All Under Sin Part 2
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
10 As it is written:
"There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one."
13 "Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit";
"The poison of asps is under their lips";
14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known."
18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
An ideological group in a industrialized nation of Europe systematically exterminates over 16 million people.
A leader of a socialist super power kills over 20 million of his own citizens.
Mao Tse-tung, the man who led the Communist takeover of China in 1949 and governed the country for almost 30 years, "must rank as the greatest monster in human history". Mao was responsible for the deaths of 70 million Chinese. This is more than the total killings attributable to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin combined. The biggest single number of Chinese dead was the 38 million who perished in the famine of the four years from 1958 to 1961, during the so-called Great Leap Forward.
While Chinese were starving by the millions, Chairman Mao confiscated harvests and exported the
food to Communist eastern Europe in trade for armaments.
The Khmer Rouge kill over one third of the population of 8,000,000 in the Killing Fields.
What is the total number of people killed by democide in the 20th century? 169,198,000 or 1,691,980 every year for a hundred years or 4,635 each day.
Over three dozen people make plans to use home made explosive liquid bombs to bring down ten airliners in one fell swoop.
One leader of an Islamic country calls for the destruction of Israel. And may be working to do just that.
Children are persuaded to put on an explosive belt and sent out to kill their “enemies” in so-called suicide bombings.
The danger of knowing all that is to think that we somehow we are different. That none of that could ever happen here. I purchased a book a couple of years ago called Ordinary Men. The story of how just ordinary men were persuaded that they should exterminate the Jews. They were men with families just like us. They went to work, did their jobs, paid their bills and all the rest. They were not monsters. Not anymore than the rest of us.
People who are very religious tend to think of themselves as being inherently better than others and favored by God because of their goodness and religiosity. Even Christians are sometimes tempted to think that God saved them because they were somehow more deserving of salvation than others. But if a person ever becomes right before God it is never because he is innately better than anyone else or because he has managed to bring his life up to God’s standards or because he zealously observes certain religious practices. It is only because he has acknowledged his sin and helplessness and prostrated himself in humble faith before the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness and cleansing. MacArthur Commentary
Some might read our text this morning and think that it must not refer to people of our enlightened generation. But more mass murders have taken place since the so-called enlightenment than for all of history before it.
Lets take an honest look at our passage and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us.
I. All are equal
A. What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin.
B. Even though the Jews had the advantage of the law of God and the direct revelation of God, it had not done them any better than the gentiles.
C. All are equally under sin, under its power and under its curse.
D. Several ways to handle sin.
1. One is to deny it.
2. Another is to work your way out of it.
3. The third is to confess it and accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.
II. The indictment As it is written:
A. "There is none righteous, no, not one;
1. No one is up to God’s standards.
2. We all have fallen short of God’s righteous demands. Rom 3:23
3. So Paul begins with our basic character, and not one is right, totally right.
4. Notice that he emphasizes it by saying “no not one”
B. There is none who understands;
1. Next he deals with our understanding.
2. No one understands.
3. We cannot know God apart from His revelation.
C. There is none who seeks after God.
1. But the problem is that no one seeks God.
2. In a world where about 98 percent proclaim some religion it is hard to believe that man does not seek God.
3. But the truth is that we invent a god of our own desire and then we worship it.
4. We do not seek after the true God, because He is contrary to our very nature.
D. They have all turned aside;
1. Not only has mankind not sought after the true God but man has turned aside from the revelation that God has given him.
2. They have turned to false gods, to black arts, to drugs, anything that deadens the emptiness in their heart.
E. They have together become unprofitable;
1. The idea here is worthless.
2. The word come from allowing food to rot and be worthless.
3. Man has went after his own desires and forsaken God’s plan for him.
F. There is none who does good, no, not one."
1. So much so that not one is good, truly good.
2. That does not mean that people cannot do good things.
3. But what it does mean that all that man does in their own heart is defiled by sin.
4. Notice again the coming objection so the quote continues “no not one”
G. Next he describes their speech.
1. "Their throat is an open tomb;
2. With their tongues they have practiced deceit";
3. "The poison of asps is under their lips";
4. "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
H. Next he describes their actions
1. "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
2. Destruction and misery are in their ways;
3. And the way of peace they have not known."
I. Then He gets to the root problem. "There is no fear of God before their eyes."
III. Paul then address the coming objection of the Jews.
A. Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law,
B. that every mouth may be stopped,
C. and all the world may become guilty before God.
IV. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight,
V. for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
A. The problem is man denys sin and runs from every attempt by God to rid him of this terrible curse.
B. Some years ago a fascinating but pathetic story of a duck in a Toronto park made headlines for several days (Toronto Star, Nov. 4-13, 1971). The duck, who came to be called Ringo, made her home at the park lake. One day she accidentally poked her bill through the ring of a pull tab from a pop can and was not able to extricate herself. She was, of course, unable to eat and would soon starve to death. When her plight was noticed by some park visitors, she became something of a celebrity. Park personnel and animal experts tried numerous ways to catch Ringo so she could be helped. They even called in a champion duck caller. People tried luring her with food but without success. Unfortunately the frightened Ringo mistook all the efforts to help her as being threats. The rescuers lost sight of her and never did catch her. It is not known if Ringo eventually dislodged the pull tab before she died.
C. Fallen and condemned man, trapped in his sin, is similarly confused. Because he sees it as a threat to his life-style rather than an eternal blessing, he makes every effort to escape the gospel, which the Lord has so graciously provided for his salvation. MacArthur
Silent before God
The last time someone accused you of wrongdoing, how did you react? With denial, argument, and defensiveness? The Bible says the world stands silent and accountable before Almighty God. No excuses or arguments are left. Have you reached the point with God where you are ready to put away your defenses and await his decision? If not, you need to ask what is keeping you from admitting your sin to him. For the person who has submitted to God, the following verses are truly good news! Life Application Commentary
But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, NKJV