Romans 3:9:20 (NLT)
9 Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. 10 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one. 11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. 12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” 13 “Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.” “Snake venom drips from their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “They rush to commit murder. 16 Destruction and misery always follow them. 17 They don’t know where to find peace.” 18 “They have no fear of God at all.”19 Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. 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.

The apostle Paul explains that all have sinned. The Jews are not better than the Gentiles; or the Gentiles better than the Jews. Paul then quotes the scriptures to say there are none who are righteous. The law was given to show the entire world is guilty before God. Paul says no one can ever be made right with God doing what the law commands for it is just a mirror to reflect our sin.

Many of us are familiar with Adolf Hitler and the atrocities he ordered to be carried out. Needless to say many of the things done were horrendous, inexcusable, and horrific. What some might not know is that Hitler was raised by Roman Catholic parents. Hitler even professed a faith in Jesus Christ and gave praise to Germany’s Christian culture. Hitler took Christianity and twisted it to meet his needs. He used Christianity as a motivational reason for anti-Semitism. Hitler often gave statements related to his belief in Christianity, “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for justice and truth.” “May God Almighty give our work His blessing, strengthen our purpose, and endow us with wisdom and the trust of our people, for we are fighting not for ourselves but for Germany.” “The judgment whether a people are virtuous or not virtuous can hardly be passed by a human being. That should be left to God.” It is hard to believe a man who committed atrocities that left a mark on humanity could even be a Christian. There are those who have their doubts based on the observation of Hitler’s life. But what if someone was reviewing our life? Would if they took all of God’s laws would they find us guilty of many wrongful acts? Galatians says when you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Are there any of these sins you might be guilty of? We can thank God for the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Therefore those of us who hold Christ as our savior are not held by the laws of sin. By God’s love, grace and mercy the work of the Holy Spirit living in us we can bring love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.