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breadfirst
Jun 9th 2015, 07:16 PM
Please read Romans 3:23 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+3%3A23&version=NASB)

Have you ever wondered the thought provoking effect of this verse? Normally it is used as a response when evangelizing to someone who considers themselves a good citizen and don't seem to have a need for a Savior. I believe the verse on its own provokes the reader about their spiritual condition. It can include folks who have not even heard of Christ. I am not suggesting a principle to take a verse out of context rather there are some verses that can stand on its own and still challenge the reader.

Here are four thoughts that come to mind:



It clearly establishes God's standard of how righteous one ought to be
With the condition of man now equal across all, God can deal with man without partiality
Sets a perfect stage for introducing His Son upon which any man who puts trust in Him is instantly considered righteous
Conclusion is that we have nothing but Christ to boast about


Let me explain the three in detail for clarity:



Anyone reading this verse will recognize that every human being currently living, dead, and the ones yet to be born; this verse applies to them. The fact that "all" have sinned is frightening cause the standard of God is unattainable. To reiterate that means no-one on the face of this planet which currently stands at 7 billion people. Psalms 24:3-4 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms+24%3A3-4&version=NASB) highlights the one and only condition that needs to be met if anyone is planning on approaching God's presence on their own. It's impossible!
Now that the standard has been made aware God deals with man without partiality. Since all have sinned He knows they regardless of color, ethnicity, race, nationality, etc. needs a Savior. There is no partiality here as He looks at the entire human race. Isn't that awesome that he looks at folks like ourselves with love and concern. What a stark contrast to the world we live in how people treat each other. Imagine a world if there were some who could become righteous on their own while the others could be left guessing on how to attain that righteousness.
Now that the playing field is even God offers a solution. He sent Jesus who emptied Himself and taking the form of a bond-servant (Phil 2:7 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+2%3A7&version=NASB)) served His Father's will, did not sin, and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us. He did not stop there but God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+5%3A21&version=NASB)). If we can understand the depth of that statement then it's so much easier to lift our hands and worship Him on Sundays when we come together. For those who cannot go to church for any reason you can do it right at home!
Since God does all of this through Christ for us we have nothing else but to boast in Christ (Galatians 6:14 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+6%3A14&version=NASB)). There is nothing we can do or say to promote ourselves unto God including our good deeds. Isaiah 64:6 (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=isaiah+64%3A6&version=NASB) states our righteous deeds are like filthy garments. We really have nothing to offer besides accept the Savior by faith and grace alone.


As I learn more about Christ and His unconditional love it reveals how much more undeserving I am of His grace and love. May God richly bless us through these words.

New Creature
Jun 13th 2015, 02:27 PM
You’ve made several excellent points:


1. “there are some verses that can stand on its own and still challenge the reader.”
2. “His Son upon which any man who puts trust in Him is instantly considered righteous”
3. “we have nothing but Christ to boast about”
4. "all’ have sinned is frightening cause the standard of God is unattainable.”
5. “Imagine a world if there were some who could become righteous on their own while the others could be left guessing on how to attain that righteousness.”
6. 2 Cor. 5:21
7. Galatians 6:14
8. Isaiah 64:6

Your point #1 is noteworthy because some verses are contextual proof texts – for example, John 3:16.

Your point #2 is most important because many in Christendom think that becoming a believer is a process, not an instantaneous event. Their gross conceptual error has past-tense forensic justification confused with present-tense sanctification.

Your point #3 touches a raw nerve for many in Christendom, who errantly think that their behavior modification forces God to give them everlasting life – contra Romans 3:24.

Your point #4 goes against the ingrained trait (Rom. 8:7) of self-righteousness (Matt. 7:22, 23) – contra Matthew 18:3-7.

Your point #5 targets those contending that an unspecified amount and unknown type of works, commencing at some undetermined time after they think they have been regenerated, is mandatory to validate that they believe what and why they believe whatever they believe is necessary to obtain everlasting life. They have a saying: “justification is by faith alone, but not by faith that is alone” —meaning that works are a proof of one’s eternal salvation. But their saying – contra Romans 11:6 - only proves their self-righteous perspective.

It should go without saying that Universalism is absolutely refuted by the terms faith and believe. For example, “all have sinned” in Romans 3:23 refers to believers who also “come short of the glory of God; Being justified…” (Rom. 3:24) – declared righteous, not made righteous, per Catholicism. If “all have sinned” (Rom. 3:23) meant all of humanity who also “come short of the glory of God,” then Universalism – contra (Jn. 3:16) – would be true but the immediate context (Rom. 3:22, 26) indicates that Romans 3:23, 24 refers to believers only. Additionally, the fact that believers “come short of the glory of God” refutes the Catholic idea that believers are made righteous, not declared righteous. This observation is most important because Romans 3:24 is a contextual proof text of justification by faith alone in Christ alone.

Since all believers have sinned, all unbelievers have done likewise: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” - Romans 5:12; death proves that man is a sinner.