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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8825 self-righteousness, and the gospel
8825 self-righteousness, and the gospel

8825 self-righteousness, and the gospel

Self-righteousness is an obstacle to the gospel, which insists that true righteousness can only be found in Jesus Christ.

The real issue of righteousness

Job 9:2 See also 1Sa 6:20; Job 4:17; Job 15:14; Job 32:2 Although Elihu had misjudged Job, his main point, that only God was righteous, was correct; Job 40:8; Ps 130:3

True righteousness is not the result of human effort

Ro 3:20 Even though God’s law tells people what God requires, human beings cannot keep it because of the weakness of their sinful human natures. See also Ro 9:31; Gal 2:16; Gal 3:11; Eph 2:8-9; Tit 3:5; 1Jn 2:16

Self-righteousness is a contradiction in terms

2Ch 6:36; Isa 64:6 See also Ezr 9:15; Ps 14:3; Ecc 7:20; Da 9:7; Ro 3:10,23

God calls people from their pretended self-righteousness

Isa 2:22 See also Ps 75:2-4; Jer 17:5; Mt 5:20

True righteouness

It comes from God Ro 10:3 See also Ps 98:2; Isa 46:13; Isa 51:5; Jer 9:23-24; Ro 1:17

It is grounded in Jesus Christ Ac 13:39 See also 1Co 1:30; 2Co 5:21

It comes about by faith Ro 5:1 See also Gal 5:5; Eph 2:8

It is received in humility Lk 18:13-14 See also Ro 3:27; Ro 4:2; 1Co 1:31; 1Co 4:7; 2Co 11:30; 2Co 12:9; Gal 6:13-14; Eph 2:9; Php 3:7-9

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