This morning I read one powerful passage in the Bible during my time of “Coffee with the Lord – Romans 3:9-20!
In it Apostle Paul, a Pharisee and Old Testament scholar, pulls together a large quantity of Old Testament texts (Psalm 51:4; 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Psalm 5:9; 140:3; 10:7; Isaiah 59:7-8; and Psalm 36:1) to make an important and irrefutable point… “Both Jews and Greeks” (if you please, ALL OF US – ALL HUMANKIND) ARE SINNERS in need of a Savior! Here’s what he said, inspired by the Holy Spirit… “That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God!” Not encouraging… quite an indictment – but absolutely true and accurate! Creates a huge dilemma! What can be done? We can’t save ourselves – we can’t make ourselves “righteous” (self-righteousness is a sin of terrible pride)!
But praise God for the very next passage!!! Since “There is no difference; and all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (…ALL CAN BE) JUSTIFIED [MADE RIGHT WITH GOD] FREELY BY GOD’S GRACE THROUGH THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS!” (3:23-24) Praise the Lord!