Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 3 Study # 1
March 26, 2017
Humble, Texas
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<079> Thesis:   Divine "compensation" for evils endured is completely off the charts. Introduction:   In Romans 8 Paul is clearly attempting to get his readers to buy into "Life" by the Spirit. In order to accomplish this, he presents the truth that what one anticipates as "outcomes" is extremely critical. Therefore, in our last study we saw that he was focused upon presenting us with a view of our "destiny" to be "heirs" of God both in terms of being His "children" and His "sons". This evening we are going to look into the significance of being "heirs" as it is given in terms of the essential character of The Father. There are two "large" sides to this issue. On the one hand, there is The Father's determination to "bring many sons to glory" even though that determination results in the permission of much great evil and its attendant disastrous consequences to those affected by it. In other words, the character of The Father includes a willingness to tolerate a relatively large degree of wickedness in His creation for a relatively long time. Then, on the other hand, there is The Father's determination that no one who trusts in Him will have any regrets when the fulfilled promises completely dominate their experience. This is why "destiny" is such a big deal: it is not the journey that is important, but the destination.