[quote=Matt16_18]What do you have to do to live up to the offer? Suppose that you were to die tonight and stand before God and he were to say to you, ‘Why should I let you into my heaven?’ What would you say?
I don’t think I can answer that for a handful of reasons. First, God isn’t gonna do that based on all we know. Second, I’m not qualified to answer that, only God is. Third, contrary to popular belief judgment is not a matter or “getting in” or “not getting in.” The true nature of sin and salvation is much deeper and more profound than whether God lets you in or not. It’s so different that to talk about getting in or not is almost entirely incorrect. We only use that terminology because as human beings its easier to understand that way.
As far as what one has to do to live up to it, we have to keep Jesus’ commandments. Again, it goes much, much deeper than a simple test to see if we followed them or not. It’s actually a matter of what we have become over the course of our lives through our actions. The keeping of the commandments is a way of speaking about it. That being said, we have to keep them. That’s Jesus’ answer to the question. But how do we keep them? Only through Christ. Only through His Grace. Only our faith which we may have only through His Grace, working itself out in love, will allow us into Heaven.
Living up to God’s offer means to accept it on terms of faith and comply with all the requirements contained in it. God is like…
A Father and a child are at the store. The child asks the Father, “Father, if I clean my room will you buy me this toy?” The Father replies, “No son, I will not buy you that simply because you have done something. However, your birthday is going to come around, and I will give it to you as a gift if you will trust Me, and love Me, and listen to all that I say, and do what you are supposed to.”
We all have that birthday coming up, we call it death. We all have that toy, we call it Heaven. We can’t earn it, but we can lose it. If the child refused to listen to his Father, and did not do what His Father said, then the Father would not give the child the gift because the child would have earned it’s loss.