Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
May 15, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<312> Thesis: The freedom from condemnation is absolute. Introduction: Last week, as we wound up our study of chapter seven, we noted that Paul came to a singularly important conclusion as a result of his own personal struggles against the dominion of Sin in his body: that, though he serves the Law of God with his mind, the victory over Sin is by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. The conclusion we draw is that he was teaching that the "mind's" contribution to "victory" is its focus upon the God of all Grace and what He has done through Jesus Christ. The mind has no "power" over the actions of the body; it only has the "power" of focus and the alternatives of "focus" are "Law" or "Grace". The mind's focus upon the Grace of God results in the dominion of the Spirit over the body and the mind's focus upon the Law of God results in the dominion of Sin over the body. Thus, at any given point of time, we are either "focused" upon God's willingness to act on our behalf, or we are "focused" upon our "responsibility" before God to act on His behalf. Now we come to chapter eight. It begins with a broad conclusion regarding Paul's teaching in chapter seven. That conclusion is that there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. But, there are some issues.