Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
February 8, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<098> Thesis: "Resting" is a huge issue that requires a significant alteration of both heart and mind. Introduction: In our last study, we focused upon those "calling themselves 'Jews' ". We noted that Paul addresses this issue because it is the first line of "defense" against the accusations of either a guilty conscience or an adversary. In 2:15 Paul had said that men reacted to the judgments of their consciences with either "accusation" or "excusation". The typical reaction of the self-proclaimed "Jew" was to "excuse" himself by whatever means possible. The first "excuse" focused upon the lack of liability because "I am a Jew". This evening we are going to look into the second line of defense. It is called by Paul "resting upon the Law". It is no small thing to find "rest" on the basis of "Law". In order to be able to do that, one must almost completely blind himself to himself. So, we are going to think our way through this issue of "resting upon the Law".