Romans 3:23 is a favorite bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind the verse?
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Paul was a great missionary and went around planting churches everywhere. This particular letter he wrote to the church in Rome. Surprisingly he had never been there. The church was planted by those who had come to Christ and then went to Rome and started a church.
Paul wrote to encourage them and to give them a proper foundation in their faith.
In the first part of Romans, Paul had been telling the Romans ‘What to Believe’. In this second part beginning in chapter 12, he writes to them about ‘How to Behave’.
In Romans 3, Paul wrote that everyone stands guilty before God. The atheist who doesn’t believe, those who compare their works to others, those who think their religious works will save them are still all sinners.
God is the only one perfect and therefore the only one worthy to judge.
In Romans 3:23, Paul put the final stroke to his argument, “all have sinned”. There is no one that has ever lived that does not fall into this category, except of course Jesus. Check out
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Aren’t you glad Jesus died for your sins and took God’s punishment on Himself.
Now you know the story behind Romans 3:23.
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