A PREVIEW OF WHAT IS ARGUABLY THE GREATEST CHAPTER IN THE BIBLE

ROMANS 8

  1. ROMANS EIGHT IS A GREAT CHAPTER BECAUSE OF THE SCOPE, BREADTH AND DIMENSIONS OF ITS CONTENTS
    1. The Parameters Of This Chapter Embrace The Christian Experience In Its Totality
    2. Within The Parameters Is A Discussion Of The Perplexities The Believer Faces In His Daily Experience
      1. An Internal Problem: Indwelling Sin
      2. An External Problem: Suffering For Being A Christian
    3. A Brief, General Outline Of The Chapter Reveals These Dimensions
  2. ROMANS EIGHT IS A GREAT CHAPTER BECAUSE OF THE SOLACE OF ITS COMFORTS
    1. It Bespeaks The Love Of God
    2. It Affords No Occasion For "Disappointment With God"
  3. ROMANS EIGHT IS A GREAT CHAPTER BECAUSE OF THE SECURITY OF ITS CLIMAX
    1. There Are Five Unanswerable Interrogatives
    2. There Are Ten Impossible Separations



A BRIEF AND GENERAL OUTLINE OF ROMANS EIGHT

  1. THE BELIEVER'S SECURITY IN SPITE OF HIS STRUGGLES WITH SIN (8:1-17)
    1. (There are 14 references to the sin nature in 8:1-13. Twelve times the word "Sarkos" is translated "flesh". Two times it is translated "carnal")

  2. THE BELIEVER'S SECURITY IN SPITE OF EXTERNAL SUFFERINGS (8:18-30)
    1. (Note how both of these major sections end with the assurance of the experiential realization of future glorification [cf. 8:17 & 8:30])

  3. THE BELIEVER'S SECURITY AS SEEN IN HIS PERMANENT HOPE (8:31-39)