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Who are the righteous in Matthew 9?



      

Matthew 9:1 - 38

ESV - 1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The question appears to be referring to Matthew 9:13 (where Jesus said that He had not come to call the righteous, but sinners).

If anyone were, in fact, truly righteous (that is, without sin), that person could earn eternal life through his or her own effort, and would not require the redemption that Jesus came to earth to provide by His death and resurrection.

However, the Bible makes abundantly clear in multiple passages that, ever since humanity's original fall into sin (Genesis 3:1-19), no human (other than Jesus) has achieved, or is even capable of ever achieving, that degree of righteousness, because all people (again, except Jesus) are born with an innate sin nature, which they subsequently exhibit by disobeying God's commandments (Psalm 14:1-3; Psalm 53:1-3; Romans 3:9-26).

When Jesus spoke of the righteous, he was not implying that humans could be truly righteous through their own effort, but was emphasizing the need of all people for the repentance, salvation, and eternal life that He offered, including even the Pharisees (who considered themselves righteous, but who were, in fact, only hypocritically self-righteous in their own eyes, and were just as much in need of repentance and forgiveness as those (such as tax collectors) whom they criticized Jesus for associating with).

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