ROMANS 3:23 NKJV – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
ECCLESIASTES 7:20 NKJV – For there is not a just man on earth who does good And does not sin.
1JOHN 1:10 NKJV – If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
PSALM 14:1-3 NKJV – The fool has said in his heart, “ There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
ISAIAH 64:6 NKJV – But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; We all fade as a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away.
Before The Cross: We Are Sinful
Something is wrong with the world. Something is broken. Something is wrong with all of us. Deep down I believe we all sense this. We can tell something is not right and can’t quite explain why. Whether or not we are believers, I think we can agree this is true.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
When we come before the Cross of Christ, we become painfully aware that there is nothing we can do to be in a right relationship with God. There is nothing we can do to obtain salvation.
Ever since Adam and Eve committed the first sin (Genesis 3), we are all born into our sinful nature and there is nothing we can do about it. Even our world is broken which helps explain why so many tragedies happen that aren’t even in our control. At the end of the day, we are sinful and God, who is Holy and set apart from us, can’t and won’t tolerate sin.
Even if we have a “good” day full of good works including loving others and serving them, the Bible says our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment (Isaiah 64:6).
So if we are sinful and there is no hope for us, what are we supposed to do? Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there…