No One Is Righteous

There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.

Romans 3:10-12

In Mark 10:17-18, the Lord says that no one is good. In Romans 3:10-12, Paul quotes Scripture that states that no one is righteous. It is impossible to be righteous if it is not good. But Scripture quoted by the apostle Paul says more than just nobody is righteous. Among the other things, it is written that no one understands, no one who seeks after God, we all turned aside, we became useless and that no one who does good. I think all those words are a blow to those who still consider themselves good people.

The word righteous apply to the person who acts with objectivity and fairness; It applies to the person who lives according to God’s law; that respects the law or conforming to it; that work with truth and reason; who cannot be reproached. For the same Bible we know that nobody is able to fully live according to God’s law. Therefore, there is not a single human being on Earth who can implement that part of the definition of fair.

The English preacher George Whitefield (1714-1770) said: “We must preach the law to sinners who believe in fairness. We must be careful before seeing heal wounded sinners, lest you say, ‘Peace, peace,’ and there is no peace.” We need to understand that our own righteousness is vain to save. Knowing God’s law allows us to realize our sinful condition. Personally, I must admit that even I was not fully conscious of my own inability; I did not see the need for the Savior.

Job 4:17 says: Can a mortal be more righteous than God? Can a man be more pure than his Maker? Both questions are answered with a resounding no. We could never approach or righteousness or holiness and goodness of the Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth. Psalm 7:11 says: God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. The only truly just is He. All of us are dirty sin and deserve the anger of God.

The American pastor Robert Charles Sproul (1939- ) said: “The need of the Atonement of Christ is rooted, first, in the character of God. Because He is holy and just cannot excuse sin. Rather, it must pass judgment on it. The Judge of all the earth must do right. Therefore, you must punish sinners or provide a way to atone for his sin.”

And certainly, as Sproul says, the alternative of God as righteous Judge, are punish sin or use a scapegoat. In the second alternative tells us 1 Peter 3:18: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[a] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit. Jesus Christ was the scapegoat God used to pay the penalty for all mankind unfair.

Now that you know God as a righteous judge will punish sin anyway, I wonder, what would you rather do? Will you still the same as you are today awaiting certain doom? Or would you rather accept the atonement of Christ? If you decide to accept the second option, you will have eternal life. But first you must repent of your sins, give your life to Jesus Christ and become Him, leaving behind all your past dark. Do it now. I assure you it will be the best decision of your life. That’s for sure! God bless you.


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