No One Seeks God

August 18, 2019 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: Romans

Topic: Romans Passage: Romans 3:1–3:11

Romans 3:1-11 

 

Question and Answer Time With the Apostle Paul

 

Question: Paul, is there no advantage to biblical religion? (vs. 1)

Answer: There is definite advantage to having and knowing the words of God! (vs. 2)

 

 

Question: But have God’s words and promises failed since so many Jews have not believed the gospel of Jesus? Is God’s faithfulness to His promises nullified by our unfaithfulness? (vs. 3)

 

Answer: Not at all! God is still advancing His promises to save.

Our faithlessness only reveals how committed to His truth He is (vs. 3b-4)

 

 

Question: But if our unrighteousness is necessary for God’s righteousness to be better seen, then how is it fair for Him to judge us? (vs. 5)

 

Answer: While God’s righteousness is indeed better seen because of our unrighteousness, that does not exempt us for our unrighteousness.

 

 

Question: But if sinning makes God look better, then does it not stand to reason that I should keep sinning so His glory is more clearly seen? (vs. 7-8)

 

Answer: People have accused me (Paul) of this very line of thinking.

And hear me when I say that is not how I think nor what I mean.

 

 

Question: So, are we Jews any better off than the rest of the world (vs. 9)?

 

Answer: No. We are not; not at all (vs. 9).

 

Man’s condition before God (vs. 9-11).

 

All are under sin.

We’re all guilty.

We’re all under the penalty of sin.

We’re all under the power of sin.

 

Man’s condition before God (vs. 9-11).

 

All are under sin.

 

There are none who are righteous (vs. 10).

 

 

Man’s condition before God (vs. 9-11).

 

All are under sin.

 

There are none who are righteous (vs. 10).

 

There are none who understands (vs. 11).

 

Man’s condition before God (vs. 9-11).

 

All are under sin.

 

There are none who are righteous (vs. 10).

 

There are none who understands (vs. 11).

 

There are none who seek for God (vs. 11).

 

Seeking God: The genuine desire to know the true God, to find and enjoy Him; a desire to worship Him and rejoice in Him for who He is. People do not truly seek God.

 

Man seeks the benefits of God while fleeing from God Himself.

 

Humility.

 

Confidence of salvation.

 

Praise.

 

“Tis not that I did choose thee, for Lord, that could not be;

This heart would still refuse thee, hadst thou not chosen me…

My heart owns none before thee, for they rich grace I thirst;

This knowing, if I love thee, thou must have loved me first.”

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