Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4
May 24, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<128> Thesis: Man is essentially devoted to destruction. Introduction: In our last study we looked into the statement of, and description of, man in his absolute lack of an internal essence that has the ability to produce an external activity of blessing. Paul is not, in this Old Testament summary-theology of fallen man, ambiguous or accommodating. He leaves nothing for anyone who might hope that God will be kindly disposed to give blessing on the basis of a person's activities. Since man has no essential righteousness or kindness, he cannot produce actions which might have sufficient merit in them to persuade God to be inclined to open His Kingdom to their presence. This is Paul's theological position on the essential glory of man. Man is totally lacking the inner essence required for the production of outer activities which contribute to true Life. This evening's study is actually "more of the same" as Paul continues to build his case for the claim that men are in bondage to Sin without human remedy. So, we are going to look into the "rest of the story" as it is given in 3:14-18.