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Rom 3:21-26

Must guilty man remain under wrath? Is the wound for ever incurable? No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us. This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting. It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Savior, so Jesus Christ signifies. Justifying faith respects Christ as a Savior, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ. There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe. It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favors. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it. And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction. (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary)

 

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (NASB)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (KJV)

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." (NLT)

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (NET)

"For all have sinned: - And consequently are equally helpless and guilty; and, as God is no respecter of persons, all human creatures being equally his offspring, and there being no reason why one should be preferred before another, therefore his endless mercy has embraced All."  (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The bad news is that we have ALL sinned!  We have ALL missed the mark! We cannot meet God's holy standard of absolute perfection!  The Good News is that ALL are offered Salvation in Christ Jesus and ALL who believe will be saved!

"In a word, the eternal truth as to sin and as to the responsibility of man, the effect of the law, the connection of the Old Testament with Christianity, the true character of the latter in that which relates to righteousness (namely, that it is a thing entirely new and independent), the righteousness of God Himself-the whole question between man and God, with regard to sin and righteousness, is settled, as to its foundation, in these few words." (John Nelson Darby)

"This is the general character of all mankind; all have sinned in Adam, are guilty by his sin, polluted with it, and condemned for it; all are sinners in themselves, and by their own actual transgressions; this is the case of the whole world, and of all the men in it; not only of the Gentiles, but of the Jews, and the more righteous among them: hence there is no difference in the state and condition of men by nature; nor is there any reason from and in themselves, why God saves one and not another; nor any room to despair of the grace and righteousness of Christ, on account of persons being, in their own view, the worst of sinners." (Dr. John Gill)

Whether we are the best of the best or the worst of the worst, we all need a Savior because we are "helpless" to save ourselves and there is no righteousness for us under the law because we have demonstrated that we cannot keep it.

"The literal meanings of the Hebrew, and (Greek, "hamartano?", "sin," "sinner", etc), disclose the true nature of sin in its manifold manifestations.

Sin is transgression, an overstepping of the law, the divine boundary between good and evil (Psalm 51:1); (Luke 15:29); iniquity, an act inherently wrong, whether expressly forbidden or not; error, a departure from right; (Psalm 51:9); (Romans 3:23); missing the mark, a failure to meet the divine standard; trespass, the intrusion of self-will into the sphere of divine authority (Ephesians 2:1); lawlessness, or spiritual anarchy (1Timothy 1:9); unbelief, or an insult to the divine veracity (John 16:9).

Sin originated with Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14); entered the world through Adam (Romans 5:12); was, and is, universal, Christ alone excepted; (Romans 3:23); (1Peter 2:22); incurs the penalties of spiritual and physical death; (Genesis 2:17); (Genesis 3:19); (Ezekiel 18:4); (Ezekiel 18:20); (Romans 6:23) and has no remedy but in the sacrificial death of Christ; (Hebrews 9:26); (Acts 4:12) availed of by faith (Acts 13:38); (Acts 13:39).

Sin may be summarized as threefold:

An act, the violation of, or want of obedience to the revealed will of God;

A state, absence of righteousness;

A nature, enmity toward God." (Cyrus Ingerson Scofield)

"For my salvation comes from the LORD alone." (Jonah 2:9 NLT)

Salvation is the work of God.  It is he alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life.  He is both “Alpha and Omega.”  “Salvation is of the Lord.”  If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because he upholds me with his hand.  I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God himself first does in me.  Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone.  Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely.  If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm.  Do I live before men a consecrated life?  It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me.  Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me.  Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good.  Do I grow in knowledge?  The great Instructor teaches me.  All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art.  I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery.  “He only is my rock and my salvation.”  Do I feed on the Word?  That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it.  Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven?  What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink?  Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength?  Where do I gather my might?  My help cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing.  As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in him.  What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Rom 3:21-26

Must guilty man remain under wrath? Is the wound for ever incurable? No; blessed be God, there is another way laid open for us. This is the righteousness of God; righteousness of his ordaining, and providing, and accepting. It is by that faith which has Jesus Christ for its object; an anointed Savior, so Jesus Christ signifies. Justifying faith respects Christ as a Savior, in all his three anointed offices, as Prophet, Priest, and King; trusting in him, accepting him, and cleaving to him: in all these, Jews and Gentiles are alike welcome to God through Christ. There is no difference, his righteousness is upon all that believe; not only offered to them, but put upon them as a crown, as a robe. It is free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favors. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. God, in all this, declares his righteousness. It is plain that he hates sin, when nothing less than the blood of Christ would satisfy for it. And it would not agree with his justice to demand the debt, when the Surety has paid it, and he has accepted that payment in full satisfaction. (Matthew Henry Concise Commentary)

 

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (NASB)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (KJV)

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard." (NLT)

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (NET)

"For all have sinned: - And consequently are equally helpless and guilty; and, as God is no respecter of persons, all human creatures being equally his offspring, and there being no reason why one should be preferred before another, therefore his endless mercy has embraced All."  (Dr. Adam Clarke)

The bad news is that we have ALL sinned!  We have ALL missed the mark! We cannot meet God's holy standard of absolute perfection!  The Good News is that ALL are offered Salvation in Christ Jesus and ALL who believe will be saved!

