Paul said that righteousness comes from God, but has made itself known apart from the law. The law and prophets testified about righteousness that comes from God. This righteousness comes through faith in Jesus to all who believe. Despite the sinfulness of all men, the believer has been freed from guilt and the penalty of sin, as a gift of God, and not the work of man. We accept the gift of Jesus’ redemption only by faith. The law and the prophets preceded belief in Jesus Christ. We are all sinners so that our redemption comes through Jesus Christ with his atonement for our sins. We are justified by faith in Jesus, so that righteousness and faith go hand in hand. Do you have faith in Jesus Christ?