The Bible way to Heaven

If you were to die today, would you be 100% sure you would go to Heaven?  If your answer is, “I hope so”, “Maybe”, or “I believe I will”, you are like most of the people we ask.  The Bible tells us in I John 5:13 that we can know that we have, or possess, eternal life.  What else could eternal life be other than living in Heaven with God forever?

The Bible does not make the knowledge of going to Heaven a mysterious, spooky process.  Simply put, if you could grasp the knowledge of 4 basic points, you could soon say, “I know I am going to Heaven someday!” 

1. We must know we are sinners.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  In other words, every one of us has broken God’s commandments, and we all fall short of God’s perfection.  We might think we are not such bad people, but if God were to replay the events of your life—every word, thought, and action—on national television, is there something you would rather not be played?  Wouldn’t we all?  It is important for us to accept the fact that we have knowingly and willfully sinned against a holy, perfect God.

2. Sin separates us from God.  Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death…”  The word death in this verse literally means “separation from God.  Sin has driven a wedge between us and God.  There is no fellowship, no relationship, and sin also brings the second death, which is eternal separation from God in Hell, according to Revelation 20:13-15, “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 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.”

3. There must be a way to bridge this gap that separation brings.  Ever since Adam brought sin into the world, people have been trying to make things right with God.  Some live righteous lives hoping in the end their good works of religion will “be enough” to get them to Heaven.  The only problem with that thought is God is not impressed with our good works!  He says in Isaiah 64:6  “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…”These good works are not enough to bridge the gap of separation sin has brought.  Religion can even leave a person feeling frustrated and discouraged and hopelessly lost.  The Good News is found in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth His love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth 2,000 years ago and lived a perfectly sinless life.  He had no separation from God, but He laid His life on the cross to pay our sin debt.  He said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus Christ, by His death, burial, and resurrection, bridged that gap of separation between us and God.  You must simply believe this with all your heart.

 

4. You must personally trust Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  Do you believe that this verse means what it says, that if you were to ask Jesus to save your soul from Hell and be your Savior, that He would do it?  If so, would you be willing to accept Jesus Christ as your only hope for Heaven?  Would you be willing to risk all your faith in the fact He could save you and forgive all your sins?

If you can honestly answer yes, could you pray this prayer with sincerity? “Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner.  I know my sin has separated me from you, and I am sorry for my sins.  I believe Jesus paid my debt on the cross, and that He rose again from the dead.  Would you come into my heart, forgive me of all my sins, and be my Savior?  I trust you, Jesus, to take me to Heaven when I die.  Thank you for saving me, Amen.”

Take God at His Word that if you honestly accepted Jesus for salvation, you have passed from “death unto life.”(I John 3:14)  If you have trusted Christ, or have more questions, please contact us so we may be of further of assistance to you. 

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