Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 5 Study # 2
May 13, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<402> Thesis: The Father's Gift is the standard for our expectations. Introduction: In our look, last week, at the issue in Romans 8:31 regarding Paul's declaration that God is "for us", we focused on two things: first, Paul's intentional terminology regarding the inevitability of God's determination; and, second, Paul's meaning of "for us". No one can defeat "God" in His purpose because it is backed by omnipotence. And, God's purpose "for us" means that we are going to possess what He has intended. In that study we attempted to show that the "for us" phrase boils down to the final reality of Joy. It is a mistake for us to think in terms of "final realities" in the present. They are our hope, not our current experience. But, Paul's words in 8:32 bring the issue of our expectations back into focus and, this evening, we are going to give some thought to what he wrote. It seems obvious that Paul wanted his readers to develop some expectations based upon the most critical action of God in respect to us; the giving of His own Son. But, because our lives on a daily basis are wrapped up in our "expectations" there may not be a greater factor of present experience than legitimate expectation. So, what should we expect and why?