Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 20
November 28, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<115> Thesis: God's solution to "Death" is "Sonshine". Introduction: In our prior study, we considered the "tender feelings of God" as they have their roots in His "mercy". We made the claim that Luke has deliberately created a "new" Theology in Luke 1 by insisting upon two major "T"heological issues. The first is the "character" issue: God is "merciful". The second is the "methodology" issue: God is "gracious". The record of the New Testament is the record of the rescue of man from his "T"heological perversity by the forceful confrontation of that perversity by God Himself as He "irrupted" into man's physical world. In spite of four thousand years of divine activity, man, by the time of the Incarnation, had turned from the merciful God to God as "The Just Judge", and had turned grace into a divine condescension by God toward men of merit (even now, witness the preaching about Noah as a man who "found grace in the eyes of the Lord"). The climax was reached as Israel was twisted into a nation of idolators whose worship of "The Just Judge" had turned them into the worst style of hypocrits that the world had ever seen and as God descended from on High to walk among them to expose that hypocrisy and reveal the Truth of His mercy and grace. The result was, among many things, the record of Luke's witness to Theophilus. That revelation of mercy and grace is also the root of our current study of Luke's witness. This morning, our study is going to focus upon Luke's presentation of God's solution to man's problem.