…Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:Their feet are swift to shed blood:Destruction and misery are in their ways:And the way of peace have they not known:There is no fear of God before their eyes.(Romans 3:14-19)
Romans 3 contains as a conclusion of the teaching of the first two chapters of Romans, a fourteen count indictment of the human race; all of it, gentile and Jew. The indictment consists of quotations from the Hebrew scriptures, especially Psalms and Isaiah.
The reason so few ever receive the salvation God has offered us in Christ, is because they just don’t believe this indictment. They don’t realize just how God sees the human race. It is difficult for people in this humanistic and psychologized age to accept the Divine evaluation, that truly,
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