Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
No one can say he is better than another person. I say this not to preach a message of equality—as is the liberal way—but to proclaim a deep theological truth about the reality of our human condition. We are all equal before God—all equally guilty of sin and deserving God’s just wrath. Yet in His limitless goodness and compassion, God had mercy on our miserable condition and sent His only dear Son to take our sin and condemnation upon Himself and reconcile us to God with the payment of His body and blood. As the Law says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life” (Leviticus 17:11). The blood of Christ the Son of God is the final atonement for the sins of all. Therefore, our confession consists of two parts: first, contrition, that we acknowledge our just condemnation under the Law and express godly sorrow for our sinful condition and deeds; and second, faith, that we believe Jesus died for our sins and trust completely in God’s mercy in Christ alone. By faith, then, we turn from being enemies of God to being friends of God (Romans 5:10). As such, all believers are equally saved children of God regardless of race, gender, social caste, etc. (Galatians 3:23-29). Although still sinners, as saints the guilt of our sins are justified in Christ alone.