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Fulfill All Righteousness
Before Christ's resurrection, unrighteousness was transgression of the law and righteousness meant compliance with the law. Paul wrote (Rom 3:21ff) that now a righteousness apart from the law had been made known, but Jesus lived under the law, and to "fulfill all righteousness" meant there was a law Jesus had to comply with. He says His baptism was that compliance. Hebrews lays out for us Jesus' ministry as High Priest, but declares that, being of the tribe of Judah, not Levi, there must be a change in the law. God commanded Moses concerning the dedication of the first Levite priests, but Jesus, not being a Levite, had to be likewise consecrated for ministry (Num. 8:7). So he was "sprinkled with the water of purification".

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