The Biblical principle of Righteousness defines all human beings as incapable of obtaining it. According to the Lord, if a person will be seen as Righteous, his righteousness must come from the Lord.
Psalms 14:3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
When a person places all of his trust in Jesus Christ, he exchanges his unrighteousness for all of Jesus’ Righteousness.
In Isaiah chapter 64, the prophet contrasts the righteousness of God with the righteousness of man.
Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You...
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…
We should understand that from God’s perspective, all human beings are incapable of consistently doing right. It is not that we don’t want to do right, we are simply incapable of performing our righteousness consistently. No matter how hard we try to be good, sooner or later, we are going to fail. The problem is that while we live in these fallen bodies—being descendants of Adam—we do not have the capacity for any long term righteousness. (more…)