For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20
Years ago, an elder told our congregation that this was the scariest verse in the Bible to him. He was frightened about the challenge of surpassing the righteousness of the Pharisees. In fact, they were not righteous, they only thought they were righteous. Fact two, when we become Christians, the righteousness of God in Christ clothes us in His righteousness. Walking with Christ, we exceed their righteousness the first day and every day. Thank God for the great gift we don't have to earn.