"How then is it possible for a person to have a righteousness that is superior to that of a Pharisee or teacher of the Law? Anyone in the Kingdom has a righteousness that is not their own. Paul the Apostle called it an "imputed" righteousness. (Romans 4:1-25) This means righteousness put to one's credit by virtue of faith ... once a person transfers the trust he or she once had in their own works and now trusts Christ's blood, the very righteousness of Jesus is simultaneously transferred to them. And no Scribe or Pharisee could even begin to come upto that standard! The very righteousness of Jesus who fulfilled the Law is put to our credit".
R T Kendall - "Grace" - Charisma House Publications, Florida (2006) - (p48).