Romans 3:10,11 - There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
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The Apostle Paul in Romans meticulously and beautifully teaches about man’s utter hopelessness in being righteous by their own efforts and works. He quotes verses from Psalm 53. David speaks prophetically about the state of man. Left to their own devices, man turns away from God, denies God, and even says that God doesn’t exist.
The law given through Moses was a way for people to live by faith through obedience. Even then, with the righteous living by faith, animal sacrifices was still not a way for completion and perfection.
And as Paul writes, he paints a bleak picture of humanity. He says, “All have turned away… No one does good… Throats are open graves… Mouths are full of cursing and bitterness… There is no fear of God.” This bleak picture looks and sounds a lot like the world we live in today.
There is no one, no person, righteous, but there is a One, Jesus Christ, who alone is righteousness. His righteousness makes us righteous as we believe and have faith.
We must remember that our right standing with God is by faith alone in Christ. We can’t be tempted to move into a self righteous, judgmental, critical place where we start to look down upon others who are steeped in sin. But we understand that the world’s salvation completely rests upon the grace of God in Jesus Christ.