A Short Study of Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
some may not be as profane as others, but “all have sinned”!
You may be a fine mother, a loving daughter, chaste and very moral, receiving praise from all who know you but…if you have not received Christ by faith, and His righteousness has not been charged to your account you are no better off before God than the vilest harlot there is.
There is no difference, all have sinned and missed the mark and have come short of God’s glory.
There you are O man, sitting easy; you are regarded as honest, having the respect of all who know you. You pay your debts, you love your wife and children, you work hard to provide for their needs, yea even their wants.
But what about your needs, your wants before God?
Do you trust Christ right now?
Is He alone your righteousness before God’s holiness?
If He is not, then you are no better off than the rapist and child abuser in prison.
There is no difference, “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”!
“The glory of God” is the standard for human life.
Not what our wives and children, nor what our neighbors or mothers and fathers have set for us!
It is easy to believe that the whore and whoremonger, the liar and murderer come short of the glory of God, but…so are you, there is no difference, all have sinned and are falling short of the glory of God.
“The righteousness by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all, for there is no difference.”
This is the only remedy for coming short of God’s glory. This righteousness is received by faith in Christ. It is a gift, not an award for your merit or your works.
Remember, “ALL have sinned.”
“O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
just to take Him at His word.
Just to rest upon His promise,
just to know “Thus saith the Lord.”
Where there is faith in Christ, there is acceptance, reliance, dependence, and confidence, all of which are opposed to self-effort, self-reliance and self-confidence.
By Donald Bell