The Naked Church – Chapter – 14 Righteousness That Comes from Faith
Just knowing Jesus, however, wasn’t the only thing for which Paul hungered. He also wanted to be like him: “I consider[all things] rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from law, but that which is through faith in Christ.” Paul didn’t see righteousness as competing with his pleasure; it was his pleasure.
But Paul made it clear that the righteousness he sought was not one which comes by observing law. He knew that kind of righteousness all too well. Just a few verses before, he talked about his life as a Pharisee: “As for legalistic righteousness, [I was] faultless.” Before he came to know Jesus, Paul knew the bondage of trying to please God by a system of rules and regulations. He knew its frustration and rigidity, and that it never succeeds. Recorded with permission from Wayne Jacobsen.