Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
May 17, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<126> Thesis: Man's bondage to Sin is profoundly self-serving. Introduction: In our study last week we saw that man, outside of Christ, has a serious "lack". He "is not" righteous. This is a statement of essence. We also saw that there are two consequences to that "lack": he does not have any interest in understanding God; and he has no willingness to seek God. We saw that these are the opening statements of the "proof" given by Paul that his statement that man is "under sin" is true. They are biblically established truths found in both Psalm 14 and Psalm 53. And, not only that, their reality makes it absolutely impossible for man to do anything "righteous" as Job 14:4 clearly indicates. This truth is the reason for the biblical teaching on regeneration, death and resurrection, "new creationism", and that truth that Nicodemus had completely missed: the new birth. It ought to be obvious to all that if a tree is, essentially, a pear tree, it is foolish beyond description to go to it looking for a ripe cluster of grapes. Now, this evening, we are going to look into the next "step" in Paul's presentation of his "proof" of man's condition "under sin".