Our dismal condition continues in this Bible lesson as it was in the last lesson.
9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. 10 As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.”
“The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
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, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
But Paul HAS to show us just how serious our alienated condition truly is without Jesus Christ.
Paul knew that this was his job and he had one chance to do it. I think he did it pretty well. I am convinced of my inability to do anything within my own strength or power that would make me anything other than what I was before Jesus Christ knocked on my door. My whole being depends on Him and Him alone for my breath, my sustanence, my provision, my purpose.
And I am grateful for Paul reminding me of this through his words.
It keeps me grounded and humble. It helps my head stay proportional to my body. These words are good to hear. Especially when we know that we are adopted into God’s kingdom through His Son Jesus! Not because of our own works or efforts but solely because of Jesus. How can we not praise Him?
In these verses, Paul quotes Old Testament Scripture. Verses 10 through 12 are from Psalm 14 that David wrote centuries earlier. These words can describe atheists who deny the existence of the one true God. This is a picture of life without Jesus. Continuing through the verses above from 13 through 18, we see a picture of our fickle nature. We can bless God and curse man with the same breath. There can be poison flowing out of our mouths if we don’t try to control thoughts.
Each of us can get caught up in talking badly about others and gossiping.
Thank God for the Holy Spirit that dwells within us who will instantly convict us when we do these things. It’s important that we know that inner voice speaking to us. We must obey and give Him precedence in our life and our thoughts. That is how we will grow in Christ. How we will become more and more like Him. We must listen to the Voice.
When he has brought all of his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
How do we know His voice?
We need to know His Word and then we will know His voice. It is only by the righteousness of Jesus Christ that we are declared righteous. We are in Him. He is the Head and we are the Body. When God the Father looks down at us, He doesn’t see us individually. He sees His Son. So let’s put aside the law because it cannot bring life. It cannot save. The law only declared us unrighteous. Jesus came to satisfy the penalty of the law and He did it in full!
Stay in the Light and the Love Always,