(Article for publication week of 6-6-2012 AD)
“There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10). The Epistle of Paul to the Romans is one of the most theological books in the whole Bible. The great Theme of this book is the Righteousness of God. Paul introduces this theme in chapter 1, verses 16 and 17. After his introduction, he begins to open up the great doctrine of justification. The first major section of Romans is from chapter 1, verse 18 through chapter 3, verse 20. In this section Paul shows us why we need the justifying righteousness of Christ, that being the fact that none of us have any righteousness of our own. After he shows us why we need a better righteousness than our own, he then proceeds to show us that justification is by grace alone through faith alone, in Christ Alone. But first he wants to be sure that we understand our desperately lost condition.
Our text this week is a quote from the Old Testament. Paul had absolute confidence in the inspiration, authority and preservation of the scriptures. So he says, “it is written.” The 14th Psalm to which Paul refers speaks of God looking down on the people on the earth. And as God looks down on the human race, He says, “none righteous.” God looked down on the Jews, and He said, “unrighteous.” He looked at the Gentiles, and He said, “unrighteous.” God looked down on white people, and He said, “unrighteous.” God looked down on black people, and He said, “unrighteous.” God looked down on brown people, and He said, “unrighteous.” God looked down on Simpson County and He said, “none righteous.” God looked down on YOU, and He said “not righteous.” There are none righteous in God’s estimation.
There is none righteous among the descendents of Adam and Eve. The most moral person on earth cannot stand in the Day of Judgment on his own standing. The most religious person that has ever lived cannot stand before God by his own merits. We saw last week that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Whatever you may think of yourself, or whatever others may think of you, God’s pronouncement is that you are unrighteous.
“None righteous”! What an awful indictment of us all! We are in bad shape! God requires perfect righteous, and all of us, in and of ourselves are totally unrighteous. Not a person descended from Adam and Eve can ever say they are righteous. But there is a Person Who is perfectly righteous. The only Person Who is as righteous as God requires is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and coequal Son of God. Poor sinner, your only hope for righteousness is in this Blessed Person. May the Holy Spirit give you faith to believe in Him for your whole and sole righteousness.