Romans 3:23,“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

This is the second message in our series on theRomans Road. As we mentioned before, sometimes it seems very difficult to bring a lost person to the place of understanding the fact that he is doomed for eternity without Christ.  Generally speaking, most men look at themselves as being “not too bad,” so they really don’t look at themselves as sinners, as such. It is the responsibility of the soul-winner to show them from the Scripture that he indeed has sinned against God.

The question, then, is “Just what is sin?”:

  1. First of all, it is a transgression or a breaking of God’s law. Some would say there is a fine line between good and evil. That may be true, but God has set the standards for the Christian – not to be compared to man, but to Him who is without spot or blemish, the Lord Jesus Christ. In Psalm 51, David asked God to blot out, or to take out, his transgressions. This Psalm, therefore, is set in the order of confession. First, we must confess to ourselves; second, to God; and third, to the person sinned against.
  2. Not only is sin a transgression of God’s law, but, secondly, sin is a missing of the mark, or a failure to meet God’s standard of behavior. Yes, all have sinned and come short of the glory of God because of who God is and what He has done. It is only because of the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed because of our sin (Lamentations 3:22-23).

So, the Bible teaches clearly, not only that all have sinned and broken God’s law, but also that we have all fallen short and that he understands the fact that he is lost.


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