We will never understand the glories of the Gospel until we understand the depths of our depravity! The opening chapters of Romans clearly reveal three universal truth statements. (1) God has revealed Himself to everyone, “General Revelation.” Romans 1:19-20 says, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” This means that a simple observation of creation will prove that God exists and also prove something about that God. (2) Everyone has rejected God. Romans 1:21 says, “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The rejection of God resulted in two consequences. We have all offended God, and our hearts became a reservoir of sin. (3) Man has universally turned from God, and therefore every man stands condemned and possesses a spiritually dead heart. The Law gives no advantage to the Jew nor does estrangement excuse the Gentile. Romans 3:10, “None is righteous, no, not one.” God is there. He has revealed Himself in creation. We have all rejected Him and embraced the lusts of our flesh, which is an infinite offense! The Good News will only be good news when we realize how horrible we are and what a dreadful state we are in before a holy God! We are all guilty!