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Romans 3:1-20: The Beautiful Gift

Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though everyone were a liar, as it is written, “That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged.” But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.) By no means! For then how could God judge the world? But if through my lie God’s truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner? And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just. What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, 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 speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
— Romans 3:1-20 ESV

By Sarah Morris

        This is a long Bible passage today. But I believe that it is stating a simple message that we so often forget. Do we as a church act like we have it all together sometimes? Do we put an air of perfection out, where as non-believers or people who are not strong in the Christian faith feel as though we think we are sinless? Paul is stating that no one is sinless, not even those who were called God’s chosen people. Therefore, we can’t sit there and put up a wall of perfection, where others feel like they are not good enough. The fact of the matter is that no one deserves to be saved. But the beauty is that even though we don’t deserve it, Jesus gives it freely as a gift when He wiped our slate clean. Thus, even though we all sin, as Christians we can be assured that our debt has been paid by the blood of the Lamb.

    I was talking to a friend, and she said something that stuck with me. That one sin that you have committed, even if it is just a little white lie or a nasty thought, was enough to forever separate you from God. Sin is sin. It is a net that catches us in it, and we are held away from the perfect love of God. But, grace has come from God. In this, that net is torn like the curtain that was torn in the temple the moment Jesus died. It is nothing that we can do, but only by Jesus dying and rising again, beating death and the grave, that we are freed. Let us remember that gift of Salvation that is made available to all. None of us deserve it, but all of us have access to it.