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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;

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:9 all under sin. The important passage from Romans 3:9-23 should make it clear to everyone that there is no one who is righteous enough before a holy God to earn his own salvation. If anyone wishes ever to be saved and receive eternal life, he must first of all recognize himself as a guilty sinner before God—in fact, dead spiritually, in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). Some modern pastors, counselors and evangelists seem inclined to bypass this essential in trying to enlist converts, and this is a dangerous, soul-destroying error.

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