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 Brief Explanations of Some Biblical Terms
 - Associated with the Gospel of the Water and the Spirit

 

  • The Righteous
  • Those who, by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit, have received the remission of all sins and become sinless before God are called as the righteous. Romans 4:7-8 say, "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin." The blessed here refer to none other than the righteous who have received the remission of sin. Because God is holy and just, He does not approve those who have sin in their hearts as the righteous. To be forgiven of our lawless deeds and to have our sins covered is to become sinless and holy by actually believing in Jesus Christ-that is, by believing that we passed our sins to Jesus through His baptism, and that with His death on the Cross Jesus vicariously paid the wages of our sins on the Cross for us.

    Because God cannot lie, He never approves those who have sin as the righteous. On the contrary, He condemns them and casts them into the fire of hell. To become sinless before God, we must believe in our hearts that all our sins of the past, present, and future were passed onto Jesus once for all when He was baptized by John the Baptist, and we must thereby cut off our sins from our hearts. As such, the righteous before God refer to those who have become sinless in their hearts by believing in the baptism of Jesus and the Cross. If some people still have sin in their hearts even as they believe in Jesus and they still give their prayers of repentance, then such people are sinners, not the children of God.

    God does not justify the wicked (Exodus 23:7), for He cannot lie. Therefore, those who leave out the baptism of Jesus and believe only in the blood of the Cross can never become righteous.

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