If by our own self efforts or religious works we think we can “produce” the fruit of the Spirit, it’s essentially counterfeit fruit, a crop failure, so to speak. It may amount to, at best, no more than humanistic philanthropic effort.
This is also the “righteousness” which the Bible calls filthy rags. Works of the flesh.
Yet “… we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” 2 Cor 4:7. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell in us in the fulness of Christ.
Sometimes I think it takes awhile for a disciple to understand the whole idea of what Grace implies – often because Grace is not presented in its completeness in many churches, but as the way to “get saved”, that initial experience.
But then what?
Are we not the temples not made with hands in which God the Holy Spirit takes up His residence and does His work – moving on from the moment of being saved, then through sanctification, on to glorification? And it’s all by grace.
As Paul says Romans 1, “That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome. I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, then to the Greek. For the gospel reveals the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Seems like words at times are never enough. But it is a good idea to be able to articulate the meanings of the Faith.
“…the righteousness of God that comes by faith from start to finish…” interesting way to put it, via Berean Study Bible.
Or, as in KJV, “from faith to faith.”