WHAT IS NECESSARY TO GO TO
If you asked ten people what was necessary to go to
heaven, you might get ten different answers. Is there a definite answer? And can we know
it? In your own personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to go to
heaven? Id like to share with you how the Bible answers this question. In fact,
there is a single word that can be used as our answer and that word is F-A-I-T-H.
F is for Forgiveness.
No one can have eternal life or enter into heaven without Gods forgiveness. The
Bible says, "In Him (meaning Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the
forgiveness of sins".
A is for Available.
The forgiveness every human being needs is available for all. John 3:16 states, "For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life". According to that verse, this
forgiveness is available to all, but its not automatic. Matthew 7:21 records Jesus
saying, "Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of
heaven". Why wont everyone go to heaven, you ask? Because
I is for Impossible.
It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven. God is love. Remember John 3:16?
"God so loved the world
". But God is also just. James 2:13 states, "for
judgement is without mercy". God does love everyone but He is also just. Every
human being is a sinner. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23) and for that reason it is impossible for people to go to heaven. So, how can
a sinful person enter into heaven, where God allows no sin? That brings us to the next
T is for Turn. If you
were driving down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would he or she be asking
you to do? Theyd be asking you to change directions, right? In the Bible, to turn
means to repent. We must all turn from something sin and self. Jesus warned
his listeners in Luke 13:3, "
unless you repent (turn) you will all likewise
perish". But we not only turn from something (sin and self) we must also turn to
Someone, Jesus Christ. We must trust Christ only! I Corinthians 15:3 says, "Christ
died for our sins" and Romans 10:9 tells us that "If you confess
with your mouth the Lord Jesus
you will be saved". In other words, you can
go to heaven. And thats what the "H" in F-A-I-T-H means.
H is for Heaven.
Heaven is eternal life. When the Bible speaks of eternal life, it means life here.
Jesus spoke about that in John 10:10 by saying, "I have come that they may have
life, and that they may have it more abundantly". Eternal life also means hereafter.
In John 14:3 Jesus promised, "if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am,
there you may be also". "H" also means, "How". How can a
person have Gods forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Saviour
By using the word, F-A-I-T-H the
Bible has answered the question of what it takes for a person to go to heaven. We can also
use that word to understand how a person can have Gods forgiveness, heaven and
eternal life. F-A-I-T-H can also mean, Forsaking All I Trust
Him". By forsaking any other way to heaven and placing your faith in
Jesus, you can have forgiveness and eternal life.
Understanding what has been shared, would you
like to receive this forgiveness by trusting in Christ as your personal Savior and
Lord? Simply pray this prayer,
"Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner. I
genuinely repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness. Lord Jesus, I believe that you
died on the cross for my sins. I receive you as my Lord and Savior and make a commitment
of my life to you. Thank you for hearing my prayer. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you
for giving me eternal life."
Since you have asked Jesus to forgive you, you have
become a Christian and have eternal life. You are now Gods child. You are also a
member of Gods family. Your feelings may change. Gods Word never changes. By
faith, believe what God has said. In I John 5:12 the Bible says, "He who has the
Son has life
These things have I written to you who believe in the name of the Son of
God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in
the name of the Son of God". God wants you to believe Him. He wrote the Bible to
assure you of His love and forgiveness.
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