Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
May 10, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<124> Thesis: Man's bondage to Sin is revealed by his fundamental lack of the three qualities of godliness. Introduction: We spent our time last week looking into Paul's thesis statement for Romans 1:18-3:18: man is in bondage to sin. We saw that he had developed this thesis in three major stages: 1:18-32, where he pointed out the flagrant rebellion of humanity in general; 2:1-16, where he pointed out the foolishness of the critic who dismissed his own behavior by lowering the boom on others; and 2:17-3:8, where he lowered the boom on those particularly adept at using the words of God to promote themselves as the morally superior humanity. We also saw that the issue of what Paul actually means by his thesis is contained in 3:9-18. That is where we turn our attention this evening. What we are going to see tonight is that man's bondage to Sin is profound because of what he lacks.