Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
November 2, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<074> Thesis: Man has no "escape" from the "logic" of his own moral failure. Introduction: As Paul moves into what we call chapter 2, he opens a second line of offense. It was his objective in 1:18-32 to lay out God's "case" against humanity for rejecting the Life of the Servant God. The only option that remains is the Death option. If there is a "God", and if there is a "Most High God", it should go without saying that "He" will be the final Arbiter of Definition. This fact is inescapable: both Reality and Its Definitions exist. Therefore, "Life" is defined. Also, "Death" is defined. One cannot reject the definitions without embracing the consequent realities. The problem for man is that he wishes to reject the definitions without having to be subject to the consequences. Because he is not the Origin of Reality, he finds himself incapable of satisfying his wish. He knows with all of his experience that there is a "worthiness" of Death in all those who reject Life and promote their rejection by their own actions. Now, in 2:1-16, Paul takes the issue one step further. This evening we are going to begin a look into this "second line of offense".