The teachings of Jesus are geared to produce despair, because if Jesus means what He says about our spiritual state, we’re in a hopeless situation - unable to save ourselves. John 3:16,18, 36
Blessed is the person who has nothing in h/him for God to correct.
Are you there yet?
Yet Jesus says only the pure in heart can stand before God.
The New Testament says that Jesus came to reveal that He has made it possible for any and every person to be reborn into God’s kingdom (John 3:3).
Then when we are born again His teaching becomes a description of the changes that God will bring about in us if we will let His power work through us. So long as a person has his morality well within h/his own grasp s/he does not need Jesus:
“For I came not to call those who think they are righteous but those who know they are not righteous.”
When we have been hard hit by reality and realise our own helplessness we find that it is not a cowardly thing to turn to Jesus. In fact, it is the only way out of our mess.
This way out is exclusively through Jesus.
And while not everyone will accept this rescue, it has been inclusively put in place for everyone.
“Anyone who calls on the Name of Jesus will be saved.”