|SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.“–Ephesians 2: 2-3(NLT) |
The fact that all people, without exception, commit sin proves that without Christ we have a sinful nature. We are lost in sin and cannot save ourselves. Does it mean only Christians do good? of course not–many people do good to others. On a relative scale, many are moral, kind, and law abiding. Comparing these people to criminals, we would say that they are very good indeed.
But on God’s absolute scale, no one is good enough to earn salvation; “…dead because of your disobedience and your many sins”.-Ephesians 2:1. Only through being united with Christ’s perfect life can we become good in God’s sight.