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  • How can I say I'm righteous when I am sinning everyday?
  • We, as human beings, sin from the very moment we're born until we die. As a matter of fact, this is due to our fundamental minds, which carry sins along with them. So, the Bible says, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). That is why the apostle Paul confessed in front of God that "This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief" (1 Timothy 1:15).

    "But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:21-24).

    This "righteousness" of God means that Jesus was baptized by John Baptist in the Jordan. When He was baptized, He said to John, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness" (Matthew 3:15). He bore the sins of the world in the most just and fair way when He was baptized by John the Baptist, the representative of all humankind. Thus, John exclaimed "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29) the next day he baptized Jesus.

    Then what does "the sins of the world" here mean? It means all the sins of all human beings from Adam and Eve, the first man on the earth, to the last man of the world. The past was the world, the present is the world, and the future will be the world, too. Jesus, the Alpha and the Omega, had offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, bearing all the sins of the world once and for all through baptism in the Jordan and dying on the Cross. And we have been sanctified. Note that this is written in the perfect present tense. We have been sanctified and sinless, from the very moment we believed in God until now and always will be. For the Lord is Almighty God, He has a bird's eye view of the beginning and the end of the world. Although it is about 2000 years ago when He was baptized, he could take away all the sins that human beings commit from the beginning to the end of the world. Therefore, before He died on the Cross, He said, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). He took away all the sins of the world about 2000 years ago and died on the Cross in order to wash them away.

    We still sin even after we're saved because our flesh is weak. However, Jesus has redeemed us from all the sins of the past, present and the future by laying all the sins, even the ones from now, on Him through baptism and being judged for them on the Cross. This is the complete and righteous salvation of God.

    If Jesus hadn't taken away with Him the sins that we will commit in the future, not a single human being could be redeemed from everyday sin, "for the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). When Jacob and Esau were still in their mother's womb, God separated them into two nations before they didn't do anything good or bad, and loved Jacob, but hated Esau, and said "The older shall serve the younger" (Genesis 25:23).

    We human beings are destined to be sinful for the time being, from the moment we are born until the moment we die, but God foreknew our sins at first sight, and washed away all our sins once and for all by His baptism and the Cross for He loves us. We live in a blessed time. The prophet Isaiah said, "Speak comport to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord's hand double for all her sins" (Isaiah 40:2). The time we were slaves to sin has ended through the gospel of Jesus' baptism and the Cross, therefore anybody who believes in the gospel could be delivered from his sin. "' This is the covenant that I will make with them after whose days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,' then He adds, ' Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.' Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin" (Hebrews 10:16-18).

    God doesn't judge us for our daily sins anymore because He has already washed away all the sins of mankind on earth and judged them through Jesus.

    As a result, we can wait for the Lord to come and follow His Words, as the righteous without sin, even though we still sin in our lives.

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