Lectionary Year A
March 17, 2002
Romans 8:6-11

Step II: Disposition

A. Genre

(JFC) What we have here seems to be an argument from one who claims to know a few things about the recipients of this Epistle. Or maybe he hopes for them a faith that God's Spirit is with them. He offers a couple of untruths about them with some consequences he believes they would not want and he says they are not going to have to endure because of God's Spirit, he believes, is residing/dwelling in them. He uses a rather common vocabulary and right regular syntax, too.

B. Personal Interaction

(JFC) My first question wants to know how true are Paul's suppositions about the maturity of the Romans' faith? Of course, we must question whether Paul actually thought being of the flesh exclusively excludes being of the Spirit and vice versa. Then, wonder if he really means future tense in the final finite verb in this pericope.

C. Organization

(JFC) Paul's optimism, re: the Romans' mature Faith is mentioned in verses 9, 10 and 11. The beings of the flesh and/or of the Spirit occurs in verses 6, 7 and 8. The future tense of zw|opoih,sei is in the last verse, 11.

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