“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Here the apostle Paul boldly announces a most fundamental principle about all human beings. Whether people agree or not, Paul declares that all of human race are marked by the sad reality of their failure to please the most holy God.
The phrase “come short” means being last or inferior. Here, “come short of the glory of God” means that all men had failed to obtain God’s approval or praise. Every human being comes in last, as far as the glory of God is concerned.
The whole world is proven guilty in God’s sight. We are all culprits who have defied and transgressed God’s glorious righteousness. God is perfectly righteous, but we are not. None of us should pretend to be perfect. If anyone claims to be perfect before God, that claim is not only untrue and absurd, it is also unhelpful and destructive. Unless we admit our sins and seek God’s forgiveness, we all will be condemned.
How can any man be just with God? We can never be just before God based on our own righteousness or perfection. It is only by His gracious provision of divine righteousness through faith in Christ. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can we be approved by God.