Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
October 14, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<442> Thesis: "Definitions" are the bottom line in both disaster and blessing. Introduction: In our study last week we took note of Paul's declaration that the rejection of Jesus as the Christ by the nation of Israel did not lead to the conclusion that God's Word had somehow "failed". It is true that the nation, by and large, did reject Jesus as the Christ. It is true that the nation had multiple proximity advantages extended to them by the outworking of the Plan of God. But, to conclude that what God said had been subjected to what men chose so that if men did not want what God offered, the Plan of God would crash to the ground under the "notion" that somehow God has to let the will of man be sacrosanct is fundamentally flawed. It is man that created the heresy of the inviolability of the will of man so that it has to be accepted as "free". The Scriptures nowhere teach that God's Plan has been subjected to the will of any creature, let alone rebellious man's. This evening we are going to begin to look into Paul's "rationale" for his declaration that God's Message is "on target" even in the face of massive national rebellion and rejection. His fundamental thesis is this: to understand God's Plan we must carefully listen to God's words without prejudice. This is, at the same time, both the most dangerous and the most rewarding thesis that any man can set forth. Many subterfuges are perpetrated by men who claim to have an inside track on what God "really" means, but the blessings are enormous for those who actually understand what God has said. So, let us proceed into Paul's rationale for the claim that God's Message didn't even suffer a "hiccup" by reason of the rebellion of "Israel".