Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 1 Study # 3
March 3, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<478> Thesis: Rebellion is automatic to the commitment to exalt oneself. Introduction: In our study last week, we considered the fact that Paul's concern for his kinsmen according to the flesh arose out of his realization that those kinsmen, in all of the ways they treated him, were no different than Paul had been before Grace. His awareness of his unity with them before he received Grace was enough to motivate his heart and his prayers to God for their salvation. In that study we argued that "zeal of God" is not a good thing. It is, rather, an intemperate, bull-headed, unwillingness to even consider that one's view of God and His words might be wrong. And, in that study, we saw that "ignorance" is tied to the lack of a relational connection to God. It is only by relating to God that we come to know anything important, and any breakdown in that relationship fosters a terrible "ignorance". This evening we are going to pursue Paul's thought so that we may see just how terrible "ignorance" is.