I hate to be the bearer of bad news but today I have some. No matter whether you are a believer or not we are all sinners, WE ARE ALL SINNERS!
We are concentrating on the biblical scripture from the book of Romans, chapter 3, verses 23:
“23 For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God”, Romans 3:23
For all have sinned
The first part, “For all have sinned”, is a known statement that we were born sinners and we attribute this all the way back to Adam & Eve. Genesis tells us about the original sin:
1 Now the Serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, yea has God said you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, You shall not surely die: 5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” Genesis 3:1-7
12 And the man said, the woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. 13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, what is this that you have done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”, Genesis 3:12-13
- God told Adam & Eve not to eat from the tree
- Satan convinced them to eat from the tree
- They not only disobeyed God (Sin) they tried to hide from God (Sin)
We are all sinners thanks to Adam. This is our nature and no matter what we try to accomplish we will still be a sinner.
Repent our sins;
“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out”, Acts 3:19
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”, 1 John 1:9
Trust Him as our Savior and Lord;
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you”, Psalm 9:10
We be holy as He is holy;
“Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy”, 1 Peter 1:16
We become like Him in all ways;
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers”, 1 John 3:16
Problem is that we can’t meet these demands and therefore we fall short as Paul writes in Romans 2:12:
“All have turned aside; together they become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”, Romans 2:12
The last part of the scripture” Glory of God” means in plain English that we didn’t match up to God’s expectations. God’s goal is to bring himself glory because he is the only one worthy. God’s glory can be translated to:
Man praising Him
David proclaimed praise to God when he wrote in Psalm 115:1,
“Not to us, but to your name be the glory!”, Psalm 115:1
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”, Luke 2:14
Where the heavenly host of angels gave God all the credit at the birth of Jesus when they sang.
Paul writes in Romans 3:24,
“We are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”, Romans 3:24
Jesus died on the cross to give us all salvation and eternal life. All we must do is believe and ask God to save us to see the separation between us and God which is our sin.So those of us that are believers, we need to reaffirm our belief in God. We need to let God know that we are serious. That we are serious to the point of using John Fogerty’s Lyrics “Put me in the game coach”.
Believers are commanded by God which we refer to as the great Commission:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”, Matthew 28:19-20
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you”, Matthew 25: 35-40
If we are living, and believing in God, our work is simply basic. We are to keep believing, following God’s commandments, witness to others, and use our skills to serve God.Let us pray!