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Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

I John 3:4 - "Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness."

James 4:17 - "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."

6. God's law declares us all guilty and silences all our arguments (3:19,20)

Galatians 2:16 - "know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.  So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified."

Romans 5:20,21 - "The law was added so that the trespass might increase.  But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 7:7-12 - "What shall we say, then?  Is the law sin?  Certainly not!  Indeed I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, 'Do not covet.'  But, sin seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire.  For apart from the law, sin is dead.  Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.  I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death.  For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.  So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good."

Luke 5:8 - "When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, 'Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man."

Luke 18:9-13 - "to some, who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 'Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men---robbers, evildoers, adulterers---or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.  But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God have mercy on me a sinner.'  'I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.'"

Isaiah 6:5 - "'Woe to me!'  I cried.  'I am ruined!'  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty."

        1. A sinner (sinful)

Romans 5:12-14 - "Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned---for before the law was given, sin was in the world.  But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.  Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come."

I Corinthians 15:22 - "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive."

Psalm 51:5 - "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me."

        2. Spiritually blind

I Corinthians 2:14 - "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."

II Corinthians 4:4 - "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."

        3. Slaves of sin

John 8:34 - "Jesus replied, 'I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin."

Romans 8:7 - "the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so."

Colossians 1:21 - "Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior."

Titus 3:3 - "At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another."

        4. With impure hearts

Mark 7:20-23 - "He went on:  'What comes out of a man is what makes him 'unclean.'  For from within, out of men's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.  All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'

Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?

Isaiah 64:6 - "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away."

We were all born sinful

Isaiah 53:6 - We all, like sheep, have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of all."

Ecclesiastes 7:20 - "There is not a righteous man on earth that does what is right and never sins."

I John 1:8 - "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth in not in us."

We are unable to come to God

John 6:44 - "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day."