Sunday we worked through the text part by part and at the end we took a big step back and observed truth that runs through Romans 3:1-20... We saw several rhetorical questions in verses 1-8. Questions that Paul answered but clearly seemed to think were ridiculous. Then in verses 9-18 a bunch of Old Testament verses were referenced, many of which mentioned various body parts and how they are used to promote our sin. Of those parts 4 of 6 enable a person to speak.
So 1-8 are rhetorical, blah, blah, blah questions and then verse 13 & 14 reference sins of the mouth. And then in verse 19 the text says that the law or word speaks and every mouth is STOPPED.
So for three weeks we've been talking about mans sinfulness and the judgment of God that will lead to man knowing the full wrath of God for all eternity. I imagine many in the room were thinking... "when are we going to be done with this wrath bit?" If that's you... STOP.
Church family... God's Word has spoken, its time to STOP and consider some things. This text is calling you to examine yourself again. STOP talking, STOP making excuses, STOP justifying your sin and recognize that we all are in deep trouble with God because we are sinners. What is at stake is no small thing.
Please, STOP and ask yourself if you have been dealing with God on your terms or on his. Consider whether or not you have turned from walking life your own way and have begun living life in the way of Christ. Does your life loudly declare that you belong to Jesus?
If so... STOP to consider the holiness, justice and wrath of the father and allow it to bring about worship and obedience because a holy God has granted you forgiveness and relationship with himself.
If not... STOP and turn toward Jesus who bore the wrath of the Father on your behalf. Confess your sin to him and submit your life to his way and you will be forgiven.. you will be saved.
I love that this text was taught the Sunday before LENT began. There is not a better time of the year to STOP and evaluate your life and your relationship with God.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.