Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
July 31, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<328> Thesis: Because Christ dwells in us, we are free to live without being in bondage to the condition of our bodies. Introduction: Last week we raised the question of whether the presence of the Spirit in a person's life automatically leads to a general lifestyle of godliness. We answered that question with a qualified "No". There is a significant difference between the presence of the Spirit and the execution of the power of the Spirit. Just because God is present does not mean that He is powerfully active. Omnipresence is not of the same type of attribute as Omnipotence. Omnipresence means that God is present everywhere simultaneously. He cannot "not be" present. Omnipotence, on the other hand, means that God is capable without limit. But He can refrain from the total exercise of His power. He can finesse power, but not presence. Because of this, the Bible teaches that there is a deliberate connection between man's "faith" and God's execution of power. When man is unbelieving, God restrains Himself in what He will and will not do. But when man is believing, omnipotence underwrites God's actions so that what man "believes" God "accomplishes". [Please note that this is only true because "faith" is not a human initiation -- man does not become the god by "believing" something; he simply becomes an effective servant of the God Who has created the content of "the faith".] This evening we are going to look into one of the most crucial consequences of Paul's declaration that the Spirit of God dwells in every believer for the purpose of sponsoring life in him/her.