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"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away" (Isaiah 64:6). This passage...
It is why Jesus gave us His righteousness when we accepted Him as our only savior. We are not righteous. We are not holy. But the spirit of God that lives in us is holy and that is why we are saved. Without the spirit of the Lord there is no salvation. When we received the Holy Spirit of promise the minute we trusted Christ to save us, God can now look on us as perfect, even though we are not perfect. Our salvation rests on Him and not on what we do or do not do. We are born in to the family of God by faith alone. We are given His righteousness at that point and can never be lost. We do not trust in our own righteousness but in the righteousness of God that lives in us. Compared to His righteousness all our righteousness is filthy rags. How do we know we are saved? We know we are saved because we believed John 3:16. If we say we know we are saved now because we gave up some little sin or something we do, that has nothing to do with salvation, our salvation rests on what Jesus did for us and that we believed on the only name under heaven whereby we must be saved, we have eternal life through him who saved us by grace.
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