The Bible teaches us that all people are by nature rebels against God and hostile to Jesus Christ. We are dead in trespasses and sins and by nature children of wrath. We are alienated from God and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds; blinded by Satan so we cannot understand spiritual truth. In that condition, we are helpless and unable to believe the truth. But through the Spirit of God bringing about a convicting work in our lives they are confronted with the truth, drawn to the Father and brought to life. (paraphrase of John MacArthur)
Those who are truly close to God do not feel an overwhelming sense of righteousness. Instead, they see their sinfulness in light of Christ’s righteousness. And through the work of the Holy Spirit of God in their lives, seek to draw ever closer to Him.