Romans 3:22-25 (KJV) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of past sins, through the forbearance of God;
We can end every argument and disagreement that exists today with one statement: ALL HAVE SINNED! We know this because when the Jewish leaders brought the woman to Jesus and accused her of adultery, Jesus’ response was:
John 8:7-10 (KJV) …He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. 8 And again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
Jesus’ point was that all of us were “born in sin and shaped in iniquity” (Ps. 51:5). We must understand that not one of us can claim any righteousness on our own (Rom. 3:10). In fact, Paul says:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (KJV) Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
In other words, we can only become righteous once we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and the work accomplished at the Cross. Then, and only then, will God the Father apply His righteousness to us. Until then, we do not have any right to pick up any stones in judgment.
So if anyone comes to any of us, if their name is mentioned in conversation, or even if we have caught them in the very act itself, we have a responsibility to look at them through God’s eyes and with His heart. We will do well to remember Paul’s words:
1 Corinthians 6:11 (KJV) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
In consideration of this, we have no right to cast anyone aside when they are mired by sin. We need to love and extend grace and mercy to them until our brother and sister have been restored. So until then, I am asking for each of us to drop the stone.