Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
April 25, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<216> Thesis: God's method of dealing with Sin in men has two parts: one, He does not hold them accountable where there is no clarity; and, two, He imposes the consequences of Sin upon them as participants in the unity of humanity. Introduction: In our study last week we zeroed in on the "unity of humanity" as a mirror of the unity of the Trinity. It was my claim that "individuality" in the Trinity takes a back seat to the unity of "Godness". Men focus upon "individuality" as the primary characteristic of "being", but God focuses upon "unity" as the primary characteristic. Sin's essence is the exaltation of "individuality" over the requirements of unity. Every time an "individual" makes a determination to think and act in a way that is contrary to omniscient love, he attacks "unity" and, thus, "sins". This evening we are going to consider the relative enigma of Paul's "explanation" of his claim that "all sinned" when Adam sinned. The claim is rooted in the unity of humanity, but it is so contrary to man's fixation upon his individuality that Paul felt constrained to "explain" himself. We are participants in the human fixation upon individuality, so we need Paul's explanation.