The Promise Of Heaven
How good do I
have to be to go to heaven?
Most people understand that doing evil can keep us out of heaven, but few also realize that the Bible teaches us that doing good deeds won't get us into heaven either.
None of us could ever gain enough merit to deserve eternal life. We are sinful, and God's standard is absolute perfection.
The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that, "...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Our sinfulness keeps us from having that intimate fellowship with the Lord.
But don't worry; surrounding that verse of seeming despair (Romans 3:23) is a SECURE promise of God:
"(21)But now a
righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made
known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
(22)This righteousness from God comes through faith in
Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no
difference, (23)for all have
sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (24) and are justified
freely by His grace through the redemption that came
by Christ Jesus."
Who then can go to heaven? Who can be saved?
Jesus' disciples asked Him this same question (Matthew 19:25). What was His answer? "With men this is impossible , but with God all things are possible." (verse 26).
Man by himself cannot in any way obtain the perfect eternal life that is in Christ Jesus.
The Bible tells us time after time that our sins are like filthy rags to the Lord (Isaiah 64:6), and that our hearts are deceitful and seemingly beyond cure (Jeremiah 17:9).
In other words, being saved so that we can go to heaven is not something we can accomplish. It is something God must do for us.
What if I stopped sinning now and never sinned again?
No matter how hard we try, we could never stop sinning because we are hopelessly in bondage to sin.
The Bible tells us even our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). In other words, we are sinful to the core.
Furthermore, even a single sin would be enough to destroy us forever:
"Whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all." (James 2:10).
But even if we never sinned from now on, we would still be guilty of our past sins. And as the Bible says, "The wages of sin is death." (Romans 6:23).
But the good news is that God has provided a way to free us all from the guilt of sin!
What has God done for me to take away my sin so I can go to heaven?
Though the Lord loves us unconditionally, He is also a judge God, and must therefore punish all sin.
He takes absolutely no pleasure in our just punishment. He cries out in Ezekiel 18:32, "For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!"
He cannot merely overlook sin. Full payment (atonement) must be made for our sin.
Christ's death made full atonement possible for those who would simply trust on Him. If we believe in Him, His death counts in ours, paying for our sins in full.
If you truly believe in Him, the full merit of Jesus' own righteousness is credited (imputed) to you and all those who trust Him alone for salvation.
Faith alone is what God requires, and is the only thing God will accept.
Water baptism will not save you.
Water baptism was a commandment issued by Jesus Christ for the believer to symbolize his or her surrender to Christ and His life for them, and not as a means of salvation.
Every believer should be baptized, but everyone must understand that grace through faith in Christ alone saves us (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Going to church won't save you.
God's more concerned about the issue of your heart and your sins rather than the place you to go for worship. God wants to know if you're willing to take Him at His Word, and receive Jesus Christ into your heart.
Doing good works will not save you.
Like I said already, our good works are like filthy rags before the Lord (Isaiah 64:6), but also check out what the Bible says in Romans 3:20:
"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin."
The Bible teaches that God "justifies the ungodly" by crediting Christ's righteousness to them (Romans 4:5).
Believers are clothed in His righteousness, and God accepts them solely and exclusively on that basis.
That's why the Apostle Paul was willing to discard all his own efforts to obtain God's favor, preferring instead to stand before God robed in a righteousness that was not his own (Philippians 3:8-9).
If you are not a born again Christian, you need to lay hold of this truth by faith; the sin that will keep you out of heaven has no cure but the blood of Christ.
If you are weary of your sin and exhausted from the load of your guilt, He tenderly holds forth the offer of life and forgiveness and eternal rest to you:
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30).
How can I be sure Christ will save me?
The Bible promises that no one who believes in Christ will be turned away:
"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away." (John 6:37).
In the closing words of the Bible, Christ invites all to come to Him and receive the promise of heaven:
"...let him come; whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." (Revelation 22:17b).
If you would like to experience Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, have the promise of eternal life in Him, and have the promise of abundant life right now on earth, we would encourage you to receive the Lord into your heart right now wherever you are.
God loves you just the way you are, but He loves you too much to have you stay where you are.
You don't have to be a know-it-all to be saved. You can never be too bad to receive Jesus Christ into your heart, nor can you ever be too good for eternal life in Him.
want to change your eternal destiny forever, simply pray from your heart a
simple prayer like the following one. The words you say won't be as
important as what comes from out of your heart.
"Dear Jesus, I have come to realize how short I fall of Your standards. I admit that I am a sinner, and I know that I could never earn Your love or salvation, but I believe that You, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for all of my sins, and that You also rose from the dead 3 days later. I accept Your atoning death on the cross as the ALL-TIME payment for all of my sins. I ask You to come into my heart through Your Holy Spirit, to become my personal Savior and Lord. I repent of my sins and desire to turn to Your holy ways. I rebuke the demonic forces at work in my life in the Name and by the Blood of Jesus Christ! I plead Your blood over my entire life and my heart. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me! I am now officially blood-bought! I now know that I am going to heaven to be with You. I love you, Jesus! In Your holy Name, Amen."
you've asked Christ to come into your life right now, you'll feel very different
right now. That awesome and peaceful Presence you're feeling is the Holy
Spirit entering you, and that sudden burden being lifted off of you is that
terrible weight of your sins being taken care of by Jesus Christ through the
Spend time each day in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to impart to you wisdom and understanding, that you may know Him better. Here are some good Scriptures to pray:
Isaiah 54:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 1:15-23, Ephesians 3:14-21, Ephesians 6:10-18
pray, believe you receive, and as Christ promised, you will have whatever you
ask in prayer.
Begin to read the Bible, feeding on it a little each day, as early in the day as possible. A commonly recommended place to start is the Book of John.
Ask God to help you find a church where the people proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord.
Maybe you can find a church through a friend or family member.
Or you can open the phone book, find a church, and begin going to different churches until you find one that feeds your heart and soul until you are satisfied.
If you prayed the
Sinner's Prayer just now, please e-mail
us and share
with us the awesome news!
If you have any questions or need help, please contact us. God bless you!
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