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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Message Outlines: Chapter 4

Romans 4:1-8 (1)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
August 23, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:Paul's doctrine of justification by faith is rooted in Abraham's "discoveries".

Introduction:In our study last week we looked at Paul's "third" question. What about boasting? What about theological exclusiveness? What about the impact of my doctrine on the Law? Of that third question Paul wrote that he did not contradict the Law's essential purpose but, rather, firmly established that essential purpose. However, this raised the question of "interpretation" because it was as clear as it can be that Paul's concept of the Law's essential purpose was in direct opposition to the "Jews' " concept. Thus, it was a matter of "whose" interpretation would be accepted as legitimate. That was what Romans 1-3 was all about -- explaining Paul's "interpretation" of the essential purpose of the Law. The chief problems with the Jews' "interpretation" are that it not only could not be true as it was a fundamental contradiction of its own roots [Justice -- one cannot make Justice the roots of justification if the Law revealed man's sins], nor could it address the major underlying problem of boastfulness and its underlying problem of Sin's dominion. So, "Law" cannot be the method of salvation.

Now, this evening we are going to look at yet a fourth question: What did Abraham finally come to clearly understand about the issue of justification in respect to its methodology?


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