If Jesus didn’t come for the “righteous” how will they receive salvation?
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Matthew 9:13)
When Jesus said that he had not come to call the righteous, he meant the self-righteous, such as the scribes and Pharisees. The “sinners” are all who recognize themselves as imperfect and in need of repentance.
The Apostle Paul, quoting Psalm 14:3 says, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)
All of us are sinners, even though our heart intentions may be good. All of us fall short of the glorious standard that God has set. Jesus was calling out a people for his heavenly class who recognized their shortcomings and their need for repentance and mercy.
How then do the “righteous” (actually the self-righteous) receive their salvation? They will have an opportunity to receive it when they are awakened from the sleep of death in Messiah’s Millennial kingdom on earth. At that time all people will have an opportunity to learn what true righteousness is, practice it and write it in their hearts.
To learn more about salvation listen to, “What Does It Mean to Be Saved?”