THE RIGHT RIGHTEOUSNESS
Not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ.
~ PHILIPPIANS 3:9
To know Jesus Christ is to have His righteousness, His holiness, and His virtue imputed to us, which makes us right before God.
Throughout his earlier life, the apostle Paul tried to attain salvation through strict adherence to the Law. But when he was confronted by the wondrous reality of Christ, he was ready to trade in all his self-righteous and external morals, good works, and religious rituals for the righteousness granted to him through faith in Christ. Paul was willing to lose the thin and fading robe of his reputation if he could only gain the splendid and incorruptible robe of the righteousness of Christ.
This is the greatest of all benefits because it secures our standing before God. It is God’s gift to the sinner, appropriated by faith in the perfect work of Christ, which satisfies God’s justice.