This righteousness [of God] is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:22-24, NIV
No Excuse: All Have Sinned.
People naturally think highly of themselves. How many times have you seen someone looking down on others? When was the last time you “heard” someone silently say, “I’m better than the rest,” or “I wouldn’t have failed even if I tried?” It’s true, more often than not. We all have the tendency to think we’re better than everyone else.
This attitude is often extended to our opinion of how good or bad we are. Pickpockets probably think they’re more good than bank robbers. Drunkards probably think drug addicts are more bad than they are. Religious people probably think they’re so much more good than all the others mentioned here. Ultimately though, being human beings, we’re all on the same boat: we have all sinned.
A serial killer is a sinner, most wouldn’t question that. But the most good person in the world is also a sinner. That’s what the verse 23 says: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That you haven’t murdered isn’t an excuse. That you are not addicted to drugs is no excuse either. That you’ve been stolen from, not the one who stole from another, is still no excuse. Nope, there is simply no excuse. Every single human being who has lived, is living, or is yet to live in this world is a sinner.
Sinners, rebels against God, are objects of his wrath. Eternal wrath and fury is what awaits the sinner. But thank God, for he gives righteousness to all who believe. It’s what makes a difference to our eternal destiny, and it’s a free gift from him!
Yes, there is no excuse. And yes, everyone is a sinner. But the righteousness that comes from God, he gives freely to those who believe. Reader, believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.
Meditations // Romans 3:22-24