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God gave the Israelites the Law.

Though He commanded them to keep it and blessed them when they did and punished them when they didn't, the main purpose of the Law was to show them, and us, that we are unable to keep His Law perfectly. 

In Galatians 3:24 we read the Law is meant to be our tutor: "Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith."

The Law is supposed to open our eyes to our own sinfulness and help us see our need for a Saviour.

Unfortunately that doesn't always happen.

Just think about the scribes and the Pharisees.

They were proud of the fact that they kept the Law, even though they kept more of their own traditions than God's actual Law. 

They thought they were righteous, that they had peace with God because of their own good works.

But it doesn't work that way.

Not even our best 'good works' are good enough to make us righteous or earn us right standing and peace with God.

Ephesians 2:8 says it this way: "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."

So God gave us what we could never obtain for ourselves.

Just as faith and salvation are gifts from Him, so righteousness is also a gift from Him.

When Jesus died on the cross for us, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf. He did that so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Because we are in Him, we are just as righteous as He is. We have right standing and peace with God, as we see in Romans 5:1: "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ..."

Praise and thank the Lord today for giving you His righteousness in Christ!