Week of September 23 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 3:9-18

 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:

“None is righteous, no, not one;
11     no one understands;
    no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
    no one does good,
    not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
    they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14     “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16     in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18     “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Reflect: How does Paul emphasize the global reaches of the problem of sin?

Consider: The second witness, beside the apostle himself, is the Old Testament. The corpus of special revelation which formed the Jews’ advantage (Rom. 3:1–2) turns out to be the strongest witness against them. From the Psalms, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs come the seminal thoughts that Paul “quotes” in order to show the Jews one thing: the texts which God committed to them for the purpose of being a light to the Gentiles have now been turned upon them. It is as if someone grabbed their sword out of their hand—the sword by which they were to fight their way through the darkness of this world—and killed them with it.[1]

Respond: Do you think most people in the world think they are righteous or unrighteous? How would you explain to someone that they are not righteous? Which description of unrighteousness from this passage do you think best fits modern society? Why? Which description of unrighteousness from this passage reminds you the most of yourself before Christ? Why? How have you seen Him change you?

[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 87.