Heaven? How can I get there??
Any man or woman on this earth can be 100% that they are on their way to Heaven. They DO NOT have to hope. They DO NOT have to wish. God's Word tells us we can KNOW we have eternal life! (I John 5:13) and here is how:
1. Realize that you are a sinner.
Even though many people are "good" people, most would agree that we are sinners. The Bible clearly states, even though we try to be good, it is not enough.
Romans 3:23- "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"
Romans 3:10- "For there is none righteous, no, not one."
Isaiah 53:6- "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all"
2. Realize there is a punishment for sin.
Because of the sin, or wrong, in our lives, we come short of the glory of God. Due to this, there is a punishment for the sin we have committed. This punishment from a Holy God is an eternal separation in a place called Hell. Hell is indeed a real place with real people!
Romans 6:23a- "For the wages of sin is death;"
Romans 5:12- "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"
Revelation 20:14-15- "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."
There is good news though! Hell is a place that you DO NOT have to go! Why? Because:
3. Realize that Jesus paid that punishment for YOU!
John 3:16,17- "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
Romans 6:23b- "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 5:8- "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
4. Realize that that you can receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
Going to church, being kind, doing good works: all these sound good, but they CANNOT get anyone into Heaven. It is only through Jesus Christ! As mentioned in a previous verse, what Christ has done is a free gift, and all you have to do is accept it!
Ephesians 2:8-9- "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Romans 10:9-10- "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
Romans 10:13- "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
There are no gimmicks and no money to pay. What Christ did has already been finished, you just need to take that free gift He has given. Realize you are indeed a sinner. Realize that because of your sin, there is an eternal penalty. Then, rejoice because Jesus paid that penalty with His own Blood! Would you trust Christ as your Saviour today?