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"What makes us righteous?" This is a question that every serious-minded person will ask, either introspectively, or through overt expression. Most of us want to know how a perfect, holy, righteous God will accept a person who is not.

Paul the apostle will share his thoughts on this with the church at Philippi. He has said that at one time he put a lot of trust in his pedigree and worldly achievements. But Paul definitively and demonstrably declares those things as loss and rubbish compared with gaining Christ. Paul puts no confidence in those things to make him righteous before God. So then we must ask, what makes Paul, or anyone, righteous? I'm glad you asked!

Paul says that his righteousness (that i