And that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law’s demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed One), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith. Phil. 3:9 (AMP)
From the above scripture, there are two kinds of righteousness. Righteousness by the law (self acquired) and Righteousness by faith (God’s gift). That’s to say, we have man-made righteousness and God-made righteousness. Which is your own?
Man-made righteousness is self-righteousness. It comes by keeping the law. It is obtained by your effort and good works. But how much good works can you do to qualify for what God gives? Why are you working so hard to earn something that is absolutely free?
Remember that man-made righteousness is only but a filthy rag. Only the righteousness that comes by believing in what Christ has done pleases God.
Paul, the Apostles one day suddenly discovered that he was operating and functioning under pseudo righteousness, righteousness by works. A self-made and self achieved righteousness so he switched at once. See what Paul was doing to work out his own righteousness:
3 It is we, not they, who have received the true circumcision, for we worship God by means of his Spirit and rejoice in our life in union with Christ Jesus. We do not put any trust in external ceremonies. 4 I could, of course, put my trust in such things. If any of you think you can trust in external ceremonies, I have even more reason to feel that way. 5 I was circumcised when I was a week old. I am an Israelite by birth, of the tribe of Benjamin, a pure-blooded Hebrew. As far as keeping the Jewish Law is concerned, I was a Pharisee, 6 and I was so zealous that I persecuted the church. As far as a person can be righteous by obeying the commands of the Law, I was without fault. 7 But all those things that I might count as profit I now reckon as loss for Christ’s sake. 8 Not only those things; I reckon everything as complete loss for the sake of what is so much more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have thrown everything away; I consider it all as mere garbage, so that I may gain Christ 9 and be completely united with him. I no longer have a righteousness of my own, the kind that is gained by obeying the Law. I now have the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God and is based on faith. (GNT)
God’s way for you to please him is by you believing in his son Jesus Christ (Jn. 6:29). Jesus has blessed you (Eph. 1:3) believe it, he made you righteous (2Cor. 2:21) believe it, he took your poverty and gave you his riches and wealth (2Cor. 8:9) believe it, his blood has cleansed you from all sins (Rev. 1:5) believe it. That’s why we are called believers. We believe all that Christ Jesus did foe us on the cross of Calvary. Believing and meditating it will cause it to flow out of your life effortlessly and continually.
You must come to the place where like Paul you will dump all your religious efforts to please god and accept his way of pleasing him. Throw away that fig-leaf Christianity and embrace the truth now.
Jesus said in Matt 5:20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness (self made righteousness) is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, (righteousness by the law) you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven! NLT
The very day you got born again you received as a gift the righteousness that surpasses that of the Pharisees. That is the God-kind of righteousness. Irreversible righteousness, righteousness by faith alone in Christ.
Anyone found in Christ has gods own righteousness and is as righteous as God is himself.
The opposite of the law is faith, where there is law there is no faith (Gal.3:12,23-25). If you operate your life under the law then you will struggle endlessly to live the life of faith. Understanding and believing in the righteousness that comes by faith alone will automatically cause you to live and operate easily and by will in faith.
If you live under the law, all your concern will be always on keeping all the rules and regulations that religion has set on you. And to cross every ‘t’ and dot every ‘I’. You will always find yourself inadequate to approach God. You will always feel you are not qualified to receive any good thing from God. When scripture says we should come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16) you will always come with fear.