Today's Mental Image:
Guilty As Charged!
"In Romans 3:10-18, Paul uses the Old Testament quotations to show that the whole of a person's inner being is controlled by sin: the mind, the heart, and the will. Measured by God's perfect righteousness, no human being is sinless in any way. No sinner seeks after God. God, therefore, must seek the sinner (Gen 3:8-10; Luke 19:10.)
The word "for" in Romans 3:20 carries the meaning of "because" and gives the reason why the whole world is guilty: No flesh can obey God's law and be justified in his sight ("be made right with God"). Nobody can do what the law demands.
Are you boasting of your own self-righteousness and defending yourself before God? If so, then perhaps you have never been saved by God's grace. Only when we stand silent before him as sinners can he save us. As long as we defend ourselves and commend ourselves, we cannot be saved by God's grace. The whole world is guilty before God -- and that includes us!
["Catalyst: Guilty as Charged!" by Warren W. Wiersbe, The Transformation Study Bible]
This Good News tells us how we are made right in God's sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, "It is through faith that a righteous person has life."