Let me try to explain it in simple terms. We were born into a fallen world. Fallen from the grace of God. Why? Because man chose sin rather than God. A clear example would be, you teach a child to do good things as the bad ones he or she does them naturally. We are born in sin and therefore should things remain the same we are heading to eternal damnation.
Can I save myself?
Well if you can fulfil the Law (the 10 commandments) every second of your life, the answer yes you can but the crude reality is that you can never do that. Let us take 2 examples:
1. Did you ever tell a lie, even a small one? I do it sometimes without knowing as a defence mechanism. However that makes me a liar but God’s standards and it is an abomination to HIM (Proverbs 12:22)
2. Did you ever ever steal something, even something small?
Well I did this several times especially in knowing that even a small thing is considered theft. That makes me a thief by God’s standard (Exodus 20:15)
Just by looking at 2 commandments it is evident that I am a liar and a thief and if I carefully go through all the rest I will be guilty of all 10 of them. Especially to the fact that: “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10)
Therefore are you telling me that I can never save myself?
That’s true, that is why Paul says in Romans 3:23 that “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and and that is why with our current physical means we can never save ourselves.
Is this the end of the story?
No ” God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son and whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) God made a way for you and me by sending HIS Son Jesus to pay the price on our behalf. The only one qualified to do so as HE is without blemish or sin.
Therefore Believing in the SON OF GOD and you will be SAVED (Acts 4:12)
Believing is not just a thought process but it requires a dynamic life changing action. A 180 degrees turn around from your old self. Repentance and submission to God’s will is key. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)
That is what Jesus meant by being born again. Your transfer from your default sinful state to the heavenly kingdom, the Lord’s Kingdom were sin will not have dominion over you but you will become more than an overcomer through Christ. (See Romans 6:14)
Let me ask you a question. Would you sell one of your eyes for 1 million Euro? How about both for 100 Million Euro? Every person in the right state of mind would say no. That is how much you value your eyes. How much more must you value you your soul being the only eternal side of you?
Jesus started HIS ministry by stating “Repent because the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). This is your chance, you can do it now while you are on time, you are not the Lord of your tomorrow and therefore tomorrow can be too late.