God's Word for Today Romans 3b
March 8, 2012
Paul has already condemned the immoral unbelieving people in chapter 1, and then
also the Jews in chapter 2 who boasted about having the Law and he continues
this here in chapter 3. Paul asks, if any group of people is bettor or more
righteous before God than another? The answer is no, there is none
righteous. So it doesn't make any difference, we all are under sin.
So you are no better off being a Jew or Gentile as far as this is concerned; we
are all sinners.
In the first section of Romans 3 we will look at today there are three
groups of charges against mankind. The first concerns our character
(verses 10-12), the second concerns our conversation (speech) (verses
13-14), and the third concerns our conduct (verses 15-17).
He first speaks about our character, saying there is none righteous, and none
who seek after God. Yes, people can do good things, but they dont have a
spiritual goodness, righteousness like God has, a righteousness that God
requires, on their own. His first quotation, or witness called to the
stand to testify against us in Gods court, was Psalms 14:3 but notice Psalms
เพลงสดุดี 14:1-3. 1The
fool says in his heart, There is no God.
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
2The LORD looks down
from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who
seek after God.
3They have all turned
aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good,
not even one.
Paul quotes from this Psalm, and it is an amazing statement that God has made.
He said, "There is none who are seeking after God." On our own, apart from faith
in Christ we dont seek after God. Man in himself cannot please God,
because he has no spiritual good. Thankfully He looked for us and drew us
to Himself, and now we can seek to know Him better. Many people say, "all
religions are good. Some people spend hours in meditation, they try to do good
things. They are not seeking after God. If they are not seeking after God,
then what are they seeking after? They are seeking after a peace of mind.
But true peace only comes from knowing God.
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