Chapter # 1  Paragraph # 4  Study # 1
July 6, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<040> Thesis: The active need for salvation consists in the on-going execution of the wrath of the God of Heaven. Introduction: In our studies to this date, we have seen that Paul is absolutely committed to his apostleship, which consists of a stewardship to proclaim the Gospel.  He gives us two reasons for his enthusiasm for proclaiming the message:  first, he gives a brief statement that the message is a revelation of the availability of the righteousness of God so that men can be saved; and, second, he gives a pretty detailed statement that the message has a context of the on-going execution of the wrath of the God of Heaven, so that men need to be saved.  Having looked at the brief statement in verse 17, we are turning our attention this evening  to the extended statement that consists of verses 18-32.  We are, in effect, turning from the possibility to the necessity.