What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are
all under sin.
As it is written:
"There is no-one righteous,
not even one;
there is no-one who
no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
they have together become
there is no-one who does good,
not even one.
"Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit."
"The poison of vipers is on their
"Their mouths are full of
cursing and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed
ruin and misery mark their
and the way of peace they do
"There is no fear of God
before their eyes.
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the
whole world held accountable to God.
Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
|The righteousness of faith:
transcending our inescapable depravity