Scripture Passage: Romans 3:9-10
In Romans 3, Paul writes as a prosecuting attorney, bringing the human race before judgment in a case we could call, “God vs. Humanity.”
Romans 3:9-10 says, “For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin, as it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one'…”
We are sinners by birth, by nature, and by heritage, no matter our race or background.
Paul presents his evidence against humanity, first bringing up man’s corrupted wisdom: “There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:11). Because our minds have been touched by sin, our wisdom is deceitful.
Adrian Rogers says, “The average man thinks he can go to Heaven without being born again. He’s absolutely ignorant of two things: he doesn’t know how sinful he is and he doesn’t know how holy God is.”
Our wills are also corrupted by sin, and our service is unprofitable. We cannot seek God; instead, we run from Him. But the good news is that God chases us, and He is faster than us. We can only love Him because He first loved us. (See 1 John 4:19.)
Sin also corrupts our words, because our words tell us what is in our hearts.
“Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit...” (Romans 3:13).
Because of our wicked ways, we’ve turned this world into a madhouse. And because we do not revere God, our worship is depraved, as well.
So Paul presents the case against humanity, to God, who is the Judge and Jury. The verdict: “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God” (Romans 3:19).
God’s holy law is given to show us we have come short of the standard. God is just, and He doesn’t owe us anything; yet He is full of mercy that we can only receive after we see we deserve judgment.
Because of God, by faith, unto all, through grace, in Jesus, with justice, we are justified, declared righteous in God’s sight.
Apply it to your life
We will not know mercy and forgiveness until we admit our sin; confess your sins to God today. Remember, Adrian Rogers says, “He doesn’t overlook our sin, He pardons it freely by His grace.”
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