1 Peter 4:18
ESV - 18 And "If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
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To me, the point that Peter is making is that (as Isaiah said in Isaiah 64:6) even the most "righteous" deeds performed on earth (apart from faith in Christ) are filthy rags in God's sight, because of the contamination of the entire human race by sin, which humans have absolutely no means of remedying through their own efforts. It is solely through total dependence on God's mercy and grace through Christ's atoning death and resurrection that humans can have any hope of escaping everlasting punishment from God for their sin. If this state of affairs applies even to those whose God-given conscience has convicted them of their sin, and of their need for repentance and faith in Christ, then ungodly and unrepentant people are in an even worse position, since they have rejected the only means that God has provided for obtaining forgiveness of their sins and eternal life.
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