Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 3 Study # 2
May 12, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<496> Thesis: Participating with God in His large Plan is supposed to be the automatic result of participating with God in His Life. Introduction: In our study last week we were looking at Paul's explanation of God's "process" by which He has determined to accomplish His agenda. We saw that the focus in the chapter is not upon the "final" issue, but, rather, upon a very key "sub" issue: salvation. Since the "final" issue is absolutely keyed to salvation, Paul determined to make sure that his readers understood how God was going to actually bring it to pass. He said, in effect, "salvation" occurs when a person "calls upon the Lord" because that person has "believed with his heart" that the Lord has been raised from the dead. At this point, the focus is upon what I will call a "one-on-one" relationship between God and the person who is saved by the belief/calling phenomenon. This focus is "big picture" critical because all manner of deceptions are perpetrated by people who are unwilling to be as exclusive as any "one-on-one" issue is. However, "salvation" requires a larger setting than this "one-on-one" issue allows. Because of this, Paul's "logic" begins to move from the "one-on-one" reality that is core-critical to a secondary reality that also proves to be very important. I call this reality a "one-with-one" issue. This evening we are going to look into the meaning of this "one-with-one" issue.