Romans 3

Romans 3 has Paul addressing the reality of sin.  “If through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying”.  There was an argument that some were making that since we are sinners, and God is good, why not just sin more so God’s goodness may come more.  It’s a silly argument to try and justify sin and make it something that is OK to do.  But in God’s economy, sin is never OK.  And sin applies to all of us.

None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one”.  Not much wiggle room in those words.  We are all sinners who fall short of God’s standards and expectations.  We can find out what those are through His Word.  “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law…. the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe”.  We can’t work our way to salvation.  We’re just not good enough.  Jesus is the only way.

Here’s the status of all mankind.  “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith”.  Here’s the gospel story in a few verses.

  1. All of us are sinners
  2. We fall short of God’s standards
  3. We face eternal separation from God
  4. God has a plan to deal with our sin – grace
  5. Jesus death of the cross is God’s grace revealed
  6. His blood was shed to cover our sin
  7. If we receive the gift of grace (Jesus Christ) and make it our own, we will be saved

It’s not rocket science.  We have a problem.  God has a solution.  We need to receive His grace and be set free from the penalty of sin.

As humans, and especially first world humans, we have bought into the idea that we should deal with things on our own.  We can work and become good enough to deal with our sin.  The Bible has a different answer.  “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law”.  Once again, just like the verses regarding each of us being sinners – there is no wiggle room.  All are sinners and no one is can earn their way to heaven. It is only through faith in Jesus that we can overcome sin through Christ’s shed blood and the forgiveness of sin.  Sin is an eternal problem.  If we don’t deal with it, we’ll spend eternity apart from God.  But there is a solution.  Jesus is the way!

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