Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
January 10, 2015
Humble, Texas
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<045> Thesis: Grace does not erase obligation; it simply provides a unique methodology for its fulfillment. Introduction: The previous paragraph was heavily involved in the themes involved in God's response to the mystery of the lawlessness. His response, in a word, is judgment. But this judgment comes in a variety of ways, one of which is God's response to the attitudes of those who are committed to unrighteousness, and another of which is God's physical response to the behavior those attitudes drive. In any case, the issue is the dark period of the Day of the Lord and His heavy hand upon those who will be subject to it. In the next paragraph, the focus is upon what God has planned for those who are committed to the love of God and faith in His Spirit. It is interesting that, at the outset, this paragraph is deliberately focused upon two issues: God's grace and the obligation that stands over those who have received it. Since many are confused about the relationship of grace to obligation, we are going to consider two primary issues this evening: what "obligation" does grace bring to the table and why Paul brings the issue up at this point.