“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” If you are around church very much you probably have heard these words at some time or another. This verse from the New Testament letter of Romans, are often used by preachers to remind us that none of us is perfect. We are all sinful. We all need God’s salvation.
These points are true. When Paul penned these words, He was emphasizing that point. But we should not fail to notice the important point that is also made in the latter half of the statement. The first half says that we are not where we need to be. The second half says that God is all that and more!
“The glory of God.” God is perfection. No matter how you envision perfection, that is God. God is the height of artistic beauty, moral goodness and complete knowledge.
As many have understood, God’s glory is so great that it is almost impossible to talk about. We do not have words to express the glory of God.
God knew that even the fancy words of philosophers would not be enough to tell people what His glory is. So He sent His Son. The New Testament letter of Hebrews says about Jesus: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory.” When we watch Jesus heal the sick, we are seeing God’s glory. When we hear Jesus pronounce blessing on the poor, we see God’s glory. When we marvel at Jesus’ pronouncing forgiveness to His executioners, we see God’s glory. When we weep with joy, seeing Jesus rise from the dead, God’s glory reveals itself to us in Him.
The verse in Romans says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Without Jesus, this statement would simply remind us that we are separated from God without any hope of reconciliation. But the verse that follows reminds us that God does not leave us separated. “And all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
The glory of God is demonstrated most perfectly by His love. He would not leave us alone and separated. His glory is beyond words, but expressed perfectly in the life and redemption of Jesus.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC