Chapter # 11 Paragraph # 6 Study # 5
November 24, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<548> Thesis: God's Large Plan was to pen up everyone in the state of the false persuasion generated by Sin so that He could use "everyone" as a display of His mercy. Introduction: Last week we argued that Paul's declaration of Israel's contrary identities (enemies/beloved) was for the purpose of attempting to persuade his readers to not take the enmity too seriously. Once "enmity" is taken too seriously, the "heart" begins to pile up reasons for self-exaltation over the "enemy". This is the natural reflex of a wounded heart. It is the reason for all of the self-justifications of ungodliness that, on the face of it, is ungodly. It is also directly contrary to the Love of God which absorbs all wounds without taking them too seriously (if you need to, re-read 1 Corinthians 13 sometime). Paul's point in his declaration was to attempt to persuade his readers to walk in humility before God so that their own lives would not be corrupted by this "wounded heart syndrome". Tonight we are going to go a step further into this "persuasion" thesis by looking into what Paul said of God's Large Plan in respect to "persuasion".