“Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” Romans 3:19-20
This is the indictment of the entire human race. We are sinners and we are condemned to the judgment of God. We are found guilty before the court of God. We have no excuse. The law or our good works will not keep us from facing God’s judgment. “I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my decrees and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” “But you ask, ‘How can we return when we have never gone away?” (Malachi 3:6-7) This is the problem that Paul is addressing. The people don’t think that they have left God. They have never realized that they are sinners without excuse. Paul condemns us all but the good news is that he does not leave us hanging with no solution for our problem with sin.
“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all. “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” (Malachi 4:1-2) God has not left us without hope. He knew from the beginning that we were going to fall into sin so He had His plan all worked out from the start.