Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 6
August 10, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<049> Thesis: Man's foolishness consists in two realities: his profession of personal wisdom; and his dependence upon temporal entities for his life. Introduction: As we turn in our Bibles to Romans 1:22-23, let me ask you this question: what is the significance of the fact that John, one of the sons of Zebedee, was the only one of the original twelve that died what we call a "natural death"? What help do we get from the fact that he was the only one of the original twelve who was on hand at the crucifixion? There is, in the Bible, this principle: if we don't "need" the experience to firm up our faith in the Truth, the likelihood that we will face the experience is highly diminished. There is also this statement by the apostle Paul, "Have ye suffered so many things in vain if it be yet in vain?" (Galatians 3:4). His pointed question implies that the Sovereign of our Experiences actually puts us into the very circumstances that are most necessary to address the areas of our weaknesses. This is not to humiliate us, but to grow us up in faith. This is related to Romans 1:22-23 in this way: as long as man "professes to be wise" his experience will ultimately prove to be an experience of death; and the proof of his foolishness will be more than obvious. There is a profound lesson to be learned here: it is only by real dependence upon the true glory of the true God that our lives are filled with joy...the essence of life.