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Ph 3:7-9 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
So how do we know and differentiate God’ righteousness than of man’s? The righteousness of God comes from God’s heart. How do we know God’s heart? It is by the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the main works of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of righteousness. He will convict us with God’s righteousness in our heart. If we believe in Lord Jesus Christ and received the Holy Spirit, then our righteousness comes from Him and not of our own self. Because our self is crucified along with our Lord on the cross. It is the faith that we have in our Lord that enables us to do God’s righteousness. If you believe in the True Son of God that is Jesus Christ, then you will receive the gift of salvation. This gift of salvation will power you to do God’s righteousness without any ‘self’ and make you approved before God and men. If anyone promotes himself rather God, then it is from self and not from God. For example, a member in a church committee wanted to do charitable things for the poor. This is a righteous deed in front of this world and also before God. Now if that member did this or initiated this to promote himself as more righteous or with an inner motive to be elected as a next secretary of that committee, then the righteousness is not from God but from the member’s ‘self’. When any righteous deed points to the WAY and brings glory to God, then it is God’s righteousness done by His righteous people in His righteous way. It is the faith that differentiates God’s righteousness and not deeds. It is the first commandment (See below verse) that approves the second one. Not the other way round.
Mark 12:28-33 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” 29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. 33 And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”