Chapter # 10 Paragraph # 2 Study # 1
March 24, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<482> Thesis: The issue of "Law" is performance as the means to acceptance by God. Introduction: In our study last week we looked into the statement that Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness for those who believe. The issues in this statement are profound because they deal with whether a person will "live" or not. The issue of righteousness is the issue of God's acceptance. The issue of God's acceptance is the issue of His intention to share His "Life" with the accepted. The issue of His intention to share His "Life" is the issue of eternal experience. Christ, Paul says, is the answer to all of these particulars for those who believe. This evening we are going to pursue this truth at the point of Paul's contrast between "Law" and "believing". If we look at 10:5 and 6 it is clear that Paul is contrasting two kinds of righteousness. There is what he calls "the righteousness which is of the Law" and there is what he calls "the out-of-faith righteousness." It is indisputable that his "point" is that the "out-of-faith righteousness" is to be preferred because of the consequences that are involved. He opened this chapter with a declaration that what really drove him, in regard to Israel, was the issue of "salvation". So, given the fact that "salvation" is the big idea behind all of this "righteousness" talk, we need to understand his contrast between the methods to this end.