The first verse I will list below will perfectly spell that out. The rest of the verses will then show us how we have all been born into this world as sinners and that there is absolutely no one in this world who is truly righteous and holy before the eyes of God the Father.
- "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me." (Psalm 51:5)
- As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one ..." (Romans 3:10)
- "... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ..." (Romans 3:23)
- "For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:21-22)
- "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned ..." (Romans 5:12)
- "But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind." (Isaiah 64:6)
Once you really think about and meditate on these specific verses, it just blows the human mind to think that God the Father would allow the very own righteousness of His one and only Son Jesus to be imputed upon us so we can all be made righteous enough before Him to be able to cross over into heaven when we die and cross over, especially when we ourselves have done absolutely nothing to be able to earn or achieve any of this on our own. This is all simply a free and holy gift that is being given to us by the Lord.
The last verse above says that even if we did try to be as good and as perfect as we possibly could before the Lord, that all of our good works would be nothing but like filthy rags before Him because we simply do not have the ability within our own natural makeups to attain His state of perfection and holiness.
If we are really honest with ourselves, we can see how we are all really sinners before a holy and righteous God, and that no matter how hard we try, there is simply no way that we can ever achieve any state of true, perfect holiness that would be pleasing enough to God. And again, the apostle Paul in the above verse perfectly sums up that reality even for himself.
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