Paul wrote about man’s depravity in Romans 3:9-18, and within this passage he taught us that there is no one who seeks God, not even one. Paul also described the extent of man’s wickedness when he wrote in verse 9 that all men, both Jews and Gentiles, are under sin. Beginning in verse 10 we read:
“There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks for God.
All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good,
There is not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)
In these verses, Paul quoted Scriptures from Psalm 14:1-3, Psalm
53:1-3 and Ecclesiastes 7:20 to describe the extent of man’s wickedness, and to emphasize that there is not one man who seeks God, not even one. Paul then continued in this passage to quote several verses from the Psalms and Isaiah that speak of man’s wickedness and depravity. Since Paul taught us clearly that “there is none who seeks for God”, then God Himself must seek men if any from among them are to be reconciled to Him.