Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, soul, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. ~ Darrell Scott (father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings)
1 Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. 3 But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! Psalm 14:1-3
No matter how good we think we are … The law of God shows us all to be guilty of unrighteousness.
We are all guilty of self-worship. Sin controls our heart, mind, and will. (Nature)
9 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. 10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one.
1) We have all sinned.
2) We are voluntarily ignorant. (Foolish)
11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God.
3) We don’t seek God.
4) We are not able to do good. (Be Holy)
12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph 2:10
5) What is in our heart comes out of our mouth.
Hurting people hurt people.
13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.”
14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
6) There is no peace. (Conflict with God and people)
15 “They rush to commit murder. 16 Destruction and misery always follow them. 17 They don’t know where to find peace.”
7) No fear of God means no wisdom.
18 “They have no fear of God at all.”
If we have God’s grace then why do we have His law?
God’s law points us toward our need for God.
19 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. 20 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.