Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 3:9, 20 (NLT)
Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin…For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
In these two verses Paul shows us the fundamental reason for the Good News: that we are sinners and incapable of saving ourselves. People today want to live by the assumption that all they have to do is “be good” and that is all they need. However, the Scriptures make it clear that this is an impossibility at least when it comes to living up to God’s standards. In fact, Paul goes so far as to say to God never intended the law to be something we could live up to, but merely a guideline to show how sinful we are, and therefore, our need for God to save us. Notice what he says in verse 20, “The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” This flies in the face of popular opinion today, which believes that there are absolutely no absolutes (notice the intended contradiction). In other words, how can we tell people they are sinful when we no longer believe in sin? Once again the Bible is clear, there is sin and we are all controlled by it. Another problem that our society has today is the Biblical mandate of God’s judgment of sinners. We like to think of God merely as this kindly Grandfather in the sky that loves us, and as a result, would never condemn us to a horrible place like hell. Unfortunately, like the proverbial coin, there are two sides to God’s nature. Yes, He is a God of love, mercy, and grace, however, He is also a God of truth and justice. It is because of His justice that He must judge sin and sinners because if He didn’t He would no longer be just. This is the purpose of the Good News! We cannot save ourselves, but we have a God who is able and willing to save us if we are willing to accept His forgiveness and change our ways by turning to Him.