Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 4
September 15, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<293> Thesis: If there is a legitimate basis for "glorying" based upon "works" it absolutely does not allow that basis to be rooted in a comparison of "my" works to "your" works. Introduction: Last week we looked into Paul's declaration that it is "insane" for a person to think he/she is "something" when he/she is "nothing" and noted that the statement has a specific "context" relating to the central issue of Galatians: can a person actually "do" something that warrants an identity as "something"? This is the same basic issue of the question, "can a person do something that can be used as a foundation for arguing that the person deserves heaven?" In other words, being "something" means being inherently capable of doing something that should lead to legitimate admiration and being "nothing" means being inherently incapable of that kind of effort. Because this seems to be Paul's point -- that fallen creatures have an absolute inability to warrant legitimate admiration -- the immediately following statement raises some serious questions. This evening we are going to look into that following instruction to see what Paul meant when he wrote it.