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INTRODUCTION: We are at a major turning point in the book of Romans. Someone has compared Romans 1-11 to the closest thing to a Systematic Theology that we have from the Ancient World. If that is true, the remainder of Romans could be compared to a first century Christian Living best seller.
Paul is teaching us how the truth of Romans 1-11 should affect our practical daily behavior. In this chapter Paul takes advantage of one of the most powerful tools for teaching, learning and living known to mankind - the Metaphor.
A Metaphor is a word or word picture that sums up a perspective or an emotion.
• William Shakespeare said, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
• 'Forrest Gump's Momma said, "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get".
Mental Health experts tell us that the metaphor's you most frequently employ reveal a great deal about our mental health and how you will handle the inevitable difficulties of life. For example:
• One person said, "Life is a Battle" - Everything is a competition or a struggle. We are always either winning or losing.
• That is quite different from the person who says... "Life is a dance" - It's an enjoyable experience that you respond to based on the song being played.
Well, Solomon tells us that as a man thinks within himself so is he.
So it is VITALLY important that you think rightly toward yourself, and toward your life.
You need to have a few God ordained metaphors that your revisit regularly and through with you interpret life.
CONTEXT: Well when Paul gets to the end of this great doctrinal section of Romans the first thing he gives us are FOUR metaphors.
Considering what we have learned about:
• The falleness of man
• The Justification, Redemption and Propitiation of God
• The nature of the Gospel in that we are saved by grace through faith ...
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