by Darrel Cline (darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)
Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 16 October 19, 2004 Lincolnton, N.C.
(070)Thesis:Man's aggression toward "Life" has a basic focus [opposition to authority] and a four-fold foundation [ignorance, vacillation, an absence of basic commitment, and an intentional mercilessness].
Introduction:This evening we have come to our final study of Paul's grocery list of the faults of man because of his rejection of God. Since Paul's terminology compels a review, we will get into the study and let the review develop from his words.
I. The Fundamentals of Man's Fault.
A. He is an inventor of evil.
1. Paul's use of "inventor" is an intensified form of a verb that means to seek for something new. It is an aggressive pursuit.
2. Paul's use of "evil" is repetitive: this is the third time he has surfaced this issue and it is fundamental. Man has an absolute antagonism toward "Life".
B. His expression of that inventiveness is rebellion against authority.
1. Parents are the first and primary line of defense against the onslaught of chaos.
2. The child's natural aggression against the parental authority is a clear manifestation of Paul's claim: men despise being subjected to any kind of authority.
II. The Fundamentals of Man's Reality.
A. He has no understanding.
1. Man's lack of "understanding" is real and profound: he is so opposed to being in submission that he has rejected the fundamental groundwork of "Life".
2. This wipes out any real understanding because it cuts all of the foundational points of reference out and leaves man with no real ability to tie things together.
B. He has no anchor (he will not keep agreements).
1. Because man will not submit to authority, he certainly will not bind himself to any agreement.
2. This cuts him loose from any kind of anchor that could produce life.
C. He has no connections (he is "unattracted to" others).
1. His total commitment to self-determination makes it impossible for him to have any self-denying tendencies for the sake of others.
2. Others are only of value to him as tools in his schemes.
D. He undermines himself (he will not accept any failure in others).
1. As tools in the schemes, "others" must perform as demanded.
2. Since "others" are just a self-determining as he is, there is no hope that they will perform as demanded unless they see it as a way to accomplish their own designs.