Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 9
January 11, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

Thesis: The Gospel is the only escape from the condemnation of Law that exists for man. Introduction: In last week's study we looked into the reason for Paul's claim that it is not they who "hear" the Law who will be justified before God, but, rather, they who "do" what it demands. We also saw that, on that basis -- the performance of what the Law demands -- no one will walk away from the Judgment of the Day of Wrath "justified". In order to follow the apostle's train of thought in chapter two, we must be very clear on what he is attempting to do by means of his words. His intention is clearly revealed in 3:9. He intends to "prove" that men are enslaved to sin, that their bondage is incrementally and inexorably bringing them to a huge and final disaster of eternal proportions that cannot be minimized, and that their condition is without remedy apart from the Gospel. Because of this bondage to sin, in order for the Gospel to have any appeal to man, the Law must be seen as inescapable. Therefore, the apostle penned the words before us this evening. Romans 2:14-15.