Devotion – Romans 3

S – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

Romans  3:23–24 CSB

O – Commentary:  

Paul explained that “no difference” existed among human beings because all have sinned. The Greek is literally, “all sinned” (pantes hēmarton). The same two Greek words are used in 5:12. Since the entire human race was plunged into sin with Adam, all (whether Jews or Gentiles) are sinners. It is impossible to say there is a “difference,” that the Jews’ privileges (2:12–21; 3:1) exclude them from God’s condemnation.

Not only did all sin, but also all fall short. This single Greek verb is in the present tense, stressing continuing action. It can be translated “keep on falling short.” The simple fact is that as a sinner not a single human being by his own efforts is able to measure up to the glory of God. God’s glory is His splendor, the outward manifestation of His attributes. God desires that humans share that splendor, that they become like Him, that is, Christlike. Yet their sin keeps them from sharing it.

“Romans,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed

A – No one is exempt from sin but all have access to salvation and redemption through Jesus Christ.  This is a daily renewal.  We will continue to fall short. Yet, we can continue to go to God for forgiveness and growth to be more like Him.

R – Lord, help me to not stay in my sin.  Let me recognize it and move to you for forgiveness and renewal today.