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There is None Righteous

Book of Romans

A Sermon on Romans 3:9-20

No One Is Righteous

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
“Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
in their paths are ruin and misery,
and the way of peace they have not known.”
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (ESV)

Is there anyone without sin? What characterizes human nature apart from God? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones outlines Romans 3:9-20 as Paul explains human characteristics when they are apart from God. First, there is no one who is righteous apart from God, as He is the only way to salvation. No man fully understands spiritual truth or divine things because their mind has only a secular nature. They lack much understanding when it comes to sinful natures, the wrath of God, true happiness, and their own eternal understanding. Man is so lost in his own understanding that he naturally strays the opposite way of God! Dr. Lloyd-Jones then illustrates how these natural inclinations are manifested in human behavior, fully outlining how vile and destructive we are. Sin that starts in our hearts and then to our mouths, feet, and purpose on earth. This type of explanation truly shows the absolute necessity of God’s way of salvation. Our natural human nature is to run from God, not realizing how much we terribly need Him!