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Reflection on Rom 3:14-19

Post date:   2019-07-27
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on Rom 3:14-19

 

Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; 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 says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

 

In chapter three of the Epistle to the Romans, the Apostle says that all are guilty before God. The Apostle asks: “What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because they have been entrusted with the very words of God.” In verse 9, he asks: “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one. Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practised deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips.’” And these verses are followed by verses 14-19, which we are going to remember during the following two weeks. “Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; 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 says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

 

These words concern all men, both Jews and Gentiles. For it is emphasized that there is none righteous, no, not one. Verse 19 says that all the world has become guilty before God through the law. And verse 20 says: “Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”

 

This whole passage highlights the truth that all have sinned and all the world is guilty before God. Verses 10-18 describe the old self and its evil works. But we know that Jesus has come to take on Himself all sins originating from the poisoned root in us which the Scripture calls the old self.

 

 

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