According to the Bible;
Jesus died for sinners not righteous people
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Everything that is bad in us that would require punishment has been paid for. Jesus did the time for our crime. That is grace. It is a free gift. All one would need to do is recieve the free gift. It can not be earned, there are no strings attached.
After we have done that, Jehovah continues to do the work IN us via the Holy Spirit. . Every attempt we make to do good, and be good, makes us start to feel righteous. We all know what happens. We become like the self righteous family member who is too good to associate with sinners anymore. Jesus ate with sinners, loved them, hung out with them, saved them, fed them. He just did not ACT like them. Love~Kate