Do you know how to get to Heaven?
Seriously my friend, if you were to ask people you know how to get to Heaven, you would probably receive as many answers as the number of friends you have.
Someone would probably suggest that you should keep the Golden Rule;
Someone else might say that you need to live up to the Ten Commandments;
Others might advise that you should pray,
or give to the church and the poor,
Just do the best you can.
the list of suggestions is endless.
But when you are dealing with something as important as eternal life and Heaven,you need more than just the opinions of friends. You need the truth.
When we look into the Bible we read,
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
That may sound strange to you. What does it mean? To explain this, let’s look at what the Bible has to say.
God’s Word, in the first place, is very realistic.
It teaches that no one can gain entrance into Heaven by good works or even religious practices.
The Bible reveals our true condition:
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. Romans 3:10-11 For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:22-23
Our personal experience also teaches us that we all have broken God’s laws and have not even “done the best we can do.”
The biblical diagnosis for our condition is clear.
We, by nature, are described as being “dead in trespasses and sins;” “alienated from the life of God;” as “having not life” (Ephesians 2:1; 4:18). Just as a body without physical life is declared physically dead, so any person separated from the life of God is described in the Bible as spiritually dead. Separated from God, dead in our trespasses and sins, we cannot hope to enter Heaven. We need new lives, cleansed from sin and its penalty. We need to be restored to fellowship with God. We must be born into a new life—we must be born again.
Jesus Christ came to bring us this new life.
He said, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Receiving the life that Jesus can give is what being born again is all about. When we think about God’s love for us, it is really more than we can comprehend. God sent His Son Jesus Christ from the glories of Heaven to enter the human race and pay the penalty for our sins.
This is the extent of God’s love for us! God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
He promises, Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:11-12
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God's Grace to You my friend.
(All Scripture here quoted from the ESV Version)
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