How do we make it to heaven?
The Bible (King James Version) is the authority on how to make it to heaven. So what does the Bible say? How do we make it to heaven?
The Bible tells us that YOU can be 100% sure that you are going to heaven.
You need to understand a few things before you receive this free gift from God to you. Remember, this is a free gift to you. It costs you nothing. So why not take it right now?
The first thing you need to understand is THE FACT that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. That's me, that's you, that's all.
Sin is a transgression of God's law. God is the ALMIGHTY Creator and Designer of ALL THINGS including you. Take a look in the mirror and there is your proof of God. You are an amazing creation and an amazing design. If you want to see God, look at His creation. It's amazing. God sets the law. He has the authority to do so. No one else has that authority.
When we don't follow God's law, we sin. And all of us sin. There is not one righteous, no, not one. Especially not me and especially not you.
When we don't follow God's law, we sin and we must pay for that sin. For the wages of sin is death. We all deserve to die and to be sent to hell to burn. We deserve death forever because we go against God's law. Yes, we deserve this. God says so. Not me. We earn the right to death because of sin.
When we think of death, we think of our body just dying and that's it. Many people think that there is nothing else. Many people will say that I don't believe in God. Well, when it comes right down to it, your belief doesn't matter. It's still going to happen no matter what you believe because God is the authority and you aren't. Things work according to what He says. Not you and not I. He is God. You aren't. I'm not.
The Bible tells us that 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. So how do we get our names in this book of life? I would say you might think this book of life is very important, right? I want my name there. I don't want to be thrown into a lake of fire because I died and went to hell.
Our wages or what we have earned for sin just isn't a bodily death but one in which we will be thrown into the lake of fire if our names aren't found in the book of life.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake of fire which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
When you first start reading the above list, you might think this is a very bad list of people. But, then we see that ALL LIARS will also have their part in the lake of fire. Have you lied before? I have. We all have. So we're included in that list 100%. We have earned that right to the lake of fire. And if don't think you're on that list, maybe you're one of the "unbelievers" who doesn't even believe there is a God. Your place is there too. That's where I belong and that's where you belong.
This is all bad news, right? You don't want to hear this. You belong in hell and so do I. Some people think it's funny and just say, "Well, I'll see you in hell." This isn't something to joke about like it doesn't really exist. It does. And you don't want to be there.
I have GOOD NEWS for you, though. I'll tell you right now. I might have earned my way to hell, but I'm not going. I refuse to go to hell. And I'll tell you how to do the same.
For the wages of sin is death; BUT the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Notice that "BUT" in the words above, which come from the Bible. Wait just a minute God says. He has good news for you.
God wants to give you this gift of eternal life. He loves you and wants to see you. He freely gives this gift to all who will gladly accept it.
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.
Grace = You get something you don't deserve. You didn't pay for this gift and you didn't earn this gift.
Saved = Saved from hell. You don't want to go there so you want to be saved from going there.
Faith = To believe.
Not of yourselves = Nothing to do with you.
A gift is not something you work for but something that is given to you. You don't pay for a gift. Someone else pays for the gift or it wouldn't be a gift. If I give you something and you to pay for it, this isn't a gift. If I ask you to do something to earn this gift, that also means that it isn't a gift. You had to earn it so it's not a gift.
A gift costs the person who is giving it to you. This gift from God is the exact same as He had to pay the price so you can have this gift. Jesus Christ paid for this gift so that you can have it today.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For God sol loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The Gospel is the Good News that is brought to you today:
Jesus Christ was born of a virgin.
He lived a sinless life. He never sinned and never did anything wrong.
Jesus Christ died on the cross.
Jesus Christ was buried.
The soul of Jesus went to hell for 3 days and 3 nights.
Jesus Christ rose from the grave in his body.
He went through all of this not to pay for His sin as He had no sin.
He died for you and I to pay for your sin and for my sin. Your sin has been paid for through Jesus. Every sin you ever commit has already been paid for through His sacrifice for you. The gift God is giving you has already been paid for and its your today.
The gift you receive is everlasting life. Everlasting means never ending. Eternal life means this life given to you in this gift will never end.
You get this free gift of eternal life once you believe in the Son Jesus Christ. In a moment, you can receive eternal life that is never ending.
He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life.
You will never lose this gift from God. God says this is eternal life and that's what He means. If God was to take this eternal life away, then it wouldn't be eternal life.
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
We don't earn this gift and we don't keep this gift. Our hope for eternal life is in the fact that God cannot lie and promised us this gift. He promised that if I believe on Jesus Christ that I have eternal life. This is a gift that cannot be taken away as we don't keep this gift. Our works do not matter when it comes to this gift from God.
What are you going to do right now? Will you take the gift from God, or will you reject this gift?
Are you going to reject the greatest gift in existence? Hey, listen, this is 100 billion times better than winning the lottery! This is eternal life in heaven! This isn't something to take lightly because you're concerned some other human or humans might think badly of you. Hey, someone might think I'm crazy. Who cares what they think? Instead, you need to care about YOUR eternal life.
How do you accept this gift from God?
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.
When you confess, you are admitting to God that you are a sinner and that you deserve to go to hell. You are asking for forgiveness from God. And then you must believe in your heart that God hath raised Jesus from the dead.
You believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross. You believe he was buried. You believe he arose from the dead. You believe that his sacrifice is payment for your sins.
You shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead. Do this, and you shall be saved from hell. You shall receive eternal life right at that moment you do so.
The Bible doesn't say you might be saved. It doesn't say you hopefully will be saved. God says: you shall be saved! And God sure isn't a liar. You can believe what He says more than anyone else in existence.
To receive this gift, you don't have to go to Church. You don't have to be baptized. You don't have to repent of your sins. The Bible doesn't say you have to do any of those things. You simply have to confess Jesus Christ with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Ask Jesus to save you right now. Say a prayer:
Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve to go to hell. Please, Jesus, forgive me of all my sin and give me eternal life. I am not trusting in anything I do, but I'm trusting in you and you alone to save me from my sins. I believe that you are the sinless Son of God, and that you died for me, you were buried for me, you went to hell for me, and you arose in victory for me. This victory was to save me from my sins. I want to be with you forever. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me. Thank you for this gift that I right now receive. Amen.
Congratulations! You are now saved. I will see you in heaven my brother/sister in Jesus Christ. If I can help you in any way now that you are saved, please let me know. I am always here to support you.