I was browsing through my new Bible tonight and came across Romans 3:9-20. I’m not sure I will get through all of it in this post, but I wanted to at least start on it. The title above the section states “All Have Sinned.” So many ‘Christians’ forget this. Paul addressed this topic, obviously in Romans and personally, I believe it is important to remember these things to help keep us humble.
Passage Romans 3:9-20:
9What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
This first verse in this passage is asking “are we better than others?” and answers it with “NOPE, not at all, in any way.” It goes on to state that we (Paul and the other apostles) had previously (before) had charged both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin. This is saying that no one escapes it.
10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
As it has been written, and not just in Paul’s writings in the new testament, but other apostles, disciples, and prophets in the Old Testament, etc. They’ve all written about it. It is stated that there are none that are righteous, not one. That is difficult for a Christian to take, because we are to strive to be righteous. Here’s the interesting part of that though. Righteous is referring to being right with God. Secular beliefs have changed the meaning and made it an impossible and horrible task to try to accomplish. But really, it isn’t as difficult as the world would have you believe. Is it easy? No, of course not. But it is not impossible.
11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
There is no one that understands or that seek after God. I almost understand the first part with the average person. Many people get confused by God and can’t seem to understand what they are being told. I used to be that way. To a certain extent, I still am. However, if you see the Lord, you will understand. I found this out by committing myself to Him and focusing on Him.
12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
So, those that do not understand, and do not seek Him, turn to the side, are gone, out of the way, and in all, they become unprofitable. Unprofitable in this case does not necessarily refer to money or success, but the end result. Think about it, if you lose your soul to hell, where’s the profit in that? The verse goes on to remind us that there are none that do good, not one. This references back, in part, to Jesus correcting the young man that came up to Jesus and said “Good Rabbi (teacher)…” References (Matthew 19:17, Mark 10:18, Luke 18:19) He reminds the young man that there is only one that is good, and that is God, our father.
13Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
|sepulchre or ( US ) sepulcher (ˈsɛpəlkə)
||a burial vault, tomb, or grave
Their throat is an open tomb. They practice deceit with their words. I take this to mean that those that are not good, which is all of us, may practice deceitful actions. We must keep ourselves in check.
14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Whose (Our) mouth would be full of cursing and bitterness. I talk to my AWANA kids about this a lot, specifically, the bitterness. No one wants to be around someone that is bitter.
15Their feet are swift to shed blood:
They are swift, fast, to shed blood, or be violent.
16Destruction and misery are in their ways:
In their path, there is destruction and misery.
17And the way of peace have they not known:
They do not know peace, they don’t know how to get to peace.
18There is no fear of God before their eyes.
They also do not fear of God. This does not mean being afraid. I discussed it before, briefly. Fear is referring to a healthy respect for our God.
19Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
So, we know what the law says, and what it says to all those that are under the law. Whether you want to believe it or not, all of us are bond by the law. All that may be stopped, and all the world would be guilty before God. My initial thought on this is that if we are quiet to our beliefs and don’t rejoice in them, spread the word, we are allowing all to remain guilty before God.
20Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Therefore, because all that was previously mentioned, by the deeds of the law, no one shall be justified in his sight. For the law gives us the knowledge of sin. By ignoring the laws, we purposely live in sin. I really don’t want to be there.
How will you help make the world not guilty before God?