Our theme for this month: “Understanding Salvation”
Our Bible verse for today: “There is no one righteous, not even one. There is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away; all alike are worthless. There is no one who does what is good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The human race is as sinful today as it has ever been.”
As I noted in the first devotional message in this series, salvation is three stage process that unfolds over time. It is a one-time event, and it is an ongoing process, and it is a future promise. Throughout the month we will work through the process sequentially, beginning with the one-time event which is the moment in which your sins are forgiven, and then we will follow it forward all the way into eternity.
Before we go any further though, I want to be sure we understand how bad sin is, and how much it continues to impact the world today. In Romans 3:10-12 the Apostle Paul made it clear that there isn’t a single individual on earth who can stand righteous before God apart from Christ. That was true then and it continues to be true today. Paul went on in that passage, “Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Vipers’ venom is under their lips. Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and wretchedness are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:13-18
Things are no better today than when Paul wrote those words, and in fact they are probably worse. In his book “The Doctrine of Salvation” Dr. Darrell Robinson cites a study conducted by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with historians from England, Egypt, Germany, and India. The study was intended to explore whether or not the character of the human race has improved much as civilization has advanced. They discovered that it really hasn’t. At one point they wrote:
“Since 3600 B.C. the world has known only 292 years of peace. There have been 14,531 wars, large and small, in which 3,640,000,000 people have been killed.” That’s 3.5 billion people killed just in wars. And that’s just deaths in wars. That particular passage makes no mention of all the pain and suffering inflicted by murder, manslaughter, rape, domestic violence, burglary, fraud, sex trafficking, child abuse or any of the host of other crimes that continue to plague mankind.
As much as the world has advanced in terms of science, technology, and standard of living, people are as evil and as lost in their sins today as they have ever been. And everyone still needs Jesus. Tomorrow we will consider the one and only thing a person can do to receive salvation and to begin a process of true spiritual transformation.