imposed upon all men by virtue of the nature of creation reality. No amount of freedom in Christ will keep the person who violates creation reality from suffering the consequences, nor is there any amount of obligation to reality that can erase the freedom a "believer" has in Christ. The one is an inescapable reality of divine creation of a world of both mechanical and relational inalterables that contain inescapable consequences; the other is an inescapable reality of divine creation of a relational universe in which Christ sits as Absolute Redeemer so that no relational issues are handled apart from His perfections. For those redeemed, God does not impute their sins to them in a "judicial" sense; and for those not redeemed, no amount of creation-cooperation with the mechanics of creation can generate relational harmony between Creator and creature. This evening we are going to look into the progression of Paul's argument that the "sons of God" understand this distinction. No matter who, or what, a person is, living according to flesh will kill and living according to The Spirit will bring Life and peace.