Chapter # 3 Paragraph # 3 Study # 4
June 28, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<136> Thesis: Jesus Christ has done what no other man could do in providing a righteous standing for men before God. Introduction: In our studies to this point we have focused upon the fact that it was the faith -- and, thus, the faithfulness -- of Jesus Christ that provided the foundation for a man to have a righteous standing before God. We have made much of the point that Paul made when he said that there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile as to their common humanity. Every Jew is a Gentile and every Gentile is a Jew when it comes to Paul's "point": man is universally enslaved to sin and the Law's impact upon the Jews is proof. What the Law said to those under it applies to everyone on the planet whether they ever heard of the Law or not. The whole world becomes guilty because of the Law's impact upon the Jews. This evening we are going to pursue this issue of Jesus' provision of the "faith" and the "faithfulness" that enables God to give righteousness to those who believe His word of promise regarding the forgiveness of sins. To do so we are going to look at Paul's repetitive statement regarding man's plight and what he says about the grace of God in respect to that plight.