“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
This is the general character of all mankind; all have failed miserably to live up to the divine standard; all have sinned in Adam and are guilty by sin and condemned for it; all are sinners in themselves; this is the case of the whole world; not only of the Gentiles, but of the Jews, and even of the so-called Christians, and the more righteous among them.
Man was made for the purpose of glorifying God and was capable of it, though now through sin incapable; and it is only by the Grace of God that he is enabled to do it.
Sin has made man infamous and is his shame; his moral righteousness is no foundation for boasting, especially before God. Man has no righteousness.
God receives sinners but He refuses the righteous because there are no truly righteous people.
But those who think they are good enough cannot respond to the Gospel. They cannot be saved, for the Gospel is a call to sinners to repent and be forgiven.
The Lord Jesus did not extend His gracious call to salvation to those who view themselves as righteous.
The Gospel is first of all a mandate for repentance.
Our Saviour said: “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)
From the beginning of His ministry, the heart of Jesus’ message was a call to repentance.
The Truth of the Gospel is that the only ones who are eligible for salvation are those who realize they are sinners and are willing to repent.
The Lord Jesus came to save sinners.
But those who are unwilling to admit their sin, He doesn’t have much to say except to pronounce judgment.
Love in Christ,