This morning the news contained a story of mistaken identity.
A woman in Tyler had almost $400 in toll charges on Dallas area tollways, some of which are physically impossible for her to have driven. One included a toll charge in Dallas and just minutes later in Tyler, two hours away.
After an investigation it was discovered a car dealership has a temporary license plate with the dealership name which matches the name she has on her state issued specialty plate.
After a review the state concedes and refunded her money.
Mistaken identity can happen to anyone and many have ended up arrested or worse because someone mistook them for someone else.
But there is no mistaken identity with God. This is probably best illustrated by a parable on the kingdom of heaven told by Jesus.
When the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matt 22:11-13
Sneaking into heaven is not a possibility. This truth is set forth in another parable.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:1-5
The only way to enter is through Jesus. There is no mistake.