Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 7
July 31, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<103> Thesis: The real issue in justification has always been "faith", and the issue of "faith" has always been its undergirding foundation. Introduction: I tried to make a case in our last study for my claim that Paul did not use the phrase, ean mh , in a unique way. It is not adversative ("but"); it is exceptional ("except"). At the heart of the issue is the foundation of the Gospel: Jesus Christ did perfectly perform "under the Law" so that we have a redeemer. Paul actually said this in Galatians 4:4-5. My point was this: Jesus Christ was justified out of His works of law as the singular exception to Paul's claim that a man is not justified out of his works of law. Now, the way Paul put his sentence together deliberately zeros in on "faith" as the key issue (he uses the faith/believe terminology three times in this single sentence). In this study we are going to address the reason for this.