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Romans 3:9-12

Romans 3:9–12 (ESV): "For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; 11  no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one."

All human beings are subject to depravity. There is no good person, redeemed or unredeemed. Born again believers are still subject to the fallen nature and must consciously choose to walk in the Spirit if we have any hope of sinning less. One thing remains true, there is none righteous, no not one!

Paul spent much time refuting the idea that the law can produce righteousness. The law has one purpose and that is to reveal the sin of man. It could never become a remedy for sin. It is a flashlight in a dark room. All it can do is illuminate what is hidden in the dark. Thus anyone who seeks righteousness through law-keeping is condemned. It would be like seeking rescue from the waters you are drowning in. Our only hope to be made righteous is by faith in Jesus Christ. There is no other way!

How "good" do you feel today? It's an error every Christian can make. We will never be good until this flesh has been transformed. Even then our righteousness will come from Jesus. Adam in his perfect state was never righteous, only innocent. We will never stand before God in the righteousness of ourselves in this life or the next. We will forever be dependent on Jesus. This should result in us being gracious and compassionate to the redeemed and unredeemed alike. After all, we all need Jesus. Amen?

Father, we are daily in desperate need of your grace and mercy. As we receive may we also give out. Pour our Your Spirit on us and help us to be dependent on You today as when we first believed we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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