Therefore having been justified (pardoned) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope (expectation) of the glory of God. Romans 5:1,2
Like children playing in the mud hearing their mother call them to dinner they rush to the door, only to hear, "You can't come in until you have washed off all that mud!" So it is to enter the kingdom, our sins must first be washed away by the blood of Jesus Christ and then we can enter through the Door into life eternal.
There are several components in the gospel that must be obeyed before access can be granted in order to receive eternal life. First of all one must be drawn by the Holy Spirit, for no one can come to God whenever he wants to because it must be granted by the Father. There is a difference in being called by men to pray a prayer or to be drawn by Holy Spirit's voice that leads one to acknowledge that he is indeed lost and in need of forgiveness. The next step is confessing ones sins and transgressions before the Father and being willing to turn away in repentance and then by faith in the Lord Jesus, asking for forgiveness and the washing away of sin by His blood, that in turn invites Holy Spirit into the heart!
The gospel is simple but must be obeyed in order for one to be born again, just praying a prayer without conviction or the drawing of the Spirit will leave an empty vessel as many have done throughout the history of the church, deceived by men, thinking that by quoting the famous "Sinner's Prayer" that "Poof" they will magically become a Christian, thereby deceiving millions! The church today is full of lost spectators, devoid of God's Spirit, who prayed a prayer, were baptized into membership and told to just show up, shut up and write a check, a sad testimony of men trying to build kingdoms of flesh at the expense of someone's precious soul!
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified (pardoned) by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath (Hell) through Him. Romans 5:8,9
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin