Q&A: Was Job without Sin? Job 1:1 and Romans 3:23

Was Job without Sin? Job 1:1 and Romans 3:23

Question

If all are sinners, then how can Job be perfect? Job 1:1 and Romans 3:23

Answer

Job 1:1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Job 1:1 is not saying that Job was "perfect," that is, totally without sin (Is it possible not to sin?), but rather, that he was "loyal." Any blamelessness and righteousness he had was on account of his relationship with God who forgives and forgave him. Job was corrected for his sin (Job 39). Job even repents: "Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:6). Job was not sinless, but he was loyal.

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Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).