We are looking at what our brother Paul is saying in Romans 3:10-18 which says- As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
This is from the NIV translation. These passages can be hard to swallow because we like to think of ourselves as not too bad. We are actually pretty good. The other guy is the problem. This is not the case in following Christ. We are sinners and deserve God’s wrath. When we can be honest with God like our brother David did in Psalm 51, Jesus truly becomes our savior. The cleansing of repentance wipes away our sins. We first have to confess that we are not righteous. We have never been. As Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, we have followed. We are guilty and deserve death. Thank you Jesus for saving us in our sins by becoming sin for us and dying on the cross. Where the first Adam failed, Jesus (the last Adam) succeeded. The good news is truly the best news ever.
We are all sinners saved by the grace of God. In (Romans 3:10-12, Paul says- None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.) These are hard verses to understand, but crucial in our understanding of who we are before our Lord Jesus. We struggle because our sins are always before us. Our sentence is death. I will let our brother Paul explain it in chapter 7 of Romans. (Romans 7:13-20- It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandments might become sinful beyond measure. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what i do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer i who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good i want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what i do not want, it is no longer I who do it but sin that dwells within me.) This is the very struggle our brother Paul is talking about. The sin that dwells in me. So what do we do? The simple answer is nothing. It is Jesus who does something for us. Jesus sets us free! Our brother John says in the gospel- (John 8:34-38- Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.) So how does Jesus free us from sin? He does this through the cross. (Philippians 2:5-11 says- have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.) The act of Jesus in the cross is made possible by Jesus imputing our sin on him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 says- For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.) Jesus imputed the sins of the world on him and died on the cross and when he was raised from the dead, Jesus imputed righteousness on us. (Isaiah 53:11 says- Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous on, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.) This is beyond our true understanding, but we are left in total and compete thanksgiving for what Jesus has done for us. Praise the Lord! We must always remember and thank Jesus for what he did in his death and resurrection. Thank you Jesus! I will leave you with one more verse for our understanding of sin. (Psalm 51:4 says- For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have i sinned and done what is evil in your sight.) When we sin, we sin against Jesus and Jesus only.
Glory be to you, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you Jesus for everything! ( For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ) It is this very love that is all around us. The saving power of Jesus! (And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 ) What an amazing thing that our Lord has done. He walked among us and he will come back again. (Jesus said to them, I am the way and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you know him and have seen him. John 14:6-7 ) Isn’t it glorious that we know the Father as well as Jesus. Thank you Jesus for the Way, Truth, and life! ( And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among humans by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12 ) Salvation is from Jesus to us! ( Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give them will never be thirsty again. The water I will give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-14 ) This living water never runs out! Thank you Holy Spirit! Now it is not just who Jesus is, but what he has done for all of us. I think the Apostle Paul says it best. ( Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:1-7 ) We are called by Christ and belong to him. He died for us and all of his creation to reconcile everything to him. Thank you our dear savior Jesus, we are forever grateful to you. Praise the Lord! May grace, peace and love surround you in the name of Jesus Christ!
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