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Rom. 3:9-20

WHY MAN CAN'T MAKE IT

Jan. 7, 1968 pm


EVERYTHING THAT MAN DOES RISES UP TO CURSE HIM- EVERY VICTORY BECOMES A SNARE

Have you ever wondered why mankind fails in every circumstance?  Every great thing - curses him.  When man plans a Utopia, he develops a Hell; even the church was & is a dismal failure. There is a doctrine called "Original Sin" - deny, ignore, or mock it; it trips us all up.

You can't escape it, so live with it!  You can't whip it, so let Christ fight it!

I. THE CHARGE OF TOTAL SIN   Romans 3:9-23

These charges fit every person- Jew, Gentile, All of the Unsaved- AND ALL OF THE SAVED

A. THE CHARGE: "ALL ARE UNDER SIN*** THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE" v.9,10

  • Here is the bedrock revelation of man's character, with all pretenses torn away.
  • This is the place where God begins His work with every man- when the man admits this.
  • If we will accept this, we won't be hurt by expecting so much of each other.

B. THE REASON FOR THE CHARGE: "THAT EVERY MOUTH MAY BE STOPPED AND ALL THE WORLD GUILTY" v.10b

  • In this I guess man is so corrupt that even God can't help him, for some are not stopped.
  • A lot of our trouble is from arguing with each other- but we try to mouth off to God, too.
  • Before God can begin to help us, He has to show us that we cannot help ourselves.

C. THE FACT: "BY THE DEEDS OF THE LAW THERE SHALL NO FLESH BE JUSTIFIED IN HIS SIGHT" v.20a

  • We might not want to admit it, even to ourselves, but the fact is- we just don't make it.
  • Weighed and wanting- to Belshazzar, could have been any one of us.  Our every plan fails!
  • When we reach the end of our rope, then God can begin to work for us, and in us!

Unless a person comes to Jesus Christ for Salvation, he cannot find God, nor Heaven.

II. EVIDENCE FROM THE GENTILES

Paul deals with his supporting proof by principle, and mentions no names- but they had names.

A. THE SEVEN STAGES OF GENTILE WORLD APOSTASY ARE SIGNPOSTS ON THE FREEWAY TO HELL  Romans 1:21-23

  • Like playing King of the Mountain with Satan, no one can stay longer at the top.
  • There is an example of a Bible Character on each of the stages of sin; do you know some?
  • Backsliding consists of dropping one stage at a time. Catch on, or drop down another!

B. THE BOTTOM OF THE LADDER OF PAGANISM, THE END RESULTS OF CARNAL SIN Romans 1:24-32

  • In the light of the current fashions and fads, read this through carefully, don't mistake ignorance for virtue.
  • Sometimes ignorance of the next step of degradation lets us get trapped.  
  • Satan today has in America an advertising agency for each sin - LSD, Playboy, Beatles, etc.

C. THE TOP OF THE LADDER OF PAGANISM, THE END RESULTS OF WORLDLY CULTURE  Romans 2:1-5

  • We have some who, like the Gentile pagan moralizers, think themselves to be something.
  • Some of Norman Vincent Peal's moralizing is good, but at best are Psychology & Ethics.
  • Christians need some ethics, but Peal's moralizing will only salve over the cancer.

Unless a person comes to Jesus Christ for complete salvation, he is lost, doomed.

III. EVIDENCE FROM THE JEWS

This part could easily be transferred into the Christian circles today - for it is true.

A. THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVES JEWS, *OR CHRISTIANS* AND BOAST IN THE LAW, FAIL TO KEEP IT 2:17-24

  • Read this and apply it to church members and Christians - Oh how true it is!  
  • Young and old alike fit into the suggested accusation of vs. 21- The world sees Hypocrisy.
  • Those in Bible School can backslide into this faster than lightning-? What of your tithe?

B. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE NONE OF US WHO ACTUALLY DO ANY BETTER

  • If anything I have said makes you think I am condemning - I am not - Let God show you yourself.
  • To whom much is given, much is expected- Luke 12:48; I could almost say that Ignorance is Bliss.
  • But in this God accomplishes His purpose; will you let Him work His purpose in you?

C. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO BOAST OF, IT MUST BE IN CHRIST, FOR IT IS NOT IN THE FLESH

  • Soon I will preach on the other side of the fence, but quit expecting so much of others.
  • There is a tremendous amount you can do IN CHRIST, that is ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD
  • But you must remember that like in Daniel's image- you have feet of clay.

WILL YOU OPEN YOUR HEART SO THAT GOD CAN WORK THROUGH YOU? FOR YOU CANNOT DO IT YOURSELF!

The total dedication of the Living Sacrifice of Romans 12:1&2 is the only way.
Then your service, like your salvation, must be by faith that the Lord will use it.
If you don't dedicate every day, every service- you will do damage, not good-
Are you completely dedicated to the Lord for the new year?