“All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him…..” And he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.“” Luke 10:22, 27-28 LSB https://bible.com/bible/3345/luk.10.22-27.LSB
One of the most disturbing passages in Scripture is Jesus telling those who did great miracles in His Name that they were not welcome into heaven, for He did not know who they were (Mt 7.23). Christian salvation is based upon a relationship with God and not our performance before God. We either know Him as our Savior, God, and Father, or we don’t. All other religions and most people live and believe that heaven is a reward for doing good on earth. They define good, or their religion defines it, but not good as God defines it. The good the One True God defines is love for Him that exceeds all other loves and is expressed by loving others as He loves us sacrificially and unconditionally. Love, not works, is required of men by God to enter His heaven. Do we know God like our spouse whom we love the most? We know the most and seek to honor and please those we love the most. This is the relationship we are to have with God. Loving Him the most, knowing Him the best, and living to please Him foremost among others who need to experience the love of God through acts of compassion, kindness, mercy, and grace. God has provided us with His word, Spirit, and church for knowing Him. We must love Him and love others, particularly the unlovely, the difficult, and the wounded. Heaven and the new earth are the eternal reward and dwelling place for those who love God, expressed practically by those who love others. Do we know God? Do we love Him? Do others experience that love?