THE ADEQUACY OF GOD
To rejoice in God’s adequacy.
(Do not spend much time on the first five questions.)
1. In what ways can Romans, “the high peak of Scripture,” be read?
2. Why do some Christians have more appreciation for this book than other Christians do?
3. Why did Paul write Romans 8, “the high peak of Romans”?
4. What is the structure of Romans 8?
5. Why does Paul ask his readers in verse 31, “What, then, shall we say in response to this?”
Paul’s answer to the question in verse 31 is focused in four further questions.
6. The first question is, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” What thought does this express? What does it mean to speak of “the adequacy of God as our sovereign protector”? of “the decisiveness of his covenant commitment to us”? What does the phrase God is for us mean to you?
7. The second question is, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” What thought does this express? What does it mean to speak of “the adequacy of God as our sovereign benefactor”? of “the decisiveness of his redeeming work for us”? What implications does God’s claim on us have for our lifestyle?
8. The third question is, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? What thought does this express? What does it mean to speak of “the adequacy of God as our sovereign champion”? of “the decisiveness of his justifying verdict upon us”? How should these truths affect us?
9. The fourth question is, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” What thought does this express? What does it mean to speak of God’s adequacy “as our sovereign keeper”? of “the decisiveness of divine love in settling our destiny”? To what fears in your life does this speak?
10. How has our study of knowing God brought us “to the very heart of biblical religion”?
11. How will what we have seen affect your priorities?
In describing God’s adequacy, Packer uses four terms to describe God’s wonderful, sovereign work in a believer’s life. What are they? For which of these roles do you most rejoice?