Eternal life is for everyone who wishes to follow Jesus. Jesus will not refuse or turn away anyone who comes to Him. Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved, but you have to obey Him and stay with Him until the end, to stay saved.
Without Jesus, we can do nothing. Without Jesus there is no hope of eternal life, not just believing in Jesus, but knowing Him, following and obeying Him, until the end. Most important, Jesus must know you, or else you will not enter heaven.
How is it that Jesus, who is God, and who knows everything and everybody can say to a person: ”Go away I never knew you, you worker of lawlessness.”? Jesus said: “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32,33.
Many profess to be Christians but they do not obey Jesus. They do not live according to His commandments, His words, as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They refuse to repent and be baptized. They reject His Holy Spirit. They are ashamed of Him, ashamed of speaking in tongues. Jesus said: “If you love Me, you will obey My words.” He also said: “21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22“Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:21-23.
It was not their faith that failed them, but their WORKS, their FRUIT. Jesus said:” 15“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? 17“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. 19“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20“So then, you will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:15-20.
The only way to have eternal life is to follow and obey Him, not just to believe in Him, as so many falsely believe. If we believe in Jesus, and follow Him, we will become like Him. We will be living replicas of Jesus. “3By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:3-6.
Are we following Jesus unto eternal life? Have we become like Him, or are we only fooling ourselves? Do we know Jesus, and does He know us?
May Jesus bless you.