"In a word, the eternal truth as to sin and as to the responsibility of man, the effect of the law, the connection of the Old Testament with Christianity, the true character of the latter in that which relates to righteousness (namely, that it is a thing entirely new and independent), the righteousness of God Himself-the whole question between man and God, with regard to sin and righteousness, is settled, as to its foundation, in these few words." (John Nelson Darby)

"This is the general character of all mankind; all have sinned in Adam, are guilty by his sin, polluted with it, and condemned for it; all are sinners in themselves, and by their own actual transgressions; this is the case of the whole world, and of all the men in it; not only of the Gentiles, but of the Jews, and the more righteous among them: hence there is no difference in the state and condition of men by nature; nor is there any reason from and in themselves, why God saves one and not another; nor any room to despair of the grace and righteousness of Christ, on account of persons being, in their own view, the worst of sinners." (Dr. John Gill)

Whether we are the best of the best or the worst of the worst, we all need a Savior because we are "helpless" to save ourselves and there is no righteousness for us under the law because we have demonstrated that we cannot keep it.

"The literal meanings of the Hebrew, and (Greek, "hamartano?", "sin," "sinner", etc), disclose the true nature of sin in its manifold manifestations.

Sin is transgression, an overstepping of the law, the divine boundary between good and evil (Psalm 51:1); (Luke 15:29); iniquity, an act inherently wrong, whether expressly forbidden or not; error, a departure from right; (Psalm 51:9); (Romans 3:23); missing the mark, a failure to meet the divine standard; trespass, the intrusion of self-will into the sphere of divine authority (Ephesians 2:1); lawlessness, or spiritual anarchy (1Timothy 1:9); unbelief, or an insult to the divine veracity (John 16:9).

Sin originated with Satan (Isaiah 14:12-14); entered the world through Adam (Romans 5:12); was, and is, universal, Christ alone excepted; (Romans 3:23); (1Peter 2:22); incurs the penalties of spiritual and physical death; (Genesis 2:17); (Genesis 3:19); (Ezekiel 18:4); (Ezekiel 18:20); (Romans 6:23) and has no remedy but in the sacrificial death of Christ; (Hebrews 9:26); (Acts 4:12) availed of by faith (Acts 13:38); (Acts 13:39).

Sin may be summarized as threefold:

An act, the violation of, or want of obedience to the revealed will of God;

A state, absence of righteousness;

A nature, enmity toward God." (Cyrus Ingerson Scofield)

"For my salvation comes from the LORD alone." (Jonah 2:9 NLT)

Salvation is the work of God.  It is he alone who quickens the soul “dead in trespasses and sins,” and it is he also who maintains the soul in its spiritual life.  He is both “Alpha and Omega.”  “Salvation is of the Lord.”  If I am prayerful, God makes me prayerful; if I have graces, they are God’s gifts to me; if I hold on in a consistent life, it is because he upholds me with his hand.  I do nothing whatever towards my own preservation, except what God himself first does in me.  Whatever I have, all my goodness is of the Lord alone.  Wherein I sin, that is my own; but wherein I act rightly, that is of God, wholly and completely.  If I have repulsed a spiritual enemy, the Lord’s strength nerved my arm.  Do I live before men a consecrated life?  It is not I, but Christ who liveth in me.  Am I sanctified? I did not cleanse myself: God’s Holy Spirit sanctifies me.  Am I weaned from the world? I am weaned by God’s chastisements sanctified to my good.  Do I grow in knowledge?  The great Instructor teaches me.  All my jewels were fashioned by heavenly art.  I find in God all that I want; but I find in myself nothing but sin and misery.  “He only is my rock and my salvation.”  Do I feed on the Word?  That Word would be no food for me unless the Lord made it food for my soul, and helped me to feed upon it.  Do I live on the manna which comes down from heaven?  What is that manna but Jesus Christ himself incarnate, whose body and whose blood I eat and drink?  Am I continually receiving fresh increase of strength?  Where do I gather my might?  My help cometh from heaven’s hills: without Jesus I can do nothing.  As a branch cannot bring forth fruit except it abide in the vine, no more can I, except I abide in him.  What Jonah learned in the great deep, let me learn this morning in my closet: “Salvation is of the Lord.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)



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