A Righteousness Not My Own

We are in a series that we are looking at throughout the year called Help My Unbelief. In this series we are answering questions that people have about faith and the scriptures. One difficult area in the scriptures is understanding righteousness. Listen to some of the scriptures about righteousness:

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48 ESV)

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. (1 John 3:7 ESV)

So we can read scriptures that tell us that we need to be righteous and live righteously. So then we approach God as trying to do righteous works to belong to him. But then we read the opposite in the scriptures.

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” (Romans 3:9–11 ESV)

Now we are told that no one is righteous and no one can make themselves righteous before God. So how can these things be reconciled? What are the scriptures trying to teach us about righteousness and our standing before God…

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