Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 2 Study # 5
November 7, 2010
Dayton, Texas
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<038> Thesis: The key relationship of the relational universe is established when its central truth is declared and received. Introduction: In an earlier study I argued that Paul fully inhabited a relational universe in which everything is measured by the impact it makes upon the relationships between the inhabitants in that universe. The reason God refuses to justify those who seek that determination by dint of their efforts at "obedience" is that such pursuit inevitably attacks relationships by establishing a basis for boasting in men who are prone to self-exaltation as a most fundamental matter of course. Relationships shatter when those within them seek to elevate themselves above the others within them. The reason God freely justifies those who seek that determination by dint of Christ's works alone is that such pursuit makes harmonious relationships possible within a context of bitter competition for exaltation. Relationships grow when those within them are willing to take the lesser position of being the servant rather than the master. This evening we are going to look into the two concepts that make the establishment of a relationship possible by clearing the garbage of competition away.