None Who Does Good: No Not One

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, and
have done abominable iniquity. There is none who does good. God looks
down from Heaven upon the children of men to see if there are any who
understand, who seek God. Every one of them has turned aside. They
have together become corrupt. There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Psalms 53:1-3)


   How sad it must be for the good and loving God to look down from His glory in Heaven
to see the earth filled with His beloved ones who are involved in all sorts of evil. God sought
to save the people before the flood and spared eight righteous in order to repopulate the
world. God sought through Abraham and Lot to salvage Sodom and Gomorrah, but not
even ten righteous souls could be found. The Psalmist wrote of the depravity of his time and
said, “There is none who does good, no, not one.”


   Paul quoted this passage from the Psalms (along with Psalms 14:1-3 etc.) in showing
that both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin (Romans 3:9-12). If you seek to define the age
in which we live, you will find that it differs little from every generation since the beginning of
the world in the most fundamental way. God is good. – We are sinful. – We need God!


   Attempts to live uprightly and to save ourselves by our own understanding and
righteousness all fail miserably. The very idea that we can redeem humanity through social
progress, more education, or personal development falls flat on its face when God is left out.
When people think that they will live out their lives without God and then avoid the righteous
punishment for their sins, it is tragic because of the nature of its self-deception.


   What can we do about it? Here comes the good news! Nothing. That’s right, nothing!
It is what God has done about it that matters. God so loved the world that He implemented
His plan of redemption for fallen humanity. He sent Jesus to bear our sin on the cross and
to accept our punishment. Through the work of God, we have the opportunity to overcome
the sin that so overwhelms our race.


   God’s rich grace is powerful, victorious, and free, but it is not unconditional. The
condition is this: full surrender to God and full renunciation of evil. A person must repent of
sin and commit to following Christ’s human example of overcoming sin. One must believe
and trust the Lord to lead us to victory enough that we will submit to His command of
baptism in which, at that moment, our old sins are washed away and we are made new.


   A new way of life begins. We are dependent on the Lord’s guidance through the mine-
field of temptations that we will face, the times when the devil tries to get us to quit, and the

fears that we must overcome. With the help of the Lord’s powerful hand to deliver us, we

can make it through to the wonderful reward He has prepared for us.