Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
May 22, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<314> Thesis: God's actions on our behalf are what has given us life and what give us life. Introduction: At the root of all of our lives exists a fairly simple principle: either God supplies us with what is necessary, or He does not. If He does, we live. If He does not, we die. If existence in the creation of God was existence in a very simple universe, life would be simple: just trust God at all times to provide what each circumstance requires. But the universe is not "simple" and, for that reason, we often face complexities that reach beyond the grasp of our understanding. The reason that the universe is not "simple" is that sin and death have been imposed upon it and that has brought about a clouding of our understanding that makes it impossible for us to "just trust God" for one reason: we do not know what our "setting" in creation is, nor do we know "what to trust God for" in a majority of the circumstances that we face. It is this complexity that has created the need for our study of Romans. It is this complexity that drove Paul nuts in chapter seven. The facts are these: 1) we came into this world over-committed to having our way about everything and 2) it is with great difficulty that we even see the real problems, let alone have any power to do anything about them. The purpose of divine revelation and divine oversight of our particular experiences is to open our eyes to the truth about the nature of the problems and the essence of the solutions. So, as we study Paul's words in Romans eight this evening we are looking for God's provision for our needs. Last time we saw that our greatest need has been met: we have been moved beyond the reach of condemnation by our placement into Christ Jesus. Now that the biggest problem has been solved, we are ready to go on into a further experience of discovering the solutions to the lesser problems.