In Romans 3:1-8 the apostle Paul responds to objections about religion, morality, God's justice, righteousness and faithfulness. In verses 9-20, Paul explains that all people are under sin's power and held accountable to God. Specifically, he concludes that sin makes us equals. That is, both Jews and Gentiles (non Jews) are equally lost. Our failure to perfectly love God and perfectly love people convicts us of our inability to live out God's key commandments. Paul also concludes that our sin problem brings us to silence. The good news is that the power of the gospel transforms the heart. The gospel speaks to inclusion and equality, not marginalization. All are equal at the foot of the cross. When we realize that we aren't seeking God, but He is seeking us, it changes everything!
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul pulls together the entire narrative of Scripture and human history to show God's plan for salvation through Jesus. Over the next year we are going to study this letter to the Romans in five parts: Our Problem, God's Provision, Our Power, Our Predicament and Our Practice. In Part 1, we will discover that all of humanity stands guilty before a holy God, and that no amount of work can earn God's righteousness. However, there is good news in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.