Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 1 Study # 7
December 18, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<212> Thesis: God will finish what He has begun. Introduction: Within seven days, the majority of the world will, at the very least, acknowledge the reality of the claim that God has accomplished a redemption that He promised more than 4,000 years before He actually moved into history with a vast host of angelic warriors to bring the Redeemer onto the stage of human history. That is not to say that anywhere near the majority of humanity believes the claim; it is merely to say that there is no escape from the sights and sounds of "Christmas". This "lack of escape" is a fundamental aspect of God's dealings with a creation that has gone significantly astray. In the very beginning of the apostle Paul's detailed explanation of the "Gospel of God", he set the stage by saying that God has left man with no "excuses" -- from the beginning. It is imperative that men find themselves with "no excuses", for until man comes face to face with the fact of God and the fact of his own estrangement from God, there is no application of "redemption" to the soul of man. There is a noticeable parallel between these facts on December 25, 2005 and Luke's declaration regarding John in Luke 3:4. It is a parallel that we are planning to explore this morning.