Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
April 9, 2017
Humble, Texas
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<081> Thesis:   Paul's theology of the coming glory is rooted in "the creation's" firmly entrenched expectation. Introduction:   In our last study we saw that Paul declared that there is no actual basis for comparison between the level of sufferings that dominate the present time and the divine commitment to bring about a level of "glory" in the future that will more than adequately address the reality of His character. Paul made this declaration as a most fundamental part of his way of looking at reality and he made it very clear that, as the people of God, we need to put this perspective into a dominant place in our understanding and faith. One of the major flaws of humanity is our profound tendency to blow the tiny into the huge. Then we let the tiny dominate our perspective so that it eats away at our experience of "Life". Paul's answer to this flaw is to declare a "no comparison" barrier between our present experience of corruption and our future experience of the absolutely corruption-free glory that is surely coming. A big part of this issue is the fact that the promised glory is assuredly coming. So, this evening we are going to at least begin to look into Paul's attempt to create a solid basis for faith in this inevitability.