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The Bible Way To Heaven
“What happens when I die?” “Is there life after death?” “Where will I spend eternity?” At some point in time, these questions have haunted our thoughts. Perhaps you have even asked yourself this question, “If I were to die today, would I be 100% sure that I would spend eternity in Heaven with God?” That is the single most important question that you will ever answer. Your relationship to Jesus Christ is the central answer to that question.The truth is that God wants you to know and be absolutely sure of where you are going. In His Word, the Bible, God tells us that we CAN KNOW! The Bible says in 1 John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” Let’s look together at what God’s Word has to say about getting to Heaven.
Understand Who You Truly Are
Have you ever been lost and not wanting to admit it? Or have you ever been unable to find to find your way but don’t want to ask for help? The Bible calls that pride. I, too, have been where you are. In order for us to find the way to eternal life with God, as an individual I must ADMIT that I am lost. Not just “lost” but lost IN SIN.
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
According to Romans 5:12, since the first man on earth – Adam – sinned, a sin nature has been present in ALL people. The Bible also states in Romans 3:23 that everyone is a sinner.
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Sin is any act contrary to God’s law and commandments, and those sins that you and I have committed separate us from God. Our sin will cause us to miss out on an eternity in Heaven with God. Before we can ever be given eternal life in Heaven, we must truly understand that we are SINNERS before a Holy and Perfect God, and we are lost in our sin. Not a single one of us is good enough for God to excuse us and allow us to be an exception to the rule. Romans 3:10 clearly states this truth about us…
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Religions try to create their own ways to God. Their ways and systems seem logical, but ultimately, they cannot bridge the gap that has been created by our sin. Neither good works nor religion will ever be the answer to receiving eternal life in Heaven!
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Understand What You Truly Deserve
Our sin not only separates us from God, but it also has a penalty. The Bible teaches that the consequence for our sin is death.
Romans 6:23a “For the wages of sin is death…”
The “wage” or payment for our sin is spiritual death and eternal separation from God. God is holy and perfect. Therefore, He is sanctified (set apart) from sin. God is also just, in that, He must punish our wrongdoings. We may think that all of the good deeds and good works we have done will “outweigh” the bad and evil trespasses we have committed against Him. We must understand that God’s Word tells us that all good deeds will be no better than a bucket full of filthy rags!
Isaiah 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…”
So if our good deeds and good works cannot pay for the sins we have committed and our sin MUST be paid for, then we ourselves have to pay the penalty of our sin. And according to the Bible, the penalty is that spiritual death. The Bible refers to this as the “second death.”
Revelation 20:14,15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Although, we try to find ways around this thought (or we try not to think about it at all), the Bible makes it clear and plain that what we truly deserve because of our sin is eternal separation from God in a literal lake of fire called Hell.
Know That A Way Has Been Provided For You
Seeing that the Bible teaches we are sinners and that there is not enough good that we can perform to merit eternal life in Heaven, God’s Word also provides true answers to our dilemma! In fact, the Bible gives us answers of grace and forgiveness.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Even though we are lost and separated from God, He loved us, and because He is love, God sent His Son (Jesus Christ) to die on the Cross and raise from the dead three (3) days later! This is great news for us!
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus – the only begotten Son of God, He became the payment for our sin! All of our sins were laid Him, and He paid the penalty for our sin IN FULL! He then overcame the power of death by raising back to life. Now, we do not have to pay for our sin ourselves because by His grace, salvation has been provided!
Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
God demonstrated and proved (meaning of “commendeth”) His love for us by giving His precious Son to take our place and suffer God’s wrath for OUR sins. The way to have eternal life in Heaven has been provided for you, and Jesus did all of the work!
What This Means For You
We can have a relationship with God and an eternal home in Heaven, but we must stop trusting ourselves, our works and our religions, and place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sin and eternal life.
Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This is a clear and direct promise to all (“whosoever”) from God, as well as an invitation for you. If you will pray to Him (“shall call”), confessing that you are a sinner, asking Him to forgive your sins, and turn to Him alone to be your Saviour, then He promises to save you and give you the FREE GIFT of eternal life.
Romans 6:23b “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Believing and receiving Christ is the only way to obtain the eternal life in Heaven. You can decide to make that gift yours today by praying from your heart, a prayer similar to this:
Dear God, I know that I am separated from you because of my sin. I confess that in my sin, I cannot save myself. Right now, I turn to you alone to be my Saviour. I ask you to save me from the penalty of my sin, and I trust you to provide eternal life to me. Amen.
Rest assured that this is the best decision you will ever make and you will never regret! As God has promised, eternal life is now yours, and Heaven will be your eternal destination! Also, know that eternal life can never be lost nor taken away from you. If you have trusted Christ, we would love to know about your decision and rejoice with you. We would love to also help you learn more about Jesus Christ, salvation and what God wants you to do now that you are saved. You can call or email us and let us know today!