Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
August 19, 2012
Dayton, Texas
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<199> Thesis: Any fixation upon "obedience" as the means to one's own ends has the capacity to destroy the intended impact of "grace". Introduction: Because we considered the reality of the impact of God's willingness to enter into a real interactive relationship with another in our last study, this evening we are going to look into how that interaction can be effectively annulled. What is it that effectively, and actually, blocks God's "knowledge" of another? Remember, the "knowledge" here is "relationally based" and is not "automatic" to God's omniscience. Relationally based knowledge requires actual relational interaction. Paul's "you have come to know God" means that if the relationship breaks down, it is not God's doing; but, on the other hand, "you have been known of God" does mean that if the relationship breaks down, it is man's doing. That relationships can, and do, break down means that we need to understand the process as well as we can. In the final two verses of the paragraph before us, Paul lays out how men block God out.