Unlimited: No One Righteous
Jun 2, 2022 361
As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.” (Romans 3:10–12)
People love to hear the second part of the Gospel (that Jesus saves), but they’re not so keen on the first part (what he saves us from). The Gospel pinpoints the problem and provides the solution. The Good News isn’t good news if it isn’t based on a solution to the human condition. You actually need to fully appreciate the desperate wickedness of your sin before you can truly appreciate the salvation that God has provided.
There is no one righteous apart from the imputed righteousness that God credits, through justification, to those who accept the gift.
This is why it’s so important to understand and accept this fundamental Biblical truth: that there is no one who is righteous. No one is righteous apart from the imputed righteousness that God credits, through justification, to those who accept the gift.
The opposite, the idea that we have something to offer God in return for salvation, or that God requires any element of righteousness on our part before he can save us, is at the heart of every heresy about salvation from the start. Paul addressed this problem in his letter to the Romans, and it is as relevant to us today as it was to them. This has been a perennial perversion of the Gospel throughout the generations, because it is always in our self-centred hearts to think that we have at least some righteousness ourselves.
If no one is righteous, then we are all equally in need of a Saviour. Consider carefully how you view others whom you consider to be sinners, and especially those who have wronged you. Is your attitude always one of humble grace and mercy?