“For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.”
Out of the whole chapter of Romans 3, Romans 3:23 is one of the most loved and most quoted verses: “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” The call of this verse is to all people, proclaiming that no matter what your background and no matter what religion you were raised with, we have all sinned, have all fallen short of the Glory of God, and are all in need of God’s saving grace- provided to us through Jesus Christ.
If you haven’t yet, first read Romans 3.
Romans 3 Bible Study
After speaking to the pagans and Gentiles in Chapter 1 and the Jews in Chapter 2, Paul now directs his attention to both parties. Essentially, he is answering the question, “Then what good is it to be a Jew?” And his answer is found in verse 2: “Yes, there are great benefits! First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the whole revelation of God.” Mainly, the Law, or the first part of the Old Testament.
But even the Law cannot save us:b if every part that was commanded was followed, “no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” (Romans 3:20).
Paul goes on to explain how we can be made righteous in God’s sight – through faith in Jesus Christ. He says in verse 25 that “God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” Truly, we are saved by this faith in what Jesus did for us, not by our works or by obeying the Law.
The fact of the matter is, if we are all sinners, which we are, we deserve to die in punishment for those sins. We cannot get to God or the Glory of God, because we have fallen short of it. But God is faithful and just to forgive our sings and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! Praise the Lord!!! God is faithful to us to forgive us, if we only believe and have faith in Him!
What is faith in God?
But that brings us to this final point in our study: What is faith in God?
In previous studies we’ve touched on the point that everyone, regardless of their professed religion, has an internal sense of morality, of right and wrong. In the same way, the truth about God has been made plain to all men through the creation (Romans 1:19). Faith in God is to believe all of these things, to recognize that He is the Creator, that He knows us and sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins, and that He raised Him up on the third day, conquering death. It is our faith in God, our belief in Him and in what Jesus has done for us, that makes us well, that makes us whole.
In the book of Mark, we read in Chapter 5 about a woman who had so much faith that Jesus would heal her, that all she had to do was reach out and touch his robe, and she was made well. He even said to her, “Women, your faith has made you well.” It is truly our faith in God that makes us whole!
Next, we’ll look at Romans 4 and the description of faith found there.
Memory Verses from Romans Chapter 3:
Romans 3:10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous–not even one.”
Romans 3:20 For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.
Romans 3:25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past.”
Romans 3:28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.