Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
November 7, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<266> Thesis: God is only given thanks when He is seen as a real participant. Introduction: We have been looking into Paul's second reason for urging us to caution regarding the choices we make and the actions we take. His first reason is that sinful choices and evil actions are a most basic contradiction of our true identity and nature. We really have been identified with Jesus to the degree that we are given credit for everything He did. When He died to sin, we died to sin. When He was raised from the dead, we were raised from the dead. And, not only that, but we really have become partakers of His nature so that we are just as free from sin in Him as we are enslaved to sin in Adam. We do not function out of only a new identity; we function out of a new nature. But, there is another reason for caution in regard to our choices and actions: their built-in consequences as the impact of what we have been calling Creation-Order. This evening we are going to look into what God has done to keep the negative side of the Creation-Order from destroying our experience of "Life".