Many people, both Jews and Gentiles try very hard to become righteous through good works, study, and prayer. Sadly some people find it hard to understand and accept that righteousness comes only by grace through faith.
Paul’s idea of God’s righteousness that came only through God’s grace by faith was not a new idea as so many Jewish people today argue. He starts his argument with the righteousness of the Law:
For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”
The structure of the Law was always if/then. The Law demanded absolute and complete obedience.
You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
Next Paul contrasts the righteousness of the Law with the righteousness of faith.
PRAY THE RELIGIOUS AND DEVOUT RECOGNIZE THAT RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES ONLY THROUGH GRACE BY FAITH.