Friday Morning: 15 Mar 2019 – Romans 3:9-20 ~ Guilty!

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 3:9-20 (NLT)

All People Are Sinners

Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say,

“No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”

“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.”

“Snake venom drips from their lips.”

“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”

“They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.”

“They have no fear of God at all.”

Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God.  For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
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Morning Reflection:

The purpose of the law… “is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God.” – Romans 3:19

Total Depravity: John Calvin used terms like “total depravity” to mean that, despite the ability of people to outwardly uphold the law, there remained an inward distortion which makes all human actions displeasing to God, whether or not they are outwardly good or bad….

In essence, then, “our situation is hopeless as far as we are concerned. Our entire heart, mind, and will is enslaved to the power of sin and we stand under the just wrath of God.” (Greg Herrick)
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“We live in the period of the inauguration of [Christ’s] kingdom, but we must wait patiently for the consummation to come at his return. Thus our present experience, while rooted in deep joy, is not without sorrow, pain, and suffering. We must take up the cross as our master taught us (Luke 9:23).” (Greg Herrick)

Questions for consideration:

  • Do you believe that the entire world is in rebellion against God and in need of forgiveness? Why/why not? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that the entire world is under condemnation – subject to the wrath of God – without Christ? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that unbelievers are enslaved to the power of sin in heart, mind, and will? How about your unbelieving family members, friends and neighbors? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that even believers struggle with the residual effects of the power of sin in heart, mind and will? How about you? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Jesus said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23

Heavenly Father: You made me in your image and declared me good. Nevertheless, I suffer the effects of ageless, compounded sin in my heart, mind and will. Thank you for saving me from myself through the sacrifice of your son, Jesus Christ, who was made sin that I might be made right with you. Continue the cleansing, transforming work of your Word and Spirit in my life; teach me to mistrust myself and rely solely on you, that I might lose myself, take up my cross and follow you. I ask this in Jesus’ name.
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“Take Up Your Cross” – Ray Boltz

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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