Romans 3:10 “as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; 11 There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; 12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave, With their tongues they keep deceiving,” “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”; 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood, 16 Destruction and misery are in their paths, 17 And the path of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Back in my college days, my friends and I would go to club which had black-lights, which are ultraviolet lights. If anyone has been under a black-light, you know that it exposes things that never would be seen by the naked eye. We would wear our cleanest shirt by our eye, and under a black-light it would show much lint, stains, etc. not seen in regular daylight. Despite our best efforts, our clothing would show imperfections. My shirts for example looked like I had a dandruff problem each time we went to this club, it was embarrassing. Black-lights for example were used to expose “clean” motel rooms, well let’s just say it was NOT pretty sight. One might not ever use the bed covers in a motel again after seeing this. Despite looking clean, the black-light showed the disgusting opposite.
But it reminds me of the sin we all possess. Some will try desperately to put on external piousness, they say they keep all the commandments to perfection, yet when the light of Jesus Christ is shown, the ultimate black-light, they would see only rather disgusting imperfection. The stains of sin are engrossing on fallen man. We are born this way. And God cannot live with the slightest lint on our being, so to speak. It detests and is contrary to every part of His holiness.
Some try to wash themselves up by religiosity. Surely, by church attendance or sacrament participation or good works that this would take care of those stains, right? WRONG! Those stains of sin are still there, and you gained a few more filthy stains.
So how can we remove the stain of sin entirely? It is ONLY by faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He walked this earth sinless. He sacrificed Himself on the Cross so that YOU could be stainless, blameless, and perfect before a holy God. By that one atonement, Jesus forgave your sins. He removed all that lint so to speak, and now you are clothed in His righteousness. When the black-light is used now, God sees perfection. You are now part of His Kingdom forever more! This is called the Good News!
Some work tirelessly to remove their own stains. They believe they are “cooperating” with God who needs their help. But Jesus never once needed your help! God is only pleased by faith, without faith alone in Jesus it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). If we could remove our sins, Jesus had no reason to leave His eternal throne to die in our place.
The scoffing, mocking, and unbelief is always shown by the world system when one declares that by their faith alone in Jesus Christ removed every stain a sin from a sinners account. But this is exactly what Scripture declares.
Romans 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
8 “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”