Ecclesiastes 7:20

Ecclesiastes

After a while, when one studies God’s Word, one experiences the sheer delight of discovering a previously-overlooked verse.

Such was the circumstance surrounding the recent “discovery” of Ecclesiastes 7:20.

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”

NOW, there are a number of verses–both in the Old and New Testaments–which contain the same thought.

“They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Psalm 14:3

“Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?”
–Proverbs 20:9

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
–1JOHN 1:8

“God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God. Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
–Psalm 53:2-3

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
–Romans 3:23

And Ecclesiastes 7:20 expresses important thoughts: thoughts which are not very popular during the times in which we live.

  1. That ALL men are sinners.
  2. That there are NO just men walking the earth.
  3. That NO man does good.

In addition, Ecclesiastes 7:20 provides the basis for SO MANY important conclusions from those three basic thoughts.

  1. Man NEEDS God’s mercy (grace) in order to enter heaven and avoid the torments of hell.
  2. It is important for man to think himself to be “good.” Man will constantly try to portray himself as a “good person.”
  3. It is important to man that OTHERS think him to be “good.”
  4. Man will perform “many good works” in the sight of other men in attempts to make himself appear to be a “good person.”
  5. The thought that NO MAN IS GOOD will not EVER be a popular one with men of the world.
  6. Fallen man, living in a fallen world, will grow progressively more wicked: putting the emphasis on his own works and diminishing the importance of God’s mercy.
  7.  God’s mercy includes His sending of His Son, Jesus Christ to satisfy God’s judgment for sin which man could not possibly pay.

All this is reason enough to experience sheer delight at reading Ecclesiastes 7:20.

“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.”
–Proverbs 21:2

“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.”
–Proverbs 16:2

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
–Ecclesiastes 7:20

DOES the reader believe he is a “pretty good person“?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: August 31, 2020.]

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