Romans by Dennis McCallum (1997)

Suffering and Spiritual Growth

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Dennis McCallum

Romans 8:10-39; Romans 8:4-7; John 15:4; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Summary

Not only does spiritual growth occur through the building up of the new spiritual person within, it requires the breaking down of the outer man as well. God uses outward circumstances to chip away at our outer man so that the spirit of God within us can come through more and more. On our part, this requires active cooperation and the rejection of illegitimate pain reducers. The only context in which spiritual growth is possible is an eternal value system. We must focus on our position in Christ and the security that comes from our identity in him.

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