Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
August 30, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<154> Thesis: Abraham discovered that God would actually treat him as a "righteous" man if he would believe Him. Introduction: In our study last time we saw that Paul chose to bring Abraham into his argument at the point of Romans 4:1 because of the enormous weight Abraham had in the minds of the Jews by this point in history. His goal was to persuade the Jewish element of his readership that not only was his reasoning legitimate, but that it was consistent with the experience of Abraham. This evening we are going to look into the specific "discovery" of Abraham. It specifically focused upon the question of the methodology of justification. There are two issues here: What does it mean to be "justified"?; and, How does one get to be "justified"?