Walking Through Romans
“In Need of a Savior”
This post goes along with the Free Lessons posted at the end of this article.
We have entered one of, if not the most controversial passages of Scripture when we enter Romans 3:10-18. Why do I say that? It is the most twisted and distorted among all men. This passage of Scripture teaches that all men everywhere are depraved and in need of salvation. All men are in need of being rescued from the wrath of God that rests on them, yet many think because they are “good” in the sense they help others, they try to live a moral life, God will NOT judge them! According to what we will see in this passage those who “feel” this way are gravely mistaken!
Paul said in Romans 1:16:“He was not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
The heart of the Gospel is God sending His Own Son in the flesh to rescue sinners, depraved man, from His wrath, judgment, and condemnation. If God sent His Son to rescue man then man is in need of rescuing! The men Christ has come to save are the ones described in Romans 3:10-18. Once again we must emphasize that this includes all men everywhere.
How Does Romans 3 Describe all Mankind?
Man is not sick or a little sinful, he is depraved.
Total Depravity: Sin has affected all parts of man. The heart, emotions, will, mind, and body are all affected by sin. We are completely sinful. We are not as sinful as we could be, but we are completely affected by sin.
The doctrine of Total Depravity is derived from scriptures that reveal human character: Man’s heart is evil (Mark 7:21-23) and sick (Jer. 17:9). Man is a slave of sin (Rom. 6:20). He does not seek for God (Rom. 3:10-12). He cannot understand spiritual things (1 Cor. 2:14). He is at enmity with God (Eph. 2:15). And, is by nature a child of wrath (Eph. 2:3).
Now that we have looked at the definition of depraved lets look at what Romans 3 says:
- There is none righteous, not even one
- There is none who understands
- There is none who seeks God
- All have turned aside, together they have become useless
- There is none who does good, there is not even one
According to these 3 verses;
- NONE understand,
- NONE are righteous.
- NONE seek after God.
- Everyone has turned aside.
I emphasize this because the gospel emphasis this!
A Description of How sin Has Corrupted the Entire Man
Romans 3:13-19 gives a description of how sin has corrupted all parts mankind.
In Romans 6:19 Paul gives a command from God to not go on presenting our members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness. He is speaking to the believer in this passage but he is reminding him of what he once was apart from Christ. He says that the unbeliever used his members as instruments of unrighteousness.(When Paul uses the term members he is referring to how we use our bodies, the mouth, the tongue, the hands, the feet…etc. This passage in Romans 3 shows how the unbelievers used their members as instruments of unrighteousness. Look at what it says and what members of the body were used.
- Their throat is an open grave
- With their tongues they keep deceiving
- The poison of Asps (snake) is under their lips of cursing
- Their feet are swift to shed blood
- Their is no fear of God before their eyes
Galatians 5:18-21 gives more detail about how an unbeliever used the body as instruments of unrighteousness. Galatians 5:18-21 gives us a list of the fruit of the flesh. Think about what members of your body would be used to bring forth this unrighteous fruit.
There is No Fear of God Before Their Eyes
“Destruction and misery are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known, there is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:16-18
Mans eyes are focused on everything but God! He does not fear or reverence God. Because of this his acts of sin are taking him down a path of misery and destruction. On this path there is no peace!
Do Not Be Ashamed of the Gospel!
Because this is what the Gospel says about all people we need to be diligent to teach this to all man. If we are not teaching that man is depraved and in need of Jesus we are admitting that we are ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! Believer we need to remember were we once were before the grace of God saved us. Present this truth with grace and compassion not forgetting we were once there!