“Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”
I was shocked when one of my sixteen-year-old students from my youth group told me she had never sinned. She had never broken any laws, didn’t smoke, drink, spit and chew or run around with others who do. She became upset at me when I explained that we are all sinners – she was a good girl. “Through the law comes knowledge of sin!” We want to classify big sins, little sins, necessary sins, mistake sins, and sins that are for you, but not for me. There goes our mouth again. Sin is sin and as far as “big sins” go – we are all one bad judgements call away from doing something stupid! We are a broken people, living in a broken world, needing a Savior who was broken on the cross for us.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?