5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates that God is righteous, what should we conclude? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is he? (I am speaking in human terms.) 6 Absolutely not! For otherwise how could God judge the world? 7 For if in contrast to my lie the truth of God enhances his glory, why am I still actually being judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, “Let us do evil so that good may come of it”?–as some who slander us allege that we say. (Their criticism is deserved!) 9 What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, 10 just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, 11 there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, together they have become of no value; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the venom of snakes is inside their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood, 16 ruin and misery are in their paths, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
all under sin
Sin is not just something you do; it is something that you are under. In fact, we are all born under it. It makes no difference what our heritage is, or what religious traditions we learned since childhood. The fact is, sin looms over us like a storm, threatening to undo us at any moment.
That seems like really bad news, but the good news of the gospel is that God himself has a solution for the dilemma. So, although sin is an impending disaster for us all, God’s righteousness through faith in Christ is also available to all.
LORD, thank you for your solution to sin. We need not fear because your grace extends to all sinners who seek it.