The Synoptic Gospels regularly describe the way one enters the kingdom of God. The Synoptics rarely in these contexts explicitly mention faith. The Gospels do not imply that people merit eternal life and the kingdom; nevertheless, active obedience provides the gateway to life. The article draws attention to the way the Gospels framed the doctrine of salvation (soteriology). For the author, the crucial distinction is not between faith and works, but between grace and merit.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2008. 30 pages.