“Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” “They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.” “They have no fear of God at all.” Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.”
Romans 3:9-20 NLT
In today's scripture we see that Paul makes himself, as a Jew, equal with all sinful men. We are all sinners. The law, given to Moses, was a skeleton of sorts. Its intention was to bring strength, stability, and structure to an, otherwise chaotic, out of control, depraved people. Without the regulations, rebellious, wicked mankind would sink to lows that would utterly destroy civilization. Stability and civility are essentials to life. Man left to himself would self destruct. The law was given to us, in God's great mercy, to preserve us alive with the intent of giving us opportunity to see how sinful we are and perhaps repent and be saved from eternal death. Paul quotes from the Psalms to underscore his point. He uses Psalm 14:1-3; 53:1-3; 5:9; 140:3; 10:7; 36:1. He also draws from Isaiah 59:7-8. Using these passages, he illustrates the condition of all men. Lastly, he emphatically states that no man can be made right with God by doing what the law says (see verse 20). The law can protect us from the excess of unrighteousness, it can promote our well being humanly, and even punish our violations, but it cannot change our person. Our sinful nature must be transformed. No law can do that. The law informs but cannot transform. Only Jesus can transform! We need a complete spiritual metamorphosis. What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!!!
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Rev. Curtis Norris