March 13, 2019 | Romans 3:10-12

Pastor Charlie Fleetwood

The Bible clearly says, human beings–both male and female– were created in God's image (Gen. 1:27; 2:7; Col. 3:10).  God provided the very best place for them to live, in the garden of Eden, simply paradise.  They had no knowledge of sin.  God commanded them to enjoy all the fruit in the garden, but forbid them to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17).  This gave them the power of choice, whether to obey or disobey God.  Temptation came next.  They disobeyed God.  They ate the forbidden fruit.  Because of their disobedience, sin entered into the world (Rom. 5:12).

The Apostle Paul says that all of mankind is under sin's dominion.  No one is righteous.  No one seeks God. (1 Cor. 2:14). All humanity is incapable of doing what is right on its own (Rom. 3:19).  All have gone astray.  In God's eyes none are good (Mk. 7:20-23; Rom. 3:10-12).  Though we may consider ourselves 'good', yet our good works are nothing but filthy rags (Isa. 64:6).  God knows us completely (Matt. 10:30; 1 Sam. 16:7), and wants us to be right with Him.  From the first moment we are alive, we become dependent on God for everything, including our salvation.  It is by grace (Eph. 2:8-10), through faith (Heb. 11:1,6; Roman. 10:9-10).

We can now be in the right relationship with Christ Jesus, saved from our past sins.  Then, be committed to follow Him (Matt. 16:24-27; Luk. 9:23, 62), and receive a crown of life (Phil. 3:12-14; Rev. 2:10).

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