Remember Jesus told Nicodemus that 'he must be born again'. This elaborates on this subject. Please be blessed as you read it.
"This born again experience makes us entirely new persons. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17. Through the leading of the holy Spirit, as we confess our sins and fall at the foot of the cross, we are cleansed of our sins and re-created into the image of God (see 1 John 1:9)
This is God's all-encompassing righteousness--we are saved by grace and we live by faith--all through Jesus Christ! We can proclaim with Paul, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" Galatians 2:20.
When we accept Christ and His righteousness, we also follow Him in believing and accepting His beautiful truths revealed in the doctrines of the Bible--all centered in Him. In Titus 3:5,6 , Paul indicates that it was "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us through the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Spirit." He further states "that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works (verses 7,8.)
The good works are the manifestation of the sanctifying power of Christ. The Holy Spirit works in us to make us more and more like Christ. We are totally dependent upon our relationship with Christ for sanctification. That is Christ's righteousness." Article by Pastor Ted Wilson.
(Grandma Joan's remarks) Do you see how simple it is and yet we make it so hard by thinking that we have to do something to save ourselves, we have to do this and we have to do that to save ourselves, No, remember it is "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. He washes us and renews us through the power of the Holy Spirit, that is why we need to pray to be filled with His Spirit each day so that He can do that for us. God bless each of you as you surrender your lives to Him day by day. Grandma Joan