First, as you say that, James says, "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous." I'll not let you deceive me, Drew H. But, as to your quote...Yours, Grace's, my, and every other person's efforts at righteousness are works of futility because we cannot be righteous because of our own efforts. They are a bunch of filthy rags.
I get frustrated when people quote certain verses, but don't actually understand the intention of what's written. Why did Isaiah write what he did? Why? Because, the righteousness of Israel was overshadowed by their iniquities, as it's written. For example and in concordance, Proverbs 21:27 says, "The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?" Sacrifices were required by law, to reconcile the sinner to Father and give the sinner a righteous standing. But, what if the sinner sacrificed with no intentions of departing from their iniquities? Then, the sinner's righteousness becomes like filthy rags, meaning feigned and insincere. But, as another, final example as to what Isaiah meant, Isaiah also wrote, "Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness." Israel appeared clean on the outside, but they were filthy in their inward parts.
...says Drew H to the one that's repeatedly shared how our anointed Savior taught us the spiritual interpretation and application of the literal letter of the law.You might try at looking at the scriptures from a spiritual standpoint rather than a physical one.
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and scribes for their hypocrisy, for starters, and because they upheld traditions above and before the commandments of "God." And as to their hypocrisy, they taught the law, but didn't adhere to what they were teaching. As it's written, "Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not."That is what the Judaizers did (physical standpoint) and they, for certain, became self-righteous and Jesus told them what He thought about them.
Now, the Judaizers, on the other hand, was Paul's opposition, especially toward the Galatians. And the issue, there, was that these Judaizers were trying to compel the converts to become physically circumcised and to begin offering up sacrifices, two laws that were fulfilled on the cross. And that's the reasons for Paul's letter to the Galatians.
I've never said anything more than the fact that I've been trying to become perfect, just as we've been instructed by our anointed Savior. I've said absolutely nothing different from Paul. Paul wrote, "Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Now, is your issue with just me, or both, me and Paul, Accuser?Ever since you've been posting here you have been pompously describing your works of righteousness, yet you claim humility. Is that not a bit ironic?
And based on your post to me, you do, too.God knows who He has saved, and to those He gives assurance; and they know who they are.