There are many translations and versions of the Bible and through these come various and conflicting ideas. The Holy Spirit speaks to those who have ears to hear the Spirit of the Word, to those who seek to understand, and to those who love righteousness and despise evil. When we hear a word, we hear through carnal ears that contaminate the Word of Truth; therefore, we must seek to hear with our spiritual ears and take out the time to search the deep things of the Most High God (1 Cor. 2:10).
If we desire righteousness, we will seek for truth, we will desire to find our errors, we will desire to become a manifestation of that truth (John 3:21). Of what value is truth if it cannot be made manifest, if it does not change man for the better and set him free from his carnal condition? If we continue to seek the truth, and walk in the truth we see, then we will be disciples in action. We can know the truth, and the truth will make us free from ignorance and all the chaos and heartache that it brings us into (John 8:31-32).
Why did Paul say, in Romans 3:10-18, “As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way; they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.” This appears to be Paul’s description of all people, but let us read further, “Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Looking into several translations and versions of the Bible, I find the understanding of the above statement, “There is none righteous, no not one”, vague and confusing. I hear many people implying the same thought given here by Paul as a scapegoat for their sinful nature. To many people, the “sin” issue is “covered” instead of dealt with and done away with.
I think it is important for one to know that “sin” is missing the mark—the “mark” being the image of the Heavenly Father. Surely we have all come into this world lacking full maturity—this is why he sent his Son into the world to be a manifestation of himself. We couldn’t come into His image if we didn’t know anything about Him. So now that was a start, but the Father wasn’t finished at making himself manifest in the world. He wanted the world to be saved from immaturity through the Savior. Our Savior promised to bring the Father’s babies into His image—into maturity. The Savior promised that he would not leave the believers comfortless; he said that he would return and dwell in them. He, the Savior, would come as the Holy Spirit; he was their guide and teacher.
We should not settle for our sins, our ignorance, being just covered up so no one could see them or so that we would not be held accountable for them. What parent would be content to leave their child forever a child—never capable of enjoying the pleasures of adulthood?
Let us go to Psalm 14:1-3 and compare it with Romans 3:10-18. It starts out with “a fool says in his heart…” Then we see verse 4, saying, “Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD [Yahweh]. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.” These unbelieving fools loved evil more than good and they did just as many sinners do today; they say, “Everybody sins and you are just like me”. There are people who are maturing into the image of their Heavenly Father. When they become fully matured, there will be no sin found in them, for they will be in the image of their Father.
How does Yahweh put mankind right with him?
In the first part of Paul’s letter to the Romans (3:10-18), the subject is the unbelievers and how they are persecuting the Christians. Here Paul is describing the sinner and how the sinner says, “You Christians are just like us.”
In Romans 3:19, Paul continued, saying that the law speaks to the lawless so they will have the knowledge of sin and stand accountable for their actions. He explains that the carnal man, try as he will, cannot fulfill the law of God, for the carnal mind is enmity against the Spirit of righteousness and is not subject to the law of righteousness, neither indeed can it be (Rom. 8:7). Carnality is opposite of the mind of the Spirit of righteousness. Carnality is darkness and it must be overcome with the Light of Truth. But now righteousness without the law is manifested because the Anointing is come in the believer and the law is written in their hearts and minds. Remember, faith without actions is dead; in other words, faith is not present if there is no action to produce that which one has faith for.
In verse 22, Paul says, that there is no difference in the way the law works, whether it be written on stone or written in the heart, it still exposes sin as sin and it still reveals the nature of the heavenly Father—there is no difference in the two manifestations. He continues in verse 23, saying that all have sinned, that is, come short of being that glorious manifestation of their heavenly Father. But the same “all” will be justified; that is, made righteous by his grace. His grace is His divine influence upon their hearts, and its reflection in their lives. For this corruptible must put on incorruption (1 Cor. 15:53).
Through our faith in our Savior, the Anointed Word, who is our Guide, Comforter, and Teacher, and with all that he has made available unto us, we are well able to come into full maturity. The Holy Spirit “is” the pathway for salvation for sinners, and if the Savior truly came to set men free from sin and death, then surely there will be a time where at least some will no longer miss the mark and be called sinners.
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” Luke 19:10. The lost are those who do not know their purpose in life and do not know the Father, but the Father knows them and where they are. Mankind will be saved from “sin” and, therefore, the torture of sin. He will be saved from falling short of the image of his Heavenly Father.
Paul tells us, in Romans 6:22, that if we are made free from sin, and are servants to righteousness, then our fruit will be holy, and our end, everlasting life.
The first man, adam—carnal, must die that we might be joined to the second man, Christ so we can produce his offspring. We must disconnect ourselves, through the presence of the Holy Spirit, from our fleshly nature and put on the nature of our Heavenly Father. Christ said, “… if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” He wanted his followers to be where they too could say with boldness as he did, “When you see me you see the Father.”