The Life and Teachings of Jesus & His Apostles, p. 351; “But the Lord, through his grace, appeared to man, gave him the gospel or eternal plan whereby he might rise above the carnal and selfish things of life and obtain spiritual perfection. But he must rise by his own efforts and he must walk by faith.”
Romans 6:22-23; “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
How do you raise yourself up when there is no hope? Jesus is the lifter of our heads. If it were by our own merits that we should walk then no one would be worthy.