Torrey - Man -3.1- The Standing of those outside of Christ

I. THE PRESENT STANDING BEFORE GOD OF MEN OUTSIDE OF THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS. Romans 3:9-10,22,23 — "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one .... for there is no difference: for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Psalm 14:2-3 — "The Logo looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. The), are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Isaiah 53:6 — "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Logo hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." 1 John 1:8,10 — "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us .... If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."

First Proposition: Outside of the redemption in Christ Jesus there is no difference in the standing of men before God: for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; there is none righteous. Romans 3:19 RV — "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it speaketh to them that are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may be brought under the judgment of God."

Second Proposition: Every mouth is stopped and all the worm brought under the judgment of God. (Compare to <19D003> Psalm 130:3 — "If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquity, O LORD, who shall stand?" and to <19E302> Psalm 143:2 — "And enter not into judgment with thy servant: for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.") Galatians 3:10 — "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." (note the context, verses 13-14) Romans 2:12 — "For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law; and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law."

Third Proposition: All who are of the deeds of the law (i.e., outside of the grace of God in Jesus Christ) are under a curse. 1 John 3:8-10 — "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil; whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother."

Fourth Proposition: All who have not been born of God (i.e., all outside of the redemption in Christ Jesus) are, in reality, children of the devil.

The doctrine of the universal Fatherhood of God is utterly unscriptural and untrue. It is true all men are his offspring, or stock, or race, or nation in the sense of being His creatures, having our being in Him, and made in His likeness (see the context, verses 28-29). But we become His sons or children by faith in Christ Jesus ( Galatians 3:26 RV; John 1:12 RV).