“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:20
Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ---the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” Philippians 3:8-9
In Isaiah 64:6, it tells us that; “our righteousness is like filthy rags,” we cannot PLEASE the RIGHTEOUS, HOLY God with our own RIGHTEOUSNESS. In Matthew, chapter five and verse twenty, Jesus says: “Unless your RIGHTEOUSNESS surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” The RIGHTEOUSNESS of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law was that of their own doing. They thought that as long as they did what the Law said, they were RIGHTEOUS in the sight of God. That is RIGHTEOUSNESS by WORKS. And that does NOT give you the RIGHT to enter Heaven.
In the book of Romans, chapter ten, verse three, the Apostle Paul says that, since they the Israelites, including the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, did not know the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God and sought to establish their own RIGHTEOUSNESS, they did NOT submit to God’s righteousness, and was lost in their sins. You see, the Pharisees PROFESSED their RIGHTEOUSNESS, but they did NOT POSSESS the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God, which is ONLY obtained by ACCEPTING the Lord JESUS Christ as your Savior and Lord. And therefore they were LOST and DOOMED to an ETERNITY in Hell.
Paul, also in his letter to the Philippians, told them, “What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, NOT having a RIGHTEOUSNESS of my OWN that comes from the law, but that which is through FAITH in Christ---the RIGHTEOUSNESS that comes from God on the basis of FAITH.” This is exactly what we ALL NEED, if we are planning to have an ETERNITY in HEAVEN.
The ONLY WAY that you can have the SALVATION, which will give you RIGHTEOUSNESS and an ETERNITY in Heaven, is to TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO God, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him, and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and receive His RIGHTEOUSNESS, which will be by FAITH, and you will be able to TRULY PROFESS what you ACTUALLY POSSESS, and it will bring you an ETERNITY in HEAVEN. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!