If “no one seeks for God”, how does anyone find him?
Romans 3:9-20 ESV
9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Main Idea: Everyone is under sin – both Jews and Gentiles – and in need of a savior.
- What is the difference between seeking God and seeking things, outcomes, or experiences from God? Which condition do you find yourself in most often?
- Seeking God requires that we give him control of direction and outcomes
- Seeking outcomes from God leaves us in control – trying to manipulate God to do our will.
- If “no one seeks for God” (v 11), how does anyone find him?
- Self-centeredness controls our search for the spiritual truth, meaning and experience.
- Anyone truly seeking God has been sought by God first. He has already initiated a change in the seeker.
- Where does guilt come from? (Why do believers and unbelievers alike feel it?)
- This is a philosophical question about a universal condition
- Because we are guilty, and have an innate sense of a good God. (Rom 1:18-23 ESV)
- “Every guilty person is his own hangman.” - Seneca
- What role does guilt play in your life? How has it impacted your ability to relate to others and enjoy the freedom God intended?
- Why did God give us his written law through Moses?
- Without it we wouldn’t understand the depth of our sin and see our need for a savior.
- The Law is God’s standard, and we all fall short.