Jesus reserved some of His most chiding words for the religious hypocrites. Content to dwell in their self-righteousness, to sit in the seat of judgment against others yet failing to see that by that same judgment they themselves were condemned!! Against such, Paul lays down the case and when he’s finished getting done, the righteousness of the self-righteousness is reduced to dust and ashes!! To the Jew seeking to justify himself in the sight of God, he has been weighed and found wanting! To the Gentile he too has been tried by the law written on his heart and has been found wanting. Paul concludes all men under sin and announces the coming day of wrath when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ!!
This sermon is a very powerful exhortation to cast aside self-righteousness and to cast oneself upon the righteousness provided in Jesus Christ!!