Romans 3:5 – 9 — “But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous Who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
“For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto His glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin…”
In chapter 1, verses 18 – 32, Paul states God’s case for man’s need of the gospel of Christ, against the backdrop of the wrath of God revealed against the ungodliness of men. The Gentile, i.e., pagan, or heathen nations are mostly in view. In chapter 2, verses 1 – 16, the fact that some of these nations have become “civilized” in no way removes them from this need, it only increases their guilt. Then, in 2:17 – 29, the elect Nation is brought before the court, and this nation, while given great privilege as God’s people on the earth, has also shown themselves lacking in personal righteousness. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required” (Luke 12:48). Continue reading “All Under Sin”