Guilty before God
Guilty! If you are before a judge and jury, that is not the word you want to hear. Nevertheless, it is the word that aptly fits every one of us. Every single one of us is guilt before God. That is the theme of today’s lesson from Romans 3:19 – “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” We all freely admit that we sin and fall short of what God wants us to be. In fact, this admission has become an excuse for some! Their thinking runs like this: “Since every single one of us sins, why get concerned with sin? It is inevitable, unavoidable, inexorable. Surely God will overlook that which we are bound to do.” O foolish man! How ludicrous is your logic. You love your pet dog. You spoil and coddle. But what will you do if he contracts rabies? He must be put down. It is an imperfect metaphor, yet understand its import! There is no rationale for sinning! God shows us our sin, not that we might excuse it, but that we might see our guiltiness before Him. God teaches us His goodness, not that we might encroach upon it, but that we might cry to Him for help. Here are four reasons every mouth must be stopped and all the world is guilty:
1. The degree of man’s corruptness enforces his guiltiness.
2. The purpose of man’s creation insists on his guiltiness.
3. God’s infinite holiness demonstrates man’s guiltiness.
4. God’s infinite goodness reveals man’s guiltiness.
In view of these, it should cause us to wonder at how God allows us to even exist; to breathe His air, to live on His earth; all the while opposing His will, profaning His name, breaking His commands. Only by grasping these truths can we ever appreciate and in a measure understand that the gospel is indeed “good news.”