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.

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

Born again?”

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.

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

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

  • On the cross of Calvary Jesus willingly bore all our sins and suffered the full force of God’s righteous judgment.

  • By His death Jesus provided for our salvation.

  • By His resurrection from the dead, Jesus broke the power of death.

  • Today the risen Lord Jesus offers new life to all who will receive Him as Savior.

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

  • If you will respond to the Son of God by receiving Him as your Savior, you can have everlasting life right now.

  • On the basis of God’s Word you can have assurance that Jesus Christ has totally suffered the penalty of sin for you.

  • You can be born again into the family of God, knowing that one day you will live forever with your Lord in Heaven.

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

Have you been born again?

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God's Grace to You my friend.

(All Scripture here quoted from the ESV Version)

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