Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 7
January 22, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<147> Thesis: Paul's exclusion of faith from "Law" is the exclusion of selfish "force" in a relational universe of "love". Introduction: In our previous study we noted that Paul used Habakkuk 2:4 to validate his claim that it is "obvious" that a righteous standing before God is absolutely impossible out of a context of "law". In that study we attempted to show that God's faithfulness to His promise through Habakkuk was the catalyst for permanently eliminating overt apostasy in Judah. Thus, Paul chose to found his arguments for justification by faith on the text of Habakkuk 2:4. Clearly, the first stage of the establishment of justification before God has to do with identifying "God" in contrast to all of the pretenders (the point of Habakkuk and Daniel). Then, the very next issue is that God inhabits a relational universe (as opposed to a mechanical one) and that one of the fundamental issues of that universe is "trust" (the "abiding" principles are "faith, hope, and love, these three"). In our study this evening we are going to move into Paul's "proof" that "law", as a system, is completely outside of the boundaries of God's relational universe. We will do this by looking into Galatians 3:12 and Paul's declaration that "law" is not "of faith". What does this mean?