So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Why do people fail to see that they needed to repent of their sins and submit their lives to God? The reason can be put in one word: pride. They feel they have no need for God to forgive them, and they are convinced they are better than everyone else. And by some standards they are better.
But not by God’s standard! God is absolutely holy and pure, and His standard is nothing less than perfection. If you had committed only one sin during your lifetime—just one —you still would be guilty before God. This is why the Bible says, “There is no one righteous, not even one. … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:10, 23).