NOTE: The below is an article which is WIP -work in progress & not Completed yet!
...Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness…But solid food is for the mature… (Hebrews 5:13 & 14)
The 1st time the Holy Spirit pointed out to me about ‘The Teaching about Righteousness’ – which was solid food for the mature Christian, I was intrigued by it and started a journey onto the discovery of Grace Vs Law…
Imagine my 2nd time– when I was reading the Red Letter Bible (words of Jesus in Red color) and the Holy Spirit pointed out that the 1st verse spoken by Jesus in the Bible also mentioned Righteousness:
Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” (Matthew 3:15)
then again 5 more times in the next couple of chapters…
Mathew Chapter 5:
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
20 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.
Mathew Chapter 6:
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So it now seemed to me that both Christ and Paul took Righteousness to be important…
In the above verses spoken by Jesus, we see- Righteousness, Your Righteousness and His Righteousness…
Now Romans 5:17 is another verse that stood out…
…”For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ…”
Here 2 phrases stand out- Abundance of Grace & Gift of Righteousness
Grace is received & not earned, also there can both be Abundance and Scarcity of Grace- based on how much you are willing to receive from Him, not because of His willingness to pour out or not (John 3:34)- but rather your (un)willingness to simply take…
And Righteousness is a Gift- which is freely given and cannot be earned, and it doesn’t have a measure or quantity. It is a Unity, a Binary (0 or 1), black or white – you get it fully or you don’t get it at all- no partial measures, only the full cup…You can’t have more or less righteousness- since you can have only His righteousness, the very same full measure of Christ’s righteousness; nothing less, nothing more!
Again I looked at the treatment of the original word used in Greek for Righteousness – in the new testament, the following is the gist of it- taken from LINK