12/30/18 - No, Not One
“The Lord looks down from Heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
They have all turned aside; they have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
The apostle Paul quotes from this very psalm in Romans 3:11,12 to make the same point. We all stand guilty before God, whether Gentile or Jew, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
No, not one! Those words clearly enumerate the population of us who deserve the grace of God. It clearly shows who has a right to parade his accomplishments before God to demand a home in Heaven. No, not one of us will receive salvation by our works of merit. No, not one of us will ever earn salvation.
No, not one! Those words show who will be saved without submission to what God instructs us to do. Much of the religious community around us say that we are saved by “faith only” or “faith alone” and that there is nothing one must do other than believe in Jesus. Note 1: Most are inconsistent, demanding that one say a “sinner’s prayer” (not found in Scripture) or pray and invite Jesus into his heart. This is something to do beyond faith only. Note 2: Some teachers of “faith only” are even so bold as to say that one who is saved (by faith only) will be saved eternally even if the person does nothing to practice the life of a disciple of Christ.
No, not one! Those words describe the person who will be saved if they do not follow Jesus. Baptism is not a work of merit, nor a stand-alone guarantee of salvation. Instead, baptism is a new birth into a life of following Jesus. We are to look to our Savior and adopt His way of life as our own (Matthew 28:18-20).
No, not one! Those words also describe how many Saviors exist other than the Unique Son of God, Jesus Christ. He stands alone in the universe as Creator, Sustainer, Sinless Man, One sent from Heaven, Author and Finisher of our faith. His blood is the only sufficient price for our redemption. He was tempted just as we are yet without sin. He freely offered His life as a substitute for us. He is the one and only Lamb of God. There’s not a friend like the lowly Jesus. No, not one!
No, not one! Those words describe all in Heaven and Earth who are worthy of honor and glory, except for our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.