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“Accounted (Galatians 3:6) in our day suggests keeping the books, ledgers, CPAs. To “account” here (Gr. logizomai) refers rather to faithful participation. When God “accounted” Abraham righteous, Abraham was participating with God in the fruit of the Holy Spirit and faith (v. 5)...Righteousness is a heart-centered belief in and obedience to God, with the blessing of the Holy Spirit.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Galatians 3:6-9)

“…a trusting heart having faith in God is of greater worth to the Lord than objective obedience to the details of His Laws…. If we foolishly believe that by having a clear-cut set of rules we will be able to attain perfect righteousness, we are tragically mistaken.” (Dynamis 9/12/2012)

“Some pious and confused souls torture themselves trying to establish their righteousness before God by arbitrary calculation. They turn their relationship with God into a matter of quantifiable reckoning and seek to accumulate as many good deeds, or “works,” as possible – as if these works will offset their sins and offenses and create a favorable balance sheet on the Day of Judgment (Mk 10:17-27)…Only the giving of the whole self to Christ is belief unto righteousness. (Dynamis 6/9/2015, Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 10:9, 10)

“We want to help people understand that the more they can recognize their own sin, the more they will experience God’s grace. A life of gratitude for being saved is far more pleasing than a life based on self-­righteousness over being good.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“In Christianity, men gain righteousness only by confessing their unrighteousness and being covered by Christ’s merit. Every other religion is man working his way to God. Christianity is God working His way to men.” (Randy Alcorn)

“ ‘Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.’ (Mt. 5:6). The terms righteousness or the righteous that we read often in Sacred Scripture and spiritual reading are frequently ill-understood. Firstly, it is not something merely external or superficial or as defined in the dictionary as simply being"morally upright." Our Lord starts out this beatitude by connecting righteousness with hungering and thirsting for it. This means that righteousness must come from the depths of our spirit, that is to say the center of our minds and the depths of our hearts.” (Father George Morelli)

"The righteousness of God is to be in a continuous state of communion with Him. This state of being right with God originates with God and is accepted by mankind in faith.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Romans 1:17)

“God is the source of all righteousness.. Those who persistently choose to act against His commandments and wisdom are the unrighteous. Those who struggle to live in accordance with His revealed way – even though they fail to accomplish God’s law perfectly – are deemed the righteous.” (Dynamis 3/19/2015)

"No amount of law keeping, self-improvement, discipline, or religious effort can make us right with God. Righteousness comes only from God, and we are made righteous (receive right standing with Him) by trusting in Christ.” (Life Application Study Bible, Philippians 3:9)"God never alters the robe of righteousness to fit the man. He alters the man to fit the robe.” (iBible Verses)

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