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  1. The grace part seems to be bound up with following Jesus. Forsaking wealth alone without following Jesus would gain a reward in heaven but without following Jesus it would not be sufficient for eternal life. Jesus doesn’t seem to question whether or not the man has actually kept the commandments fully. His refusal to obey Jesus strongly suggests that he had not and that he was guilty of covetousness.

    I think that Jesus reply allows that it is theoretically possible that by following the law fully any man can gain eternal life:

    ” but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

    But he knows also that the reason why he came is that no man is without sin so that we can only be saved by grace.

    Peter asks what reward would be given for those who forsake all to follow Jesus:

    ““Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”

    Note that he doesn’t say : “behold we have forsaken all, and kept all the commandments and followed thee, what shall we have therefore?”

    But Jesus doesn’t rebuke him and tell him to keep the law instead he promises that he will inherit eternal life:

    “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”

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  2. I come to the opposite conclusion as far as Matthew 25 goes.

    Salvation is not by works but by election.

    The simple fact is that both the goats and the sheep have done the same works.

    The difference being that the sheep did their good works for the saints, Jesus brethren, the goats didn’t.

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