Is Anyone Righteous?
Daily Bible Reading – Romans 1-4
Today’s Key Passage – Romans 3:9-24
There are many different excuses people use to try to justify their actions. Some people say that there is no God and therefore they do not have to follow any rules other than their own conscience. Others think they are not as bad as other people are, and that their sins have only been minor. Still others think that since they belong to a church or give to the needy, they are automatically righteous in God’s eyes. Paul spends the first three chapters in Romans debunking all of these myths. He systematically explains away all of these excuses, and is left with the truth about our righteousness. He quotes Psalm 14 in today’s key passage to explain that in God’s eyes, none of us is innocent.
We are all guilty of sin. Based on our own merit, we all deserve to go to hell. I know that sounds harsh, but Biblically speaking it is the truth. God does not pull any punches in His Scripture. He does not try to soften the blow. If we have ever lied – even once – we are sinners, and as we see in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death“. There is no getting around it. There is no hiding from it. So how do we answer the question of whether or not anyone is righteous based on his own merit? According to the Bible, the answer is a definitive “no”. Fortunately, through Jesus Christ we are justified. While we will never be righteous on our own, we can become righteous in God’s sight, though faith in Jesus Christ.
Anyone who says he does not need Christ is fooling himself. Anyone who says he “lives a good life” or that “God will understand” is fooling himself. Anyone who says he practices “religion” but does not have an actual relationship with Jesus Christ is fooling himself. Christ is the ONLY way. We will never measure up without Him. Some people call that exclusionary, but in fact, Christianity is perhaps the most inclusive religion in the world. In most religions, there are a series of steps that you have to go through to be justified. In those religions, you are justified by your actions. In Biblical Christianity, there is only one thing you need to do – put your faith and your trust in Jesus. That is it. Of course, as followers of Christ we still follow rules. We still try to live our lives by His standards, but we do not do this to try to gain salvation. Our salvation is already guaranteed through our Savior. We follow rules and try to become more Christ-like out of our gratitude for what He did for us. His sacrifice for us was enormous. If we truly thank Him and praise Him daily, we try our best to follow His lead, and we will share this good news! Anyone and everyone can become righteous today. All it takes is a little humility. All it takes is a little faith.
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