Man has a responsibility to seek God, to pursue a relationship with God, to discover God’s covenant proposal and to enter into that covenant with God. With this in mind, Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). God promises to help us in our spiritual journey.
On the other hand, if a person does not seek God, does not pursue a relationship with God, and therefore does not discover God’s covenant proposal and enter into a covenant with God, God will abandon that person completely. With that in mind, Paul wrote, “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness,” (II Thessalonians 2:10-12). God promises to turn against those who do not seek him.
God sacrificed Jesus to justify his forgiving us our sins. But we certainly have a responsibility to ask God for help, to seek his will for us, and knock at his door for entrance into his heavenly home. If we do so, God will help us. If we don’t, God will oppose us. The onus is on us.