In summing up His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus offered a parable about a wise and a foolish man. The difference between the two hinged completely upon their response to Jesus’s words. If they responded properly, Jesus’s statements would save them; if they did not respond properly, they would be lost.
It is interesting to listen to those arguing for John Calvin’s “unconditional grace,” a false doctrine that saturates most denominational ideas about salvation, when Christ made it clear that a person has to respond to God’s call. And, further, how one responds determines the difference between Heaven and Hell. If grace is “unconditional,” then what I do or don’t do must be irrelevant. But, here Christ teaches that it does matter what we do, the key phrases being “and does them” v. “does not do them” (cf. Matthew 7:24, 26).
What a sad state of affairs to meet Jesus at Judgment unprepared (2 Corinthians 5:10); so many misinformed souls will undoubtedly stand in fear and trepidation, claiming that their actions were irrelevant concerning salvation, learning too late that what they did in obedience or disobedience was the very criteria by which they are being judged (cf. Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 12:37; James 2:12). Those who hold the doctrine of unconditional grace are building houses on the sand and, oh, how great will be their fall (Matthew 7:27).