I note in Matthew 25:31-46 during Jesus' Olivet discourse with Peter, James, John and Andrew (Mk. 13:3) about how the Son of man (King) would separate the nations at judgment into sheep and goats.
Interesting that neither had any idea of why they had been selected on the right hand to inherit the kingdom, or cursed into everlasting fire for those seated on the left hand. ("righteous" and" unrighteous").
Note verse 38 where the righteous sheep said, "when did we see you a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you, Or when did we see you sick, or in prison and came to you? Looks to me like the "saved" were oblivious to their salvation.
The goats, or unrighteous, were just as curious to when they had seen him hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison and did not minister unto him (v. 44).
Is this Calvin's theory of "unconditional election" and "Preservation of the saints"?
If the Bible was not clear on works, (Eph. 2:8-9) one would suspect that this text teaches salvation by benevolence, or works.
Again, the sheep did not know they were "saved" until told by the King to head to happy valley.
Are their goats among the forum members who have not been benevolent to the King and headed into everlasting fire? And, how about the "promise" of Acts 2:39, verbalized by the inspired apostle to the lost sheep of Israel?