The confusion about righteousness is that some people think it comes from discipline and following the rules, that it is earned or deserved. No. Just as forgiveness of sins comes from the grace of God, so it is with righteousness.
(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.Notice it does not say, “some unrighteousness.”
Does this mean that we are so perfect that we never make mistakes and have no potential to sin? To me it is obvious that is not the case. If you want to build a straw man and lay it on me I will forgive you. I do this because forgiveness is part of being a new creature.
(Ephesians 4:24 KJV) And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.If you like considering yourself an unrighteous sinner, enjoy. I prefer the Biblical term of “saint.”
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