Not A Just Man On Earth

For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Ecclesiastes 7:20

Solomon presents a pretty bleak view of humanity here in this verse.  “There is not a just man upon earth” and no person who “doeth good,and sinneth not” are not phrases that are going to win friends and influence people.  This is not a “power of positive thinking” type of verse.  It is a “humankind is vile, wicked and sinful” type of verse.

The New Testament echos this verse’s sentiment: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” -Romans 3:10-12

These are bleak verses containing bleak thoughts.  But there is hope.  Hope is found a few verses later in the same chapter of Romans.  “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested… Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe… To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” -Romans 3:21a, 22a, 26. 

There is nobody on this Earth who is naturally righteous.  There is nobody on this Earth who is “just” in the sight of God on his own merit.  But there are many people who have, by faith, received the righteousness of Jesus Christ.  There are many people who are justified in the sight of God because of the finished work of Jesus Christ.  What a blessing that is and what a hope that gives us.  There is none righteous.  Except Jesus.  And I am His and He is mine! 

This verse in Ecclesiastes does indeed paint a bleak picture of humanity.  What is the difference between the bleak thought at the beginning of this post and the glorious hope at the end?  Only Jesus.  He has the power to make every bitter thing (myself included) sweet.  He is a wonderful Saviour and I want to be closer to Him!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, Great post! The message that no man is righteous on his own is not a popular one, but true nonetheless. It is sad that so many refuse to hear the bleak thought at the beginning of your post and so miss out on the glorious hope at the end! My favorite part of what you wrote is these words: “There is none righteous. Except Jesus. And I am His and He is mine!” Peace, Linda

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    • Thanks so much, Linda. It is sad that, because so many reject the beginning, they can’t see the light of the Saviour. We have to see our sinfulness in order to feel the need of the Saviour.

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  2. This is a wonderful post!

    ““But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested… Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe… ” I just want to soak in those words for a while…I don’t even know what else to say. Yes, I do. Thank you, and thank the Lord!

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  3. Loved the post and the comments! 🙂 That He has the power to make every bitter thing sweet . . .beautiful! Thanks, Ben!

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