How To Get To Heaven

Since heaven belongs to and is the abode of God, it is He who determines who can enter Heaven. How do we know what His requirements are? We all understand that only “good” people can get into heaven. But who determines who is good enough? Only the owner of heaven can determine that and He has given us His Holy Word that contains this information.

Can You Be Good Enough?

The common (earthly) understanding is that we need to be good enough to get to heaven. Who determines who is good enough. That which is considered “good” is centered in what we consider to be “the Truth.” Something is considered “good” only if it is a part of what is actually “true.”

What Is True?

So, what is truth? What is it that can never be proven false? Can we find truth in the world around us? I doubt it. Everything in this physical world constantly changes. Science has proven this. This means that we cannot find anything that can never be proven false if it is based on or in the physical world.

So where can we find that which never changes? This can only be found in the spiritual world because that is where God is and He never changes. We need to listen to the words of Jesus because He tells us over and over “I tell you the truth.” Remember that Jesus is God and thus we must realize that what He is telling us stems from the truth that is found in the spiritual world where God exists.

How can we know what is true? Jesus tells us in John 16:13 (NIV): “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

Since we know that the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) spoke through the authors of the Holy Scriptures, we can find that which is true in our Holy Bible.

So we need to look at the Holy Bible to find out if we can become “good enough” to enter heaven. And the wonderful news is that it does tell us exactly that.

We Can Become “Good Enough”

The Bible tells us that we can become good enough to enter heaven. In fact, it tells us very specifically how to do it. The problem is that it is so easy that many people, when they hear how easy it is, simply reject it because it is not “hard enough.”

These people believe that since heaven is so wonderful, the only way that we can become good enough to enter it is by proving how good we are by the good works that we do. But this is not what the Bible tells us.

The Bible tells us that we become “good enough” by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In other words, we first accept the forgiveness of our sin by accepting His death on the Cross as our death to sin. Secondly, we commit to living a life according to how He instructs us to live. We do this, not to gain entrance into heaven, but because we have already received our ticket into heaven.

We cheerfully do what God commands us to do because of the great gift of salvation that He has given to us. He is constantly in our thinking, no matter what we are doing because we are committed to sharing our life and our love with Him.

How to Accomplish the Will of the Father

Notice what the Bible records in Matthew 7:21 (NIV): “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

What is the will of the Father? What is it that God desires the most for His creation? The answer is found in John 3:16 (NKJV): “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.”

Look throughout the New Testament and you will find that everything that is important to God points to this verse. The teaching of the Old Testament also points to the coming of Jesus. This is why there are so many prophecies concerning Jesus Christ in the Old Testament.

Also, in the Old Testament, God gave the Law to us. This is how God designed us to live. However, while we are living on this earth, it is impossible to completely obey the Law. That is why the Hebrews had to constantly offer sacrifices. They had to constantly be forgiven of their sin.

Thus, God made it simple for us. He performed the final and complete sacrifice for sin through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. He took our place in death by His death on the Cross. Then He said that all we have to do is to accept that sacrifice as our own and our sin will be forgiven. Then, everything else that we do is covered by that sacrifice.

All we must do is to continue to 1) accept the sacrifice of Jesus as our own sacrifice and 2) make Jesus the Lord of our life. Everything else in the New Testament is to show us how to do this while we continue to live here on the earth.

We Accomplish God’s Will Through Faith

Hebrews 11:6 (NIV): “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

Faith does not become real through works. Faith only becomes real when we believe in something that cannot be proved. We can prove that we did certain works. We cannot prove that we are saved and granted entrance into heaven through any type of works. That can only be done through our faith in God through Jesus Christ.

Can We Know That We Are Saved?

Then how do know that we are saved? We cannot prove that we are trusting in God through Jesus Christ. However, God does know our heart. We do not have to prove anything to God; we only have to trust in God’s Word. All we must do is to believe that God’s Word (our Bible) is true and follow what it says.

The Scripture itself shows us that we can trust in it. Look at II Tim. 3:16 (NKJV): “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

I like the way that the NIV says it. II Tim. 3:16 (NIV): “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

And what is the most important thing that it says? John 3:16. How do we show God that we have faith in John 3:16? The answer if found in Romans 10:9 (NIV): “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

We express our faith through what we say because what we say is what is what we believe in our heart. If we not willing to say it out loud, then we really do not believe it. We express our faith through our actions and speech is part of our actions.

God Desires To Have Fellowship With Us

A close study of the Bible will reveal to us that what God wants the most is to have fellowship with us and to share His love with us. This is why God has provided a very easy way for us to accomplish this.

All we must do is to accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. This is what the will of the Father is. If we truly do this, then accomplishing Matt 7:24-27 will be easily accomplished. Then when we say “Lord, Lord,” it will come from our heart because we truly mean that Jesus is our Lord.

If you have not yet made this decision and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, go to How To Live Forever and it will give you the help that you need to make that decision.

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