Romans 3: 9-20
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
As it is written:
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
“Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Destruction and misery are in their ways;
And the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Paul uses scripture from the Old Testament to lay the groundwork for a clear picture of who we are in Christ. First, we are defined as sinners. ““There is none righteous, no, not one;” There is nothing we can do or have done to eliminate the sin from our lives. “no flesh will be justified in His sight,“… We do not contain the power to defeat sin in our lives, we do not have the ability to deny sin in our actions and thoughts. “There is none who does good, no, not one.” ”
What to do then is it all futile? If we realize clearly our position from the start then we can realize how immense is God’s grace. If we realize clearly our position, then we can see the foolishness in questioning the only righteous one. “And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Who are we to question the actions or non-actions of God? What we have in him is a gift he gave us. What we have is salvation from the penalty for sin and the receipt of his power to combat the sin in our lives. Where is our thanks? Instead of saying why? Or why me? when we face challenges in life that may be difficult or painful; like little children let us rest in his will, his knowledge, his provision, remembering that His ways are not our ways; our ways are not his ways. When we accept his gift of salvation we enter into a relationship with him that includes pardon from the penalty of sin and the ability to combat sin, both of which we received from him. He does the work in us and for that we can be grateful.