Chapter # 11 Paragraph # 7 Study # 3
December 15, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<554> Thesis: The "intentionality of God" is the key issue of man's participation in spiritual Life. Introduction: This evening we are going to attempt to wrap up our studies in Romans 9-11. For the past two weeks we have been involved with a consideration of the infinity of God's knowledge and skill and have been drawn into Paul's declaration that the "riches" of Life are to be found in an enthusiastic cooperation with Him in His pursuits. This is no small matter and it has direct implications for the "daylies". The Scriptures are clear about several "facts" of Life. First is the fact that "Life" is under God's absolute dominion, but He has given us the privilege of prayer with the promise that we will obtain whatever we ask as long as we are on His wavelength (1 John 5:15 and James 4:2-3). Second is the fact that "Life" consists of being joyfully at rest once we have exercised our prayer privileges (Philippians 4:7 and 1 Timothy 2:2). Third is the fact that "Life" does not depend upon our understanding, but, rather, our confidence in His. This is the point of our present text. Because we have looked into this focus on God's infinity of knowledge and skill at some length, this evening we are going to consider Paul's final comments and wind up this portion of our study.