In the Gospel – the good news of what Jesus has done for us – we experience the righteousness of God that comes by faith (Romans 1). This righteousness is in direct contrast with human righteousness, which is by works. The Jews tried to be righteous in their own efforts. But Jesus said it would take more than that to get to heaven (Matt.5:20). When we accept the call of Christ as our Savior by faith, He gives us His righteousness, and so we are not ashamed to declare that it has nothing to do with us, but it has everything to do with Jesus Christ. If I stand in my own righteousness, I will stand ashamed. But when I stand in God’s righteousness, I am not ashamed.