Jesus said that it is the sinner not the righteous who needs a savior. That concept is very telling. Surly He knew that none are good none righteous. After all He’s God. The fact that none are righteous before God, is obvious. Why then did He say what He says here?
And Jesus answered and said to them, “ not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”
Yes, Jesus knew what He was communicating. Do we? He was not creating a conflict with His own Word. He is the Word made flesh. Paul says:
What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; as it is written:“There is no righteous person, not even one;
Paul, though he did know the Old Testament better than any other Apostle, yet he obviously did not know it better than the Word made flesh Himself. So what was Jesus saying to me and to you?
Don’t we all at times think that we are better than the next guy? God does not, will not, in fact cannot work with us when we live in that state. If you have had the privilege of meeting Jesus it is only because you have come to recognize your reprehensible state before God, who is all good. If we gain any righteousness in this life, it is only His working in us, because He was and is desired by us to do so. Recognizing that we are a sinner in need of God is the only awakening that has merit before Him, which can be used by God to bring us to a rebirth. Contrition is a state within us that does not escape Gods attention. Even a believer, who loses that state, thinking himself to be better than others is in danger of no longer being dealt with by the Holy Spirit, whom he is spurning. If we are used of God to bring others to turn to Him, it will not be because we have awakened them, but because we have spoken the truth in Love, allowing Him to use us.
God speaks of the shortening of days which will become much worse than the degradation of what we are seeing of these days. The shortening of days comes because of His Mercy concerning His own, and because of His love for this world. For God so loved the world. God does not change. He will rise up in splendor and in the wrath of the Lamb to cleanse and to rule over His creation, but not until His people cry out from a place of contrition because the world refuses to see the darkness as a result of its sin.
Revelation 16:10 And the fifth [angel] poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. (NASB2020)