If perfect obedience to the law of God is the divine standard of righteousness-and it is-then there is not a single person who does not need to be justified before God. And if a single sin is sufficient to condemn us to eternal punishment, as the Bible says it is (see James 2:10), then everyone who has committed sin needs to be justified above all else. And if Solomon was right when he said that “there is no one who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46)-and our universal experience confirms that he was right-then God sent His Son to the cross to provide the solution to the greatest need of every person.
– “What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace”
Richard D. Phillips