Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
March 21, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<206> Thesis: The love of God is significantly distinct from the loves of men. Introduction: Last Tuesday evening we looked into the implications which Romans 5:6 contains regarding the typical concept that men have of God as a cosmic bully. We saw that Paul posits the death of Christ for those who think that way -- which he calls the ungodly -- as absolute evidence that that perception of God cannot possibly be correct. The very fact that men have the time and breath to utter their antagonism toward God is evidence that He is not what they think Him to be simply because if He were, He wouldn't even give them time to spew out their ungodly words. Another aspect of our study last week concerned the fact that it is with great difficulty that even believers really buy into the truth of the love of God. John plainly tells us that perfect love casts out all fear and the reality that all of us operate at some levels of fear is clear indication that we have yet to fully buy into the love of God. Therefore, this evening we find that Paul deliberately enhances his thesis of God's commitment to us by means of the words in Romans 5:7-8. In these two verses, Paul sets forth his final argument for faith in the love of God. He does this by way of contrast. He "pits" the love of men against the love of God so that, by way of this contrast, men may begin to make progress into the love of God. This is our greatest need, so we are going to consider what the words tell us.