For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
Man, in his fallen state, can only keep the Law of God legalistically, which makes him self-righteous and not God Righteous. Apostle Paul was a Pharisee and he understood the righteousness of the Law in its legalistic form only, until God moved into his life and led him to salvation through the Damascus experience. By the legalistic observance of the law, Paul had thought that he was righteous and blameless, but when he truly came to understand the free gift of God's Righteousness, apart from the Law through faith in Christ's sacrifice, he recognised that his self-righteousness was like rubbish.
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