The Letters in ‘All’

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A teacher once gave me some advice: On a test, “all the above” is often the right answer, but rarely is it in life.  When the claim is “everyone” or “always,” it usually isn’t accurate because there is most likely some exception.

Consider Romans 3:23: “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” An observant person might respond, “Jesus never sinned.” While they would be right, they are missing the point of what Paul is saying here. 

His point here is many think they are the exception. They lived good enough. They never sinned bad enough. They followed their religion enough.  Yet here Paul declared we have not done enough, we have fallen short because of sin.

It may not seem like it, but there is an “I” in all. There is a “U” in all as well. No matter how much we ignore it or deny it, sin is there. There is none righteous, not even one.

Until we see our need for forgiveness, we will never understand why we need it so much.

Barry Haynes
Hope church of Christ
Hope, AR

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    • I’m sorry Henry, an unedited version of the article slipped through. That was my fault! I have made some corrections. The “continuous” should have been “contentious.” It has been edited further for clarity. Thank you for your sharp eye!

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